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[BEFORE–my error–ed] Big Kabul Blast, Motorcycle-Born Suicide-Bomber Stopped In Kabul City

2 would-be suicide bombers

blown up in Kabul

 

By Nasir ahmad sadiqi

KABUL (Pajhwok): Two would-be suicide bombers detonated their explosives before reaching to their target after chased by police in the capital Kabul on Tuesday.

Kabul police spokesman, Abdul Basir Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan news that the suicide bombers who were riding a motorcycle exploded themselves in Haji Chaman road of 11th police district around 3:30pm today [big blast at 8:24 am–].

He said the bomber, after being positively identified by police, lost confidence and detonated his explosives. There were no other casualties.

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Powerful Tanker-Truck-Bomb Hits Kabul…80 confirmed dead

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ROSHAN TO LAUNCH 4G SERVICES IN AFGHANISTAN

May 9, 2017 (Kabul, Afghanistan)

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and Telia

[Most news reports are focusing upon the bomb’s proximity to the German Embassy in Kabul, but judging from the casualty figures, the Germans were not the target.  Pajhwok Press initially reported that there were unnamed “foreign compounds” in the immediate vicinity, but then went behind a pay-wall.  Ariana TV News produced the following report, focusing upon the Roshan Telecommunications facility, which suffered the brunt of the blast.  Aga Khan facilities and Ismaili Shia have suffered many attacks in the past.]

At Least 80 Killed, 350 Wounded as Huge

Bomb Blast Hits Kabul

At least 80 people were killed and 350 others wounded as a huge blast hits Kabul city on Wednesday.

The blast occurred around 8:24 am local time and the sound was heard all over around the city.

The attack was occurred near Zambaq square in police district 10 of Kabul where many foreign embassies and government offices reside.

According to the ministry of interior, at least 64 civilians were killed and 320 others including children and women were wounded in the blast while the ministry of public health officials say the death tolls has raised to 80 death and 350 wounded.

Two hours after the deadly blast ambulances were seen rushing to the site of the incident.

Security officials said that the explosive materials were placed inside a water tanker in the area.

Ariana News correspondent at the site of the incident says that initial reports indicate the target of the blast was a telecommunication company in the area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The Taliban have denied any involvement in the attack.

There has been no ward yet from so-called Islamic State.

Saudi Disinformation Attempts To Implicate Qatar w/Fake News From Fake “Bin Laden Raid”

A recent report by Al Arabiya News indicates that Osama bin Laden had documents relating to ties between al-Qaeda and Qatar.

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In reaction to reports about alleged support by the Qatari government to terrorist groups in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday said that one of the key reasons for the ongoing conflict in the country was because insurgent groups were getting support from regional countries.

This comes after the Afghan government announced that unless the Taliban ends its insurgency, government will have the group’s political office closed in Doha, Qatar.

However, months later, the Taliban continues to wage war and their Doha office is still open for business.

According to a recent report published by Al Arabiya News, Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad documents, that were seized by U.S forces during the raid on his residence in Pakistan, revealed Qatar’s relations with al-Qaeda.

Bin Laden had praised the relations with Qatar and called for the relations to be preserved. Al Arabiya News stated that bin Laden said all channels were working against them, except Qatar, due to their common interests. He added that this channel was an important platform for al-Qaeda in the region.

According to the report, Qatar has been providing financial support to terrorist groups in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Iraq for several years.

Although the ministry of foreign affairs did not name any particular country, it said that support of terrorism by some countries was one of the key reasons behind the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

“The Afghan government believes that the war will not end in the country until the regional and ultra-regional countries end their support of terrorism,” said MoFA spokesman Ahmad Shekib Mustaghni.

Three months ago, during a meeting with the Qatari foreign minister in Germany, President Ashraf Ghani called for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar to be closed if the group continued its attacks in the country. But government has done nothing to follow this up.

“Unfortunately the Taliban continues its political activities in their office in Qatar and they establish their contacts from the same office with regional and ultra-regional countries and there is no obstruction to prevent them,” said Mohammad Natiqi, former Afghan envoy to Libya.

“Until now, Afghanistan has not outlined an effective policy alongside its major ally the U.S; some countries will continue their support of the Taliban,” said MP Ali Alizada.

“During his visit to the Middle East, U.S Defense Secretary James Mattis, warned Qatari officials about their country’s continued support to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic movements that are linked to extremist organizations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS (Daesh),” the Al Arabiya reports read.

US To Attempt High Stakes ICBM Interception Tomorrow…Vandenberg ABM To Shoot-Down “Scud” Facsimile from Kwajalein

Vandenberg to launch first test of ICBM intercept on Tuesday

 

 

Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon is planning a missile defense test next week that will target an intercontinental-range missile for the first time.

 

  • By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer

Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test launch Tuesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday.

The American interceptor has a spotty track record, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts against missiles of less-then-intercontinental range since 1999. The most recent test, in June 2014, was a success, but that followed three straight failures. The system has evolved from the multibillion-dollar effort triggered by President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 push for a “Star Wars” solution to ballistic missile threats during the Cold War — when the Soviet Union was the only major worry.

North Korea is now the focus of U.S. efforts because its leader, Kim Jong Un, has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American territory. He has yet to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, but Pentagon officials believe he is speeding in that direction.

Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said this week that “left unchecked,” Kim will eventually succeed.

The Pentagon has a variety of missile defense systems, but the one designed with a potential North Korean ICBM in mind is perhaps the most technologically challenging. Critics say it also is the least reliable.

The basic defensive idea is to fire a rocket into space upon warning of a hostile missile launch. The rocket releases a 5-foot-long device called a “kill vehicle” that uses internal guidance systems to steer into the path of the oncoming missile’s warhead, destroying it by force of impact. Officially known as the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, the Pentagon likens it to hitting a bullet with a bullet.

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency is responsible for developing and testing the system.

An interceptor is to be launched from an underground silo at Vandenberg and soar toward the target, which will be fired from a test range on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific. If all goes as planned, the “kill vehicle” will slam into the ICBM-like target’s mock warhead high over the Pacific Ocean.

The target will be a custom-made missile meant to simulate an ICBM, meaning it will fly faster than missiles used in previous intercept tests, according to Christopher Johnson, spokesman for the Missile Defense Agency. The target is not a mock-up of an actual North Korean ICBM.

“We conduct increasingly complex test scenarios as the program matures and advances,” Johnson said Friday. “Testing against an ICBM-type threat is the next step in that process.”

Officials say this is not a make-or-break test.

While it wasn’t scheduled with the expectation of an imminent North Korean missile threat, the military will closely watch whether it shows progress toward the stated goal of being able to reliably shoot down a small number of ICBMs targeting the United States. The Pentagon is thirsting for a success story amid growing fears about North Korea’s escalating capability.

“I can’t imagine what they’re going to say if it fails,” said Philip Coyle, senior science fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. He headed the Pentagon’s office of operational test and evaluation from 1994 to 2001 and has closely studied the missile defense system.

“These tests are scripted for success, and what’s been astonishing to me is that so many of them have failed,” Coyle said.

The interceptor system has been in place since 2004, but it has never been used in combat or fully tested. There currently are 32 interceptors in silos at Fort Greely in Alaska and four at Vandenberg, north of Los Angeles. The Pentagon says it will have eight more, for a total of 44, by the end of this year.

In its 2018 budget presented to Congress this week, the Pentagon proposed spending $7.9 billion on missile defense, including $1.5 billion for the ground-based midcourse defense program. Other elements of that effort include the Patriot designed to shoot down short-range ballistic missiles and the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which the U.S. has installed in South Korea as defense against medium-range North Korean missiles.

The Trump administration has yet to announce its intentions on missile defense.

President Donald Trump recently ordered the Pentagon to undertake a ballistic missile defense review. Some experts argue the current strategy for shooting down ICBM-range missiles, focused on the silo-based interceptors, is overly expensive and inadequate. They say a more fruitful approach would be to destroy or disable such missiles before they can be launched, possibly by cyberattack.

After Trump Scares Merkel, she says Europe ‘must take our fate into our own hands’

Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command

Donald Trump BATTERS Brussels with order to STOP EU Army plans or lose US Nato support

Post-summit, Merkel says Europe ‘must take our fate into our own hands’

Nighttime Helicopters spotted landing in Taliban areas, Once Again

[This is not the first time that secret helicopters have been spotted landing in Taliban camps (Russia Reports More Incidents of Outside Helicopters Rescuing Besieged TalibanDec 29, 2016).  This is just the latest example of outside powers, ones with night-flying capabilities, swooping in to administer unknown aid to besieged Taliban.  There would be no Taliban today if it had not been for the original Taliban covert rescue episode at Kunduz, and the fall of Mazar e-Sharif.]

[Since Nov. 2001, the Taliban and al-Qaeda have been rescued from imminent eradication by intervening airlifts, ascribed to many agencies, US, Brit, Pak.  See St. Dept. spokesman in above video admitting to the preservation of the militants trapped in Kunduz.  This airlift was chronicled by investigative writer Seymour Hersh in The Getaway.]

[SEE:  Chinese Press Reports NATO Incursion In N. Waziristan, Helicopters Take Pakistan Taliban Leaders To Afghanistan ; Gen. Beg Claims US Helicopter Flew Hakeemullah to Safety ;  Afghan president: Unknown helicopters transfer rebels to Northern Afghanistan  ]

Ghazni: Helicopters spotted landing in Taliban areas

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