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Afghan Official: Taliban Kill 20 Police Officers in Attack (abcnews, June 13)
“An Afghan official says at least 20 police officers have been killed after militants ambushed checkpoints in the country’s volatile southern Helmand province.
Mohammad Ismail Hotak, the head of the province’s joint coordination of police and military operations, said Saturday the ambushes late Friday night hit checkpoints in the Musa Qala district, long a Taliban stronghold.
He says the attack wounded 10 police officers and that the Taliban also seemed to have suffered high casualties.
He says the battle is ongoing and reinforcements have been sent from other districts.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Taliban militants have been targeting vulnerable police checkpoints across the country since launching their summer offensive in April.
Last month, a Taliban attack in Helmand’s Naw Zad district killed at least 19 police officers.”
‘I consider myself to be black and I don’t give two sh*ts what you think’: Defiant NAACP leader is pictured for first time since her white parents said she is pretending to be black
White NAACP leader gave Black Is Beautiful lecture about history of black hair in which she talked about her own tight curls
Twitter goes to town over white NAACP leader PRETENDING to be black
Suspects open fire on officers outside Dallas Police HQ (yahoo, June 13, 2015)
“DALLAS (AP) — Authorities say multiple suspects using automatic weapons opened fire on officers outside Dallas Police headquarters, before one man fled the scene in what witnesses described as an armored van.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown says the shootout began about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, when the suspects pulled up to the building located south of downtown and began firing. He says at least one of the suspects fled the scene in a van that rammed a police cruiser before leading police on a chase that ended at parking lot in Hutchins.
Brown says negotiations with that suspect are ongoing. No injuries were reported.
Brown says as many as four suspects may have been involved, including some possibly located at elevated positions. Police also found four bags, including one holding a pipe bomb.”
Police: 4 Dead in Car Explosion in Sweden (abcnews, June 13, 2015)
“Police say four people, including a young girl, were killed when a car exploded in a roundabout in the Swedish city of Goteborg.
The cause of Friday’s explosion was unclear but police said they had started a criminal investigation.
After initially releasing few details, police confirmed Saturday three people were pronounced dead at the scene while the girl was taken to hospital where she died. They didn’t the release the ages or identities of the victims or say whether they were related.
Rescuers said the car exploded in a roundabout near a fire station and was destroyed by the time they got there.
Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city, has seen a surge in violent conflicts between rival criminal gangs, including a restaurant shooting in March that left two people dead.”
Swedes. The kindergarten idiot-savants of Europe.
Just got this message from Swede:
1 of those who died in the car was a gang-leader in Gothenburg. “Not a natural accident, there were explosives in car” – police
AUSTRALIA – Were asylum seeker boats paid to turn back?
The Indonesian government has asked the Abbott government to deny or confirm that Australian Customs had paid people smugglers to do a U-turn.
Earlier Labor opposition immigration spokesman Richard Marles said Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s refusal to deny the practice had occurred had left the door wide open to the idea the government was handing wads of taxpayers’ cash to smugglers.
Meanwhile, the Greens will try to force the government to hand over documents showing whether cash is paid to people smugglers to turn back boats.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in Jakarta today her country would be “really concerned” if it was confirmed that the captain and five crew of a boat carrying asylum-seekers were each paid $US5000 ($6500) by an Australian immigration official to return to the Southeast Asian nation.
The claims were made to local police on Rote island in eastern Indonesia, where the boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers came ashore late May after being intercepted by the Australian Navy.
Ms Marsudi said that she had raised the issue on the sidelines of a conference in Jakarta with Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson.
“I just asked him ‘What is it about, tell me, what is it?’,” she told reporters at the event.
“He promised to take my question, my inquiry, to Canberra and he promised to get back to me again.
“We are really concerned if it is confirmed,” she said.
Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir also said Jakarta was seeking clarification from Australia on the issue.
“We have consistently said that the Australian government’s push-back policy is on a slippery slope,” he told AFP, referring to the Abbott government’s hard-line policy of turning back asylum boats when it is safe to do so.
“If this latest incident is confirmed, this will be a new low for the way that the Australian government is handling this issue.”
[…]The government has repeatedly stated it won’t discuss or publicly release information on operational matters.
Its policy includes military-led efforts to turn back such boats, which mostly come from Indonesia, and sending asylum-seekers to camps on the Pacific island outpost of Nauru and Papua New Guinea for resettlement despite strong criticism from human rights groups.
Australia has also signed a deal with impoverished Cambodia to accept unwanted refugees in return for millions of dollars in aid over the next four years.
Australian authorities could be accused of people smuggling if it is proven they paid the crew of an asylum-seeker boat to return to Indonesia, an international law expert says.
On Friday, claims surfaced that the navy paid six crew members of a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers $US5000 ($A6450) each to return to Indonesian waters.[…]
Migrants in hunger strike at France-Italy border
VENTIMIGLIA, Italy: Dozens of migrants refused entry into France went on hunger strike Saturday at the border crossing in Ventimiglia in Italy, where they organized a sit-in and threatened to block traffic.
French border police told AFP they had been ordered not to let through the migrants, many of whom came from Somalia, Eritrea, the Ivory Coast and Sudan, and hoped to travel onwards to Germany, Britain or Sweden to request asylum.
“We are not going back, we need to pass,” read a large banner held aloft by one group of protesters, while another read: “We need freedom.”
Curled up on pieces of cardboard, sheltering where possible under trees and bushes, men, women and children who had made the journey from Libya by boat to Italy said they would block traffic if they were not allowed to pass.
While the women and children ate food provided by the Red Cross, the men refused.
“We won’t eat,” said 20 year-old Mustapha Ali. “We spent all of yesterday in the heat, and last night in the rain and cold. If we must die here, no need to eat.”
A record number of 1,439 migrants were intercepted this week by French police in the Alpes-Maritimes area of southeast France, with 1,097 returned to Italy.
Mohamed from Sudan told AFP he had arrived in Sicily with his brother and traveled by car and train as far as Menton in France — just across the border — where he had been arrested at the train station and escorted back to Italy.
“In Darfur there is a lot of war and violence, they massacre people, we want peace,” he said.
The Schengen open borders accord means migrants landing in Italy can usually easily travel through neighboring France, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia as they seek to make it to Britain, Germany and Scandinavia.
But border controls have been temporarily reintroduced due to a recent summit of G7 leaders in Germany.
The mayor of Ventimiglia, Enrico Ioculano, told Sky TG 24 television that some of the migrants appeared to be getting through to France anyway by train.
“There are currently around 50 migrants at Ventimiglia’s train station, the same number as there were a few days ago, though the faces have changed,” he said.
“At least 200 have come and gone, I would guess they got into France by train,” he said.
The suspension of Schengen has increasing the pressure on Italy, where reception centers are at breaking point with about 76,000 people accommodated nationwide.
The build-up has seen hundreds of migrants including three-month-old infants bedding down in Milan Central and Rome’s Tiburtina train stations
Italy: Migrants receive aid at Milan central station as refugee numbers rise
« We are not going back ! »
Station chaos deepens Italy migrant crisis
VICE – Enemies at the Gate
BBC News -Iraq: Islamic State inside Mosul – ( 9 min 45 )
UK – The Big Iftar is an initiative launched in 2013, encouraging Muslim communities to welcome their friends and neighbours of all faiths and none as guests to their local Mosques and Centers to join them in sharing iftar during Ramadan.
Security Guard at U.S. Embassy in Egypt Arrested as a Terrorist
To the shock of U.S. officials, authorities in Egypt have arrested the local employee and charged him as the purported commander of a radical Islamist organization.
Egyptian authorities have arrested an Egyptian security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, claiming he is a senior figure in an Islamist terrorist organization. U.S. officials are scrambling to get information from Egyptian authorities, who did not alert them beforehand.
An embassy official confirmed to The Daily Beast that 42-year-old Ahmed Ali, accused by the Egyptians of helping to plan or taking part in more than a dozen attacks on security forces, was an employee in the security service at the mission in downtown Cairo. Egyptian authorities are claiming he is a commander in the militant Helwan Brigades.
Both the lack of any forewarning by the Egyptian authorities and the apparent security failure by the U.S. State Department, which failed to unearth Ali’s membership in the brigades, is likely to prompt outrage on Capitol Hill.
Security for all of the U.S. embassies in the Middle East is meant to have been tightened since the 2012 militant assault on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi in eastern Libya that led to the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens.[…]
US announces transfer of six Guantanamo detainees to Oman
The United States has transferred six men from its Guantanamo Bay prison to Oman, the Department of Defense said Saturday, amid an ongoing push by President Barack Obama to close the jail.
“The United States is grateful to the government of Oman for its humanitarian gesture and willingness to support ongoing US efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,” the department said in a statement.
The six men were named as Idris Ahmad Abd Al Qadir Idris, Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Masud, Jalal Salam Awad Awad, Saad Nasser Moqbil Al Azani, Emad Abdallah Hassan and Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki, according to the statement.
US media reported that all six detainees were Yemeni.
The transfer means 116 inmates remain at the controversial prison, which is located at a US naval base in southeastern Cuba.
Saturday’s announcement marked the second Guantanamo prisoner transfer this year, after the Pentagon announced in January that is had moved four men to Oman and one to Estonia.
A total 28 inmates were transferred out of Guantanamo in 2014.
Thwarted by Congress in his effort to close the prison, Obama has had to rely on a handful of countries that have agreed to accept detainees.
The prison was set up to hold alleged terror suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks. But human rights groups have condemned the jail as a “legal black hole”, where inmates languish for years without being tried in court.
UK – Anti-Islamisation’ protesters march in Dudley
INDIA- ISIS, Pak flags raised after Mirwaiz sermon in Srinagar
Pakistani and ISIS (Islamic State) flags today appeared in downtown Srinagar following a Friday sermon by moderate separate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in which he warned of an agitation if the ongoing campaign to retrieve forest land was not stopped.
As soon as the Friday prayers were over, a group of masked youth carrying a black ISIS flag and a Pakistani flag appeared in the Jama Masjid area this afternoon.
Some of the youth also indulged in stone-throwing. The situation was soon brought under control by the security forces deployed in the area. So far no arrests have been made in connection with the latest raising of the ISIS flag. Earlier on May 22, Pakistani flags were raised during a protest by youth the same area.[…]
SAUDI ARABIA Non-Muslims urged to respect holy month
RIYADH: With Ramadan likely to start on Thursday, non-Muslims have been urged to respect the holy month and abstain from eating, drinking and smoking in public.
The Ministry of Interior issues a notice every year to ensure that those of other faiths understand and abide by the country’s laws. Failure to do so can result in legal trouble.
For Muslims, it is a month of spiritual training 🙂 🙂 🙂 where they do everything they can to get closer to Allah. There is not only abstention from food and drink and marital relations during daylight hours, but also striving to help others in need.
For those who are overweight and obese, the month of fasting can assist in losing those extra kilograms, which are the cause of so many chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
Some non-Muslim expatriates here have been known to fast, in an attempt to gain an understanding of this religious duty and achieve some spiritual enlightenment.
“I consider Ramadan as the best time for spiritual molding by controlling my worldly desires. This is the month I practice abstaining from arrogance, vanity, gossiping, backbiting, cursing, disrespecting others and the like,” expatriate Saleh Bucay told Arab News.
“I humbly appeal to our non-fasting fellow expats to be curious and cautious at the same time. As a sign of respect, they should avoid eating or drinking in front of those who are fasting, particularly in public areas.”
A Filipino worker, Neil Grajo, told Arab News that he fasted last year to lose weight, change some of his bad habits, and show some respect for his Muslim colleagues at work.
“Ramadan could be good for a country such as the Philippines where smoking and drinking alcohol is widespread, which has not only cost people money but also their lives,” Grajo said. He said bad habits and immorality cannot be changed without actual physical training.
Sa’dullah Khan, in an article entitled ‘Why Do Muslims Fast,’ stated: “Through fasting, the human being comes to grips with his carnal self, taming his physical appetites, subduing his greed and lust, and thus traversing a path which progressively elevates his consciousness from the physical to the moral and ultimately to the spiritual dimension of his being.”
Iraq: Army seize 8 IS car bombs bound for Baghdad and Karbala province