This is Gerry Brownlee; he is our current Minister of Defence.
Afghanistan is a pretty medieval place, especially when the religion of choice is also medieval in its outlook.
They take an eye for an eye literally…except it is more of a head for a head.
ISIS fighters and an Afghan militia group have beheaded a total of eight men in a series of tit-for-tat revenge killings, according to an Afghan official.
Four men have been beheaded from each side, in a blood-thirsty decapitation war following a gunfight on Saturday.
The ISIS fighters were beheaded by the militia group, in pay-back after ISIS beheaded four of the militia members.
The killings have been going on in the eastern border province of Nangarhar, in Afghanistan.
Ghalib Mujahib, governor of the Achin district in the south of Nangarhar province, said that the eight men who died had all been captured by their opposition during battles on Saturday. Read more »
I suppose this was always on the cards when someone decided to house the Afghan interpreters in Hamilton and Palmerston North.
I’m only surprised that it was Hamilton and not Palmerston North where the ferals became so bad that the Afghans want to leave.
A group of Afghans who put their lives at risk helping Kiwi soldiers take on the Taliban in Afghanistan has met its match in Hamilton.
An unspecified number of interpreters, who were relocated to New Zealand with their families, have requested assistance to leave the city after becoming concerned for their safety.
A briefing prepared by the Defence Force for Minister Gerry Brownlee and released under the Official Information Act reveals the group has expressed their “potential dissatisfaction” about their situation.
Having served with the Kiwi SAS and with soldiers of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamiyan province, the group of immigrants requested financial assistance to move to Auckland. Two other immigrants who arrived in New Zealand with the same group were happy to remain in Hamilton.
A total of 44 interpreters resettled in New Zealand, with an additional 96 family members migrating as well. Most initially went to Hamilton or Palmerston North. Read more »
You simply can’t believe a word Barack Hussein Obama says these days.
He recently declared that through his hands-off approach to Daesh they were contained and ineffective.
Meanwhile they have expanded their activities in Afghanistan.
Islamic State fighters have captured swathes of eastern Afghanistan in a drive to establish a new province of the group’s self-styled caliphate on territory straddling the border with Pakistan.
Up to 1600 fighters pledging allegiance to Isis are ruling much of four districts south of Jalalabad with the same ruthlessness that characterises the group’s regime in Syria and Iraq: public beheadings, strict adherence to Koranic teachings foreign to Afghanistan, and extortion. Some of the worst atrocities have been filmed and posted online.
Tens of thousands of villagers have fled the jihadists and the Afghan army is engaged in a daily battle to prevent the group spreading further. The already stretched security forces are losing 500 men across the country every month. Read more »
My how Germany has fallen.
Captain Blackadder once explained that the Germans have no word for fluffy…meaning they were tough.
Well, they used to be tough, now they are as soft as pudding.
As a result of the persistent influx of Afghan refugees into Germany, a new campaign has been launched asking potential refugees to think twice before they embark on their perilous journeys.
The German embassy in Afghanistan started the campaign in Kabul and other major cities last week highlighting the dangers involved in undertaking risky journeys to Europe.
Billboards in the streets pose questions like, “Leaving Afghanistan? Are you sure?” and “Leaving Afghanistan? Think about it again”, in the country’s two main languages, Pashto and Dari.
But critics say the campaign is expected to do little to deter Afghans determined to leave in search of safety and protection.
“I know we cannot trust human traffickers who promise us an easy trip and a better life in Germany, but I will still take the risk. My family is not safe here. I am not safe,” Basir Karimi, a 22-year-old belonging to the Hazara minority, told Al Jazeera. Read more »
The other day the US dropped some bombs on a Medecins Sans Frontiers hospital in Kunduz.
The State Department had this to say:
Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Sunday demanded an independent international inquiry into a suspected U.S. air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital it runs, branding the attack a “war crime”.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter promised a full investigation into whether the American military was connected to the destruction of the hospital, but cautioned it would take time to gather information.
It could hardly be anyone else with air power in the region…the US controls the air in Afghanistan. But oh no we mustn’t rush to judgment…and we must wait for a full investigation. Read more »
The photo above is like many already out there talking about the so-called “refugee” problem facing Europe.
The BBC says that these “refugees” are demanding freedom to travel from Hungary to Germany. But look closely at the photo, and indeed many others…tell me where are the women “refugees”, or the child “refugees” and the old “refugees” and the infirm refugees”?
Why are all the “refugees” of fighting age and male?
And the next question is this…why travel to Europe when there are extremely wealthy Muslim countries much, much closer…like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and even Turkey or the Gulf states like Dubai, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi etc?
As the crisis brews over Syrian refugees trying to enter European countries, questions have been raised over why they are not heading to wealthy Gulf states closer to home.
Although those fleeing the Syrian crisis have for several years been crossing into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey in huge numbers, entering other Arab states – especially in the Gulf – is far less straightforward.
Officially, Syrians can apply for a tourist visa or work permit in order to enter a Gulf state. Read more »
Clarifying details have been released today regarding the heroic actions aboard a train headed for Paris on August 21st… the heroes have now been identified as Airman Spencer Stone, Specialist Alek Skarlatos of the National Guard, and their civilian friend Anthony Sadler from California.
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was the first to act, and sprinted 10 meters towards the terrorist after hearing a gun shot and identifying that the man held an AK. Immediately behind him was National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, who was just on leave after a tour in Afghanistan, and then their civilian friend Anthony Sadler.
‘We heard a gunshot, and we heard glass breaking behind us, and saw a train employee sprint past us down the aisle,’ Anthony Sadler said in an interview with CNN. They then saw a gunman entering the train car with an automatic rifle.
The leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, has died…from an “illness”…let’s hope it was lead poisoning.
The Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their long missing leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and said they were pulling out of peace talks with the Afghan government.
“The leadership of the Islamic Emirate and the family of Mullah Omar announce that leader Mullah Omar died due to a sickness,” a statement from the group, using its preferred official name. said.
It denied Pakistan government claims he had died in Karachi, saying he had always stayed in Afghanistan. It called for public mourning.
“The amir al-mumineen (leader of the faithful) was not only a person but a movement, an ideology and a sacred desire,” it said. “As per the decision of the Islamic Emirat, starting from now mourning and prayers for Mullah Omar will take place everywhere in the mosques by religious scholars, tribal and jihadi figures and people for three days.”
Mullah Omar was officially said to be in favour of the talks, so the reports of his death that have circulated over the last two days – whether true or not – are likely to have been a key factor in the decision not to attend. They were due to resume on Friday in Pakistan. Read more »
It is starting to look like the US has got their intelligence systems back up and running seamlessly, after the Snowden leaks put a big dent in it.
They are increasingly nailing bad wogs in remote areas and in the past week have tagged Islamic States’ top leader in Afghanistan.
Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the so-called Islamic State’s “Khurasan province” in Pakistan and Afghanistan, was killed along with 30 other fighters in an airstrike in Jalalabad province on Friday night, Afghan intelligence confirmed to VICE News.
Saeed’s death was the latest blow inflicted in a string of attacks carried out by Afghan and US-led coalition forces targeting high-profile Islamic State (IS) operatives in the eastern Jalalabad province, where IS has been recruiting fighters since last year. Saeed, who hasbeen erroneously reported as killed in the past, was the highest ranking of three leaders killed this week.
On Monday, a drone strike in the Achin district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province killed Gul Zaman, IS’s deputy emir for its Khurasan province. His second in command and five others were also reported killed. (Zaman’s predecessor, Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim, was killed by a coalition airstrike in February.) Read more »