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US Drone Strike Kills 16 Taliban Terrorists In Kunduz, Saturday Night

US drone kills 16 Taliban fighters

Afghanistan military forces have been engaged in bitter fighting with the Taliban in Kunduz province in recent months [Xinhua]

Afghanistan military forces have been engaged in bitter fighting with the Taliban in Kunduz province in recent months [Xinhua]

The Afghanistan military on Sunday confirmed that a US drone air strike killed at least 16 Taliban fighters in the country’s northern Kunduz province.

“A senior Taliban leader named Mullah Jannat Gul along with 15 of his men were killed after a pilotless plane of international forces struck two vehicles running along a road in Quash Tipa, Chahar Dara district Saturday night,” a military communique from Kabul said.

The strike comes soon after US President Barack Obama extended the mandate of US military powers in Afghanistan to a more aggressive, pro-active initiative.

Since 2015, US troops had been advising the Afghanistan military and not directly engaging the Taliban except in a defensive stance. Around 10,000 US troops remain in Afghanistan since foreign troops began leaving the country in 2015 and handing the security reins over to the government in the capital Kabul.

That figure is set to halve by the end of the year.

In the first reaction from the Islamic militant group, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid promised a swift and “harsh” response to the drone attacks.

There has been heavy fighting in the Kunduz province since the Taliban launched a renewed offensive last year. In September, it seized Kunduz city in what was considered the most significant setback for the government in Kabul and its international allies since the Islamist group was routed in 2001.

French Nationalists Call For “Frexit”–Countdown To EU Implosion?

Hollande rejects Le Pen’s calls for Frexit referendum


French President Francois Hollande (L), Prime Minister Manuel Valls (2ndL) and Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (3rdL) meet with France's far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen (R) after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, 25, 2016. © Christophe Saidi
President Francois Hollande has firmly rejected calls for a referendum on leaving the EU, said French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen. Disappointed with the talks and disregard for public opinion, she was left with the “feeling of coming for nothing.”

“We have called for the implementation of a referendum to ask the French if they wish to remain in the European Union,” Le Pen said according to French media. “He responded ‘no’.”

Post-Brexit world: Financial downturn, political turmoil & protests

The National Front leader, who has been gaining popularity in opinion polls and hoping to replace the president in next year’s elections, lashed out at Hollande, saying: “This is just outrageous… as if the people [of France] are a fifth wheel.”

Le Pen said she regretted meeting with Hollande and was sorry to hear he “will take no notice of all the signals” the French and Europeans in general have been showing for several years.

Commenting on the consequences of Brexit, Le Pen said the EU would try to make the whole process of the UK’s exit as “painful as possible,” so that other countries would not want to follow suit. Le Pen maintained it would only lead to an “even greater gap between the EU nations.”

On Saturday, President Hollande held a series of meetings with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and a number of party leaders, including his own Socialist Party, former President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative opposition party and the right-wing National Front.

“Of course we discussed the British vote despite the fact that it has no effect on the place of the United Kingdom in the United Nations system. The UK is a permanent member of the Security Council,” Hollande said.

Hollande acknowledged he “deeply regretted” the referendum result and called on the EU to respect all treaties when organizing Britain’s departure from the bloc.

“I deeply regret the British vote. I respect it because that is democracy, but at the same time we have to draw all the conclusions and [consider] all the consequences.”

“We must now organize this separation and we must do it in good order, with the rules provided by the treaties, which must be implemented,” the president added.

He stressed France will seek to “maintain relations with the UK” including discussions on the migrant and refugee crisis.

The comment echoed the UN Secretary General’s, who said the UN would continue working with both the UK and European Union, which he described as “two important partners.”

After meeting Hollande, Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said: “Europe is now facing a crisis of a great magnitude.” He called on the international community to turn the current EU “historic crisis” into an “opportunity for a new start.”

READ MORE: Calais mayor wants French migrant camps moved to UK after Brexit vote

France is far from being the only one affected by Brexit contagion. In Finland over 10,000 people have already signed a freshly launched petition to hold a ‘Fixit’ referendum. Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders said the Netherlands had a right for a ‘Nexit’, while across the Atlantic the US state of Texas said it would push for a ‘Texit’.

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the Scottish government will immediately engage in talks with the EU to protect Scotland’s

Following the referendum, the UK has been deeply “fractured.” The Scottish government agreed to introduce legislation for a second independence vote to protect its position in the EU. Northern Ireland also expressed a strong desire to remain in the bloc. Exasperated by the outcome of the vote, many Londoners say they would prefer to secede from the UK and stay with the EU.

READ MORE: Petition calling for UK to hold 2nd EU referendum soars past 2mn signatures

Over 2.5 million UK citizens signed a petition urging the government to conduct a second referendum, to give people a chance to reconsider their decision to exit the EU.

JUST IN: Petition calling to hold second referendum soars past 2mn signatures 

Putin Stops Obama’s Boys From Grabbing Primary Syrian Oil Town

[Syrian rebels capture key oilfields]

Pentagon voices ‘strong concerns’ to Russia over strikes on US-backed Syria rebels

An unusual Russian attack on U.S. allies

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U.S. officials repeatedly say that the United States and Russia share the goal of defeating Daesh (ISIS). Why then has Russia apparently attacked the New Syrian Army – a U.S.-armed and trained force whose sole purpose is fighting Daesh? And how can the United States salvage its ability to recruit local partners against the extremist group?The NSA is a small but relatively well-equipped force of several hundred in eastern Syria, largely drawn from and fighting in Homs and Deir al-Zor provinces. U.S. covert and special operations personnel equipped and trained the unit, and it is tasked with fighting Daesh (not Russia’s ally, the regime). Thus, while it is an army of local fighters, it is also essentially a U.S. proxy force. Similar to the Kurdish PYD and its local Arab partners, the NSA shares the U.S. priority of fighting Daesh rather than the regime.

Through the lens of U.S. policy, which sees the war on Daesh as separate from the broader civil war in Syria, Russia has no obvious reason to attack the NSA since it does not fight the regime. Yet according to an unnamed senior U.S. defense official, on June 16, Russia launched an airstrike on a New Syrian Army position in the strategic Al-Tanf border area, which was recently seized from Daesh. By one account that strikes killed two NSA fighters and wounded four others, in addition to damaging NSA vehicles. Other sources confirmed the attacks (though not the perpetrators).

Russia may have mistaken NSA fighters for Daesh ones. However, a U.S. military source claims Russia ignored warnings to stop the strikes, indicating the operation was planned and deliberate. It is therefore likely that Russia deliberately attacked and killed fighters that the U.S. trained, equipped, and deployed in service of a major national security interest and U.S. military campaign.

A deliberate Russian attack may have been aimed at disrupting the NSA’s intended northeast offensive toward the Daesh-held border town of Al-Bukamal. If the NSA takes Al-Bukamal, it would probably keep moving north to sever Daesh supply lines from Iraq, and in the process flank the Daesh-held city of Deir al-Zor. The regime is already fighting to preserve its foothold in Deir al-Zor, and likely intends to expand it after that.

A NSA thrust northward would force the regime and Russia to cede strategic (and oil-rich) territory to a U.S. proxy.

Worse, these NSA fighters are both native to the areas and a projection of U.S. power. Alternatively, Russia may have wanted to avoid a precedent of U.S.-backed local forces retaking important terrain from Daesh.

Russian motives may never be known, but the fact remains that Russia felt confident enough to bomb a U.S. proxy group in Syria and kill U.S.-backed fighters that posed no immediate threat, had not come into conflict with Russia or the regime, and espoused an agenda to which Russia was nominally subscribed. The United States already has a poor record of protecting local groups that it supports in the insurgency in Syria, but those groups are not full-fledged partners since they fight both Daesh and the regime while the United States is focused on the former. The NSA, however, is an arm of a critical U.S. counterterrorism campaign – a campaign built on having local forces do the bulk of the fighting.

Would-be U.S. allies against Daesh are closely watching how the United States treats its local partners, especially whether it can protect them from unprovoked attacks by enemies they are not supposed to have. Yet in the wake of Al-Tanf airstrikes, a senior U.S. defense official responded, “We will seek an explanation from Russia on why it took this action and assurances this will not happen again.” At this point, an explanation and promise are unlikely to inspire local confidence in the United States. It seems that embedded U.S. personnel are the only way to protect groups against attacks by Russia and its partners. U.S. groups already operate with Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces fighting Daesh in northern Syria. Arab anti-Daesh forces like the NSA are just as important given that they are indigenous to Daesh-controlled territory. They are also no less deserving of full protection by the U.S., without which only an irrational fighter would join any U.S. effort against Daesh.

Faysal Itani is a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. This commentary is published by permission from the Atlantic Council and can be accessed at:

Iraqi commander–Fallujah ‘fully liberated’ from IS

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Smoke rises from buildings in Fallujah as members of the Iraqi government forces clear the streets of roadside bombs and booby traps June 23, 2016.
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Iraqi commander: Fallujah ‘fully liberated’ from IS


BAGHDAD – A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was “fully liberated” from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation.

Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under IS control, the head of the counterterrorism forces in the operation, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi, told The Associated Press.

Al-Saadi said the operation, which began late May, “is done and the city is fully liberated.” The Iraqi army was backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and paramilitary troops, mostly Shiite militias.

“From the center of al-Julan neighborhood, we congratulate the Iraqi people and the commander in chief…and declare that the Fallujah fight is over,” he told Iraqi state TV, flanked by military officers and soldiers. Some of the soldiers were shooting in the air, chanting and waving the Iraqi flag.

Fallujah has been under the control of Islamic State militants since January 2014.

Fallujah, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Baghdad, was the first city to fall to IS in January 2014. During an insurgency waged by IS group’s militant predecessor, al-Qaida in Iraq, Fallujah was the scene of some of the bloodiest urban combat with American forces. In 2004, more than 100 U.S. troops died and another 1,000 were wounded fighting insurgents in house-to-house battles.

IS extremists still control significant areas in northern and western Iraq, including the country’s second-largest city of Mosul. The group declared an Islamic caliphate on the territory it holds in Iraq and Syria and at the height of its power was estimated to hold nearly a third of each country.


Nicaragua Expels US Diplomats On Search For US Property Owners To Defend Against New Canal

[Nicaragua Begins Construction of New Canal, When Will SOUTHCOM Intervene?]

[Panama Canal opens $5B locks, bullish despite shipping woes ;
Sink or swim: Hong Kong company defies the doomsayers on Nicaragua Canal project ; US concerns grow over possible Nicaragua Canal land expropriation, ambassador says ]

Government expels a US analyst

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War College professor and expert on relations between China and Latin America

Dr. Evan Ellis

Dr. Evan Ellis came to do interviews on the canal and less than 24 hours later deported

The commander Daniel Ortega government expelled the American political scientist Evan Ellis, an expert on relations between China and Latin America, saying it “did not have official permission to conduct research in Nicaragua on the canal.”

Professor and researcher at the War College Department of Defense, and therefore civilian employee of the US government, Dr. Ellis arrived in the country last Monday with an agenda that included interviews and meetings with various sectors related to the canal project interoceanic: including government officials, businessmen, diplomats, academics, journalists and activists of social movements.

However, before completing 24 hours of their stay in the country, it was deported through an expedited procedure.

Ironically, yesterday an extensive interview was reported in the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, in which company officials HKND extolled the “transparency” of the government of Nicaragua and the company headed by Chinese tycoon Wang Jing to provide information the world about the canal project.

– “At 11:15 pm uniformed persons, posing as immigration officers, arrived at the hotel Hilton Princess and called me, told Ellis to Confidential via an email sent in the early morning.

– I called down to the lobby and I reported that the government of Nicaragua has not authorized my research on the Grand Canal, and was given until 5 am (Tuesday) to pack my stuff he said.

I-will you bring to the airport to kick me out of the country, “he said, before turning to the force, a commercial plane that took him to Miami.

In Managua, the US embassy failed to comment on the expulsion. Neither the Foreign Ministry or the Department of Immigration explained the reasons for deportation.

Expert in China

Ellis is a professor of American studies American and Caribbean Institute for Strategic Studies War College US Army, an academic institution Defense Department study in which senior military. In that condition, he explained, it is a civil academic traveling with official passports of the US government.

Dr. Ellis is the author of over 120 academic papers, including three books: China on the Ground in LatinAmerica (2014), The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement in Latin America (2013) and China in Latin America: The Whats and wherefores ( 2009, as well as articles in technical publications, financial and national security)

In early June 2013, Ellis gave an interview to Confidential in which he said that even though the advisers Wang Jing have claimed that China is behind the project of the Grand Canal, in the long term the project could be of interest to that power as an alternative to expand their trade. However, that does not seem feasible warned that both the projected Nicaragua Canal, such as operating in Panama, generate profits in its eventual coexistence.

“The costs of the new channel could hardly compete with that of Panama without major long-term benefits,” he observed then.

Later that same month, Confidencial published an article by Ellis titled “The Truth Behind Canal project” , which claimed that “HK Nicaragua Canal Development (the concessionaire) has no financial ties, contacts or building capacity management necessary to perform the project. “

Later, in December 2014, Confidential play another article by Ellis, originally published in Latin Trade, entitled “The business behind the channel” , which showed how the canal project would represent “a highly lucrative opportunity for those who operate, those who build and those who own the land on which will be built “.

Ejected in less than 24 hours

According to the account he provided to Confidential via Skype from the United States after deportation, Ellis planned his visit for more than two months ago through private contacts, but also had extensive exchanges with official sources as the ambassador of Nicaragua in Washington, Francisco Campbell, the chief of staff Paul Oquist, and the president of the Interoceanic Canal Authority, Manuel Coronel Kautz, with whom he had arranged an interview. Nicaragua’s government was fully informed of his visit, which was also notified by the embassy through diplomatic channels.

Ellis arrived at Augusto C. Sandino Airport on Monday at 11:45 am and presented his official passport to the immigration control. “They asked me the purpose of my visit, and I said I’m a research professor at the Institute of Strategic Studies War College,” explaining that came to conduct interviews on the Grand Canal project. “I admitted with full knowledge of what I came to do,” Ellis said, but hours later was rejected by officials who identified themselves as members of the leadership of Immigration.

At 6:30 pm, Ellis attended the photo exhibition “by thousands” organized by the “National Council in Defense of the Land, Lake and Sovereignty,” in Pablo Antonio Cuadra Cultural Centre Hispamer, during the three years of the adoption of the canal concession, but he denied that it had anything to do with his expulsion. “I did not attended a protest, I went to a photographic exhibition which was attended by leaders of groups opposed to the channel, but my goal as an academic was to know the different views, without advocating any project,” he said.

When they rested in his room, after eleven o’clock at night, three uniformed officers allegedly direction of migration, cited the lobby of his hotel. “I reported that the government had not authorized me to enter the country to conduct interviews on the channel, and that it would need an official authorization,” said Ellis, adding that “I was invited to leave the country at 5:00 am and he had to go with them to the airport, “he added. “I offered them go by taxi, they said no,” he explained, and said that a government official remained standing guard at the door of his room.

According to Ellis, although she asked them to identify themselves, none of the officers who deported him showed any credential or cited articles of the law on the basis of which they proceeded against.

In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Ellis was accompanied by officials of the embassy, to ensure that immigration officers being transferred to the airport. “I will thank my colleagues embassy” he said.

Reflecting on his expulsion from Nicaragua, the academic said on the canal project, “the attraction of international capital depends on transparency and lack of fear for investors. I wish the best to Nicaragua, and I go with the concept that there are factors that can lead to uncertainty and even fear among investors. I’m going to continue research on China and the channel, because it is an important issue, “he said.

Cenidh “institutionalized espionage”

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh) condemned the expulsion of Ellis. The director of the agency, Vilma Nunez, noted that it “strange” thing is that the academic entered the country and registered at the hotel, but believes that somehow the forum assistance on the canal project was reported. “This will reveal that there is an institutionalized espionage in Nicaragua,” praised Nunez.

The human rights defender lamented that the expulsion of academics, researchers and even human rights defenders, “is already an established practice of government.”

“For us this is part of a desperate effort by the government to not know what’s going on. That is a characteristic of undemocratic governments and dark and has the same logic of denial of election observation, “said the director of Cenidh.

Nicaraguan academics and scientists Confidential assured that Nicaragua to conduct research in any specific permission is not required and therefore not explained the reason why Ellis was sent off.

The doctor in molecular and director of the Academy of Sciences of Nicaragua biology, Jorge Huete said that the only limit he knows are the requirements for entry into protected areas, “which are in fact universal recommendations, but in general there is no condition and no permission is needed as well as Nicaraguans can also go to another country to perform work or research, “compared.

Huete expressed solidarity and Academy with the American expert.

The scientist and environmentalist Jaime Incer Nicaragua also said that “hundreds of researchers come” and that no permission is needed. “I imagine how the issue (the channel) is very sensitive, someone could be bothered by that, I do not know,” said Incer, who for his part has warned of the damage to the works of the canal can cause on Lake Cocibolca.

16 foreigners expelled

With the expulsion of Ellis, add at least 16 foreigners expelled from Nicaragua by the government of Ortega. The first was the Italian – born missionary Alberto Boschi, who in June 2010 he canceled his Nicaraguan nationality.

Then in November 2012, was the Swedish journalist and filmmaker, Peter Torbiörnsson, who made the documentary Good Bye Nicaragua, in which he recounted the terrorist operation Penca and questioned the former minister of the interior, Tomas Borge.

Four months later, in March 2013, he was deported Matthew Cardella Costa, son of Francesco Cardella, appointed ambassador of Nicaragua in Saudi Arabia. The young man said Nestor Moncada Lau of wanting to meet with a property he wanted as his inheritance after the death of his father.

Two months later, in May, a similar fate Chilean photojournalist for Agence France-Presse (AFP), Hector Retamal, on charges that it violated immigration law. A Retamal was arrested near the presidential residence while heading to provide cover for a meeting between Ortega and Foreign Minister of Palestine.

In May of that year, also the Venezuelan former governor of Carabobo state, Henrique Fernando Salas Feo, and the deputy Carlos Berrizbeitia, reported that in Nicaragua him his passport at the Nicaraguan airport where they had traveled during a tour along with other Latin American parliamentarians and Europeans. Salas said that after three hours held at the airport, the authorities asked them to leave the country.

That year was also deported Ariñez Carlos Castel, Zoilamérica couple Narvaez, daughter of the first lady Rosario Murillo. On June 25, Murillo told his daughter the decision of expulsion. Bolivian Migration said he overcame his legal period.

Another deportation was Belgian citizen and journalist Michèle Sennesael in December 2014, who was reporting on the canal and the effects it would have on your route.

In February 2015, the government also allowed the entry of American Jason Glaser, director of the Island Foundation has denounced the working conditions in which they work thousands of cane cutters and the case of patients with chronic renal failure (CRF).

Luis Carlos Buob, member of the Center for Justice and International Law, was also returned to Costa Rica in May of that year, “sovereign decision” of the country. Migration told him that they were investigating drug trafficking, threw him to the ground, seized their mobile phones. This lawyer Cenidh accompanied at the hearing in March that was held at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to address the issue of the canal. Similar happened with Marta González, a member of Cejil.

Also that year he was prevented from entering the French caricaturist Jules Berjeaut, known as Jun, who was scheduled to participate in the Humor Front panel Barbarism in Central America has event, organized by writer Sergio Ramirez. A July was not given any explanation.

More recently, in January this year, the artists of the Bolivian collective TransformARTE, Liz Morales and Irumaki Cardenas complained that authorities of Migration and Alien Airport prevented their income without providing an official reason and claimed that officers tried to charge more money set by Nicaraguan law.

In February, expelled was the regional director of the human rights organization Freedom House and democracy, Carlos Ponce, who came to Nicaragua to meet with staff of the US Embassy, human rights organizations and civil society.

Kazakh Militants Takeover 2 Gun Shops, Hijack Bus and Attack Military Base

The suspects. These people are:
Tanatarov Dmitry, born in 1989, native of Aktobe;
Tanatarov Arsen, born in 1990, native of Aktobe;
Zhubanov Aidos, born in 1985, native of Aktobe region;
Kuanyshbayev Bakhit, born in 1983, native of Kyzylorda region, Syrdarya region;
Seilov Nurlan, born in 1985, native of Akmola oblast, Esil district;
Akpanbetov Alibek, born in 1989, native of Aktobe region;
Bashimov Aydar, born in 1988, native of Aktobe region, shalkar district.

[Terrorists in Aktobe instructed from Syria — Kazakh interior minister]

Aktobe, Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan mourns over victims of terror attack

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The shooting spree which occurred in several districts of the city of Aktobe on June 5 shocked the entire country. Four civilians and three servicemen were killed in this shootout. The law-enforcement authorities named the tragedy an act of terrorism. June 9 was declared the Day of National Mourning over the Victims of the Aktobe Terrorist Attack.
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“As a result of the terror attack, unfortunately, there are dead and wounded among the military and civilians. They have families, children. I express my deepest condolences to all the bereaved families and relatives. I declare Thursday, June 9, a day of the national mourning for the victims”, the Head of State said in a statement to the people of Kazakhstan in connection with the terrorist act in Aktobe.

According to the regional administration, the victims are as follows:

Andrei Maksimenko (born 1978) was a clerk at Pallada gun shop. His family lives in Aktobe.

Nikolay Onishchenko (born 1947) was a pensioner. He was walking past the Pallada gun shop when the shootout started. N. Onishchenko is a native of Sagarchik village of Russia’s Orenburg region. His family lives in Aktobe.

Merkhan Tazhibayev (born 1983) was an officer at Kuzet Security Service, father of two children. His family resides in Aktobe too.

Mikhail Matrossov (born 1981) – Pantera gun shop customer. His family also lives in Aktobe. His son is 13 years old.

Sapar Dosbol (born 1997) was a native of the South Kazakhstan region. He was a contract soldier at the National Guard. Buried in Koksu village of Shardara district.

Daniel Mailybayev (born 1975) served as a senior investigator at the Military Counterintelligence Department of the National Security Committee. Father of four children. Buried in Almaty region.

Berik Kaliyev (born 1978) – Junior Sergeant of the National Guard, father of four children. B.Kaliyev was buried in Zhaksybay village of West Kazakhstan’s Zhanibek district.

According to the report, the terrorist act was organized by the followers of radical pseudo-religious movements.

“Extremism and terrorism pose a threat both to our country and to the entire world. Kazakhstanis realized the importance of enhanced anti-terrorist measures taken by our law-enforcement authorities countrywide. There is no issue for concern now. Meanwhile, I am calling all Kazakhstanis to be cautious and firmly suppress any appeals to violent illegal actions and provide all-round support to law-enforcement bodies”, the Head of State stated.