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The Taliban Story Hole–(updated)

[Things are getting complicated in the Taliban narrative. 

https://therearenosunglasses.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/mullah-abdul-manan-niazi.jpg?w=869The subject of the following article, Mullah Abdul Manan, is the brother of original Taliban Supremo, Mullah Omar .   He was recently honored with a seat on the Rahbari Shura (leadership council), along with his nephew, Omar’s eldest son, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, and Sirajuddin Haqqani.  They are named as deputies to new Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, who recently replaced the violently contested replacement for Mullah Omar, Akhtar Mansour, who was murdered in Balochistan by an American drone.  Omar’s brother and his son both opposed Mansour for Taliban king, because he attacked his own men (who contested the election) and because the succession was mishandled.

Does the arrest of Abdul Manan represent a crackdown upon the Mansour faction, or upon the rejectionists, who follow Mullah Rasoul?  Which side fights against the Afghan Govt, which side bombs civilian targets, primarily Shia mosques and gatherings?  The Taliban are a living, evolving sculpture, shaped by the hands of competing spy agencies, telling us the story of decades of the international intelligence agency wars.]

Taliban commander involved in robbery arrested from Charikar city

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A commander of the Taliban group involved in robbery, extortion and other criminal activities was arrested from the northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Abdul Manan who is also famous as Wazir was arrested from the vicinity of Charikar district.

According to a statement by NDS, another companion of Manan was also arrested by the intelligence operatives.

The statement further added that Manan was involved in robbery, roadside bombings and harassment of the local residents and a Ak-47 rifle along with a pistol were also confiscated from him.

NDS said the detained militants were long involved in terrorist activities and Manan spent three years in prison who rejoined the Taliban group after he was released.

According to NDS, Manan was operating under the command of Hashmatullah together with his other companions.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.

Parwan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.

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Iraq (NOT US) Air Force Destroys 200 ISIS Vehicles, Kills 200+ Terrorists

[SEE: U.S.-led strikes pound Islamic State in Iraq, kill 250 fighters  REUTERS]

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Iraqi security forces inspect vehicles belonging to escaping Islamic State militants outside Fallujah, Iraq.
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Iraq Destroys 200 Vehicles in Airstrike on Alleged ISIS Convoy

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Video Purports to Show Airstrike on ISIS Convoy in Iraq

Iraqi airstrikes destroyed around 200 vehicles believed to be carrying ISIS fighters fleeing one of their former strongholds — killing an unknown number of people, a senior official told NBC News on Thursday.

Brig. Yahya Rasool, a spokesman for Iraq’s Joint Operation Command, said Iraqi helicopters and warplanes attacked the convoy on a road about 12 miles south of Fallujah on Wednesday.

“All ISIS militants traveling in these vehicles were killed,” he said without providing a number of people who died.

The Iraqi military released video of the airstrikes. The Pentagon said Wednesday that it did not have details about the incident.

It was unclear how the Iraqi military identified that the convoy was made up entirely of vehicles beloning to ISIS militants.

NBC News could not independently confirm either the Iraqi military’s account or the Reuters report.

However, civilians are known to have been displaced in the area where the attack occurred.

The alleged fighters were trying to escape the previously ISIS-held Fallujah area, Iraqi officials said.

A senior Iraqi commander declared Sunday that Fallujah was “fully liberated” from ISIS militants after a more than month-long military operation.

The Fallujah liberation has fueled an exodus of thousands of families, overwhelming camps for the displaced run by the government and aid groups.

ISIS Loses Control of Fallujah

In a separate incident on Wednesday, Iraqi helicopter strikes killed some 150 alleged ISIS militants as they tried to reach neighboring Syria, Rasool said.

“They were trying to escape in order to reach Syria then the Iraqi helicopters found a place ISIS were hiding,” he added.

That attack occurred around 2 miles west of Amiriyah Fallujah, according to Rasool.

Reality dawns on Erdogan

Reality dawns on Erdogan and the AKP

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The attack at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport is only the latest terrorist atrocity to be committed in Turkey. Our hearts go out to the injured and the families of those killed.

It is also hard to say that this will be the last such attack in our country.

We have already had a string of terrorist atrocities committed over the past six months by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). As citizens we have to be vigilant and alert, and unfortunately brace ourselves for more.

We are reminded once again that it will take unity and perseverance to combat this modern-day scourge. We have underlined here before that Turkey cannot fight this fight alone. There are things it can do but this is an international problem requiring close international cooperation and coordination.

This is why the government’s realization, belated as it is, that international isolation has been detrimental to Turkey’s interests is very timely. There is no point in complaining about why the country was allowed to paint itself into a corner. Tomes have already been written about the foreign policy mistakes committed by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

It is all too easy at this stage to hit at President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the government for having pursued policies that have left Turkey with fewer friends and more enemies or rivals in the world. Correct as our arguments may be, we have to look forward.

As matters stand, Erdoğan is going to have quite a bit of explaining to do to his Islamist grassroots supporters as to why he has been forced to go against the grain of his Islamism and normalize ties with Israel.

Commentary in the pro-government media shows that there is discomfort over this development.

The Islamist Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), on the other hand, has rejected the rapprochement with Israel. It was this group – supported so avidly at the time by the government – that caused all the trouble in the first place, after it chartered the Mavi Marmara aid ship and tried to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza in 2010.

That effort resulted in the deaths of nine pro-Palestinian Turkish activists, killed by Israeli commandoes in the high seas. It is inevitable that the IHH should be accusing the government of caving in to Israel under U.S. pressure, saying it too has blood on its hands now.

Pro-government opinion-framers are nevertheless trying to given the impression that Turkey came out the winner in the normalization deal with Israel. The fact that there are ultra-right-wing Israel deputies and papers that agree with this is making their task a little easier.

Eyes are currently also focused on Ankara’s attempts to resolve its differences with Moscow. It appears that Turkey is even prepared to pay compensation to the family of the Russian jet fighter killed by Turkmen fighters in northern Syria last November after the Turkish air force downed his plane.

The government will have to explain not only to its supporters but also to nationalist quarters why it is apologizing (in so many words) to Russia, and is prepared to pay compensation after insisting that it was legally correct in downing the Russian jet because it had strayed into Turkish airspace.

All of this aside though, it is a good for Turkey that this normalization process in foreign policy – which will no doubt also include ties with Egypt and perhaps involve a more realistic take on Syria – has started. This is the only way Turkey can regain the international influence, let alone prestige, it lost.

This represents a “foreign policy reality check” for Erdogan and the AKP. They have to backpedal on many issues now despite their previous bombastic remarks about Turkey’s great role in world affairs. The hope is that they will have finally understood that the world is far too complex to accommodate their Islamist vision for Turkey and its region.

Afghan Security Busts Taliban Driving 3 Tons of Explosives In 2 Dump Trucks

160628-kabul-explosives-02-mdl_7b5d712282cebc21b2cc3e805daafd13.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000The Afghan intelligence service NDS operatives captured two trucks loaded with over 3 tons of explosives destined for Kabul on Tuesday. De Lima, Melanie (206479643) / NDS Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan – Two trucks loaded with more than 3 tons of explosives were intercepted Tuesday on a highway heading to the Afghan capital Kabul, security officials said.

The agency did not specify what kind of the explosives were hidden in the trucks.

Four Taliban members were captured transporting the material, the statement added.

The attackers were plotting a strike on the capital in the week leading to Eid, one of the biggest Muslim holidays that marks the end of a month of fasting, the NDS said without elaborating.

Insurgent attacks against both security forces and civilians have escalated across the country as part of the Taliban’s warm-weather offensive.

The Pentagon’s Conundrum

[(SEE: Pentagon’s Perpetual Inability To Train Foreign Proxy ArmiesPentagon’s Next Batch of Syrian Terrorists Might Take Forever To Incubate)  Pentagon geniuses should be asking themselves “Why are US-trained armies so rebellious?”   Why does the terror war produce more new terrorists than it kills?

The record is showing a consistent trend of Pentagon trainers leaving trainees with a bitter taste in their mouths, turning US-trained fighters into ideal targets for anti-American recruiters.  This is the primary reason that the Pentagon’s “war on terror” has consistently served to motivate more new terrorists than terrorists killed.  Everybody resents for what we do, but even more, they hate us for forcing acceptance of the lie of “American exceptionalism” that is rammed down their throats, in exchange for a pittance in wages.]

US has trained less than 100 in Syria to fight Islamic State

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WASHINGTON — Less than 100 additional Syrian leaders have been trained under a revamped U.S. program to fight the Islamic State group, U.S. officials said Monday.

In October, the United States halted another train-and-equip program in Syria, which transported whole units of fighters out of the country to train at facilities in Turkey, Jordan and other locations. The fighters were given U.S. equipment, trained and transported back to Syria. But the vast majority of the Syrian units left the program or turned over their U.S.-provided equipment to other groups.

The United States had planned to train about 5,000 fighters each year in the first program, which cost $346.8 million in fiscal year 2015. But in September, Gen. Lloyd Austin, who led U.S. Central Command at the time, informed Congress that only “four or five” U.S.-trained fighters were in Syria.

On Monday, three U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity described the new train-and-equip program, which was started in March. The revamped program does not try to train entire units. Instead, it identifies key Syrian leaders and trains them in skills such as spotting potential targets for United States and coalition airstrikes.

“We’re not necessarily training large units to maneuver in fire,” said one of the three U.S. officials who briefed reporters on the status of the new Syria train-and-equip program.

“Rather than training 10 people to use a rifle, if you can train a smaller number of people to accurately describe their own position relative to the position of enemy forces, it enables them to better coordinate resupply and describe enemy positions,” one of the officials said.

The program returns those leaders to their units to push that training down the ranks and provides equipment to the forces that they lead. The new program to train the leaders has $416 million budgeted for it in fiscal year 2016, the U.S. officials said, and includes the equipment the United States is providing.

The newly trained leaders are returning to their units with communications equipment, small arms and ammunition to distribute, the officials said. The units are also getting vehicles and some artillery.

Over the weekend, the New York Times reported another U.S. program to train and equip Syrian forces had lost equipment to Jordanian intelligence operatives who were siphoning off and selling that supply as they moved through the country on their way to Syria.

The officials would not comment Monday on the CIA program but said the Defense Department’s equipping program was enforcing accountability by only distributing limited amounts of ammunition and guns, and by keeping “eyes on” the units using the larger equipment.

The officials estimated between earlier efforts to train and equip forces and this new program, the United States has reached approximately 10,000 Sunni Arab forces.

All of the units getting training and equipment through the new program are Sunni, the officials said.

“Those numbers don’t include our Kurdish partners,” one official said.

Kurdish forces are also getting assistance and working with U.S. advisers in Syria, but that effort is separate from this program, one of the officials said.

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36 killed, 147 injured in Istanbul Atatürk Airport Bombing

36 killed, 147 injured in Brussels-style Istanbul Atatürk Airport terror attacks

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At least 36 people were killed, 147 injured Tuesday in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s main Atatürk airport, in the latest deadly strike to rock Turkey’s most-populated city, which had many similarities with the deadly attacks carried out in Brussels in March.

Flights partially resumed in the airport on Wednesday morning, while many of the schedule flights were cancelled or delayed.

Reports have said that one Ukrainian and one Iranian national was among those who were killed by the terrorist attack in the airport.

The assessments show that three suicide bombers carried out the attacks in three different spots at the airport, Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin said in a statement released after the attack.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said that initial indications suggest the Daesh terror group was behind the attack but the investigation is still underway.

A health official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions, said to the media that six injured were in a critical condition.

The blasts occurred at the entrance of international flights terminal, domestic flights terminal, and the parking lot.

Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said that one of the terrorists opened fire on people with an AK-47 automatic rifle and then blew himself up.

PM Yıldırım said the air traffic has returned to normal after the attack.

The President met with Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar at the presidential complex upon receiving news of the explosion in Istanbul. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmuş, Transportation Minister Ahmet Arslan and Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan will travel to Istanbul.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged an international “joint fight” against terror after the attack, the fourth deadly bombing in Istanbul this year alone.

According to a Turkish official who spoke to Daily Sabah on the condition of anonymity, security forces fired shots at suspects at the international terminal’s entry in an effort to neutralize them.

Eyewitnesses said that they saw some 30 ambulances enter the airport. The wounded, among them police officers, were being transferred to Bakırköy State Hospital.

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım was briefed by Interior Minister Efkan Ala and Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin and has ordered the formation of a crisis desk. Yıldırım also arrived at the airport to follow up with the investigation.

The Turkish airport attack also follows coordinated suicide bombings at Brussels airport and a city metro station in March that left 32 people dead.

Security experts have said that there are striking similarities between Istanbul airport attack and the recent attacks in Brussels airport.

Brussels airport tweeted its condolences, saying: “Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at @istanbulairport.

“We wish them, their relatives & all airport staff strength & courage.”

Meanwhile, United States Ambassador to Ankara John Bass has sent a tweet condemning the attack. “Horrified by tonight’s attack at Atatürk airport. We mourn with the families of those lost, and pray for speedy recovery for those wounded,” he said. Meanwhile, the U.S. President Barack Obama was also briefed on the attack.

There have been no claims for the responsibility of the attacks.

11 people were killed in an attack at Istanbul’s city center three weeks ago. The attack, claimed by the PKK-affiliated Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK), followed two suicide bombings that hit tourist-heavy areas of Istanbul this year, which were blamed on Daesh.

Located just outside Turkey’s biggest city, Atatürk airport served more than 60 million passengers in 2015, making it one of the busiest in the world.

FULL REPORT of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

Below is the full report with links to PDF files of each section.

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Report of the Select Committee on
the Events Surrounding the 2012
Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

 

Illustrations

 

  1. Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Facilities in Benghazi

 

  1. Internal and Public Government Communications about the Terrorist

Attacks in Benghazi

 

III. Events Leading to the Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi

 

  1. Compliance with Congressional Investigations

 

  1. Recommendations

 

Appendix A: Resolution Establishing the Select Committee on the

Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

 

Appendix B: Significant Persons and Organizations

 

Appendix C: Questions for the President

 

Appendix D: Significant Events in Libya Prior to the Attacks

 

Appendix E: Security Incidents in Libya

 

Appendix F: Deterioration of Benghazi Mission Compound Security

 

Appendix G: Timelines of the Attacks

 

Appendix H: The September 12 Situation Report and the President’s

Daily Brief

 

Appendix I: Witness Interview Summaries

 

Appendix J: Requests and Subpoenas for Documents

 

Appendix K: Analysis of Accountability Review Board, House Armed

Services Committee and House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee

Reports

 

Appendix L: Glen A. Doherty, Sean P. Smith, J. Christopher Stevens,

and Tyrone S. Woods

 

Additional Views by Rep. Jordan and Rep. Pompeo

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