[ToloNews] Maidan Wardak residents called on the government to launch an investigation into the incident.
At least seven civilians bit the dust in an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... in Burhani Khel village of Sayed Abad district of Maidan Wardak province, a number of residents claimed on Monday as Afghan government faces strong criticisms over a dramatic surge in civilian death and amid rising violence in multiple fronts across the country.
The residents said that seven people were returning from a funeral ceremony when their car was targeted by an airstrike in Burkhan Khel village in Sayed Abad district.
Some angry residents to the incident staged a protest to press the Afghan government to launch an investigation into the incident.
"They came here for a funeral ceremony. They ate food and wanted to return. Father, son, two sons-in-law, one guest and two children were among the seven people [killed in the airstrike]," said Hamed, a resident of Sayed Abad district.
"He was a driver. His son was a student, another was a laborer, another man was working in a company, one of them was his cousin and was a resident of Kabul. They all were here for a funeral ceremony," said Basir, another resident of Sayed Abad.
"Either the government take Wardak out of the Afghanistan map or announce its enmity with us or consider us as their people," said Khalil Rahman, a resident.
Previously, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense reported the killing of at least nine Taliban ...Arabic for students... members in an airstrike in Maidan Wardak.
Also last week, a number of residents of Sayed Abad district who had taken some injured children to a hospital in Kabul said that two non-combatants were killed and eight others, most of them children, were maimed in an airstrike in Qala-e-Amir village which is located in Tangi area of the province.
Back in March, President Ashraf Ghani ...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money... ordered the National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) to abide by strict rules for preventing civilian casualties in their operations against turbans. Despite that, several incidents that targeted the civilians were reported in various regions of the country.
According to a statement released by Ministry of Defense, the security forces conducted airstrikes and ground operations during which they recaptured Yamgan district from Taliban after almost four years.
The statement further added that the security forces also inflicted heavy casualties on local and foreign Taliban militants during the operations.
This comes as the Afghan forces recaptured Wardoj district from Taliban from Taliban militants few days earlier.
[DAWN] United States President Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... on Monday said that US peace talks with the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... are over and announced that the US military has dramatically scaled up attacks on the gunnies in Afghanistan.
"They are dead. As far as I am concerned, they are dead," Trump said at the White House about the long-running attempt to reach an agreement with the Taliban and extricate US troops from the country after 18 years of war.
The announcement followed Trump's dramatic cancelation of a secret plan to fly Taliban leaders in for direct talks at the Camp David presidential retreat over the weekend.
Driving another nail into the coffin of what had appeared to be nearly completed negotiations, Trump said that a US military onslaught on the guerrillas was now at its fiercest in a decade.
"Over the last four days, we have been hitting our enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!" he said in a tweet.
On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "we've killed over a thousand Taliban in just the last 10 days."
Goodness. Kudos all around, including to the Taliban for waiting like sitting ducks.
Trump angrily denied that the whiplash effect of his sudden shifts on Afghanistan was causing turmoil.
Until this weekend, there had been steadily mounting expectations of a deal that would see the US draw down troop levels in Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban would offer security guarantees to keep Death Eater groups out.
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I would say so by the body counts in above articles.
[IsraelTimes] Terror group contends interlocutors have not succeeded in securing Mohammed al-Khoudari’s release yet; it asserts Gulf kingdom also arrested several other Paleostinians.
The Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror group said Monday that 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... earlier this year arrested a Paleostinian man who used to manage its relations with Riyadh.
Hamas claimed in a statement that Saudi Arabia, "in a strange and unacceptable move," collared 81-year-old Mohammed al-Khoudari, who it noted has also held high-ranking leadership positions in the terror group, on April 4.
Hamas, which has vowed to destroy Israel, has seldom made public criticisms explicitly directed at Saudi Arabia.
The terror group also contended that Khoudari, who it said has lived in Jedda for three decades, was suffering from an incurable illness Islam and said Riyadh also nabbed his son Hani "without justification," along with other Paleostinians based in the Gulf kingdom.
Hamas’s statement did not state whether Hani or the other Paleostinians it said were arrested belong to its ranks.
"Hamas has kept silent for over five months to allow for interlocutors to undertake efforts [to release the Paleostinians], but they have not led to any results as of yet," the terror group said.
"Therefore, the movement found itself compelled to issue an announcement, demanding the Saudi authorities release Khoudari, his son and all other Paleostinian detainees," it added.
Hamas is backed by Iran, which Saudi officials, similar to the Israeli government, consider a regional foe.
In 2017, then-Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir told news hounds in La Belle France that Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... should stop supporting Hamas, which later slammed his remark.
[DAWN] At least 22 pro-independence activists were taken into custody by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... (AJK) police in Hajira subdivision of Poonch district overnight for alleged rioting while a sit-in continued in Tetrinote village on the second consecutive day on Sunday.
On Saturday, police had stopped thousands of participants of a "Freedom Long March" called by Sardar Mohammad Saghir-led faction of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in Dawarandi village of the Hajira area, when they were insisting to move ahead towards Tetrinote that lies in the closest proximity of the restive Line of Control (LoC).
DIG of Poonch Tahir Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi ...a Pak political shape-changer. He is undistinguished except for his habit of periodically needing to have his lips reattached... told Dawn that the decision to stop the marchers was taken in the interest of their safety and that "their leaders had given an undertaking to the administration that they would not go beyond a designated spot to avoid the risk of Indian shelling".
[DAWN] Authorities on Sunday tightened a month-long security lockdown in occupied Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... ’s main city of Srinagar after breaking up processions by Shias who defied a ban.
A military clampdown was imposed on the disputed Himalayan region on Aug 5 to prevent unrest as New Delhi revoked its autonomy. On Sunday mobile phone networks and the internet were still cut off in all but a few pockets of the city.
Police drove around the city from early morning, announcing through loudspeakers that "residents are informed not to venture out of their homes".
[IsraelTimes] Report indicates drone was in area at time of explosion in western Anbar Province, day after alleged strike on group on Syrian side of border and failed missile attack.
Loud explosions were reported early Tuesday at a warehouse in Iraq apparently used by an Shiite militia, seemingly the latest of a string of attacks targeting Iranian-backed groups in western Iraq and eastern Syria.
The explosions were reported near the city of Hit in Anbar Province, northwest of Baghdad.
According to al-Arabiya, an Iraqi officer said there was a drone in the area at the time of the blasts.
It was not clear what the warehouse was storing, but Sky News Arabic reported that after the blast, shells were launched into neighboring areas, indicating an arms depot may have been hit.
There were reports of casualties from the blasts, though it was unclear how many there were.
The warehouse reportedly belonged to the Popular Mobilization Forces, an Iran-backed militia which has blamed both Israel and the US for a recent string of blasts and drone sightings at its bases.
“A force of the 6th brigade of the Popular Mobilization Forces managed to kill four Islamic State militants during a security operation in the Makhoul mountains, northeast of Salahuddin province,” the media center of the Popular Mobilization Forces said in a press statement Sunday.
According to the statement, a manhunt was launched for other IS militants in the area.
“Acting on intelligence information, the Counter-Terrorism Service, in coordination with the U.S.-led international coalition, carried out a security operation in Mutaibijah and desert areas in Salahuddin, leaving 15 terrorists dead, including suicide bombers,” the spokesman for the Counter-Terrorism Service said in a statement.
“The troops also arrested nine terrorists and destroyed several hotbeds and tunnels that were used by Islamic State militants,” the statement read.
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In a press statement, the Cell reported that based on accurate intelligence information, joint forces from the 60th Brigade of the 20th Division and al-Hashd al-Ashaeri, managed to seize three booby-trapped vehicles, southwest of Lake Sinisla and southeast of Munayef Mount.
“It was treated and detonated without inflicting any losses,” the cell further added.
“Acting on intelligence information, a security force from Diyala intelligence and counter-terrorism directorate arrested an Islamic State militant, who served as a member of the so-called Diyala province in the terrorist group,” Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry spokesman, said in a press statement.
The suspect confessed to carrying out several terrorist attacks against civilians, as well as providing aid supplies for the Islamic State militants, the spokesman added.
“An explosive charge targeted an army force in al-Islah village in Jalawla district, leaving two soldiers wounded,” the source told the privately-owned Almaalomah news website.
“Security forces cordoned off the blast scene, and the wounded were moved to hospital,” added the source.
No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State (IS) militant group, in most cases, is responsible for attacks targeting crowded areas, including markets, cafes and mosques across Iraq.
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“Intelligence forces, in coordination with the Nineveh Operations Command, killed nine IS terrorists hiding inside a tunnel in al-Sahaji village, southwest of Mosul,” Brig. Gen. Yahia Rasool, spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, said in a press statement.
The troops were backed by warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition, the spokesman added.
“A bomb placed inside a house at al Adnanya district in southeastern Mosul went off Saturday morning, leaving two explosive experts killed,” the ministry said in a press statement.
A security operation was launched to put an end to the threat of the leftover bombs in Mosul city.
Mosul has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016. Though most of the daily bombings go without a claim of responsibility, Islamic State is expected to be behind many.
Mortar attack hurts U.S. soldier in Mosul
Mosul (IraqiNews.com) – A U.S. soldier was wounded Saturday in a mortar attack on a military base sheltering American troops in Mosul city, a security source said.
“A mortar attack targeted the military base of presidential palaces, which houses American troops, east of Mosul city, leaving a U.S. solider wounded,” the source told privately-owned Almaalomah news website on Saturday.
“Another mortar shell fell on the Andalus district in Mosul, leaving no casualties,” the source added.
The United States has an estimated 5,200 troops in Iraq as part of a security agreement with the Iraqi government to advise, assist, and support the Iraqi army in the fight against the Islamic State.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Huge military buildup are being deployed to northern Aleppo frontlines as a new offensive looms, pro-Syrian opposition media reported.
According to a military commander in the Ottoman Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army ... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund... (FSA), the military reinforcements are primarily made up of Iranian fighters and its allies.
"The majority of the weaponry are snipers, machineguns, anti-tank missiles and reconnaissance drones", the military commander said.
"In previous years, the Syrian Army and Kurdish fighters joined forces in launching several attacks against the FSA locations in northern Aleppo", he added.
Two days ago, A massive convoy of Syrian military reinforcements made their way to the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate today, a source from the army told al-Masdar News.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syria’s Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Before going into the family business Pencilneck was an eye doctor. If he'd stuck with it he'd have had a good practice by now... ordered the immediate release of five Jordanian nationals detained in Syria, a Jordanian MP stated.
Tareq Khouri, a member of the Jordanian Parliament, said that he has been invited to Damascus in order to take over five Jordanians who had been imprisoned for a while.
Up to 30 Jordanians have been detained by the Syrian authorities since Syria and Jordan re-opened Nassib border crossing in October 2018; of which 12 of them released till now.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Hezbollah announced that their forces had shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that entered Lebanese airspace from the Upper Galilee region.
"The Mujahids of the Islamic Resistance countered an Israeli drone with appropriate weapons as it crossed the Paleostinian-Lebanese border towards the town of Ramiah," the Hezbollah statement began.
"The drone was downed on Monday 09/09/2019 at the outskirts of the town and is now in the hands of the Resistance That'd be the Hezbullies, but in the U.S. it's used by anti-Trumplings... ," they added.
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[IsraelTimes] A Syrian war monitor associated with the opposition says over 120 Christian places of worship have been damaged or destroyed by all sides in the country’s eight-year conflict.
The Qatar ...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi... -based Syrian Network for Human Rights says in its report that the Syrian government was responsible for 60 percent of the attacks. It says the rest were done by 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, the al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else ...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State... and other rebel groups.
In one attack, IS used bulldozers to destroy the ancient Saint Elian Monastery in 2015. Other sites were damaged by combat or shelling.
Christians made up about 10% of Syria’s pre-war population of 23 million. Half the population are now either internally displaced or have left the country.
The Syrian government has no immediate comment on the report.
[IsraelTimes] Satellite images show large-scale destruction after attack on base that reportedly served as a major component in Tehran’s plans to build a ’land bridge’ from 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... to Leb.
A series of Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s attributed to Israel that targeted a base belonging to a pro-Iranian Shiite militia in Syria near the border with Iraq on Monday completely destroyed at least eight storehouses in the compound, according to satellite images released by a private Israeli intelligence firm.
The pre-dawn attack caused a great deal of damage to the base, known as the Imam Ali compound, which Israel reportedly believes was a key element in Tehran’s effort to develop a so-called "land bridge" that would allow the Islamic Theocratic Republic to easily move weapons, fighters, and war materiel from Iran through Iraq, Syria and Leb.
The compound, which is located approximately five kilometers (three miles) from the Iraqi border in Syria’s Albu Kamal region, was first publicly identified as an Iranian-controlled base earlier this month by Fox News, citing unnamed Western intelligence sources.
"If indeed it is an Iranian base, it is probable that the strike is part of the struggle with Tehran to prevent its effort of establishing the land corridor to its allies in Syria and Hezbollah in Leb," according to the Israeli satellite imagery analysis company ImageSat International.
Pro-Iranian news outlets attributed the bombardment to the Israel Defense Forces. There was no immediate comment from Israel.
Shortly after the strike, members of a Shiite militia in Syria fired a number of rockets toward Mount Hermon on the Israeli Golan Heights from the outskirts of Damascus, according to the Israeli military.
The projectiles fell short of the border and landed inside Syrian territory.
The highly irregular reprisal attack by a pro-Iranian militia appeared to indicate that Tehran saw the strike as a serious blow to its efforts in the region.
According to a Britian-based Syrian war monitor, at least 21 people were killed in the airstrike on the Imam Ali base, which was reportedly constructed under the direction of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force.
The base belonged to the Popular Mobilization Force, an umbrella group of Iraqi Shiite militias, which are funded in large part by Iran.
According to ImageSat, the eight storehouses that were destroyed in the strike appeared to be either newly built or still in the process of being built. Several other structures remained intact following the strike.
The Israeli intelligence firm said that the storehouses appeared to have been holding ammunition and weaponry when they were attacked.
According to the Fox News report, once completed, the Albu Kamal base could house thousands of soldiers and storage facilities for advanced weapons. The US cable network said the base’s construction is being overseen by the powerful Quds Force and its commander Qassem Soleimani , who are responsible for the IRGC’s activities abroad.
Satellite photos of the base, released by ImageSat International last week, showed what appeared to be five recently constructed buildings that can store precision-guided missiles.
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