Iraq: Iran-based Ayatollah forbids U.S. in Iraq



He was a top leader of the Al-Da’wa Party in Iraq.

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Israeli airstrike on an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq was confirmed by U.S. officials The July 19 attack targeted Amirli in the northern Salaheddin province A leading Shiite Muslim cleric issued a public religious edict, or fatwa, on August 23 2019 that forbids the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq following the strikes. In his fatwa, Iran-based Grand Ayatollah Kazim al-Haeri also urged Iraq’s armed forces to “resist and confront the (U.S.) enemy”.






[August 21 2019 whose drones hitting PMF ]
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Explosions at Iran sponsored Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, munitions depots, one north of Baghdad, a July 19 blast, was blamed on a drone as was one that hit a base in Amirli, northern Iraq, The U.S. has no evidence or credible intelligence that Israel was behind the two most recent blasts — on August 19 or on Aug. 12 2019. They also said the U.S. was not responsible for any of the strikes. The CIA, however, also runs its own clandestine drone program separate from the U.S. military. The CIA declined to comment on the explosions.

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Mali: tit-for-tat violence

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Five troops were killed in central Mali on August 21 2019 when their convoy was ambushed by jihadists on a road between the villages of Boni and Hombori, “the jihadists… burned at least two military vehicles. At least two soldiers were also wounded.”

[July 2 2019]

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“During [July 2 2019], and overnight, in the villages of Bidi, Sankoro and Saran, armed men attacked civilians, killing 23 of them,” Cheick Harouna Sankare, mayor of the neighboring town of Ouenkoro. The attacks come following a wave of deadly assaults between Fulani herders and Dogon farmers who have long fought over land and resources.

The rivalry has escalated in recent years due to the growing presence of armed Islamist groups.

[June 27 2019]

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“About 100 unidentified armed men circulating on motos all of a sudden invaded Yoro and fired on the population,” said Issiaka Ganame, the mayor of Yoro. “Then they descended on the village of Gangafani 2, which is about 15km (9 miles) away.”

The tit-for-tat violence in recent months has largely pitted Dogon hunters against Fulani herders. Attackers believed to be Fulani raided a Dogon village last week, killing at least 35 people.

[June 16 2019 French kill terrorists ]

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Allied French and Malian forces killed 20 militants in an operation in the district of Akabar, a remote part of a game reserve near the border with Niger and not far from the Malian city of Menaka,

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Mali’s central Mopti region

[June 12 2019] The number of people killed in an attack on Sobame Da in Mopti central Mali has been revised to 35, down from nearly 100, the initial figure corresponded to the combined number of dead and disappeared.
At least 95 people were killed when gunmen raided their village in central Mali late on June 9 2019.

The attack took place in the ethnic Dogon village of Sobane, in Mali’s central Mopti region,
Members of the Dogon and Fulani groups often clash over access to land and water. The Dogon also accuse Fulanis of having ties to local jihadist groups, while Fulanis claim that Mali’s army has armed Dogon hunters to attack them.

Earlier this year, the massacre of more than 150 Fulani villagers, including women and children, prompted Mali’s government to sack senior military officials and dissolve a militia composed of Dogon hunters.

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Yemen: U.S. drone downed

AUGUST 21, 2019 l A Houthi military spokesman said air defenses brought down the MQ-9 drone. It was shot down southeast of Sana’a, the Houthi-controlled capital, in Yemen’s Dhamar governorate. “We are aware of reporting that a US MQ-9 was shot down over Yemen,” It appeared to have been shot down by a Houthi-operated surface-to-air missile.

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Mali: Koutougou barracks raided


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More than 40 jihadists aboard pickup trucks and motorcycles laid assault to Koutougou barracks close to the Mali border. Overnight August 14 to August 15 2019 armed men described as jihadists raided a village in the restive north, killing 24 people, plundering and burning shops.
Most attacks in the former French colony are attributed to the Ansarul Islam group, which emerged near the Mali border in December 2016, and to the JNIM (Group to Support Islam and Muslims), which has sworn allegiance to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

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Syria: Assad planes hit strategic town

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Syrian government warplanes targeting the Turkish convoy heading toward the northern Idlib town of Saraqeb. Syrian state TV indicated that the convoys were carrying military equipment for what it called “terrorist groups” fighting the Syrian government around the strategic town of Khan Sheikhoun.    Joshua Landis, international and Area Studies , University of Oklahoma, tells VOA that Khan Sheikhoun is “extremely important to the Syrian government” because “it sits astride the main highway linking Damascus to the north of the country.” He says it is vital to the reconstruction of the country and viability of Syria’s northern capital, Aleppo.

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Egypt’s Tahrir Square November 18 2011 protest seen today


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April 9 2019



The shadow of the Arab Spring looms. A cynic could point to the fact that in Egypt Hosni Mubarak is at home, acquitted of all charges, and his democratically elected successor, Mohamed Morsi, is dead, ground down by poor treatment in solitary confinement.

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Hussein Tantawi with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

Hussein Tantawi with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta

Egypt’s ‘Friday of One Demand’ largest Tahrir protest since July, as Islamists dominate a rally by forces from across Egypt’s political and ideological spectrum demanding a swift transfer of power. Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied November 18 in Cairo’s Tahrir square. Egyptians are scheduled to go to the polls later this month for the start of elections to choose a new parliament. Tantawi, who served as Mubarak’s defense minister for 20 years, since February 11, 2011, has been simultaneously the Minister of Defense, and Chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,

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Sudan: PM Mohammed Abdalla Hamdok

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KHARTOUM, SUDAN – Sudan’s Forces of Freedom and Change, the country’s main opposition alliance, has nominated economist Mohammed Abdalla Hamdok to serve as prime minister in the country’s transitional government.
Economist Mohammed Abdalla Hamdok is expected to be appointed prime minister by Sudan’s sovereign council, which is expected to be sworn in August 19 2019 pursuant to the power-sharing agreement signed August 17 2019. Under the agreement, a military leader would head the 11-member council for the first 21 months, followed by a civilian leader for the next 18. It would also establish a cabinet appointed by the activists and a legislative body and was signed by Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, deputy chief of the Transitional Military Council (TMC), and Ahmed al-Rabie, who represented the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group.. Hamdok served as deputy executive secretary of the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa since 2011. He holds a master of arts and doctoral degrees from the School of Economic Studies-University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Khartoum.

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