AFGHANISTAN: ‘ Suicide Truck Bomber Attacks NATO Convoy ‘

#AceNewsReport – AFGHANISTAN:June.30: A suicide truck bomb in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed two civilians and wounded more than 40, AFP reported.

“It was a suicide truck bomber detonating his vehicle at the gate of police headquarters” in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, police spokesman Farid Ahmad Obaid said.

Afghan troops and police are battling the Taliban in the first “fighting season” since NATO left local forces to take charge of security.

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MOSCOW: ‘ Drones being readied for Arctic monitoring missions ‘

#AceNewsReport – MOSCOW:June.10: Russian Defence Ministry said that group of Russian military industry experts has arrived in the far eastern Chukotka Autonomous Area to prepare the Eastern Military District’s drones for monitoring missions in the Arctic.

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‘ Russia Prepares Drones for Arctic Mission’s ‘

A group of Russian military industry experts has arrived in the far eastern Chukotka Autonomous Area to prepare the Eastern Military District’s drones for monitoring missions in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a press release Wednesday.

“The drones will be used for surveillance of the littoral part of the Pacific Ocean, the mainland part of the zone of responsibility of the troops and forces in the northeast, and Navy combat training ranges,” Capt. 1st Rank Roman Martov said.

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POLAND: ‘ Former Army Commander & Ex-Defense Minister prepare for hybrid war scenario with Russia ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Interview:POLAND:June.07: Former Polish army commander and ex-Deputy Defense Minister Waldemar Skrzypczak says that Poland and the Baltic states prepare for ‘hybrid war’ with Russia, while adding that NATO’s combined military power comfortably exceeds the forces at Russia’s disposal.

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Sitting down for an interview for Baltic news hub Delfi, Skrzypczak defended NATO’s beefing up of its presence in countries along Russia’s border, arguing that “I wouldn’t say that this is an attempt to intimidate Russia, but rather the response by the [NATO] Alliance to a threat which could turn into an uncontrollable situation. What sort of threat? For example, a hybrid war.”

Skrzypczak noted that under the present balance of forces, the expanded Eastern European Rapid Response Force can handle the appearance of Russian ‘little green men’ “with ease.” However, ramping up the paranoia and alluding to a Russian fifth column in the Baltic states, the ex-general added that “the aggressor acts not only with the help of special forces.

His activity can be observed in a variety of fields –from military to political and the ethnic factor.” Skrzypczak did not make clear how this “ethnic factor” should be dealt with, noting only that “it is very important to understand what is happening and to provide a timely warning about the opponent’s [potential] actions.”

Commenting on the growth of NATO military might along Russian borders, including a growing permanent military presence, expanded and intensified exercises, Lithuania’s return to conscription, and Poland’s own intensive rearmament, Skrzypczak noted that NATO governments’ earlier policy was naïve for “blindly believing that good relations with Moscow [would] last forever,” adding that the conflict in Ukraine, for which he blamed Russia, “fell [on European politicians] like a cold shower.” In the general’s view, NATO’s more aggressive posture “is the only way to cool the hotheads in Moscow.”

Boasting that the generals of the Russian army “likely think of a conflict with NATO as a bad dream,” Skrzypczak noted that NATO’s military potential “exceeds at least several times the capabilities at Russia’s disposal,” adding that even on their own, the combined forces of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia would be a “tough nut [for Russia] to crack.” In the ex-general’s view, a war with NATO would “plunge Russia into chaos from which it would be unable to recover,” and for this reason “full-scale hostilities are not a threat.”

Retracting his earlier calls for Polish authorities to support Ukraine politically and militarily, Skrzypczak noted that this would be improper following “the Ukrainian parliament’s decision to recognize [Nazi collaborationist forces] OUN-UPA as fighters for Ukrainian independence.” Skrzypczak noted that “we Poles are against the honoring of the executioners of the Volyn massacre,” but added that “if we leave the Ukrainians alone, everything could end up even worse.”

Blaming Russia for the civil war in eastern Ukraine, caused in no small part by the radical nationalism supported by Kiev, Skrzypczak noted that while Russia is presently “trying to return to the international scene as peacemaker,” he remains hopeful that “the West will remain alert.”

Skrzypczak served as the commander of Poland’s land forces between 2006-2009, serving as the country’s deputy defense minister between 2012-2013.

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AFGHANISTAN: ‘ APPROVES US & NATO AGREEMENTS ALLOWING TROOPS TO STAY IN COUNTRY ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN – Nov.28 – Afghanistan’s upper house of parliament approved two agreements on Thursday with the US and NATO, allowing about 12,500 troops to remain in the country, AFP said.

The lower house of parliament approved the Bilateral Security Agreement with the US, and a similar pact with NATO, on Sunday.

President Ashraf Ghani signed the deals on his first day in power, while previous president, Hamid Karzai, had vigorously resisted the move.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ ISIS OPENS A CONSULATE IN TURKISH CAPITAL AS THE LAST SEAT OF SATAN BEGINS ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 17 – Amid increasing doubts about Turkey’s loyalty to its NATO allies, the jihadist group ISIS has opened a consulate in the Turkish capital, according to a Middle East expert who monitors jihadist activity in the region.

The consulate in Ankara, apparently open with the tacit permission of the Turkish government, is issuing visas for those who want to join ISIS in its fight against the Syrian and Iraqi governments, the source said.

The ISIS army, declaring the creation of the first Islamic caliphate since the end of the Ottoman Turkish Empire a century ago, has brutally seized large portions of Syria and Iraq.

Turkey has resisted joining the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, refusing even to allow the U.S. to use its bases to launch attacks on ISIS targets in Syria or Iraq.

This week, Turkish warplanes and artillery bombed the camps of Kurdish rebels in the southeast of the country, near its borders with Iraq and Syria. U.S.-led coalition bombing has defended Kurds in Syria and Iraq from ISIS attacks. Turkey’s attack was on fighters of the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party, or PKK, which historically has sought a portion of Turkey to form the independent country of Kurdistan, along with parts of Syria, Iraq and Iran.

The ISIS consulate is in the Cankaya district of Ankara, operating freely, the Middle East source said, giving the ISIS caliphate the political recognition normally afforded a country.

“Maybe what ISIS is doing serves one way or another in a new caliphate state ruled by the ‘Ottomans,” the WND source said.

While President Obama caters to Turkey’s Erdogan to join the coalition and continues to provide technology to Turkey as a NATO member, sources say the U.S. Congress should act and examine Turkey’s ties to ISIS and its affiliation with jihadi terrorists and those who fund them.

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AFGHANISTAN: ‘ Two Senior Commanders of Haqqani Network Captured by Afghan Forces ‘

#AceNewsServices – AFGHANISTAN – October 16 – Two senior leaders of the Haqqani network have been captured by Afghan security forces, officials said Thursday.

Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders

Afghanistan Security forces captures two Senior Haqqani Commanders

The hardline group is behind sophisticated attacks on Afghan and NATO forces.

' Jalaluddin Haqqani '

‘ Jalaluddin Haqqani ‘

The National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence agency, arrested Anas Haqqani,

Anas Haqqani

Anas Haqqani

the son of the network’s founder Jalaluddin Haqqani, late Tuesday along with Hafiz Rashid, another commander, AFP reported.

“We hope that these two arrests will have direct consequences on the network and their center of command,” NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi said.

The Haqqani network was founded by Jalaluddin Haqqani — an Afghan guerrilla leader bankrolled by the United States to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Now in his 70s and frail, he is believed to live with his family in Pakistan.

In the 1980s Jalaluddin was close to the CIA and Pakistani intelligence. He allied himself to the Taliban after they took power in Kabul in 1996, serving as a cabinet minister under the militia’s supreme leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

When American troops arrived after the 9/11 attacks, Haqqani sought refuge in Pakistan’s tribal district of North Waziristan and became one of the first anti-US commanders based in the border areas.

He has training bases in eastern Afghanistan and is close to Al-Qaeda. His fighters are active across east and southeast Afghanistan and in the capital Kabul.

The network is militarily the most capable of the Afghan Taliban factions and operates independently but remains loyal to Mullah Omar.

Unidentified gunmen attacked and killed Nasiruddin Haqqani, the group’s chief fundraiser and another son of its founder, on the edge of Islamabad last year.

A car bomb attack that killed more than 40 people in the Urgun district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province in July was blamed on the Haqqani network.

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KABUL: SUICIDE CAR BOMBING ON THE INCREASE AS WAY TO STOP NATO CONVOYS ‘

#AceWorldNews – AFGHANISTAN (Kabul) – October 13 – A suicide-car-bomber rammed a NATO military convoy along a major road out of Kabul early Monday, killing one Afghan civilian, Reuters reported.

Afghan official says suicide bomber targets NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 1 civilian

Afghan official says suicide bomber targets NATO convoy in Kabul, killing 1 civilian

Hours later, another suicide bomber killed a woman outside a clinic in a province east of Kabul.

A third bomb exploded in a market on the Afghanistan capital’s northern outskirts, wounding 22 people including three children, officials said.

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