Friday, March 22, 2019

MixedTimes - Edwin Mora

Amnesty Accuses Trump of ‘War Crimes’ in Somalia

Amnesty Accuses Trump of ‘War Crimes’ in Somalia

The United States military may have committed lethal “war crimes” against “numerous” civilians, including children, as it ramped up its airstrike campaign against the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab in Somalia under President Donald Trump’s watch, the human rights group Amnesty International claimed on Wednesday, echoing allegations by the terrorist group and some news outlets.

Trump Meets Nat Sec Team After Kabul Complains About Peace Talks

Trump Meets Nat Sec Team After Kabul Complains About Peace Talks

U.S. President Donald Trump held an hourlong classified meeting on Afghanistan with his national security team over the weekend in the wake of complaints by a top Afghan official that the American envoy charged with leading peace negotiations is “elevating” the Taliban at the expense of sidelining Kabul.

Islamic State on Caliphate Fall: 'What Is Our Crime? We Just Wanted to Apply Sharia'

Islamic State on Caliphate Fall: 'What Is Our Crime? We Just Wanted to Apply Sharia'

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), even as its so-called caliphate continues to crumble, disseminated a new propaganda film this week urging the jihadi remnants in the group’s last sliver of land in Syria not to worry about their possible demise because they will end up in “paradise” while their enemies will go to “hell.

U.S. Demands North Korea Give Up All Nuclear Weapons Before Sanctions Relief

U.S. Demands North Korea Give Up All Nuclear Weapons Before Sanctions Relief

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration this week expressed dismay over reports of new activity at North Korean long-range rocket site and research center allegedly used to build long-range missiles capable of targeting the United States mainland, demanding that dictator Kim Jong-Un destroy all its nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons before receiving any sanctions relief.

U.S.-Funded Afghanistan Gives $1 Million to U.N. Palestinian Program

U.S.-Funded Afghanistan Gives $1 Million to U.N. Palestinian Program

Afghanistan, which claims it would collapse without assistance from its top international donor the United States, on Sunday pledged $1 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that provides assistance to Palestinian refugees while blasting President Donald Trump’s administration for suspending aid to the international body’s program.

Top Iranian Gen.: U.S. Is 'Defeated,' Israel 'Struggling to Survive,' Saudis Awaiting Death

Top Iranian Gen.: U.S. Is 'Defeated,' Israel 'Struggling to Survive,' Saudis Awaiting Death

A deputy commander of Iran’s terror-linked Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a recent speech boasted about waging jihad against its enemies, claiming that the United States "has been defeated," Israel is “struggling to survive,” and the Sunni Saudi Arabia regime will not last, a non-profit group that monitors Middle East media reported this week.

Chinese Stocks Rally After Trump’s Tariff Hike Delay: ‘Markets are Happy’

Chinese Stocks Rally After Trump’s Tariff Hike Delay: ‘Markets are Happy’

U.S. President Donald Trump sent stock markets soaring with his announcement Sunday that he would delay an American tariff hike on goods from China. Trump cited “substantial progress” in trade negotiations between the United States and China, the world’s top two largest economies.

Assad Makes His Pitch to the Kurds: 'The Americans Will Not Protect You'

Assad Makes His Pitch to the Kurds: 'The Americans Will Not Protect You'

Iranian- and Russian-backed dictator Bashar al-Assad over the weekend warned Syrian Kurds who helped the United States defeat the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) that the U.S. would not protect them from a prospective offensive by America's NATO ally Turkey, who has vowed to push the Kurdish fighters out of northern Syria.

Top Pakistani Court Confirms Ban on Haram Valentine’s Day

Top Pakistani Court Confirms Ban on Haram Valentine’s Day

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Muslim-majority Pakistan on Tuesday sustained its decision to outlaw Valentine’s Day celebrations and the promotion of the February 14 Christian holiday across the country, ordering authorities to take action on revelers.

Top Commander: China 'Eroding' U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

Top Commander: China 'Eroding' U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

WASHINGTON, DC — China’s “massive effort to grow and modernize” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “eroding” the United States’ “relative competitive military advantage” in the Indo-Pacific region, the top American commander in the area warned on Tuesday, stressing that Beijing’s communist leaders are sensing “weaknesses.

Trump Admin Considers Sending Islamic State Jihadis from Syria to Gitmo

Trump Admin Considers Sending Islamic State Jihadis from Syria to Gitmo

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering transferring some of the hundreds of suspected Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) terrorists held in Syria to the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as an option of “last resort," the Department of State (DOS) confirmed Thursday.

Taliban Rejects U.S. 'Residual Force' in Afghanistan: All Foreign Troops Must Leave

Taliban Rejects U.S. 'Residual Force' in Afghanistan: All Foreign Troops Must Leave

Taliban jihadis on Wednesday repudiated U.S. President Donald Trump’s proposal of leaving behind a residual American force in Afghanistan to carry out "counterterrorism" operations if the United States military withdraws from the country as a result of a potential peace pact with the terrorist group.

Cash-Strapped Pakistan Expects to Earn Millions by Exporting Donkeys to China

Cash-Strapped Pakistan Expects to Earn Millions by Exporting Donkeys to China

Pakistan expects to profit from its donkey population, the third highest in the world, by selling the animals to its ally China, a move that would generate millions of dollars annually in foreign exchange, the livestock department of the South Asian country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province reportedly announced on Thursday.

Maduro: Venezuela Will Deepen Military Relationship with Russia Amid Unrest

Maduro: Venezuela Will Deepen Military Relationship with Russia Amid Unrest

Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro on Friday vowed that his country’s military relationship with Russia “will continue profoundly" in a speech delivered after he attempted to cut all diplomatic ties with the United States over America’s official support for the opposition.

Nigeria Tells Gay Citizens: ‘Leave the Country or Face Prosecution'  

Nigeria Tells Gay Citizens: ‘Leave the Country or Face Prosecution'  

A spokeswoman for the federal Nigeria Police Force (NPS) recently urged gay people in the country to flee or face prosecution under the Same-Sex Prohibition Act, warning that it will not condone any violation of that law “no matter how small," several Nigerian news outlets reported on Wednesday.

GOP Senators Urge Trump to Transfer 700-Plus 'Battle-Hardened Terrorists' to Gitmo

GOP Senators Urge Trump to Transfer 700-Plus 'Battle-Hardened Terrorists' to Gitmo

Four U.S. Republican senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump this week urging him to transfer more than 700 “battled-hardened” Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadis captured by the American-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the American military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo).

China Launches Belt and Road 'Tourism' Project in Zimbabwe amid Deadly Chaos

China Launches Belt and Road 'Tourism' Project in Zimbabwe amid Deadly Chaos

Beijing reportedly launched a tourism project Tuesday as part of its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) expected to bring at least 350 Chinese tourists each month into chaos-ridden Zimbabwe, a nation gripped by bloody unrest triggered by the government raising fuel prices to the highest in the world.

Christian Group: Boko Haram Razed at Least 1,125 Churches Since 2009

Christian Group: Boko Haram Razed at Least 1,125 Churches Since 2009

Boko Haram jihadis have set ablaze a total of 1,125 churches and other religious structures belonging to just one Christian denomination in Nigeria since the terrorist group launched an uprising for Islamist rule in the African country in 2009, Rev.

China Demands Taliban 'Play a Legitimate Role' in Afghan Politics

China Demands Taliban 'Play a Legitimate Role' in Afghan Politics

Beijing believes the Taliban is a “political force” that must be allowed to “play a legitimate role” in a negotiated “political settlement" to end the war plaguing Afghanistan for more than 17 years, the Chinese ambassador in Islamabad declared this week.

Islamic State Again Attacks U.S.-Kurdish Forces, Killing 5 Kurdish Coalition Fighters

Islamic State Again Attacks U.S.-Kurdish Forces, Killing 5 Kurdish Coalition Fighters

An Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. troops and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against American service members in a less than a week and underscoring the lingering menace posed by the jihadi group.

Turkey Vows to 'Drain Terror Swamp' in Kurdish Syria

Turkey Vows to 'Drain Terror Swamp' in Kurdish Syria

Turkey on Friday said it would not rest until it drains “the terrorist swamp” in neighboring northeastern Syria, a territory controlled by a Kurdish group helping the U.S.

Report: 245 Million Christians Facing 'Extreme' Persecution Worldwide

Report: 245 Million Christians Facing 'Extreme' Persecution Worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC — North Korea remains at the top of a list of 50 countries where at least 245 million Christians are facing “extreme”persecution” this year, up 14 percent from 215 million at the beginning of 2018, the World Wide Watch List (WWL) released on Wednesday by Open Doors, a group that monitors the mistreatment of Christ followers, revealed.

Pakistan Claims Arrest of Senior Taliban Jihadi

Pakistan Claims Arrest of Senior Taliban Jihadi

The arrest of a senior Taliban terrorist by authorities in Pakistan prompted the leader of the narco-jihadi group to warn members to “stay alert,” BBC reported on Tuesday.

Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq Vow to Push U.S. Troops Out

Iran-Allied Shiite Militias in Iraq Vow to Push U.S. Troops Out

Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Iraq, angered by U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement during his recent visit to the country that United States troops will remain there, renewed threats against American service members in recent days.

Pompeo in Middle East: U.S. 'Doubling' Efforts 'to Put Real Pressure on Iran’

Pompeo in Middle East: U.S. 'Doubling' Efforts 'to Put Real Pressure on Iran’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Jordan on Tuesday, marking the first stop on a tour of eight predominantly Middle Eastern countries to sustain support against Iran’s nefarious activities in the region and assuage allies’ concerns over the White House’s plan to pull American troops from Syria.

Survey: U.S. Military Tired of Iraq, Afghanistan's ‘Occupation’

Survey: U.S. Military Tired of Iraq, Afghanistan's ‘Occupation’

The vast majority of U.S. service members and veterans believe the American “occupation” of Iraq and Afghanistan has lasted long enough, but they still support the ongoing war on terror raging since October 2001, according to the results of a survey published this month.

Iran to Re-Deploy Warships to America's Backyard in the Atlantic

Iran to Re-Deploy Warships to America's Backyard in the Atlantic

Iran is expected to deploy its most advanced homemade destroyer and other warships to waters in the Atlantic Ocean near the shores of the United States starting in March, marking the second time the rogue regime sends its navy to the region, the Islamic Republic’s naval commander reportedly revealed Friday.

Report: China Hiding Evidence of Muslim Internment Camps Ahead of Inspections

Report: China Hiding Evidence of Muslim Internment Camps Ahead of Inspections

Chinese officials, ahead of a scheduled international inspection, are “drastically” intensifying efforts to conceal evidence of hundreds of tortuous “re-education centers” for Muslims in Xinjiang, the Epoch Times reported Thursday, citing sources and recent activity in the region.

Report: Experts Insist Opioid Fentanyl Could Be Used as 'Tool of Terror'

Report: Experts Insist Opioid Fentanyl Could Be Used as 'Tool of Terror'

Terrorists could potentially use fentanyl – a synthetic opioid is mainly produced in China that is the primary source behind the fatal overdose epidemic in the United States – as a “weapon of mass destruction,” Bloomberg News recently reported, citing experts and echoing other articles.

State Media: China Building 'Largest and Most Powerful' Warship Ever Exported for Pakistan

State Media: China Building 'Largest and Most Powerful' Warship Ever Exported for Pakistan

China is building one of its “most advanced” naval warships, considered “the largest and most powerful combat vessel” it has ever exported, for its ally Pakistan as part of a major bilateral arms deal to maintain “the balance of power in the Indian Ocean” and strengthen Islamabad’s military capabilities, the state-run China Daily reported Wednesday.

2018: The Year the U.S. Admitted There Will Be No Military Victory in Afghanistan

2018: The Year the U.S. Admitted There Will Be No Military Victory in Afghanistan

The United States this year admitted Afghanistan's troops would not see a military victory against the Taliban, stressing that the primary goal of American President Donald Trump's strategy to end the more than 17-year-old war is to achieve a “political reconciliation” between the jihadi group and Kabul.

Islamic State Suspected in Philippines Mall Bombing

Islamic State Suspected in Philippines Mall Bombing

Suspected jihadis remotely detonated a bomb on Monday near the entrance of a mall in the southern Philippines, killing at least two and wounding nearly 30 others as they did last minute shopping ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebrations in an attack that officials say bears the hallmarks of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL).

Taliban Seeks to Rehabilitate Brutal Image, Focus on Imposing Sharia

Taliban Seeks to Rehabilitate Brutal Image, Focus on Imposing Sharia

Taliban narco-jihadis have vowed to return the strict Islamic rule to Afghanistan they imposed when they ruled the country and treat Afghansof all faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities the same ifongoing peace negotiations succeed and they rise to power as a legitimate political group.

Taliban Cheer Squad Training Video Echoes Movie 'Bring It On'

Taliban Cheer Squad Training Video Echoes Movie 'Bring It On'

Afghan Taliban jihadis published a video documenting them participating in a cheer squad-like training to challenge any all competitors who get in their way, something straight out of the cheerleading movie Bring It On, the Military Times reported Thursday.

World Hijab Day Encourages All Women to Wear Veil in Solidarity with Muslims

World Hijab Day Encourages All Women to Wear Veil in Solidarity with Muslims

The World Hijab Day (WHD) non-profit organization launched its 2019 campaign on Wednesday, encouraging women and girls of all faiths, backgrounds, and ethnicities to “voice their choice” of wearing the headscarf for 24 hours on February 1 in solidarity with Muslim women across the world.

Turkey in Talks with U.S., Russia to Clear Northern Syria of American-Allied Kurds

Turkey in Talks with U.S., Russia to Clear Northern Syria of American-Allied Kurds

Turkey plans to coordinate with the American government and Russia its efforts to push the U.S.-allied Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), considered terrorists by Ankara, out of territory in northern Syria that lies along the Turkish border, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared Tuesday.

China to Nigeria: Investigate 'Badly Burned' Bodies of Chinese Workers

China to Nigeria: Investigate 'Badly Burned' Bodies of Chinese Workers

Chinese diplomats are reportedly urging local law enforcement in Nigeria to step up their investigation into the “cruel” murder of three Chinese factory workers whose burned corpses authorities recently found in Lagos, the African country’s most populous city, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported Sunday.

Report: Afghan District Bordering Iran Embracing Crystal Meth Production

Report: Afghan District Bordering Iran Embracing Crystal Meth Production

Nearly 80 percent of all households in the Afghan district of Ghoryan, located in Herat province along the Iranian border, are involved in some stage of the crystal methamphetamine-making process that is currently fueling addiction epidemics plaguing Afghanistan and Iran, TRT World reported this week.

U.S.-Allied Kurdish Fighters Capture Last Town Under Islamic State Control

U.S.-Allied Kurdish Fighters Capture Last Town Under Islamic State Control

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), reportedly took back the last town held by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) on Friday, further cementing the complete fall of the group’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Bolton: China and Russia 'Interfere with U.S. Military' in Africa

Bolton: China and Russia 'Interfere with U.S. Military' in Africa

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton, unveiling President Donald Trump’s Africa strategy on Thursday, accused Russia and China of “predatory practices” that interfere with American military operations on the continent and pose a significant threat to America’s homeland security interests.

U.N.: 70 Percent of Yemen Is Starving

U.N.: 70 Percent of Yemen Is Starving

A staggering 70 percent of the population in Yemen — 20 million people — are facing acute food insecurity raging from minimal to catastrophic levels, marking a 15 percent increase from last year, the United Nations humanitarian chief revealed on Monday, echoing a recentinter-agency report issued by the international body's aid divisions.

Report: U.S. Warships to 'Challenge' Russia in Both Eastern, Western Waters

Report: U.S. Warships to 'Challenge' Russia in Both Eastern, Western Waters

The U.S. Navy deployed its guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell near Russia-contested waters in the Sea of Japan on Wednesday as it begun taking the necessary steps to sail a warship into the Black Sea, west of Russia, amid increased tensions in the wake of the Kremlin’s seizure of three Ukrainian military vessels.

Pakistan Cracks Down on U.S.-Based, Christian Charities

Pakistan Cracks Down on U.S.-Based, Christian Charities

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration is kicking out 18 international charities based in the United States and Europe after refusing their final appeal to remain in the country, the latest move in a “systematic crackdown” on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the nation, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Thursday.

Hassan Rouhani: U.S. Seeking Negotiations with Iran 'Every Day'

Hassan Rouhani: U.S. Seeking Negotiations with Iran 'Every Day'

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani reportedly claimed this week that U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is making daily attempts to negotiate with the Islamic Republic, suggesting that America is willing to suspend sanctions against Tehran if the Shiite powerhouse gives in to its demands.

Russia Holds Naval War Games, Missile Drills in Black Sea near Ukraine

Russia Holds Naval War Games, Missile Drills in Black Sea near Ukraine

Russia is holding naval war exercises and surface-to-air missile drills in the Black Sea region amid tensions with Ukraine and a U.S.-led alliance over the capture of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their crew off the coast of Moscow-annexed Crimea last month, the Kremlin’s defense ministry reportedly announced on Tuesday.

Report: Anti-Blasphemy Islamic Scholar Stabbed to Death' amid Asia Bibi Protests

Report: Anti-Blasphemy Islamic Scholar Stabbed to Death' amid Asia Bibi Protests

Aninfluential Islamic scholar who recently blasted the Pakistani Supreme Court for acquitting a Christian mother facing the death penalty on blasphemy charges was found “stabbed to death” and “covered in blood” at his residence in Rawalpindi, local news outlets reported Friday.

Jihadi Chiefs Traded for Deserter Bergdahl Working Taliban’s Qatar Office

Jihadi Chiefs Traded for Deserter Bergdahl Working Taliban’s Qatar Office

The five high-level Taliban members transferred from the American prison in Guantánamo to Qatar in exchange for U.S. Army deserter, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahlhavejoined the jihadi organization’s political office in Doha, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid revealed Tuesday.

Nigerian Army Shoots into Crowd of Shiite Protesters, Killing 27

Nigerian Army Shoots into Crowd of Shiite Protesters, Killing 27

The Nigerian army reportedly killed up to 21 people when it fired live bullets into a crowd of protesters on the third day of demonstrations by the African country’s leading Shiite Muslim movementin the capital of Abuja on Monday.

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