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Uyghur Freedom Fighters and Kunduz Mosque Attack

by Oui Sun Oct 10th, 2021 at 09:22:55 AM EST

Uyghur Foreign Fighters: An Underexamined Jihadist Challenge | ICCT - 2017 |

Uyghurs, specifically individuals of Turkic decent from China's northwest province of Xinjiang, have become a noticeable part of the constellation of globally active jihadist terror groups. Uyghur jihadists first came to the world's attention when the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001. While continuing their cooperation with the Taliban under the banner of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Uyghur jihadists have now spread to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. ETIM's members are part of the Turkestan Islamic Party fighting with the Al-Qaeda umbrella group in Syria, but other Uyghurs have joined IS in Syria and Iraq, and still others have joined local terror groups in Indonesia.However, Uyghurs are currently underexamined as active participants in jihadist organisations.

At least 55 killed, scores injured in suicide attack at mosque in Afghanistan's Kunduz | Dawn News |

A suicide bomb attack on worshippers at a Shia mosque in the Afghan city of Kunduz killed at least 55 people on Friday, in the bloodiest assault since US forces left the country.

Scores more victims from the minority community were wounded in the blast, which has not been claimed but appears designed to further destabilise Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban takeover.

A medical source at the Kunduz Provincial Hospital said that 35 dead and more than 55 wounded had been taken there, while Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital said 20 were dead and scores more wounded.

Matiullah Rohani, director of culture and information in Kunduz for Afghanistan's new Taliban government, confirmed to AFP that the deadly incident was a suicide attack and that at least 46 people had died and 143 were wounded.

Bilal Karimi, a Taliban security official, added that targeting civilians was the "ultimate low". He said that the Islamic Emirate would not allow the criminals to go unpunished.

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Afghan mosque attack

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck at a mosque packed with Shia Muslim worshippers in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 46 people and wounding dozens in the latest security challenge to the Taliban as they transition from insurgency to governance.

In its claim of responsibility, the region's ISIS affiliate (ISK-P) identified the bomber as a Uyghur Muslim, saying the attack targeted both Shias and the Taliban for their purported willingness to expel Uyghurs to meet demands from China. The statement was carried by the ISIS-linked Aamaq news agency.

The blast tore through a crowded mosque in the city of Kunduz during Friday noon prayers, the highlight of the Muslim religious week. It was the latest in a series of ISIS bombings and shootings that have targeted Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers, as well as religious institutions and minority Shias since U.S. and NATO troops left in August.

The blast blew out windows, charred the ceiling and scattered debris and twisted metal across the floor. Rescuers carried one body out on a stretcher and another in a blanket. Blood stains covered the front steps.

A resident of the area, Hussaindad Rezayee, said he rushed to the mosque when he heard the explosion, just as prayers started. "I came to look for my relatives, the mosque was full," he said.

by Cat on Mon Oct 11th, 2021 at 01:14:51 AM EST
Twenty years of occupation in a wartorn nation, no viable security and government left in place. Not the first nation America leaves behind in disaster and chaos. The risks are now for neighbouring states ... The AfPak region of terror - Waziristan - can expand further to the North and West ... many civilians will pay the ultimate price.

Russian Vladimir Putin in a virtual meeting with heads of intelligence from countries in the Russian-dominated Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on Wednesday warned against the threat of extremism from Afghanistan.

Pointing to recent developments in Afghanistan, Putin said a number of international terrorist groups operate in Afghanistan, saying that a number of militants who fought alongside ISIS in Iraq and Syria are now active in Afghanistan.

Iraq, Syria Terrorists "Actively" Entering Afghanistan: Vladimir Putin | NDTV |

While Moscow has been cautiously optimistic about the new Taliban leadership in Kabul, the Kremlin is concerned about instability spilling over into Central Asia where it houses military bases.

In the wake of the Taliban takeover, Russia held military drills with ex-Soviet Tajikistan -- where it operates a military base -- and in Uzbekistan. Both countries share a border with Afghanistan.

Tajikistan's national security chief, Saimumin Yatimov, for his part told the video conference that he had registered an "intensification" of attempts to "smuggle drugs, weapons, ammunition" from Afghanistan into his country.

Afghanistan has long been the world's largest producer of opium and heroin, with profits from the illicit trade helping fund the Taliban.

Earlier Wednesday French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Tajikistan's leader Emomali Rakhmon in Paris, vowing to help the Central Asian state maintain stability.

Trust In Government Big Loser By Disinformation

Creating chaos in the world is a planner's delight to mould civilization in one's image. What we have seen and experienced during the last four decades, the expansion of capitalism to solve the ills of our world. The designers of this policy have flunked in my perception how the world has changed.

The fact that Western Democracy needs Disinformation to fight "evil" of adversaries we ourselves have fostered, is the ultimate proof of failure.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 15th, 2021 at 11:26:27 AM EST

Blasts Hit Mosque in Kandahar, 16 Killed

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 15th, 2021 at 11:36:29 AM EST

At least 32 dead in Kandahar mosque blast | Dawn News Pakistan |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Oct 15th, 2021 at 11:37:27 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 16th, 2021 at 09:35:37 AM EST
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Acting FM Muttaqi Meets His Uzbek Counterpart

Last Days Before Fall of Afghan Government

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 16th, 2021 at 09:36:53 AM EST
Russia against US troops in Central Asia near Afghanistan

The Biden administration has reportedly considered Uzbekistan and Tajikistan that border Afghanistan, as well as Kazakhstan, as possible staging areas for monitoring and quickly responding to possible security problems that may follow the U.S. military's withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"I don't think that anyone is interested in becoming a hostage to such US policy and intentions, and in inviting retaliation," Lavrov said.

The Russian foreign minister questioned what results would be achieved with a small U.S. presence outside Afghanistan when a 100,000-strong NATO force inside the country "failed to do anything."

U.S. Military Bases in Central Asia | CFR - July 26, 2005 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 16th, 2021 at 09:38:28 AM EST
2005 CFR occupation
The United States maintains two bases in Central Asia, one each in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, for its postwar operations[?!] in Afghanistan.
The United States began leasing both Soviet-era bases during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. They are used primarily to station soldiers, refueling jets, and cargo planes. Each airfield houses roughly 1,000 U.S. troops and civilian contractors.
Where are the bases?

Karshi-Khanabad Air Base is located in southern Uzbekistan not far from Tajikistan; Manas Air Base is situated just north of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The United States began leasing both Soviet-era bases [2021-20 or 2021-65 years ago?] during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. They are used primarily to station soldiers, refueling jets, and cargo planes. Each airfield houses roughly 1,000 U.S. troops and civilian contractors.

UN | Shanghai Cooperation Organization
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an intergovernmental organization founded in Shanghai on 15 June 2001. The SCO currently comprises eight Member States (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four Observer States interested in acceding to full membership (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia) and six "Dialogue Partners" (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey).

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 17th, 2021 at 06:15:03 PM EST
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Top US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad to Afghanistan resigns, replaced by Tom West

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Oct 18th, 2021 at 11:38:01 PM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 07:10:00 AM EST
Bodies mutilated ...

Four women slain in Afghanistan after phone call 'to join evacuation flight' | France24 |

History repeating itself ...

Afghanistan: The Massacre in Mazar-I Sharif | HRW - Nov. 1. 1998 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Nov 6th, 2021 at 08:03:23 PM EST
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