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Appropriate: 200 Taliban recruits nabbed from sheep trucks in north of Afghanistan
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Afghanistan
Ghani should not sign execution orders of terror convicts: Amnesty International
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Amnesia Amnesty International has urged President Mohammad 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. ..
not to sign the execution orders of prisoners convicted of terror offences.

The appeal by Amnesia Amnesty International comes as the Taliban group made a plea to international organizations to intervene and stop the Afghan government to implement death sentences.

In its latest release titled "Afghanistan: The death penalty is no solution to terrorism’ Amnesia Amnesty International said ’Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani should not sign execution orders."

"By hastily seeking retribution for the horrific bombings that killed over 64 people in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
last month, the government of Afghanistan’s plans to execute those convicted of terror offences will neither bring the victims the justice they deserve, nor Afghanistan the security it needs," said Jameen Kaur, Amnesia Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South Asia.

"There is no evidence that the death penalty serves as a deterrent, and there are fears that it will only serve to perpetuate a cycle of violence without tackling any of the root causes."

"The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment. In a context where there are very serious questions about the fairness and transparency of the legal process, the use of torture by security forces to extract confessions, and the narrow window for appeal, there is a particular risk of mistakes being made that cannot be corrected."
That argument seems odd to me. Murder is a cruel and irreversible crime. Captured terrorists, especially Anis Haqqani, aren't high on my concerns about fairness and transparency.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  The death penalty is a cruel and irreversible punishment

Tell it to ISIS.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/06/2016 3:57 Comments || Top||


Corruption is a national stigma, says President Ghani
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] President Mohammad 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. ..
has said corruption is a national stigma admitting that the government has not been able to uproot it from the governmental institutions.

In his remarks during at the European Conference ’the way ahead for anti-corruption in Afghanistan’ President Ghani said there are certain cases and factors which are keen to weaken the government institutions.

President Ghani further added that corruption a legacy of the past and hundreds of cases are lying intact in the Attorney General office.

"We have re-organized the Council on Governance & Justice to become a High Council for Governance, Law, and Anti-corruption," Ghani said, adding that "Our excellent Chief Justice and newly confirmed Attorney General are already breathing new life into justice sector reform."

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:


Threat of kidnapping continues to be very high in Kabul, US Embassy warns citizens
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The US Embassy in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
has released a new security alert warning its citizens that "the threat of kidnapping and hostage taking continues to be very high."

The latest alert followed a day after the US Embassy warned regarding a possible suicide and coordinated attack or kidnapping in the 10th police district of the city.

"An attempted kidnapping occurred in Kabul on May 2, 2016 targeting several expatriates including a U.S. citizen. The U. S. Embassy Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that the threat of kidnapping and hostage taking continues to be very high," an online statement by US Embassy said.

The statement further added "There are no further details regarding the targets, timing, or method of any planned kidnappings."

"The U.S. Embassy continues to take this threat seriously and advises U.S. citizens to take appropriate security precautions and to avoid predictable travel patterns within Afghanistan," the statement said.

This comes as the anti-government armed Death Eater groups have been attempting to carry out attacks in capital Kabul during the recent weeks which comes after the Taliban group announced its spring offensive.

Earlier, an Australian citizen serving as an aid worker was kidnapped by unknown gunnies from Jalalabad city, the quiet 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.

No group including the Talibs has so far grabbed credit behind the kidnapping of the aid worker.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Death threats force Afghan film actress to seek asylum in France
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An Afghan film actress Marina Golbahari has been forced to seek asylum in La Belle France after receiving death threats from the hardliners in Afghanistan for her role as an actress.

The death threats against Golbahari reportedly intensified after appearing in a film festival in South Korea where she was pictured with head uncovered, drawing the attention of the hardliners.

According to Agence La Belle France-Presse, Golbahari arrived in La Belle France for a film festival five months and could not return to Afghanistan as threats against her and her husband grew further.

Golbahari’s husband Noorullah Azizi told AFP "We never thought of staying. We hardly packed anything."

The actress appeared in the Gloden Globe-winning film Osama when she was only 10-year-old, thrusting her to stardom as the heroine.

Her role in the film was depict the a girl who had disguised herself as a boy during the Taliban’s rule so that she can walk freely on the street.

Osama’ was a hit and made Golbahari, now 24, an instant star in her country. "Cinema is my life," she said. "In a film, I can say everything about my people."

The threats against Golbahari reportedly increased after the imam in her local village of Kapisa announced that she should not return, which Azizi said translates as: "She must die."

The couple was forced to move from house to house due to growing threats followed by a failed grenade attack on her house.

She travelled to La Belle France together with her husband in mid-November to appear in a festival in Nantes in western La Belle France. But their families, who had also received death threats, told them they had to stay away.

The couple have found themselves in a decrepit shelter for asylum seekers in Dreux, 90 kilometres outside Gay Paree. Their small green and violet room looks out over a roof full of discarded rubbish.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Ghani assigns Stanikzai as acting NDS chief, Abdullah Khan acting defense minister
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] President Mohammad 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. ..
has appointed Mohammad Masoom Stanikzai as the acting Intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) Chief.

According to a statement by the Office of the President, General Abdullah has been assigned for the post of acting minister of defense.

The statement further added that Stanikzai will also serve as Ministerial Adviser to President Ghani.

Abdullah Khan was previously serving as the Chief of Staff in Afghan National Army Chief of Staff office before he was assigned as acting minister of defense.

This comes as President Ghani promised to introduce the nominees for Minister of Defense and National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief during a gathering in the Afghan parliament late last month.

Ghani made the promise during a gathering in the Afghan parliament while announcing the government’s stance regarding the peace efforts and fight against corruption.

The gathering was organized shortly after Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
was hit by a deadly attack which left at least 64 dead and 347 others maimed.

Masoom Stanikzai was the last nominee for the Ministry of Defense who was rejected by the Afghan politicians following his introduction to the parliament house.

The National Directorate of Security, the key intelligence agency of the country got an acting chief following the resignation of Rahmatullah Nabil last year.

Meanwhile,
...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell...
the Afghan politicians unanimously approved General Taj Mohammad Jahid as the new Minister of Interior during a confidence voting process earlier this month.

Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Germany puts “Sharia police” on trial
From Legal Insurrection as the original article is in German.
The latest on a story we've been following since last year.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  May the Germans be very efficient and technological in their approach to whipping and amputating extremities of the "sharia police members." They will, of course, not go there, but it would be fun to watch...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/06/2016 9:36 Comments || Top||

#2  How is "Police impersonation" punished in Saudi Arabia?
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/06/2016 19:31 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkey could send ground troops into Syria
ANKARA: Turkey is ready to send ground forces into Syria to tackle Daesh militants if need be, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, as two more rockets fired by the group struck a border town.

President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would respond to all rockets fired by Daesh and vowed that the radicals would suffer greater losses if they continued their aggression.

Turkey has argued the case for ground troops in Syria in the past, although it has always said it would not mount a unilateral incursion unless its national security was threatened.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Davutoglu said United Nations resolutions give Turkey “legitimacy” to enter Syria to fight Islamic State and others in the name of self-defense.

“If ground troops become vital, we would send them. We are ready to take all measures inside and outside Turkey to defend ourselves,” he said in the interview late on Tuesday.
Last I heard, Turkey has four combat brigades ready to go.
Posted by: badanov || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Russia always viewed itself as a successor of Byzantium (third Rome).
Russia and Turkey been fighting since 16th century.
I guess, it's ain't over yet.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/06/2016 1:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Turkey vs. Russia would really put pressure on the pop-corn supplies; BUT since Turkey is putatively NATO I'm afraid the side effects could be devastating.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/06/2016 7:45 Comments || Top||

#3  BUT since Turkey is putatively NATO I'm afraid the side effects could be devastating.

Another reason not to skip your presidential elections.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/06/2016 8:46 Comments || Top||

#4  BUT since Turkey is putatively NATO I'm afraid the side effects could be devastating.

NATO declined to get involved when the Turks shot down that Russian MiG, considering it an error of judgement. NATO won't get involved.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2016 9:52 Comments || Top||

#5  NATO would get involved how?
Sanction maybe. Sure as hell they won't fight.
Posted by: jvalentour || 05/06/2016 10:17 Comments || Top||

#6  That's under Barack, TW. You never know with Hillary.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/06/2016 10:26 Comments || Top||

#7  When was their last donation to the Clinton Foundation?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/06/2016 16:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Maybe somebody should tell Vlad we really will be more flexible after the next election.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 05/06/2016 18:34 Comments || Top||


Turkey PM quits as Erdogan tightens grip
[DAWN] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday announced he was stepping down as ruling party chief and premier, in a shock resignation set to further boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
's growing powers.

Divisions between Davutoglu and Erdogan that had been rumoured for months erupted into the open on Wednesday, with the two leaders holding crisis talks at the presidential palace that failed to resolve the conflict.

Davutoglu said after a central executive committee of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) that the party would hold an extraordinary congress on May 22 and he would not be standing for a new mandate.

This means that the premier -- who has headed the government since 2014 when Erdogan moved from the premiership to the presidency -- will step aside from his twin jobs of AKP boss and prime minister.

According to the conventions of the AKP -- a party co-founded by Erdogan to bring Islam into the mainstream of Turkey's secular politics -- the party chairman and head of government are the same person.

"I don't think I will be a candidate in the next congress in the current circumstances," Davutoglu said.

He added that after "consultations with friends", including Erdogan, "I have decided that it will be better to change party leader... for the continuation of the AK Party's unity."

In an emotional farewell statement in which he took no questions, Davutoglu gave a long description of the achievements since he became premier.

"There is no feeling of failure or regret in making this decision" to step aside, he said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  How long until he declares himself Sultan?
Posted by: Knuckles Shereng2411 || 05/06/2016 0:22 Comments || Top||

#2  He already has -of the ottoman empire
Posted by: newc || 05/06/2016 1:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Google "Erdogan palace pictures" to see the 1,150* room presidential palace he caused to be built on an Ankara hilltop two years ago over the objections of the parliament and Turkey's supreme court.

* The plans originally called for a mere 1,000 rooms, but the final product, as so often is the case, of necessity expanded.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/06/2016 10:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Champ must be envious. Not to mention his spousal unit.
Posted by: Bobby || 05/06/2016 14:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Mrs. Endogan: the trim in anteroom 47a.1 is fucking purple mauve, not periwinkle! Fix it and return. The paint punch list for the north wing still has 12,473 paint related items. Send in the flooring guy.
Posted by: Shipman || 05/06/2016 15:32 Comments || Top||


Turkish president voices concern over refugees
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday voiced concern over refugees who lost their lives in the Aegean Sea, mainly by using unsafe vessels, such as plastic boats, Anadolu agency reported.
Now he tells us...
"So far, Turkey has rescued nearly 110,000 migrants attempting the sea crossing from Turkey to the Greek island," Erdogan said in his speech at a judicial congress in Istanbul.

Erdogan said that the refugee issue needed more attention from the international community.
As opposed to using the refugees as weapons to get what you want from Europe...
"The institutions which are responsible for establishing global justice are inactive," he said referring to UN.

Turkey currently hosts 2.7 million Syrian refugees, as well as hundreds of thousands from troubled states such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:


India-Pakistan
Nayyar Bokhari's son slapped police constable, reveals CCTV footage
[DAWN] Former chairman Senate Nayyar Bokhari’s son, Jarar Bokhari, slapped the special branch constable, revealed CCTV footage of the incident.

Arrest warrants for both father and son have been issued by Magistrate Jawad Hussain Adil, with a copy available with DawnNews.

Police has also lodged an application with a local court in Islamabad in connection with the incident.

"We are against VIP culture," said Islamabad Inspector General tariq Masood. He also urged other members of the police force to not bow to "pressure".

Leader of the opposition, Syed Khursheed Shah, remarked that the incident is being "needlessly" made into an issue.

"Bukhari is a PPP man and the Islamabad police is attempting to please the federal government," said Shah.

Islamabad district bar association also went on strike in solidarity with Bukhari, who is a lawyer by profession and an ex-president of the association.

According to Senate rules, the Senate chair must be informed if a member of the Senate is to be tossed in the clink
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
. However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
the rules are silent on former chairs of Senate.

Earlier, Nayyar Bokhari and his guard were trying to gain entry to Islamabad district courts when they were stopped by law enforcement personnel deployed for security.

The guards posted at the entry point asked to search the former senate chairman who arrived at the premises accompanied by his guards. The move led to a heated exchange, upon which Bokhari insulted the security staff present and one of the men slapped a special branch constable.

The special branch personnel deployed for security left their posts in protest after the incident.

The incident occurred at a time when the federal capital and Rawalpindi are on high alert and security agencies have been directed to maintain a strong vigil.
Posted by: Fred || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Iraqi commander sent packing after Green Zone breach
Iraq's prime minister has sacked the commander of special forces in Baghdad's Green Zone after protesters breached the fortified area over the past week, a military statement said late on Wednesday.

The removal of Staff Lieutenant General Mohammed Ridha is being seen as an indication of tightening security as authorities plan on taking a harder line against planned protesters over the weekend.

Iraqi analyst Taif Jany told Al Arabiya English that angry protesters, most of them supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, broke into the Green Zone and stormed parliament on Saturday in an unprecedented security breach after years of frustration with the political elite.

“The fortifications reinforce a literal barrier between Parliament and the people. Not only is the government's business conducted without our input, but we are also cut off by razor wire, guards, and enormous concrete fences,” Jany, Program Manager at Education for Peace in Iraq Center, told Al Arabiya English.

Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi issued commander Ridha’s relief order and replaced him with Maj. Gen. Karim Aboud al-Tamimi, according to a statement from Iraq's Joint Operations Command.
Posted by: badanov || 05/06/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq



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