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US Drones Kill A 2nd Taliban Leader, Mangal Bagh

[It is about time that this bus driver, who considers himself a “Mullah”, was eliminated.  He ruled much of Khyber, while instilling in young minds his warped ideas of “shariah”.  He led the Lashkar-i-Islam in pitched battles against rogue TTP Taliban factions who opposed the Army.  From reports leaked from Pakistan’s Tribal Region, we know that Mangal responded to the will of the Army, whenever push time came, making him one of the “good Taliban.”  Reportedly, he accommodated Haqqani units in Khyber, whenever Pakistan ran its N. Waziristan operation, allowing most of them to remain beyond the reach of the Afghan authorities, safe within Pakistan.  Between the recent drone-killing of Afghan Talib chief, Mansour and this killing of Mangal Bagh, it is becoming apparent that the Pentagon is attacking Pakistani control of these militant chess pieces.]

U.S confirms Pakistan’s Taliban leader’s death

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YEREVAN, JULY 25, ARMENPRESS. Pakistan’s Taliban leader Mangal Bagh has been killed on July 24. This has been confirmed by the U.S.

Pakistani President’s Security Advisor Hanaif Atmar confirmed the news, according to RIA Novosti.

“One of the leaders has been killed. He is Mangal Bagh, who was Pakistan’s Talibans’ leader. He has been killed by UAV strikes. The U.S has confirmed this”, Atmar said.

 

Germany Put on Edge After 3rd Middle Eastern Terrorist Attack

Germany Put on Edge After Unprecedented String of Attacks

Bloomberg Business
Patrick Donahue

1469436067_GERMANY_ATTACKSA woman places a candle at a memorial in front of the Olympia Einkaufszentrum shopping center in Munich, on July 24, 2016.  Photographer: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty Images

Germany was put on edge after an unprecedented series of four attacks in the last week left many dead and wounded, placing pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to stem the violence.

The latest incident occurred late Sunday at a music festival in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, near Nuremberg, when a 27-year-old man identified as a Syrian refugee blew himself up near the entrance to the event, injuring 12 others.

The bombing followed a shooting spree at a shopping center in Munich on Friday, in which an 18-year-old man shot dead nine people before killing himself. The attacker, identified as an Iranian-German who was born and raised in Germany, had no apparent connection with a terror organization, police said. In another assault on Sunday, a machete-wielding 21-year-old male, also identified as Syrian refugee, killed a pregnant woman in a town south of Stuttgart. Last Monday, an ax assault by an Afghan asylum seeker allegedly inspired by Islamic State wounded two train passengers near Wuerzburg.

Stephan Mayer, a lawmaker in Merkel’s Christian Democratic-led bloc, urged calm and warned against hasty judgments, particularly over the chancellor’s refugee policy, which triggered public anxiety after more than a million migrants made their way to Germany in 2015.

“There is a rising nervousness among our public,” Mayer, who sits on parliament’s internal affairs committee, told BBC Radio on Monday. “You have to differentiate — the events of Friday have nothing to do with our refugee policy. It is completely wrong to blame Angela Merkel and her refugee policy for this incident.”

Germany has largely avoided large scale terrorist attacks on its soil, in contrast with the assaults that killed hundreds in Paris, Brussels and Nice over the last year. While the spate of violence in Germany is smaller in scale, the incidents could revive pressure on Merkel over her migration policy as she struggles to confront a range of crises buffeting Europe.

Merkel convened an emergency meeting of her security cabinet on Saturday to address the violence and reassure the public. Anxieties over the influx of asylum seekers, the vast majority arriving through Bavaria, had subsided as numbers dwindled, the result of border closings along the Balkan route and a European Union accord with Turkey.

“We will find what exactly was behind this,” Merkel told reporters in the Chancellery on Saturday. “The state and its security forces will continue to do everything to protect the security and freedom of everybody in Germany.”

From the lone wolf shooting at an Orlando nightclub to the three terror attacks in France, Europe and the U.S. have been engulfed by waves of violence carried out by Islamic State sympathizers at a time when there is a populist backlash against immigrants and the political establishment, be it bureaucrats in the European Union or lawmakers in Washington. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump called on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday for “extreme vetting” for people entering the U.S. from countries hit by terror attacks, including European nations.
Suicide Bombing

It remains unclear whether the suicide bomber in Bavaria has any links to terror organizations. The man, who had come to Germany two years ago and whose asylum application had been rejected, was known to police and had previously tried to kill himself, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said at a news conference in the early hours of Monday.

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere warned against broad judgments against refugees. He said authorities had investigated 59 allegations of migrants tied to terror groups, most of which have turned up empty. He plans to make a statement at 3 p.m. local time in Berlin.

“I understand that these events are seen by many in a particular context, but they should each be carefully investigated and assessed,” de Maiziere told Funke media group in an interview. “We should not hold refugees under a general suspicion, even if there are investigations in individual cases.”

Life In the Racist Hindu State–For Dalits, Who Are Considered Less Than Human

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U.P., Bihar lead in crimes against Dalits

The Hindu

Data from Gujarat show such atrocities impossibly make up 163% of the total number of crimes.

Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar lead the country in the number of cases registered of crimes against the Scheduled Castes, official data pertaining to 2013, 2014 and 2015 show.

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) counts these States among those deserving special attention.

While U.P. has witnessed a political war of words over an expelled BJP leader’s insulting remarks on BSP leader Mayawati, it is Rajasthan that leads in number of crimes against Dalits.

Fifty-two to 65 per cent of all crimes in Rajasthan have a Dalit as the victim. This is despite the fact that the State’s SC (Dalit) population is just 17.8 per cent of its total population. With six per cent of India’s Dalit population, the State accounts for up to 17 per cent of the crimes against them across India.

With 20 per cent of India’s Dalit population, U.P. accounts for 17 per cent of the crimes against them. The numbers — ranging from 7078 to 8946 from 2013 to 2015 — are high, but so is the population of Dalits in the State.

Bihar too has a poor track record, with 6721 to 7893 cases of atrocities in the same period, contributing 16-17 per cent of the all India crimes against Dalits with just eight per cent of the country’s SC population. While Dalits form 15.9 per cent of the State’s population, 40-47 per cent of all crimes registered there are against Dalits.

Gujarat corrects figures

Gujarat on its part has shared corrected figures of crimes against Dalits with the NCSC after an abnormal increase in the figures pertaining to crimes against Dalits in the State.

“The anamoly and sudden increase in respect to Gujarat and Chhattisgarh are abnormal and are being highlighted so that these States can provide actual data in case there was a mistake in reporting,” said the agenda note for the NCSC review meeting with the States last week.

Gujarat’s numbers of crimes against Dalits had jumped to 6655 in 2015 from 1130 in 2014, which made NCSC officials suspicious. There was also a statistical impossibility in the data — the crimes against Dalits were 163 per cent of the total number of crimes reported.

“Gujarat officials corrected the data in the meeting, and these are like previous years,” an official present at the meet said. “Chhattisgarh officials have done the same.”

Gujarat’s officials, sources said, were worried that “inflated” data would further damage the State’s record on Dalit atrocities when at a time it is in the eye of storm over the Una incident of public beating of Dalits and the subsequent suicide attempts by Dalits in the state.

In an attempt at damage control, the Gujarat government has also released figures claiming crimes against Dalits in the State have “gone down” under the BJP. The corrected figure for 2015 in this data set is 1052, which is lower than figure for 2014.

The data also claim that while there were on an average 1669 crimes against Dalits per year in the State from 1991 to 2000, the number declined to 1098 between 2011 and 2015.

Atrocities

So far as the atrocities reported to the NCSC by Dalits who feel the authorities are not giving them justice are concerned, U.P. accounts for the highest number at 2024 cases and Tamil Nadu comes next at 999 cases.

“This could mean both laxity of the authorities and greater consciousness of rights among Dalits,” an NCSC official said. (With inputs from Nistula Hebbar)

French and USAF Reap Extreme Bombing Tolls On Manbij, Syria—Hundreds of Civilians Dead

 French Air Force avenges Nice massacre, kills 100+ civilians (Pictures)

 

Not a week after the horrendous attack that occurred in the French city of Nice, the French Air Force, a member of the anti-ISIS coalition, escalated its bombing of ISIS-held territory.

The retaliatory bombing campaign resulted in a high civilian casualty count in the densely populated Manbij. Lower estimates put the civilian victim numbers at a 100+ while higher estimates provided by local sources put the number at 300, most of whom were women and children.

While civilian losses are not foreign to urban wars, the French Air Force is not foreign to attacks seemingly vengeful in nature. Following the horrific ISIS-claimed attacks in Paris, the French Air Force bombed a school in Iraq’s Nineveh massacring 36 children, local sources said.

On a separate note, the French Foreign Minister recently expressed worries about the Syrian Army sieging the civilian population of east Aleppo where a jihadist faction under the umbrella of the western-backed Free Syrian Army gruesomely beheaded a child today, accusing him of collaborating with the Syrian government.

Below are pictures of the horrific scene in Manbij:

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Death Toll From US Manbij Bombing Likely to Be ‘Far’ Higher Than Admitted

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The civilian death toll from the US bombing of the towns of Toukhan Al-Kubra and Manbij in Syria’s Aleppo this week is likely to be far higher than the 140 reported fatalities, US analysts told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Martin Sieff – The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces said in a statement on Wednesday it had called on the US-led international coalition against the Daesh to immediately suspend airstrikes in Syria in the wake of the attacks.

“My opinion is that the number of civilian casualties is far more than the US is willing to state if the recent announcement of US drone casualties is any indicator, advocacy group KnowDrones.com Coordinator Nick Mottern stated on Thursday.

Mottern noted that the attacks with their high civilian death tolls, including children, occurred after it had been announced that the US armed forces were relaxing their attack guidelines and that this might mean more civilian casualties.

According to some reports, US aircraft misidentified fleeing civilian families for Daesh forces and attacked them.

“The bombing that resulted in these deaths is done in support of forces seeking to drive Daesh out of Manbij,” Ohio State University Professor Emeritus of International Law Professor John Quigley acknowledged.

Although the total number of people killed in the attacks had yet to be conclusively established, it was already clear that there had been a been a substantial death toll in the two towns, Quigley pointed out.

In this undated file image posted on Monday, June 30, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, north Syria
© AP Photo/ Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File  Anti-Daesh Coalition Backs Creation Committee to Probe Crimes Against Civilians

“Extreme care must be taken under humanitarian law in such situations” by air forces tasked with such operations, he cautioned.

To date the United States has said only that it is investigating whether civilians were killing in the bombing. All participants in the hostilities in Syria must assess in advance of bombing what civilians may be affected and must desist from bombing where civilian casualties are likely.

Photographs taken in Toukhan Al-Kubra after the air strike revealed the dead bodies of children, no more than three years old, lying under rubble.

The US Department of Defense will investigate recent reports that US-led coalition airstrikes killed civilians near the Syrian city of Manbij, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

Hazara Power Line Protest Bombed In Kabul By Former Pakistani Taliban, a.k.a., “ISIS”

[The fact that the group known as ISIS has so much money behind them that they operate by buying-out local militant armies (like the TTP Taliban in Afghanistan, Al-Qaeda In Iraq, and the remnants of Iraq’s Army and Republican Guard, in Libya, in Indonesia, in Bangladesh), this is concrete proof that ISIS cannot possibly be operating on oil-smuggling, kidnapping and bank-robbing.  The armies of ISIS can only be funded with billions of dollars, coming from the Arab monarchies.  NO ONE ELSE could fund such an enormous militant payroll besides the Saudis, the Kuwaitis, the Emirates or Qatar.]

61 killed, 207 wounded in Kabul suicide attack

 

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A high-ranking Afghan security official has confirmed that Daesh was behind the deadly Kabul attack that claimed over 60 lives and wounded more than 200 on Saturday.

According to the official the attack was organized by a Daesh member by the name of Abu Ali who is a resident of Achin district in Nangarhar.

Daesh also claimed responsibility on social media for the attack. The message posted in English and in Arabic said “two Daesh fighters detonated their explosive belts amid a Shiite gathering in the Dehmazang area in Kabul, Afghanistan.”

According to Afghan officials, there had been three bombers in total but security forces were able to kill the third bomber before he could detonate his explosives.

Minutes after the attack, President Ashraf Ghani denounced the deadly bombing and said it was an act of terrorism; however social media users blasted government for the incident.

A few minutes after the attack, Ghani’s deputy spokesman wrote in a Facebook message that the president was shocked over the attack, but the post draw strong reaction from social media users with many blaming a security lapse by government forces for the incident.

“Why don’t you (government) act instead of offer verbal sympathy,” one user said.

Saturday’s attack was the first of its kind at a peaceful demonstration. The suicide bombers joined thousands of Afghans before detonating their explosives in a crowded spot at the Dehmazang Circle.

Demonstrators had gathered from early Saturday at the rally in protest over government’s planned route of the 500kV power line project through Salang to Kabul.

 

China Wants The Army In Control of Pakistan, Once Again

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Farhan Bokhari in Islamabad and Lucy Hornby and Christian Shepherd in Beijing 

epa04713419 Pakistani army soldiers secure the road leading towards Prime Minister Secretariat where meeting between Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Shrif and Chinese president Xi Jinping is taking place in Islamabad, Pakistan 20 April 2015. After more than six decades of a relationship focused on defence and security, China and Pakistan are also developing an economic partnership with trade and investment agreements worth 46 billion dollars. The deals are part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project launched during the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping who arrived in Islamabad on Monday on his first state visit. The corridor is to be a complex network of highways, railways, investment zones and business centres, linking China's western Xinjiang autonomous region to Pakistan's Gwadar deep sea port in the south-western province of Balochistan. EPA/SOHAIL SHAHZAD
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Frustrated with the slow progress on a sprawling, $46bn infrastructure project stretching from China to south Asia, Beijing is seeking to give Pakistan’s army a lead role.

Its desire to enlist Pakistan’s military is a sign of the challenges facing a crucial plank of President Xi Jinping’s signature One Road One Belt initiative. It was designed to increase China’s influence along the Silk Road and help the country export some of its excess industrial capacity.

Mr Xi made Pakistan an early stop on that road last year with the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a $46bn bundle of road, railway, electricity, oil and gas projects that marked the largest foreign investment in the nuclear-armed south Asian state.

But progress has stalled as the two sides work out how to turn the proposals into concrete projects, said Victor Gao, a former Chinese foreign ministry official, with some blaming Pakistan’s competing ministries.

“On the Pakistan side there is uncertainty about which entity wants to take leadership or ownership of the corridor projects,” he said. “There is a big debate internally [in Pakistan] over whether the government should take ownership or the military should take ownership. This is what is holding the whole thing up.”

The Pakistan military, which has detachments of civil, mechanical and electrical engineers, has had decades of experience with large infrastructure projects and analysts say the army is well placed to supervise the corridor.

But some politicians warn that military involvement will expand the army’s footprint on civilian matters and give the armed forces an even greater say in policymaking.

Security along the route, which traverses many volatile regions, is also a factor. “Because this project runs from Kashgar in Xinjiang to Gwadar, the CPEC’s route is very long and high-risk,” said Huang Rihan at the Center for China and Globalisation.

A 15,000-strong army-led security force has already been deployed to protect Chinese personnel assigned to the project.

Ultimately the new Silk Road will connect China’s western region, including the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang province, to the Chinese-funded Pakistani port city of Gwadar and significantly reduce the travel time between China and the Middle East.

But progress by Pakistani ministries charged with carrying out the projects has stalled because of infighting. There are also concerns that the project bypasses Pakistan’s poorer regions and will mainly benefit the financial and industrial heartlands, notably Punjab, home province of Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister.

“Pakistani politicians have squabbled over the route for the CPEC and this may have made people nervous in Beijing,” said a Pakistan government official. “Pakistan is a noisy place politically while the Chinese are not used to harsh disagreements, especially over such a vital project.”

Others attributed the hold-up to the long-term nature of the CPEC. “These projects will take many years to be completed, beyond the tenure of any one government,” said a foreign ministry official in Islamabad. “China wants to make certain that these projects will be completed as per plan”.

China is focused on securing a route to the Indian Ocean that would reduce dependence on the choke point of the Strait of Malacca between the Malay Peninsula and the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Zaffar Hilaly, a former senior Pakistani diplomat and now commentator on national and security affairs, said: “The Chinese consider the Pakistan army a central player [for the country]. They see the army’s involvement with this project as a guarantee of its success.”

Pakistan’s armed forces have established close ties with Beijing as primary customers of China’s defence hardware, raising concerns in Delhi and Washington over a Sino-Pakistani military axis.

One Road, One Belt initiative

Obama’s Terrorists In Aleppo Send Pop Another Video

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Massive tunnel explosion rocks Aleppo

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US-backed fighters blow up, this morning, a tunnel packed with tons of high explosives under a governmental facility in the divided northern city of Aleppo.

The enormous explosion, filmed in camera from different angles, occurred around 7 a.m. this morning, leveling to the ground almost half the Traffic Department building, located in the government-held districts of the city, and seriously damaging the other half.

Three members of the security forces have been killed, 10 others missed under the rubble, according to initial reports

An informed source told Al Masdar News that the facility, run by the Ministry of Interior, provides accommodation for tens of its members.

“Luckily enough, the blast didn’t hit the accommodation sector. Most of the employees hadn’t arrived at the building when the explosion occurred”, the source added.

Anti-government militants have been using tunnels to sneak into Army bases and government-held facilities once ground invasion fails.

The deadly blast was coincided with heavy mortar shelling fired by Fateh Halab Operation Room around the municipal palace and Saadallah al-Jabiri square. 2 civilians were killed, 16 others wounded in the attack.

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