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Furniture, books 'torched' at girls school in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer
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Afghanistan
Special Forces destroy large weapons cache of Taliban in Helmand
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces destroyed a large weapons cache of Taliban
...Arabic for students...
during an operation in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province.

The military officials said the Special Forces discovered the weapons cache during a patrol in Nahr-e Saraj district.

The officials further added that the Special Forces destroyed another small cache of weapons during an operation in Khanabad district of Kunduz.

The Special Forces also arrested a Taliban Death Eater during a patrol in Khwajah Sabz Posh district of Faryab.

The military officials also added that the Special Forces killed 2 Talibs and arrested 5 others during a raid in Tarnek wa Jaldak district of Zabul.
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Multiple people wounded as back to back explosions rock Jalalabad city of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] Multiple sustained wounds in back to back explosions in Jalalabad city, the historic provincial capital of eastern 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.

The Governor’s Office of Nangarhar said in a statement that six bombs went off in Jalalabad city earlier today.

The statement further added that the earth-shattering kabooms maimed at least 17 people in the 1st and 4th districts of the city.

Furthermore, the Governor’s Office said the security forces had earlier discovered and defused six bombs from various parts of the city.

Meanwhile,
...back at the alley, Bugs Moroni was holding Slats from behind while his brother Greasy Thumb was pounding his face into paste ...
the statement by Governor’s Office added that the health condition of three people has been reported as critical.

No individual or group including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
has so far grabbed credit for the earth-shattering kabooms.
An Nahar adds:
Afghanistan's independence day was marred by bloodshed Monday when a series of explosions shook the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding dozens of people including children.

As many as 10 blasts were reported in and around the city in Nangarhar province, authorities said, and casualty numbers appeared to be rising.

"The explosions were caused by IEDs in different parts of the city and as groups of people were celebrating independence day," Nangarhar governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, referring to improvised explosive devices.

Jalalabad is the scene of frequent bomb attacks, and the surrounding terrain is home to both Taliban fighters and the Islamic State group's local affiliate.

At least 19 people were wounded, Khogyani said. Zaher Adel, a spokesman for a local hospital, said about 40 wounded people had been brought in with more expected.

This year's August 19 celebrations mark 100 years of Afghan independence from British influence.
Tolo News provides a bit of history:
Although Afghanistan was never part of the British Empire, it gained its independence from Britannia after the signing of the Anglo-Afghan Treaty in 1919 ‐ a treaty that granted complete neutral relations between Afghanistan and Britannia.

And although not having been part of the British Empire, Britannia fought three wars in the country.

The First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842) led to the defeat of the entire British-led Indian invaders by Afghan forces under Abdur Akbar Khan. The Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880) first saw the British defeated in the Battle of Kandahar only for them to emerge victors ‐ which led to Abdur Rahman Khan becoming the new emir.
And from Dawn:
A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 34 people, officials said, as the country marked the 100th anniversary of its independence.

The Jalalabad bombs were planted near a market where hundreds of people had congregated after attending Independence Day events. Senior health official Fahim Bashari said at least 34 people were maimed.
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Kabul: ISIS-K, Talib, Haqqani turbans tied up, 3 Talibs toes up


4 Taliban, ISIS militants killed, detained in Special Forces raids, airstrike in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted separate operations in Kabul in the past 24 hours killing or detaining 4 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS murderous Moslems.

The military officials said the Special Forces arrested an ISIS-K murderous Moslem during a patrol in Deh Sabz district of Kabul.

The officials further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a small cache of weapons.

Furthermore, the Special Forces arrested a Taliban murderous Moslem during a separate raid in Mussahi district of Kabul.

The military officials also added that an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
killed 2 Talibs in Mussahi district of Kabul.

The anti-government armed elements including Taliban and ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Afghan forces foil Haqqani rocket attack on presidential palace and defense ministry in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces foiled rocket attack on ARG Presidential Palace and Ministry of Defense in Kabul, the National Directorate of Security said Monday.

According to a statement released by National Directorate of Security, the Special Forces arrested two Death Eaters of the Haqqani terrorist network in connection to the attack plot.

The statement further added that the NDS Special Forces conducted operations in various parts of Kabul city and arrested Jamshid alias Sabir and Rahmatullah, the two militants of Mawlavi Ahmad of Haqqani terrorist network.

Furthermore, the National Directorate of Security said the two militants were looking to launch rocket attacks to target the 100th Independence Day ceremonies in ARG Presidential Palace and Ministry of Defense.

The statement by National Directorate of Security also added that the NDS Special Forces arrested the two militants at 9:00 am local time on Monday in Qala-e-Zaman Khan area of Kabul.

The NDS Special Forces also confiscated a mortar launcher with its 16 rockets, 45 kilograms of explosives, 12 magnetic bombs, an Ak-47 assault rifle, remote controls and some other equipment which are used in making suicide bombing vests and bombs.

Notorious Taliban militant eliminated with the support of Chahar Asyab residents in Kabul

[KhaamaPress] The residents of Chahar Asyab district in Kabul helped in elimination of a notorious Taliban
...Arabic for students...
krazed killer in this district.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement said the residents of Chahar Asyab on Sunday helped in eliminating the notorious krazed killer who was armed with firearms.

The statement further added that the krazed killer was conducting destructive activities mainly during the night time and was harassing the residents of the district.

Furthermore, the interior ministry said the security forces also confiscated a weapon and more than 100 rounds of ammunition following the operation.

The Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh, rats.... I thought the headline referred to Congressman Tlaib
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 10:13 Comments || Top||

#2  The security forces conducted separate operations in Kabul in the past 24 hours killing or detaining 4 Taliban and ISIS murderous Moslems.

More killing less detaining would be nice.

Posted by: jpal || 08/20/2019 10:39 Comments || Top||

#3  If you kill em, you don't have to guard/feed/transport/care for them
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 11:46 Comments || Top||


Afghan Air Force conduct airstrikes in Logar and Ghazni killing 9 Taliban militants
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Air Force conducted Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Pashtun-infested Logar and Ghazni provinces killing at least 9 Talibs.

The 203rd Thunder Corps said in a statement that the Afghan Air Force conducted an airstrike in the vicinity of Pul-e Alam district in Pashtun-infested Logar.

The statement further added that the airstrike killed at least 5 Talibs.

Furthermore, the 203rd Thunder Corps said the Afghan Air Force conducted a similar airstrike in Gilan district of Ghazni which killed 4 Talibs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Human head found in Benghazi
[Libya Observer] Security services in Benghazi have found a human head without a body in a building under construction in Qawarsha district, west of Benghazi, local residents said.

The security services handed over the head to al-Jalaa Hospital for Surgery and Accidents to be referred to the forensics, in order to be identified.

The head has started decomposing and the forensics suggested that it has been cut off ten days ago.

Mysterious murders are rife in Benghazi amid unprecedented insecurity.
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#1  Well, at least it wasn't anything really gross.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2019 1:44 Comments || Top||

#2  in a topless bar?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 2:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Out of soccer balls?

Gorb, really gross would be 144 heads.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2019 3:27 Comments || Top||

#4  Given the location I'm not sure "HUMAN" applies.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/20/2019 8:04 Comments || Top||

#5  In headless country? Vinnie Musetto? As late as 1983? Who knew? Y'all, probably. But not me, so thanks... for the rest of the story.
Posted by: Griling Darling of the Munchkins4993 || 08/20/2019 9:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Epstein ?
Posted by: York Harding || 08/20/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Epstein?
Everybody drink!
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 11:45 Comments || Top||

#8  *SNORT*
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 11:53 Comments || Top||

#9  Although this topic, as are many in the WOT arena, is truly wretched, I so enjoy the comments that follow. The best of gallows humor....
Posted by: Ackoopmed || 08/20/2019 15:01 Comments || Top||

#10  "When a man's tired of Rantburg, he's tired of life."
- Dr. Johnson
Posted by: Lex || 08/20/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

#11  Maybe they could graft it onto Biden.
Posted by: gorb || 08/20/2019 19:18 Comments || Top||

#12  Just one?
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/20/2019 19:42 Comments || Top||


At Least 10 Soldiers Killed In Attack On Burkina Faso Army Unit
[Jpost] Unidentified armed murderous Moslems on Monday killed at least 10 soldiers and maimed many others in an attack on a military unit in northern Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
, the army said in a statement.

Burkina Faso has been overrun by Islamist violence this year in which hundreds have died and more than 150,000 have been forced to flee, as the influence of jihadist groups spreads across the Sahel region
... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas...

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Libya's Coast Guard rescues 37 Illegal immigrants off the coast of Khoms city
[TWITTER]

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The Grand Turk
Turkish police detain 418 people in Kurdish militant probe, replace pro-Kurd mayors in SE
[Jpost] Ottoman Turkish police have detained 418 people in 29 provinces in an investigation targeting suspects with links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eater group, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry announcement, made on Twitter, followed its earlier announcement that the mayors of three major southeastern cities had been replaced by state officials in terrorism-related investigations.

Turkey Replaces Pro-Kurdish Party Mayors In Southeast Over Terror Probes

[Jpost] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
replaced the pro-Kurdish party mayors of the southeastern cities of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin on Monday over terrorism-related investigations, appointing the state governors in those provinces in their place, the Interior Ministry said.

The three mayors were accused of various crimes including membership of a terrorist organization and spreading terrorist group propaganda, the ministry said in a statement.

Turkey dismissed dozens of mayors in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast in 2016 over suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) Death Eater group, replacing them with state administrators.

Ahead of local elections in March, President Tayyip Erdogan warned that mayors from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) could again be dismissed if they, like their predecessors, are deemed to have ties to Death Eaters.

Erdogan frequently accuses the HDP of links to the PKK, which is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union and United States. The HDP denies such links.
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India-Pakistan
Furniture, books 'torched' at girls school in Gilgit-Baltistan's Diamer
[DAWN] A mysterious fire erupted on Sunday at a government primary school for girls in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan, police said on Monday.

While the nature of the fire is not clear as yet, a police officer told DawnNewsTV on condition of anonymity that some miscreants had apparently set the furniture and books in the school on fire.

The incident comes a year after 14 schools, several of them girls-only institutions, in Diamer district were torched in a single night by miscreants. A local journalist said that the school where the fire occurred over the weekend was one of those 14 schools.

Police officials said they could not find any clue or indication of a short circuit or some other accident having caused the fire. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
an inquiry was launched to ascertain the cause of the blaze.

Meraj, the chairman of a local schools committee, approached police to file a case against the inferno, however, no case had been filed till Monday evening.

The chairman contended in his application that anti-education elements target schools time and again, so action should be taken against them.

Diamer is the lowest-ranking district in terms of quality of education in GB, and among the 10 lowest-ranking districts in Pakistain.

There are 244 government schools in the district, about 83 per cent of which are primary level, 10.6pc middle schools and 6pc high schools. There are no higher secondary schools in the district. Of the total number of government schools, 156 are boys schools, while 88 are girls-only schools, according to Alif Ailaan.
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#1  A short circuit would need electricity though.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 2:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Exam time?
Posted by: AlanC || 08/20/2019 15:06 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraq has executed 100 since January, 8,000 on death row: official
[Rudaw] More than 100 individuals have been executed in Iraq since January, with a staggering 8,000 more on death row, according to Iraq's UN-approved human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
body.

The execution figures came from Iraqi Ministry of Justice data that was reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, according to one commission member.

"According to the data of the Iraqi Justice Ministry that have been reviewed by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights, over 100 people have been executed in Iraq," Hemin Bajalan told Rudaw English on Sunday. "There are 8,022 prisoners in Iraq convicted with execution."

Iraq has one of the highest rates of execution in the world, and is ranked in the top four along with Iran, 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...
and China, according to Human Rights Watch's 2019 report, which documented the year prior.

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s government has not made public the number of executions it carried out this year, according to the watchdog.

"Iraqi authorities handed down hundreds of death sentence
...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead...
s to those convicted under counterterrorism legislation and carried out executions without publicizing any official numbers or sharing this information with international actors," Human Rights Watch report read.

The trials were also rushed and were sometimes based on a single confession or missing victims' testimonies, according to the report.

The 100 plus figure marks a big increase in Iraqi executions. In 2018, more than 52 recorded executions took place in Iraq, according to a report from Amnesia Amnesty International.

The more than 8,000 people with death sentences is also a striking increase from 2018. At the end of that year, Amnesty reported that there were more than 285 people with death sentence.

There are 26 prisons throughout Iraq that contain at least 37,113 prisoners. Of those, 18,306 are imprisoned on terrorism charges, according to an August report by the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights.

Two officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Justice Rudaw spoke to declined to discuss the execution figures.

In the Kurdistan Region, Sulaimani authorities confirmed in May that they executed an ISIS bad boy from Baghdad after he was detained in Kirkuk in May.

'BAD CONDITIONS'
At present, there is not enough room in the Iraqi penal system to accommodate all those locked up, according to Bajalan.

"Due to the bad conditions prisons in Iraq are facing, the prisoners are finding it difficult to fit into one prison," he said. "For that reason, Iraq should deliver more facilities to the prisons."

Other observers have noted poor conditions in Iraqi prisons as well. According to a July report also by Human Rights Watch, prisons in the Nineveh province feature overcrowding and "degrading conditions." Some of the prisons in Nineveh are supposed to house a maximum capacity of 2,500 people, but are holding around 4,500 prisoners and detainees. Women and children are among those in the prisons, according to the organization.

Nineveh police have denied inhumane conditions in the prisons and rejected the Human Rights Watch report, calling it "not true."

Iraqi politicians visited the prisons in July, and described the overcrowding and conditions there as "tragic" and "catastrophic."
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#1  Need to pick up the pace.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/20/2019 3:26 Comments || Top||

#2  "Faster, please™"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/20/2019 6:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Remarkable success in reducing the recidivism of former ISIS members.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/20/2019 8:03 Comments || Top||

#4  If you can find it, read the short story The Second Coming by Joe Gores. While waiting to witness an execution at San Quentin, one witness asks another why there are two chairs in the gas chamber. The guy next to him replies drily "That's in case there's a double header..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/20/2019 9:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Foreign investment and engineers required in Iraq, for an Automated Gibbet Line system. The current one is medievaly slow.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/20/2019 11:07 Comments || Top||


Two wounded after Turkish airstrikes in Sulaimani
[Rudaw] Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s left two people maimed in a village in the Sangasar town north of Sulaimani Monday.

One local in the village of Bole said residents were at first too scared of the jets to tend to the maimed.

"Fearing constant maneuvers from the warplanes spotted overhead, our people cannot rush to retrieve the maimed and take them to hospital," Abdulrahman Hassan told Rudaw English.

Sangasar mayor Nahro Aabdulla said the bombings, which targeted apparent Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions, took place at around 9:30 in the morning. Another resident told Rudaw the ambulances were finally able to transport the injured to a hospital in Ranya around 12:00 pm.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
Hassan claims there are no PKK bases in the area.

"There is no PKK base near the village of Bole," said Hassan.

One of the villagers is critically maimed and the airstrikes led to fires in orchards and groves in the area, according to Hassan.

The bombings came hours after the Ottoman Turkish government removed three mayors from the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) from office in the Kurdish cities of Diyarbakir, Van and Mardin due to alleged PKK ties. They have been replaced by government-appointed officials. The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
arrested 418 people in the crackdown.
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Erbil: 5 PKK airstruck, American base on fire


Turkish jets neutralize 5 PKK terrorists in northern Iraq

Ankara (IraqiNews.com) – The Ottoman Turkish Defense Ministry said on Monday that its fighter jets neutralized five PKK bandidos hard boyz during a counter-terrorism operation in northern Iraq.

Airstrikes were carried out in Qandil region as part of the ongoing Operation Claw, the ministry said on Twitter.

It added that the operation also destroyed weapon emplacements and shelters used by PKK terrorists.

Huge fire breaks out at US military base in northern Iraq

Erbil (IraqiNews.com) – A huge fire erupted Monday at a US military base in the Makhmour area in northern Iraq, a well-informed source said.

Speaking to Iraqi news website Almaalomah, the source said that smoke plumes were spotted rising from the military base in Makhmour.

According to the source, the cause of the fire is yet to be established.

The military base in Makhmour was built by the US to provide support for Iraqi troops and Peshmerga fighters in their fight against 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....
terrorist group in Kirkuk.
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Iraqi police destroy three Islamic State hotbeds in Diyala
Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced that three hotbeds 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....
terrorist group were destroyed during a security operation in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.

"Federal police forces, acting on intelligence information, destroyed three Islamic State hideouts in Valley Shaybah in Kirkuk province," Maj. Gen. Saad Maan, the ministry front man, said in a press statement.

"The hideouts contained 15 explosive charges, two magazines and foodstuffs," the statement read.

Kirkuk officials previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west of the province, as the region still has Islamic State members who escaped during liberation of Hawija to remote areas.
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Anbar antics: car bomb airstruck, 5 deep desert sites raided


Army aviation destroys car bomb west of Anbar

Anbar (IraqiNews) Leader of al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Anbar Province, 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...
i al-Obeidi, announced on Sunday, that Iraqi Army Aviation bombarded a booby-trapped vehicles and killed its occupants, west of Anbar.

Obeidi said in a press statement, "Security forces from Jazeera Forces Command, backed by al-Hashd al-Shaabi, aerially monitored the area of Wady Huran, west of Baghdadi area in Heet, west of Anbar."

The forces managed to bombard a booby-trapped vehicle, destroying it and killing its occupants, the statement added.

The statement further added, "Security forces have tightened their security measures in all areas of the western sector of the province to prevent any security breach," pointing out that "The army aviation has intensified its raids over the desert areas to thwart any attempt to attack the military troops."

Obeidi also said that shelling the whereabouts 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....
snuffies was carried out based on intelligence information that enabled the army aviation to target it directly.

Security forces in Anbar raid 5 desert areas in search of IS cells

Anbar (IraqiNews) Qatari al-Obeidi, Commander al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Anbar province, said on Sunday that security forces raided five desert areas in Anbar in search of IS cells.

In a press statement, Obeidi said that security forces from al-Jazeera Operations Command, backed by paramilitary forces, launched offensives on the areas of Umm al-Waz, al-Madham, J-Wan, Moasher and Wadi Horan in the deep desert of the western regions, in search of the remnants of the Islamic State terrorists and their weapons caches.

“The security forces have cordoned off all the targeted areas while the military aviation provided the necessary security protection to the invading forces,” Obeidi said, while indicated that the offensives came within an operation to clear all desert areas and secure them from the threat of the criminal group.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF Forces Arrest 23 Suspects In West Bank Overnight
[Jpost] IDF soldiers arrested 23 suspects overnight suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terrorism and violent order violations.

During a search to find weapons in the towns of as-Samu and Dura villages, security forces seized two Carlo-type machine guns and ammunition.

The soldiers also seized makeshift weapons in the village of Beit Rima.
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Jordanian citizen indicted in Israel for plot to kill IDF soldier
[IsraelTimes] Mohammad Maslah, 21, entered the West Bank in June and sneaked into Israel from the Tulkarem area on July 22, tried to assault cop during arrest.

Israeli prosecutors on Monday charged a 21-year-old Jordanian man who attempted to knife a police officer and confessed to planning to stab an IDF soldier last month.

The indictment filed at the Haifa District Court charged Mohammad Maslah with planning to carry out a deadly terror attack, aggravated assault and other charges.

The indictment called him a Jordanian citizen, according to Hebrew media reports.

According to a police statement released after the indictment was filed, two officers patrolling late on July 22 in the northern city of Hadera noticed the suspect sitting alone at a bus stop on Hanasi Street. They approached him and began to question him.

The young man turned out to be a Paleostinian with Jordanian citizenship residing in the West Bank village of Deir al-Ghusun, near Tulkarem, who had entered Israel without an entry permit.

In later questioning, Maslah said he had arrived in the West Bank from Jordan in June, and was living with his sister for a month before sneaking into Israel.

One of the officers informed Maslah he was under arrest, but as he attempted to cuff him, Maslah allegedly resisted, then pulled out a knife with a 17-centimeter (7-inch) blade. According to police, Maslah then attempted to stab one of the cops and expeditiously departed at a goodly pace.

The officers gave chase, called in reinforcements, and eventually caught up to Maslah and ordered him at gunpoint to drop his knife.

According to police, Maslah then shouted "holy shit! Allahu akbar," or "God is greater," and lunged at an officer. The officer fired a single shot into the man’s left leg, causing him to collapse to the ground. Maslah was lightly to moderately injured by the gunfire, and taken to the city’s Hillel Yaffe Medical Center.

No police were hurt during the incident.

According to police, Maslah said during questioning that he got the knife from his sister’s home, entered Israel through a gap he found in the security fence around Tulkarem, and jumped on a bus to Hadera.

Once there, he said he spent the day looking for a soldier to stab. That remained his plan later that night as he sat at the bus stop where the officers first encountered him.

The charge sheet also includes illegal entry into Israel, illegal weapon possession, and obstructing a police officer.
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Syria strongly condemns passage of Turkish resupply of alNusra at Khan Sheikhoun
[SANA.SY] Syria strongly condemned the passage of Ottoman Turkish vehicles loaded with ammunition, weapons and material equipment through the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish borders and their entrance to Saraqeb City in their way to Khan Sheikhoun town to help the defeated Lions of Islam of "Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
", asserting that this acts affirms again the continued unlimited support provided by the Ottoman Turkish regime to terrorist groups.

An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement to SANA that "Ottoman Turkish vehicles loaded with ammunition, weapons and material equipment passed through the Syrian-Ottoman Turkish borders on Monday morning and they entered Saraqeb City in their way to Khan Sheikhoun to help the defeated Lions of Islam of Jabhat al-Nusra which is on the lists of the Security Council as a terrorist organization, which affirms again the continued unlimited support provided by the Ottoman Turkish regime to the terrorist groups."

The source added "The Syrian Arab Republic strongly condemns this flagrant Ottoman Turkish violation and it holds the Ottoman Turkish Regime fully responsible for the consequences of this stark violation of the illusory sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic which constitutes an outrageous breach of the international law’s provisions."

"Syria affirms that this aggressive behavior by the Ottoman Turkish regime will not in any way affect the determination of the Syrian Arab Army to continue to hunt down the remnants of Lions of Islam in Khan Sheikhoun and other areas till liberating every inch of the Syrian territories from terrorism," the source concluded.

Related from the Jerusalem Post: Syrian air strikes hit Turkish convoy in Idlib, 16 casualties

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