[DAWN] An kaboomdestroyed a mosque inside an Afghan army base in the country’s volatile eastern Khost province ... across the border from Miranshah, within commuting distance of Haqqani hangouts such as Datta Khel and probably within sight of Mordor. Khost is populated by six different tribes of Pashtuns, the largest probably being the Khostwal, from which it takes its name... as Friday prayers were drawing to a close, killing 27 soldiers and wounding 57, the military said.
The blast may have been set off by a jacket wallah or a remotely detonated bomb but nothing was officially confirmed and details were sketchy. No group immediately grabbed credit for the kaboom.
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. .. condemned the attack in a statement as "anti-Islamic and inhumane". He also wanted to know how the army’s security was breached, demanding a swift investigation and the officials responsible held accountable.
It was the latest in a relentless, near-daily onslaughts in Afghanistan, where the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... regularly target Afghan military and police forces throughout the country.
"There were soldiers lying everywhere and the smoke was so thick, it was difficult to see," said Abdullah, a front man at the base. Like most Afghans, he uses only one name.
The dead and maimed were rushed to a clinic within the army base, while the more seriously maimed were taken to a nearby hospital.
Sakhi Sardar, head of the hospital in Khost said most of the maimed were being treated for devastating shrapnel wounds.
The defence ministry deployed four helicopters to the Ismail Khel district where the attack occurred to ferry the worst of the maimed to hospitals in Kabul.
[Breitbart] American airstrikes launched over the last three days have "degraded" the East Africa-based al-Qaeda wing al-Shabaab, killing 50 jihadis in Somalia days after the United Nations determined the group is expanding and remains the top threat facing African nation, the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) revealed.
The airstrikes came after the United Nations found that the American airstrikes have failed to diminish al-Shabaab’s ability to carry out "complex asymmetric attacks in Somalia," adding that the growing Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) presence in the African country fueled by an influx of fighters from the fallen caliphate in Iraq and Syria also poses a menace.
Via press releases, AFRICOM announced it launched airstrikes this week to support the Somalian government’s efforts to degrade al-Shabaab, killing 37 jihadis on November 20; seven on November 21; and six jihadis and a weapons cache on November 22, adding:
[AlAhram] At least 631 African migrants colonists have died trying to reach Spain so far this year, nearly three times more than in all of 2017, and the situation has become "alarming", the U.N. migration agency said on Friday.
More than 120 migrants colonists, from North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, have arrived in Spain each day during November, following a record month in October with over 350 per day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.
"This is usually a time of slowing down on these routes, that is not happening in Spain," IOM front man Joel Millman told a news briefing.
Moslem colonists Migrants are using smaller and less seaworthy boats, he said.
About two dozen migrants colonists drowned off the coast of Cadiz in November, he said. The sole survivor of another shipwreck, a teenage boy from Guinea now in hospital with severe hypothermia, told rescuers that he was traveling with nine others including his brother in an inflatable row boat from Tangiers, Morocco.
The arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants colonists into Europe ...also known as Moslem Lebensraum... has fueled the rise of far-right parties across the continent in recent years, although numbers have fallen over the past three years. Many thousands of people, mostly from Africa and the Middle East, have drowned at sea.
So far this year 104,506 migrants colonists have arrived by sea in Europe and 2,075 have perished, according to the IOM’s latest figures. Both figures are about two-thirds of last year’s totals and around a quarter of the totals from 2016.
[IsraelTimes] Troops find rifle and ammunition that Israel says were intended to be used in a West Bank attack
The big one that was recently foiled or aniother one?
Soldiers from the IDF’s Golani Brigade raided a wedding in the West Bank city of Hebron
...Hamas Central in the West Bank...
on Friday, looking for illegal weapons, Army Radio reported.
During the raid, festivities broke out with the guests who threw stones at the troops, who responded with riot dispersal means, the report said. No IDF soldiers were hurt and it was not immediately clear if there were injuries on the Paleostinian side.
The soldiers found a rifle and ammunition, which had been intended to be used in a terror attack, the radio report said.
Troops routinely carry out raids in the West Bank looking for weapons and terror suspects; however, raiding a crowded wedding is rare.
Hebron, home to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, is a frequent flashpoint city where a few hundred heavily guarded Jewish settlers live in close proximity to tens of thousands of Paleostinians.
[IsraelTimes] Israeli report, broadcast under scrutiny of military censor, says Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, is carrying out arrests, checking cars as it tries to work out what Israel has been up to in Strip
Gazoo’s Hamas rulers are in some disarray after their chance discovery of Israeli special forces in a raid last week, and fear that elite Israel troops have been operating for an unknown length of time under their noses in the Strip, including running a base, an Israeli TV report said Friday.
According to the Hadashot news report, which it said was broadcast under the careful scrutiny of the Israeli military censor, Hamas is struggling to figure out exactly what the IDF team was doing in Gazoo. The November 11 raid, which went awry when the undercover troops were exposed, ended in a shootout and the deaths of one Israeli soldier and seven Hamas button men.
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It’s Friday, and so those employed by Hamas must provide the dreary service they’re being paid for.
[IsraelTimes] Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", security forces preventing most demonstrators from reaching the border fence; 14 Paleostinians said hurt
Some 10,000 Paleostinians gathered on the Gazoo border on Friday for weekly protests, with Hamas security forces keeping most demonstrators away from the fence for the second consecutive week following a ceasefire with Israel.
The protests were largely peaceful, however there were still sporadic reports of violence with Paleostinians throwing rocks at IDF troops. There was one incident where a group attacked the fence east of the city of Rafah.
The Hamas-run Gazoo health ministry reported 14 maimed, including several by live fire.
This was the second week of limited festivities. Last Friday a Paleostinian was killed and more than a dozen were maimed a week after a major flareup between Israel and terror groups in the Strip.
Since March, Paleostinians have been holding weekly "March of Return" protests on the border, which Israel has accused Gazoo’s Hamas rulers of using to carry out attacks on troops and attempt to breach the security fence. Hamas, an Islamist terror group, seeks to destroy Israel.
Israel has demanded an end to the violent demonstrations along the border in any ceasefire agreement.
Last Friday, nearly 10,000 Paleostinians participated in riots and demonstrations near the border. Most people stayed away from the border fence, although some burned tires and threw rocks and explosives at soldiers who responded with tear gas and occasional live fire.
Those festivities came days after Israel engaged in the largest battle with Hamas and Paleostinian terror groups in Gazoo since the 2014 war.
Definitely terrified into overt submission. But perhaps not quite as brainwashed as all that, or Israel wouldn’t have the mumbers of informers that they they do. And as I recall, something like 75% of the Millennial generation would love to emigrate if only they had the opportunity.
[An Nahar] Two activists critical of both the regime and jihadists were bumped off Friday in Syria's last major rebel bastion in the northwest of the country, their radio station and a monitor said.
Citizen journalist Raed Fares and Hamod Jnaid were "rubbed out by unknown assailants riding in a van in the town of Kafr Nabel" in Idlib province, Fresh FM said on its Facebook page.
More than half of Idlib and the surrounding region is controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham , an alliance led by jihadists of Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate, while most of the rest is held by pro-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire.... rebels.
The Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (IS) group also has a presence in the province.
Targeted killings and kidnappings have for months plagued Idlib, with angry residents blaming all sides.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based war monitor, said the two men died of their wounds from the attack, for which there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
"They were famous for their criticism of rebels committing violations or arresting civilians, especially when it came to jihadist groups," Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.
"Both have several times been detained by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham," he said.
Throughout Syria's seven-year uprising, Fares has been known for his often humorous signs in English and Arabic criticizing Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad The Scourge of Hama... 's regime.
Fares founded Fresh FM in 2013 to counter "fundamentalist narratives" in Idlib, he has said, after which he was repeatedly targeted by gangs.
IS bandidosturbans raided the radio's offices on several occasions, but it was also bombarded by regime forces, he wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Times in June.
"In 2014, I almost lost my life when two gunniesshot up me and shot me in the chest," he said.
"I was kidnapped four times by al-Qaeda bandidosturbans and released a few days later after being tortured."
Jnaid, who also worked at the radio, was an advocate for freedom of expression and the rule of law.
"I want freedom of opinion. I want to be able to speak and not be scared," he said in a video posted on Facebook earlier this year.
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