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Reports show British teenager was allegedly trafficked to ISIS by Canadian agent

“MuiTypography-root-229 MuiTypography-h1-234″>Reports show British teenager was allegedly trafficked to ISIS by Canadian agentThe WorldSeptember 1, 2022 · 3:15 PM EDT

A three-image combo of stills taken from CCTV footage shows Kadiza Sultana, left, Shamima Begum, centre and and Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport. Feb. 23, 2015.

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There's been a new revelation in the case of a British woman accused of joining ISIS as a teenager that now implicates Canada.

Shamima Begum left the UK as a teenager for Syria in 2015, with two of her friends Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase. In Begum's case, the British government accused her of joining the terrorist group and stripped her of her citizenship.

But a book about Begum and other women who joined ISIS, called "Guest House for Young Widows," says that a spy for Canada's intelligence service helped smuggle the teenager into Syria. And this information is casting her story in a new light.

Azadeh Moaveni is the author of the book. She's also the director of the Gender and Conflict Project at the International Crisis Group in New York. She spoke with The World's host Carol Hills about the new revelation and its implications.

Carol Hills: Can you remind our audience about who Shamima Begum is?Azadeh Moaveni: She was 15. She was in high school in early 2015 when she was groomed and eventually trafficked to the Islamic State in Syria. She left with two other friends. They were part of a group of girls that Islamic State recruiters had been working on, both online and on the streets of London, trying to get them to Syria, because part of the Islamic State's project was to bring in brides for fighters. And that was very much at the center of how it attracted so many thousands of people from around the world.And what is Shamima Begum's status now and where is she?Shamima is now in northeast Syria. She's in a detention camp for, basically, women and children who were affiliated with ISIS fighters. And legally, the trouble is that many of these women were teenagers when they were brought to ISIS with their families or were groomed or trafficked there.And I assume that she has lawyers who are trying to push her case to get her back to the UK.She does. There have been multiple cases. Most recently, they've appealed to bring her back to the UK so that she could appeal the loss of her citizenship there on grounds that it's quite impossible to do that from a desert camp. But the accusation that she was trafficked is at the center of the case made by her lawyers. So, these revelations are potentially going to really upend, possibly, the legal outcomes for her, because if they can show that she was trafficked by a spy working for Canada as a teenager, then, I think that could have a sort of powerful boost for her legal team.Explain the accusation that centers on someone working with Canada's intelligence service who trafficked her. What is the claim?So, these actually are not entirely new claims because the background that's been filled out in the last few days by the new reporting shows that he was a Syrian man, he had applied for citizenship or a visa to Canada. And the Canadians said that he would get that in exchange for spying. So, what he did was he ferried Westerners. He would take them down to the border and then send their information to Canada, which is in an intelligence alliance with the UK, with the US.​​​​​So, essentially, this was a sort of Western intelligence manner of getting information about citizens of these countries who are traveling to this very dangerous place, who are also potentially going to become involved in terror plots in other parts of the world, too. But to your point about what does it mean that Canada was employing an agent to do this, there was a great deal of that going on at the time. You know, double agents, Western intelligence agencies trying to get information about their nationals, so they could stop them if they came back to their home countries and prosecute them. In this case, though, I think it raises really serious legal implications, because these were minors. In this instance, I think it has really grave implications for Canada, which is why it seems, according to the new reporting, that the Canadians were so eager to cover this up and ask the British to help them with that.How has Canada responded to these accusations?Canada has said that it will investigate them thoroughly. The reaction has been quite opaque. But I think another point to raise is, why we're learning about these things now, because the journalists who've been doing this reporting have seemingly known about this for some time, and it's very much in the public interest to know that there was a Canadian asset involved in the trafficking. It's kind of central to the decision by the British authorities to strip Shamima Begum of her British citizenship. So, the media has very much been a real character in the development of the case of Shamima Begum, because they arrived very quickly after she surfaced, and she became a monster in the British press.So, what comes next for Shamima Begum? Where does this case go?I suspect that her legal team will bring another appeal to the British courts, asking for her to be brought back to the UK to appeal the loss of her British citizenship from there. It's a sort of circular way of getting her back to the UK for prosecution or whatever is deemed appropriate for her, without challenging the citizenship stripping from this camp in Syria, where it's inconceivable that they could manage it from there. And also, it is a bit of a battle of public opinion.

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.AP contributed to this report.

Related: Three months after ISIS attacked a prison in northeast Syria, the fate of at least 100 child detainees remains unclear

ISIS militants impersonate themselves while delivering groceries in Iraq

Photo: Directorate 4.

In Iraq, during the CTO in the province of Ninewa, the military liquidated three militants of the “Islamic State” (organization, banned in Russia).

Their accomplice, who supplied them with food, helped to get on the trail of the terrorists. He gave away the location of the hideout during interrogation. This was reported by Directorate 4.

During a search at the site of the clash, the security forces found weapons, IEDs and communications equipment.

In the province of Anbar, Iraqi Air Force planes destroyed the shelter of IS militants.

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The US announced the elimination of the head of the ISIS cell in Syria

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As a result of drone strikes by the US Air Force in Syria, the head of the local cell of the “Islamic State” was eliminated. (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) Mahir al-Agal. This is reported by Reuters with reference to the central command of the US troops.

The terrorist was eliminated in northwestern Syria. Also, the defense department spoke about the serious injury of his accomplice.

“According to preliminary data, there are no civilian casualties,”— the statement says.

The department notes that Mahir al-Agal— one of the five leaders of ISIS. He was responsible for creating a network of militants outside of Iraq and Syria.

In early February, the then head of the IGABU, Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Kureishi, was eliminated. He was elected head of ISIS in October 2019 after the terrorist organization confirmed the death of its founder and first leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As a result of the operation to eliminate al-Qureishi, at least three civilians were killed, Pentagon chief John Kirby admitted. According to Reuters, al-Quraishi detonated a bomb in his house during a US special forces raid, killing his family members.

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In Karachay-Cherkessia, an ISIS supporter who planned a terrorist attack was detained

The FSB believes that the man planned to commit a terrorist attack at one of the facilities of the authorities and law enforcement “on the instructions of a foreign emissary of the logistics.” Components for making an explosive device were confiscated from him

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A supporter of the international terrorist organization “Islamic State” banned in Russia was detained in Karachay-Cherkessia (IG), who planned a terrorist attack at the facility of authorities and law enforcement, reports the Center for Public Relations (CSP) of the FSB of Russia.

According to the intelligence service, the man was planning a terrorist attack on one of the objects of the authorities and law enforcement “at the direction of a foreign emissary of the logistics”, however, while preparing the crime, he was detained in Karachaevsk.

The FSB also showed footage of the detention and search at the place of residence men. Components for the manufacture of an improvised explosive device and other materials exposing his criminal intentions were confiscated from him.

Investigators opened a criminal case under articles on preparation for a terrorist attack and participation in the activities of a terrorist organization . According to TASS, the detainee confessed to preparing a terrorist attack, he was arrested.

On April 13, the FSB announced the arrest of an IS supporter who was preparing a terrorist attack at a railway station in the Stavropol Territory. The suspect was detained when he was preparing to commit a crime, according to the FSB. Explosives and subversive elements that he bought to make an explosive device were confiscated from him.

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Three months after ISIS attacked a prison in northeast Syria, the fate of at least 100 child detainees remains unclear

“MuiTypography-root-134 MuiTypography-h1-139″>Three months after ISIS attacked a prison in northeast Syria, the fate of at least 100 child detainees remains unclear

Human rights groups say they are deeply concerned about the well-being of the children who remain injured or unaccounted for following an ISIS attack on a prison in northeast Syria. Many of the children's home countries refuse to them them back.

The WorldApril 27, 2022 · 2:45 PM EDT

Soldiers with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces check a house in Hassakeh, Syria, Jan. 25, 2022. After breaking into the prison late Thursday, ISIS militants were joined by others rioting inside the facility that housed over 3,000 inmates, including hundreds of minors.

Orhan Qereman/AP

Last January, ISIS fighters carried out a brazen and coordinated attack on a prison in northeastern Syria.

They set off bombs at the entrance of the Al-Sina'a prison, killing dozens of people initially, and later, hundreds more.

The fighting went on for over a week. In the end, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in charge of the prison managed to take back control, with some help from US forces.

Related: Former ISIS member is found guilty in US federal court

But roughly three months later, the fate of about 100 children, who were held at the prison, remains unclear — and human rights groups say they are deeply concerned about their well-being.

During the battle at the prison, one teenager, who said that he’s from Australia, sent audio messages to his family.

“I just got shot by an Apache [a type of helicopter], my head is bleeding. I have injured my head and my hand. There’s no doctors here who can help me,” he said.

The audio messages were shared with The World by a human rights group. The name of the boy was bleeped out for his own safety. But he says he is 17 and that he was held in the prison for three years.

That was back in January.

Related: For many Syrians, Russia's invasion of Ukraine feels painfully familiar

Letta Tayler, from Human Rights Watch, who’s been following this teenager’s case, said that she hasn’t heard from him since.

“I cannot stop thinking about this boy. Because his text messages to me and his communications with me were just so devastating.”

Letta Tayler, Human Rights Watch

“I cannot stop thinking about this boy. Because his text messages to me and his communications with me were just so devastating.”

Aid groups say that there were at least 700 minors at al-Sina’a prison at the time of the attack. But Kurdish authorities have not provided detailed figures. SDF spokesman Farhad Shami did not respond to repeated requests for an interview with The World.

But earlier this month, the United Nations said that at least 100 children, some as young as 10 years old, are still unaccounted for.

“We have no idea if they are alive, wounded, sick or dead,” Tayler from Human Rights Watch said.

UNICEF told The World in an email that it does not have any updates about the children.

In February, The New York Times reported that the bodies of two teenagers had been found in the area.

Related: Despite killing of ISIS leader, the terror group is not defeated, experts say

The majority of the prisoners who were held at al-Sina’a are from Iraq and Syria. But new documents show that besides the Australian boy, there are minors who were born in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden, the UK and at least one American teenager.

In response to questions about the American minor, a US State Department spokesperson said via email that the agency can’t comment on specific cases, but that “the US government has repatriated 15 adult US citizens and 24 US citizen minors from Syria and Iraq.”

Sasha Hoffman, a researcher with the Rojava Information Center, a volunteer media group in northeastern Syria, said that the physical damage to the prison has not been repaired and that the prisoners have been moved to a new location.

“The compound where the ISIS members are being held right now is this new compound and they will not be transferred back to the old facilities,” Hoffman said.

What to do with the families of suspected ISIS members has been a major issue since the fall of the so-called caliphate in 2019. Thousands of women and children remain in camps or prisons in Syria and Iraq. Some are citizens of countries that are not willing to take them back.

In March, Save The Children said that “it will take 30 years before foreign children stuck in unsafe camps in northeast Syria can return home, if repatriations continue at the current rate.”

The charity didn’t comment for this story.

Some countries have repatriated their citizens who were in detention at the prison but the pace has been very slow.

Related: A prison battle in Syria puts the spotlight on the plight of child detainees

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, and her colleagues, have written letters to governments that have minors who are citizens of their countries in detention, calling for their repatriation.

In a letter to the British government dated Feb. 1, 2022, they wrote that the “boys were primarily brought to Syria or Iraq by parents or other family members, or were born in Syria to individuals who traveled there. An unknown number of children were allegedly conceived from acts of rape and sexual coercion during the conflict or forced marriage.”

They also sent a letter to American officials.

“These are children. They have no responsibility for the circumstances of their birth. They did not choose to go or be born in northeast Syria. And they deserve to be treated with the full compassion and the rights of the child.”

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism

“These are children. They have no responsibility for the circumstances of their birth,” Ní Aoláin told The World. “They did not choose to go or be born in northeast Syria. And they deserve to be treated with the full compassion and the rights of the child.”

In fact, she said, they should be treated as victims of ISIS, not accomplices, given how the terror group indoctrinated children for its own purposes.

“The prison is not the solution to this problem,” she added.

The US and other countries provide some funding for these prisons.

In 2020, The Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS, led by the US, gave more than $2 million to the Kurdish authorities running the detention facilities. Some of that aid was in the form of riot gear and security equipment.

Last year, the British government said it would give $20 million to upgrade the main prison in Syria.

The coalition also sent in more armored vehicles to northeastern Syria in February, adding that the vehicles had “quickly proved their worth” in the fight to take back the Al-Sina’a prison.

But Tayler, of Human Rights Watch, sees this as shifting the burden onto the Kurds, “who have a lot on their hands.”

“They are an undermanned, cash-strapped force, fighting a war on various fronts. And what I find unconscionable is that the home countries of these boys outsource management of their citizens inside a warzone.”

Experts like Tayler say these prisons remain a target for ISIS. And keeping young boys locked up, without due process, under inhumane conditions, could lead to security threats in the future.

“The longer that they know that their home countries have shut the door on them and thrown away the key, the more they might think, ‘Well, OK, I might as well join ISIS.’” 

Tayler said that it’s time for these children’s home countries to step up and find a political and humane solution.

A weakened ISIS persists in central Iraq

“MuiTypography-root-134 MuiTypography-h1-139″>A weakened ISIS persists in central Iraq

Gone are the powerful days of ISIS in Iraq. Now, motley gangs of ISIS militants continue to launch hit-and-run attacks — sporadically targeting infrastructure and killing and intimidating security forces and vulnerable citizens.

The WorldApril 12, 2022 · 3:30 PM EDT

A convoy of Iraqi soldiers drives near Lheiban, in central Iraq. 

Yasmine Mosimann/The World

When Sara Selim heard the iron gate creak open as she got ready for bed one night in October last year, a pang of fear instantly gripped the 22-year-old. 

Residents of the Iraqi Kurdish village of Lheiban know better than to leave their houses when the sun sets behind the slopes of nearby Qarachogh mountain. 

It’s been over four years since ISIS was declared territorially defeated in Iraq, but bands of militants still roam these lands. 

Related: After years of conflict and rebuilding, Mosul University's Central Library marks new beginning

Before Selim could check the door, four armed men in military fatigues barged into the house.

“Where’s Mam Hassan?” the militants screamed, she said.

The men were looking for her father-in-law, Hassan Mohammad Hassan, the village’s mokhtar or community leader. The militants were after Hassan for working with Kurdish Peshmerga forces, the military force of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. 

In this area, ISIS takes advantage of the security gaps created by territorial disputes between the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region and the federal Iraqi government — often leaving villagers to fend for themselves. 

The family told the militants that Hassan was out at his farm, but the men didn’t believe them. They made Selim guide them room by room to look for her husband's father.

“[The militants] said, ‘If you aren’t going to tell us where Hassan is, we are going to take [the child],’ and grabbed him by the arm."

Sara Selim, 22, Lheiban, Iraq 

“They said, ‘If you aren’t going to tell us where Hassan is, we are going to take [the child],’ and grabbed him by the arm,” she said, pointing to Hassan’s 5-year-old son, Mohammad. But before long, word got out about the four militants and villagers managed to chase them out. 

Related: Iraqi mothers risk it all to bring justice for their slain activist sons

Hassan Mohammed Hassan, Lheiban village’s community leader, poses for a picture among sheep at his farm, with his 5-year-old son Mohammed, nicknamed Kako. The property borders a small oil field where Hassan works in security at night. 

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Yasmine Mosimann/ The World

This type of frenzied attack is typical of ISIS.

Gone is the powerful ISIS organization that took over more than a third of Iraq and Syria. Now, motley gangs launch hit-and-run attacks — sporadically targeting infrastructure, and killing and intimidating security forces and vulnerable citizens. 

ISIS militants attacked a prison in Syria in January. A day later, in Iraq, the group waged a deadly attack on Iraqi armed forces. These incidents stoked fears that ISIS might be staging a comeback. 

The attack on the prison complex, known as al-Sinaa or Gweiran prison, was the largest since the group was declared territorially defeated.

Related: ‘Strangers in their own land’: Iraqi Yazidis and their plight, 7 years on from genocide

But according to Michael Knights, a fellow at the Washington Institute, ISIS has never been weaker in Iraq. 

“At the moment, Islamic State [ISIS]attacks in Iraq are at the lowest level — not just in terms of the numbers, but also in terms of the complexity and effectiveness."

Michael Knights, fellow, Washington Institute

“At the moment, Islamic State [ISIS] attacks in Iraq are at the lowest level — not just in terms of the numbers, but also in terms of the complexity and effectiveness,” Knights said.  

Knights, who co-authored a study on the attack metrics of the insurgency, said this is a result of pressure from antiterrorism operations, including the killing of ISIS leaders, and the expansion of security forces into remote rural areas. 

In February, ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Qurayshi blew himself up during a US commando raid in northwest Syria, where he’d been in hiding. His replacement has been announced, but little is known about him. 

The group has still been able to launch isolated fatal attacks, but in many villages like Lheiban, intimidation tactics are more common than mass carnage.

Villagers describe the fear that plagues farming in areas stalked by ISIS militants. 

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Yasmine Mosimann

Iraqi commander Abdallah Attieh said that right now, ISIS has no power.

“They might carry out a few attacks occasionally, " Attieh said, “but they can’t hold territory for more than 10 minutes.”

He said militants descend from their cave hideouts in the nearby mountains to demand food and protection money from local villagers.

Related: ‘I had no life left here’: Iraqi Kurds are at the center of the migration crisis in Europe

“They might carry out a few attacks occasionally, but they can’t hold territory for more than 10 minutes.”

Iraqi commander Abdallah Attieh

Iraqi commander Abdallah Attieh sits behind his desk at a military base in Makhmour. 

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Yasmine Mosimann/ The World

Villages like Lheiban often get caught up in these disputes, falling victim to these security gaps. 

One night in December, when a shepherd warned Hassan of over 25 militants descending from the mountain toward the village, the community leader called both security forces to warn them of the imminent attack. 

“I called both Peshmerga forces and the army. They both said 'it’s disputed territory — we can’t move in without coordination.' … We were helpless. And the government wouldn’t come, so what do we do?"

Hassan Mohammad Hassan, community leader, Lheiban, Iraq

“I called both Peshmerga forces and the army. They both said 'It’s disputed territory — we can’t move in without coordination,'” Hassan said. 

So, the men of the village prepared for the attack. They gathered weapons, night-vision goggles and took to the rooftops. 

“We were helpless. And the government wouldn’t come, so what do we do?”

The men engaged in an all-night firefight with the militants. Security forces finally showed up at 5 a.m., hours after the attack began. 

An Iraqi soldier at a base in Makhmour stands in front of framed pictures of armed forces killed in action. 

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Yasmine Mosimann/ The World

Hassan said he is disappointed in both forces but is relieved that, today,  after three separate ISIS attacks, both Iraqi military and Kurdish outposts are now positioned at opposite ends of Lheiban.

Officials say these outposts and newly established joint brigades will help secure the disputed territories.

But the lingering effects of the terrorist attacks endure in areas where ISIS has had a presence.

More than half of Lheiban’s inhabitants have fled.

Mohammed Hassan, 5, nicknamed Kako, plays with an assault rifle by his father Hassan Mohammed Hassan. 

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Yasmine Mosimann/ The World

Those who remain say they are constantly on edge.

By the gate of the house, 5-year-old Mohammed plays with his father’s assault rifle. 

His family said the child isn’t able to shake the feeling that the "scary men" will return. 

New mysterious ISIS leader spoke out about the Ukrainian crisis

Terrorists expressed hope for global chaos

The terrorist group “Islamic State” (ISIS), banned in Russia, for the first time admitted the death of its leader and named a new leader. Also, extremist propagandists spoke about the position of ISIS in connection with the conflict in Ukraine.

House where Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi died al-Qureishi Photo: Global Look Press

In an audio message released on Thursday, Islamic State spokesman Abu Omar al-Muhajer confirmed for the first time more than a month later that the group's leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, and its former spokesman, Abu Hamza al-Qurayshi, were killed in a raid by US commandos. in northwest Syria in early February.

This audio message names Abu al-Hasan al-Hashimi al-Quraishi as the new leader of the terrorist jihadist group. An ISIS spokesman said that he was chosen as the successor by the late head of the Islamic State.

“He took the lead,” an ISIS spokesman said of the group's new leader, without giving his real name. The fact is that the names of ISIS leaders appearing in the public space serve as a kind of combat pseudonyms. So, despite the similarity in their names, they are most likely not related to each other. Part of the pseudonym “Al-Qurayshi” contains a reference to the Quraysh – the name of the tribe to which the prophet Muhammad belonged.

So far, there is practically no detailed information about the new leader of the Islamic State. It is not even known whether he comes from Iraq, like his two predecessors, who died earlier in the rebel-controlled areas of Syria.

Recall that the former leader of ISIS, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi, was killed during a night raid U.S. Special Forces on February 3.

U.S. officials said he was killed along with members of his family when U.S. troops raided his hideout in the northwestern Syrian town of Atme, close to the Turkish border.

About 50 US commandos dropped from helicopters and attacked a house in a rebel-held corner of Syria, clashing with militants for two hours. A total of 13 people were killed during the operation, including six children and four women.

In a televised address on the elimination of the leader of ISIS, US President Joe Biden said that “this terrible terrorist leader” is accused of genocide of the Yazidis in northern Iraq and an attack earlier this year on an ISIS prison in eastern Syria.

It is known about the deceased leader of the terrorists that he comes from the Iraqi city of Tel Afar and in the past was a member of the Sunni insurgency after Saddam Hussein. Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi has become the fourth senior ISIS leader to be hunted down, captured or killed in the Syrian province of Idlib in the past two years. His predecessor Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in October 2019 in a village about 15 kilometers south of Atme.

Experts believe that the concentration of the Islamic State leadership in this area of ​​​​Syria increases the likelihood that western Iraq, previously considered the fiefdom of the group, is no longer the center of its operations. And at the peak of its power, after the declaration of the self-styled “caliphate” in 2014, ISIS forces controlled a third of the territory of Syria and Iraq, where more than 8 million people lived. But having lost almost all territory in March 2019 during the actions of anti-terrorist forces, the remnants of the group in Syria mostly dispersed to shelters in desert areas, continuing to ambush Kurdish forces and Syrian government forces.

In January of this year, the militants ISIS staged an attack on a prison in northeast Syria holding at least 3,000 extremist prisoners, sparking 10 days of clashes with US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces. More than 120 Syrian Kurds and prison workers, as well as more than 370 ISIS fighters, died in the fighting.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State did not ignore the armed conflict in Ukraine, which was described by the propagandists of the terrorist group in their newsletter “ Al-Naba” as a clash of “crusaders against crusaders”. The extremist “agitprop” spoke out against both sides of the Ukrainian events, expressing the hope that the crisis would lead to global chaos and the fall of the West (which, according to ISIL’s ideological constructions, includes Russia). Also, ISIS criticized the participation in the operation in Ukraine on the Russian side of the security forces from Chechnya.

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FSB announced the prevention of an ISIS terrorist attack in the Kaluga region

FSB: IS attack against law enforcement officers prevented in Kaluga region According to the intelligence service, the attack was prepared by a “citizen from Central Asian countries” at the direction of the terrorists. The attack was planned on law enforcement officers

FSB officers prevented a terrorist attack against law enforcement officers, which was being prepared in the Kaluga region at the direction of ISIS (“Islamic State”, the organization was recognized as a terrorist organization and banned in Russia), the FSB DSO said in a statement, TASS reports.

During the special operation, a “citizen from the Central Asian countries” was detained, who was preparing a terrorist attack “on the instructions of the militants of the international terrorist organization ISIS banned in Russia,” the special service noted. In a hiding place near the detainee's rented place of residence, “components for the manufacture of IEDs, explosives and submunitions” were found and seized. Also, in the detainee's mobile phone, correspondence with members of terrorist structures was found, “revealing his criminal intentions.” “The detainee gave a confession”, — FSB noted.

On Wednesday, the FSB announced the prevention of terrorist attacks in Crimea and the detention of supporters of the Ukrainian extremist organization Right Sector. (banned in Russia). According to the intelligence service, they were preparing an explosion in an Orthodox church. During searches, they found instructions for making explosive devices, correspondence discussing an impending terrorist attack, as well as components for an explosive device and explosives.

A week ago, the US Embassy in Russia warned American citizens in the country about the threat attacks on public places in major Russian cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg. At the same time, the diplomatic mission referred to media reports.

The FSB said that it had not received any information about possible terrorist attacks in Russia from the American intelligence services.

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Despite killing of ISIS leader, the terror group is not defeated, experts say

“MuiTypography-root-126 MuiTypography-h1-131″>Despite killing of ISIS leader, the terror group is not defeated, experts say

The United States dealt a major blow to ISIS in Syria last week with the assassination of the group’s leader, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. But experts say that does not that spell the end of the terror group that once held large swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq.

The WorldFebruary 11, 2022 · 4:30 PM EST

People inspect a destroyed house following an operation by the US military in the Syrian village of Atmeh, in Idlib province, Syria, Feb. 3, 2022. 

Ghaith Alsayed/AP

In the early morning hours of Feb. 3, residents in and around the town of Atmeh in northwest Syria heard the sound of helicopters circling overhead.

Next, witnesses later told reporters, came calls ordering people inside a three-story residential building to surrender followed by gunfire that lasted around two hours.

Related: A prison battle in Syria puts the spotlight on the plight of child detainees

A US-led coalition was carrying out a raid targeting ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. A bomb killed him and his family in their home near the Turkish border, according to US military officials.

Qurayshi was killed along with about a dozen other people including children and women, in the shelling and clashes that ensued after the US commando raid, according to the Britain-based Syria Observatory for Human Rights and the opposition-run Syrian Civil Defense, first responders also known as the White Helmets.

The raid was complex and entailed months of planning, collecting intelligence and rehearsal, according to Col. Myles B. Caggins III, who was the spokesperson for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria from August 2019 to September 2020.

“These rehearsals take place in the United States or some other secure location and prior to the mission there have to be a variety of clearances to move in the air, on the ground. There are numerous contingencies and backup plans,” he said, adding that this operation was even more complicated given that there are no US or coalition bases in northwest Syria.

But he and other experts say that while Qurayshi’s assassination dealt a “significant blow” to ISIS, it does not spell the end of the terror group that once held large swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq.

A secretive figure 

Qurayshi, 45, was somewhat of an obscure figure. In his short tenure as the leader of ISIS, he never sent out a video or audio message and didn’t appear in public. Qurayshi was from Iraq and he became the leader of ISIS in 2019, after his predecessor, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was assassinated in a similar US raid.

Related: 'I can barely buy bread': In war-torn Syria, fighting the coronavirus is compounded by immense challenges

Last week, from the Roosevelt Room, President Joe Biden described Qurayshi as someone responsible for heinous acts.

“He was the driving force behind the genocide of the Yazidi people in northwestern Iraq in 2014. We all remember the gut-wrenching stories, mass slaughters that wiped out entire villages.”

President Joe Biden

“He was the driving force behind the genocide of the Yazidi people in northwestern Iraq in 2014,” Biden said, referring to the minority group. “We all remember the gut-wrenching stories, mass slaughters that wiped out entire villages.”

Caggins was in Erbil, in northern Iraq when Baghdadi was killed. He recalled the local media coverage.

“Every network was covering the Baghdadi raid wall-to-wall and as they covered the Baghdadi raid, they were including footage of when ISIS was tearing across Iraq and Syria,” he said.

A few days later, he met with some local reporters.

“The energy and the questions from the reporters were not just looking for answers, it was expressing on behalf of the community of viewers and listeners that they had the relief and joy that Baghdadi had come to his death.”

Iraqis and Syrians have borne the brunt of the atrocities committed by ISIS.

As of today, the group no longer controls any territory for its so-called caliphate.

Meanwhile, Caggins looks at the demise of Qurayshi with tempered optimism.

“Because the death of any leader of ISIS or terrorist group is a tactical win, but with each one of these wins it’s not time to spike the football. There’s still plenty of work to be done to eliminate ISIS forever.” 

Col. Myles B. Caggins III, spokesperson for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria from August 2019 to September 2020

“Because the death of any leader of ISIS or terrorist group is a tactical win, but with each one of these wins it’s not time to spike the football. There’s still plenty of work to be done to eliminate ISIS forever,” he said.

ISIS still a threat 

Ibrahim al-Marashi, who teaches Middle East history at California State University, San Marcos, agrees that it is too soon to celebrate the defeat of ISIS.

“[ISIS] has branches in Iraq and Syria. It has branches in Afghanistan that conducted a very deadly attack in August. And then, it has branches in North Africa: Egypt, Tunisia, sub-Saharan Africa. About maybe seven affiliates in Africa,” he said. “That doesn’t sound like a defeated insurgent group. That sounds like an insurgent group with still a global reach.”

The killing of Qurayshi comes on the heels of one of ISIS’ biggest and most daring attacks in recent years.

On Jan. 20, the group attempted to release hundreds of suspected ISIS members from a prison in the northeast of Syria. The fighting went on for about a week and ended only after US forces intervened.

According to the United Nations, ISIS currently has between 6,000 and 10,000 fighters across Syria and Iraq.

Marashi explained that the group doesn’t have the strength to capture much territory, so it has reverted back to its early days, when it was an underground network.

“[It’s] just simply enduring, and waiting out the chaos. Because the chaos ultimately serves its existence,” he said.

As for who ISIS’ next leader might be, Marashi said it’s hard to say. He expected Qurayshi's appointment because of his previous role as a spokesman for the group. But this time around, the successor is much more opaque.

According to Marashi, ISIS has a council of men who will likely choose the next leader. But long-term development goals for the region — like stability, jobs, and food security — will make it harder for ISIS to recruit and grow.

Assassinating another leader of the group won’t mean the end of ISIS, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Zamir Kabulov – RBC: “The situation in Afghanistan is even worse than the UN thinks”

Special Representative of the President of Russia for Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov in an interview with RBC assessed the first results of the Taliban rule, the prospects for recognition of the government they created and their exclusion from the terrorist lists of Russia and the UN

Zamir Kabulov

“The Taliban will have to create conditions in the country that are normal for most citizens”

— It has been more than five months since the US left Afghanistan and the Taliban came to power there. (a terrorist organization banned in Russia). The UN noted the dramatic situation in humanitarian terms, the growth of unemployment and the country's dependence on humanitarian aid. Do your assessments of the situation differ from those of the UN?

— No, they don't separate. I think the UN's assessment is somewhat overstated. The situation is actually getting worse. We talked about this more than once in previous months, and not only with your TV channel, but also with others. Here is the most cutting example. Last week, 135 children died in Afghanistan, according to an international organization. From hunger. This is inaccurate information, there is simply no more complete data. I think this example illustrates the situation more vividly than anything else.

— The UN Secretary General's report on Afghanistan says that the Taliban have killed about a hundred representatives of the previous government since coming to power. The Taliban themselves refute this figure, but do not exclude the possibility that revenge killings were possible. Does Moscow have any information in defense of the position of one of the parties?

— In this case, we do not act as either defenders or opponents of either side. We have heard information that we do not have the opportunity to double-check through our own sources. But we are talking about still ongoing civil war, and such things, unfortunately, happen there. I can neither confirm nor exclude this message.

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— The Taliban made a number of promises, among which & mdash; overcome drug trafficking, allow women to work and get an education, journalists to work, including criticizing the government. So far, none of this has been implemented. In your estimation, can one rely on the statements of the Taliban government when concluding some kind of agreement with them and be sure that they will keep their promises?

— Let's start with the fact that the Taliban did not promise to overcome drug trafficking, because it is impossible. The whole world has been fighting drug trafficking for the past 30 years— the result is obvious. They promised to fight. This is first. Secondly, we have no plans to conclude any agreements with the Taliban. You are right about one thing: all these promises, if fulfilled, are extremely slow to be fulfilled. On the one hand, the Taliban indeed, in contacts with us and other foreign representatives, promised to intensify the fight against drug trafficking, based primarily on religious beliefs and ideas. But the policy of the US and the West blocked the Afghan national financial resources, disconnected the country's banking system from SWIFT, which makes it impossible to transfer money even to ordinary Afghans, not to mention international organizations, including the UN. This puts people in a situation where there are no sources of income. Therefore, Americans and all Westerners, whether they want it or not, encourage the production of drugs themselves, because it becomes almost the only source of income. We must be clear about this. And any hypocrisy on this score is simply inappropriate. With regard to other humanitarian issues, especially the rights of women and girls, in this area, very slowly, but still, something is happening. Just the other day, holidays were announced in Afghanistan in the winter because of the cold. Schools are not heated, so the school year starts in the spring. And I literally saw yesterday a message that universities will start opening on February 2. For girls will open… but in separate classes with young men. Well, we'll see. This is, of course, a small, but still progress. We said yesterday that the Taliban will have to reckon with these realities, the need to create conditions in the country that are normal for the majority of citizens. But it won't happen quickly.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021. The situation in the country escalated with the beginning of the withdrawal of troops of the international coalition led by the United States. After the start of the Taliban offensive, President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, and most cities surrendered without a fight. After seizing power, representatives of the Taliban movement promised that they would ensure the rights and freedoms of women within the framework of Sharia law.

The Taliban allowed women to work and study, but only if they wear a hijab that covers the entire body and face. At the same time, women were forbidden to play sports. Later, the Taliban also banned women from riding in taxis without a hijab and traveling long distances without a male escort.

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— You mentioned freezing accounts. Is there any progress on this issue?

— There are no big moves. In parts, the Americans release certain amounts, while they put forward conditions to the Taliban administration in Kabul so that the Central Bank of Afghanistan is taken out of government control. But this is a capitulation requirement. That doesn't happen. The Americans have forgotten that they lost the war in Afghanistan, and not vice versa. Therefore, it is not for them to set conditions for surrender. And this is a humiliation for any country when its central bank is under the control of any foreign state, so the Taliban reject this. If the central bank is independent, that is, controlled by the Americans, then they are going to think (this is not yet a promise) how to use its accounts to transfer humanitarian aid, salaries and many other promised deposits, in total more than $ 9.5 billion. some of them were released, but this is a drop in the ocean. This does not solve the humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan.

“The Taliban deservedly are on the UN Security Council sanctions list”

— Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said it was too early to recognize the Taliban government. What needs to change in order for Moscow to change its position?

— He wasn't the only one who said this. Both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President of Russia have repeatedly said that there is a set of demands from the world community— above all, the ethnopolitical inclusiveness of the government. There are representatives of other ethnic groups in the government, but they are all members of the Taliban movement. We do not name names, specific personalities, they themselves must determine. Second— we expect the Taliban to uphold basic human rights norms. First of all, of course, this concerns women, their rights to work and other ordinary civil rights. At the same time, we again do not impose our own Russian views on this issue. There is Afghanistan with its cultural and religious traditions. Similar traditions exist in other Muslim countries, and in Arab countries. They somehow solve and regulate this issue. At least as an example, we can take the experience of other countries. When there is not just progress on this issue, but progress, then the conditions will ripen for the official recognition of the new Afghan authorities.

— On the issue of government inclusiveness, the Taliban have not yet shown much activity. How can this problem be solved?

— We will convince. In addition to our beliefs, which are by and large words, there are realities of life. The Taliban, if they came to Afghanistan seriously and for a long time and want to stay in power, will have to manage the country, and govern the country in the absence of material resources, in the absence of external assistance— not only humanitarian, but also economic assistance to the development and restoration of all branches of life of this state— will not succeed, so this factor will have to be taken into account. If there is common sense and a sense of self-preservation, then they will force them to take the necessary steps.

— In your opinion, is it time to remove the Taliban from the list of terrorist organizations banned in Russia?

— Here I would like to clarify. Yes, he has arrived. But this decision is made by the President of Russia. And there are a number of steps provided for by the legislation of the Russian Federation. My personal point of view— Yes, such a moment is coming, but at the same time we must take into account that the Taliban movement is not a terrorist organization in our country. Although every time I hear it, all the media talk about it. And there is a list of specific individuals with affiliation with the Taliban movement, who are recognized by the UN Security Council as defendants in terrorist lists.

By a 2003 decision of the Supreme Court, the Taliban movement recognized in Russia as terrorist and banned. The decision stated that the movement maintained links with illegal armed groups operating on the territory of Chechnya.

— If we are talking about the UN list, is it time to remove the Taliban from this list and was Russia ready to provide some support in this?

— We have officially spoken about this more than once, that, of course, this moment is approaching, but the speed of its approach to resolution depends on the steps that we have just talked about.

— Nevertheless, would Russia be ready to help the Taliban in this matter, to initiate such a discussion in the UN?

— Then, when the Taliban take convincing steps to fulfill the two demands of the international community— inclusion and basic human rights,— then yes, of course.

— Russian officials at various levels have declared the inadmissibility of turning Afghanistan into a stronghold of international terrorism, but at the same time, the Taliban continue to be on the UN list of terrorist organizations. Could you explain who we consider terrorists in Afghanistan, which groups?

— The Taliban deservedly are on the sanctions list of the UN Security Council for their deeds committed more than 20 years ago. This decision was made then, and now we are dealing with the consequences of that decision. Due to these circumstances, the Taliban were and remain on this list. Although during this time life did not stand still, the Taliban realized many important things, they stopped positioning themselves as an international jihadist organization and were engaged in a purely domestic agenda. As to who [is a terrorist]— yes, the situation created after the flight of the Americans from Afghanistan created favorable conditions for the activation of other, more dangerous ones. Indeed, in the list of international terrorist organizations in the first place is ISIS (a terrorist group banned in Russia.— RBC) and other groups, half a dozen or so smaller, but nevertheless international terrorist organizations that operate in Afghanistan.

But the Taliban, unlike the former Afghan government that fled and the Americans, are really at war with ISIS, they suffer significant losses. But in the absence of funding, when their own Afghan money is frozen in foreign accounts, they cannot even pay salaries to their military personnel to continue their active struggle. Again double standards and hypocrisy. And if someone wanted the Taliban to successfully suppress dangerous international terrorist groups, it was necessary to give them such an opportunity— enhance their respective capabilities.

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“The United States continues to develop the idea of ​​​​revenge”

— Recently, there has been much talk about the growing threat of ISIS in Afghanistan and skirmishes between the Taliban and ISIS. How dangerous is this situation and is there, perhaps, some risk of destabilization in the country against this background?

— I already said about these skirmishes in the previous answer: they are fighting for real. There is no danger in this, this is a positive moment. There is another point that I would like to draw attention to: the Taliban are just holding back the expansion of the activities of these international terrorist organizations that threaten neighbors, especially in northern Afghanistan. In addition, we have the impression that the United States, which, understandably, is in a depressing position after it had to leave Afghanistan, has retained and continues to develop the idea in the direction of revenge. They are trying to do everything possible to support the opponents of the Taliban, arm them and enable them to fight against the Taliban. In other words, they sponsor and intend to sponsor the resumption of the civil war on purely ethnic grounds. This is dangerous.

— And how likely is such a scenario?

— This scenario is already working, but the Taliban are suppressing and neutralizing it.

— So you do not exclude the possibility of a new civil war?

— I do not rule out hypothetically the possibility of peace or a new civil war. This will depend on specific cases, not only within Afghanistan, but also on external players. I mentioned one of them. The Americans still cherish the hope in this way, having frightened the neighbors of Afghanistan, to get bases on the territory of these countries in order to offer their services and conditions.

— Tajikistan recently announced the need to create a buffer zone on the border with Afghanistan. Do Moscow consider such proposals justified? Do you see the need to strengthen Russia's security in connection with the situation in Afghanistan?

— First, what kind of buffer zone are we talking about— inside Afghanistan or inside Tajikistan? As far as I understand, Tajikistan has nothing to worry about in this regard— The 201st Russian military base is located in the country. We have active cooperation on a bilateral basis within the framework of the CSTO. From this point of view, everything is fixed there. What does buffer zone mean? Inside Afghanistan to arm people, Afghans, so that they continue the war with each other? I don't think it's in our long-term interest.

— But isn't there a risk of infiltration of militants from Afghanistan to Russia now? Indeed, recently the President of Kazakhstan, Tokayev, said that militants from Afghanistan participated in the January events in the country.

— Such a risk always exists, but I would not exaggerate it. We do not yet know the results of the Kazakh authorities' investigation into the causes of the events that took place there in January. Of course, President Tokayev is probably right when he says that there were fighters from Afghanistan. But these fighters were not sent to this moment. In the south of Kazakhstan, as we knew before and guessed, a lot of Afghans who fled from Afghanistan after the Americans left and the Taliban came to power, who settled down, dug in. Yes, they must have been involved. It was a convenient occasion, perhaps even purely for selfish reasons. But let's wait for the publication of the results of the official investigations of the Kazakh authorities.

“Our embassy is operating as usual”

— You spoke about the possibility of a meeting of an expanded trio until the end of February in Kabul. Tell us what topics are on the agenda.

— Main theme— it is about inclusiveness. What we have just talked about will be discussed, but in more detailed and concrete terms. So far, we are being held back a little by coronavirus restrictions, but nevertheless, we are planning such a meeting in Kabul. In between, we will have the opportunity for other contacts in the run-up to this meeting.

— And what are the prospects for India and Iran to join this format?

— Iran has such an invitation, but refuses to accept it for the time being because it does not want to be in the same format with the United States. As for India, we are in favor, but, however, other partners, I will not specify, object, and in our country all decisions are made by consensus.

As part of the expanded “troika” Afghanistan includes Russia, the US, China and Pakistan. The Moscow format was created on the basis of the six-party consultation mechanism of the special representatives of Russia, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran and India in 2017.

— Tell us about the situation with the work of the Russian embassy in Afghanistan.

— Our embassy is operating as usual— and, I must stress, works well. All colleagues are well aware of their responsibility, they were absolutely not at a loss in the new conditions, increased momentum, established permanent and reliable contacts both with local authorities, supporting them, and with other Afghans available to them. Therefore, we have no questions for our colleagues at the embassy.

— Do you see the need for new evacuation flights from Afghanistan? And is Russia planning such?

— No. We do not plan such flights yet. But this will depend on the situation and need. As far as the embassy informs us, there is no such need at the moment. We've removed enough of them, and that's enough for now.

— What kind of humanitarian aid is Russia providing to Afghanistan and when is a new delivery of humanitarian cargo scheduled?

— I won't repeat. You tracked, such assistance has already been provided. At the direction of the President of Russia, the sides of the Ministry of Defense, with the participation of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations, nine aircraft were redeployed in less than two weeks. In parallel, our Chinese and Pakistani partners are providing the same assistance, the Indians have provided assistance— 50 thousand tons of wheat, which is still on the way. At the moment, the leadership of Russia has not set such a task for us. But we understand that this question will inevitably arise due to the circumstances with which we started our conversation.

— And a little personal question. You have been involved in Afghanistan for many years. Have you ever had a desire to try yourself in a different direction or head a Russian diplomatic mission abroad or even Afghanistan— is this your calling?

— I had such offers, but I still preferred to deal with Afghanistan. First, it was in demand, as my management considered. Secondly, this is interesting to me.

Zamir Kabulov (Photo: Ramil Sitdikov/RIA Novosti)

Zamir Kabulov was born in 1954, in 1977 he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations of the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs, then began working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR.

  • In 1979–1983 he worked at the Consulate General, and then at the Embassy in Iran.
  • In 1983-1987 and from 1991 to 1992 he worked at the embassy in Afghanistan.
  • The period from 1993 to 1996 he spent in Pakistan as an adviser at the Russian embassy.
  • In 1996– In 1998, he was a political adviser to the UN Special Mission in Afghanistan.
  • From 2001 to 2004, he was Deputy Director of the Third Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry and simultaneously served as Executive Secretary of the Interdepartmental Commission on Afghanistan (from 2002 to 2003). He was the Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Afghanistan.
  • He headed the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan in 2004–2009.
  • Since 2009, he has been the Director of the Second Asia Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
  • Since 2011— Special Representative of the President of Russia for Afghanistan.

Has a number of state awards, including the Order of Alexander Nevsky and the Order for Personal Courage.

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Reuters showed footage from the site of the liquidation of the leader of the ISIS in Syria

Reuters showed photos and videos from the site of the destruction of the leader of the ISIS in northwestern Syria Biden announced that one of the leaders of a terrorist organization banned in Russia was eliminated on the night of February 3. Baghdad claims that it was possible to establish its location thanks to Iraqi intelligence data alt=”Reuters showed footage from the site of the liquidation of the ISIS leader in Syria” />

Reuters showed footage from the site of the operation to destroy one of the leaders of the Islamic State terrorist organization banned in Russia; (IG) Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qureishi.

According to US President Joe Biden, a special operation by the US military aimed at destroying al-Qurayshi took place on the night of February 3 in northwestern Syria. The US administration reported that the ISIS leader blew himself up, also killing several members of his family.

According to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby, at least three civilians were killed during the operation – the wife of the IS leader and his children. The U.S. “has compelling evidence” that the actions of militants, not the U.S. military, led to their deaths, Kirby said. He added that more than ten civilians were taken out of the building where al-Quraishi was hiding.

The press secretary of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, Yahya Rasool, claims that the whereabouts of the IS leader were succeeded thanks to the data provided by Iraqi intelligence.

According to a CNN source close to the Pentagon, the United States notified Russia of a special operation in a certain area of ​​Syria and offered to refrain from being present there.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called the death of al -Quraishi “a significant victory in the global fight to destroy and eliminate ISIS.”

Al-Quraishi took charge of the terrorist organization in October 2019 after its previous leader, Abu Bakral-Baghdadi, was killed in a US operation.

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Disclosed the details of the elimination of US special forces in Syria, the leader of ISIS

“All Americans returned safely from the operation”

U.S. Special Forces, during a counter-terrorism mission in northwestern Syria, eliminated the leader of ISIS (the so-called “Islamic State” – banned terrorist organization in the Russian Federation) Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. This was announced on Thursday by US President Joe Biden. Some details of the special operation can only be concluded based on the testimony of local eyewitnesses.

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The assassination of Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi was called the largest US military raid in Syria since the 2019 operation, during which the founder and leader of ISIS (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed.

As the BBC recalls, Al-Hashemi al-Qureishi was declared the leader of the Islamic State in the fall of 2019, immediately after the elimination of al-Baghdadi.

Local sources report several deaths, reports CNN. In particular, clashes that took place during and after the raid are said to have killed at least 13 people, including six children and four women. According to the Pentagon, there are no American casualties.

“Last night, at my direction, US military forces in northwest Syria successfully conducted a counterterrorism operation to protect the American people and our allies and make the world a safer place,” Joe Biden said in a statement. “Thanks to the skill and courage of our armed forces, we removed Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of ISIS, from the battlefield. All Americans returned safely from the operation.”

A senior US administration official said that during the operation, both Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Quraishi and members of his family, including women and children. Earlier, the Pentagon said that special forces tracked down high-ranking jihadists in an air raid, killing 13 people, writes The Guardian.

A pre-dawn attack on a house in the Syrian village of Atme, south of the Turkish border, also resulted in the destruction of an American Apache helicopter that was used to transport special forces from Erbil, Iraq. The US military removed the remains from the scene for a forensic medical examination. In the house where the leader of the terrorist group was allegedly hiding, there were traces of fierce fighting – torn window frames, charred ceilings and a partially collapsed roof. In some rooms, walls and floors littered with foam mattresses and debris from broken doors are spattered with blood.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the mission was carried out by US Central Command, which controls military operations and operations in the Middle East.

The Pentagon's brief statement did not reveal the purpose of the special forces mission, nor any indication of civilian casualties. But eyewitnesses told CNN that the landing of US troops was preceded by shelling and explosions shortly after midnight, the operation was carried out in a house near the Syrian-Turkish border, in the rebel-held jihadist-dominated enclave of Idlib.

One of the witnesses claims that machine-gun fire came from at least three helicopters flying overhead, followed by an explosion a few minutes later.

It is reported that during the operation, American special forces – before the battle began – called in Arabic through loudspeakers for women and children to leave the danger zone. According to eyewitnesses, the Americans stumbled upon fierce resistance of the enemy armed with grenade launchers and heavy machine guns.

In the area where the Americans conducted a special operation against the ISIS leader, a large number of forces of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group (banned in RF terrorist organization), which was previously considered a Syrian offshoot of the international extremist network Al-Qaeda (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation).

As CNN recalls, the United States has repeatedly launched strikes against al-Qaeda and its allies in northwestern Syria, with the Pentagon acknowledging that at least one strike in recent months could lead to civilian casualties.

The US military announced last October 23 that it had killed high-ranking al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar. “Al-Qaeda is using Syria as a safe haven for rebuilding, coordinating with outside affiliates, and planning outside operations,” Central Command spokesman US Army Maj. John Rigsby said at the time. that Wednesday's operation was the largest since ISIS leader al-Baghdadi was killed in October 2019 in a two-hour raid by US special forces in northwestern Syria.

Meanwhile, in various parts of Syria and Iraq are seeing a resurgence of ISIS, CNN notes Last month, more than 100 Islamic State militants attacked a prison in northeastern Syria in an attempt to free members of the extremist group imprisoned there. At least 200 prisoners and 30 members of the security forces were killed in clashes that followed the thwarted prison break. ISIS leader al-Quraishi, one of the world's most wanted criminals, led the attack in January on a prison that held imprisoned members of the Islamic State, according to The Guardian.

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And who is Alice? How a teacher from the United States created the “women’s battalion” of ISIS

The US authorities announced the start of judicial procedures related to the detained in Syria commander of the so-called “women's battalion” “Islamic State” (an organization banned on the territory of the Russian Federation — note by AiF.ru).

She same as Allison Ekren, she is the same as Umm Mohammed, she is also Umm Jabril…

According to the US Department of Justice, the  district court for the Eastern District of Virginia is considering materials against 42-year-old American woman Allison Fluke-Ekren, a mother of five children, who has been a member of radical formations in recent years. According to the FBI, the woman has been involved in terrorist activities since  2014   .

Allison Elizabeth Fluke-Ekren aka Allison Elizabeth Brooks aka Allison Ekren aka Umm Mohammed al-Amriki aka Umm Mohammed aka Umm Jabril, a former Kansas resident, went to  Syria with  the purpose of participating in terrorist activities.

According to the materials of the investigation, Allison Fluke-Akren developed plans to attack one of student campuses in the United States, and also put forward the idea of ​​carrying out terrorist attacks in shopping centers.

But its main practical activity took place on the territory of Syria. At the direction of one of the field commanders of the terrorists, the American became an instructor in training women in the handling of weapons, grenades, and also suicide belts. Fluke-Ekren conducted the same training with children. 

From home schooling to gangs

In addition, according to the US Department of Justice, the American translated the speeches of terrorist leaders into English, and also taught children and women the ideological doctrine of the Islamic State.

Allison was once an ordinary American teacher, but over time she became disillusioned with the state. In 2004, her name appeared in the American press — the woman talked about the fact that she transferred her children to homeschooling, because US schools, both public and private, do not provide a decent level of education. The caring mother boasted that her children were making progress in learning Arabic. 

Since 2008 the Fluke-Ekren family has been spending a lot of time in Egypt. In 2011, they finally left the United States.

According to the FBI, the American woman's husband was also a member of a terrorist organization and trained snipers. In 2016,     was destroyed in an attempted sabotage.

Subsequently, Allison married high-ranking militants of the “Islamic State” twice.

Combat Mom, Mom Combat

While in Raqqa, which became the capital of the Islamic State, the American received permission from  the leaders of the terrorists to  the creation of a formation consisting exclusively of the wives of ISIS militants. Fluke-Ekren was appointed commander of the “Women's Battalion”.

According to witnesses, the militants were proud that in their ranks the role of instructor and commander of one of detachments was performed by a citizen of the United States. 

From  court materials it is completely unclear whether  the "women's battalion" in the battles for Raqqa, which were fought against terrorists by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with the support of the United States. It is known for sure that Fluke-Ekren herself got out of Rakka safely. In 2018, she tried through proxies to transfer to the United States information about her own death to relatives. Thus, the woman hoped to knock off the trail of American agents. However, this trick did not work for her.

Information about the circumstances of the detention of the terrorism suspect was not disclosed. Fluke-Ekren is officially charged with providing and conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. The maximum sentence if a woman is found guilty will be 20 years in prison.

Are Americans not appreciated in the ranks of terrorists?

According to George Washington University data, published in 2018 , 300 Americans were reliably known to have joined the Islamic State. According to researchers, the relatively small number of American recruits is due to the fact that the intelligence agencies managed to figure them out and stop them before they went to the Middle East. 

At the same time, an analysis of the data of 64  American militants in IS s led to the conclusion that the citizens of the United States, for the most part, did not enjoy the trust of terrorists. Often, Americans were assigned cleaning and cooking, not entrusting direct participation in military operations. Employees of the George Washington University claimed that Americans quickly became disillusioned with the realities of life in the “Islamic State”, after which they made attempts to leave the ranks of the militants, even despite the threat of imprisonment in their homeland.

Summary in  ;ISIS

The research cited the story of 33-year-old Texas resident William Clark, a graduate of the University of Houston, who sent his resume to the terrorists, talking about desire to live and work in « “Islamic State”. 

Claiming to be Abu Muhammad al-America, Clark wanted to get a teaching position at a university in Mosul, Iraq, which was then taken over by terrorists. ;— wrote an American. — I was born raised in the United States and always loved to teach and learn from other          I work in mainly in English and I I believe that working at University of Mosul &mdash ; a great way to continue your career.

According to William Clark received the go-ahead. from terrorists and went to them through Saudi Arabia. In 2019, Kurdish militia fighters reported capturing an American on the battlefield in Syria.

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Chaos in Afghanistan creates power vacuum for ISIS, al-Qaeda to reorganize, counterterrorism expert says

Chaos in Afghanistan creates power vacuum for ISIS, al-Qaeda to reorganize, counterterrorism expert says

Will Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorist groups, like ISIS? Matthew Levitt, director of counterterrorism and intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joined The World's host Marco Werman to discuss potential threats. 

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As the US continues to execute its exit from Afghanistan while trying to secure the Kabul airport, counterterrorism experts are warning that the threat of terrorism is rising.

United States President Joe Biden mentioned ISIS-K, or ISIS-Khorasan Province, an affiliate group that operates in Afghanistan, in his remarks on Tuesday. 

“Every day we’re on the ground is another day we know that ISIS-K is seeking to target the airport, and attack both US and allied forces, and innocent civilians,” Biden said. 

Related: In the wake of ISIS, Kurdish authorities are controlling religious messaging 

Will Afghanistan become a safe haven for terrorist groups, like ISIS?

Matthew Levitt, director of counterterrorism and intelligence at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joined The World’s host Marco Werman to discuss potential threats. 

Marco Werman: The situation is changing on the ground in Afghanistan very quickly. But given what you have been seeing and reading, do you believe that Afghanistan will become a safe haven for terrorist groups?Matthew Levitt: The possibility is very strong given that we’re going to have both a weak government and a government that has close ties to elements of al-Qaeda. Add to that the fact that there is an element of ISIS, ISIS Khorasan, that is there. The Taliban don’t like them. But as we’re seeing with the effort to evacuate people through Kabul airport and the threats of ISIS suicide bombers coming into Kabul, the fact that the Taliban doesn’t and probably won’t for a very, very long time, if ever, have control over all of the city, let alone all of the country, there will be an element of a safe haven — even for groups that the Taliban doesn’t like, to use Afghanistan as a base from which to operate and carry out terrorist attacks there or abroad. 

 

Al-Qaeda is still alive. ISIS, as well. You mentioned ISIS-K, the branch of ISIS that President Biden mentioned in his comments on Tuesday, ISIS-Khorasan. Who are they and how are they different from ISIS in Syria and ISIS in Iraq? ISIS has branches or provinces in different places. The two most relevant for Afghanistan are ISIS Khorasan and elements of al-Qaeda, in particular, in South Asia. ISIS Khorasan has not been particularly capable. It’s off in Afghanistan. It was operating in a place that was denied space, both because you had US and coalition forces there and the Taliban were against them. But now the coalition is no longer there. The Taliban is not as strong and is distracted by many other things it needs to do. And so that’s going to give an opportunity for even a group like ISIS-K to reorganize itself, and all it needs is some successful attack, like a suicide bombing at the gates of the airport where there’s chaos and havoc, to put itself back on the map.

Related: Afghans mourn the loss of young lives in ISIS attacks  

Doesn’t the Taliban, in order to run their new government with legitimacy, don’t they need to stamp out these groups? They do. And I think they understand that. And there are reports the Taliban is trying to prevent ISIS from being able to carry out attacks. That doesn’t mean that they will be capable. So on the one side of the ledger, we have groups that even the Taliban doesn’t like, but that will be able to use the relative vacuum that we’re seeing in Afghanistan now to their advantage. And then even more so those groups that the Taliban does have long-standing relationships with, like al-Qaeda, which exist across many different provinces in Afghanistan, according to the latest UN report; that is a concern, that al-Qaeda, which has been comparatively quiet compared to ISIS over the past few years, could find an opportunity to rebuild not only in Afghanistan, but by virtue of the perceived success of jihad in Afghanistan, getting a boost elsewhere around the world, as well.

Related: Taliban have acquired an ‘overwhelming amount of potential weaponry,’ global security expert says 

I mean, I have to take a little sidebar here, and just ask you, I mean, you’ve just illustrated the presence of these militant groups, these terrorists. Do you agree with the decision to leave Afghanistan fully? I think that we need a shift in how we understand what we’re using our forces around the world for. And we need to shift away from a Cold War mentality — that it’s about victory and defeat — and move toward an understanding that’s more about something short of war, something short of peace. In certain places, we’re going to need a small number of forces to keep bad things at bay. And I think that with 2,500 US forces and an equal number of NATO forces, we could have stayed with minimal risk, and we could have kept things stable. That doesn’t mean making Afghanistan a stable country or a Jeffersonian democracy, but we could have kept bad actors from taking over a country. I think that we would have been better off not withdrawing as we did, and I think that we would have been much better off not carrying out the decision the way it was carried out. The havoc at the airport is a crisis of our own making.With this reality on the ground in Afghanistan and with the US exit, what intelligence will the US actually have on these groups? How will Washington monitor them? With difficulty. You’ve heard the phrase “over the horizon” counterterrorism capabilities and such capabilities do exist, but they are not what you really want to be doing. When you have to fly drones from Qatar, that takes a while for that drone to get there, it’s using up a lot of gas, it can’t fly over the air of Afghanistan for as long. You won’t have that kind of coverage that you once had. You’re not going to be able to run the human sources that you did if you’re not on the ground in any way, the same way. Puts tremendous pressure on groups like the NSA, which are doing signals intelligence and against a target that isn’t using high-tech signals intelligence as much as some others. So, we’re not going to totally go dark, but the lights are going to dim in a very, very significant way. And I can tell you from my own conversations with US counterterrorism officials, there’s a tremendous concern that not today or tomorrow or next week, but at some point in the not-too-distant-future, someone could be planning something — even against the homeland — and we won’t be in a position to know about it because we’ve become accustomed to being able to rely on the type of collection in Afghanistan that we no longer have. You’ve worked on counterterrorism efforts for years in various roles since 9/11. What have the last couple of weeks meant to you?They’ve been painful. I worked on 9/11 at the FBI. This feeling that 20 years have gone by and trillions of dollars and most importantly, lives lost. And we’re back to a situation where the Taliban are going to control the country and where terrorist groups of different stripes are going to have relative safe haven is painful. It’s also true that today is not 20 years ago, and the other counterterrorism initiatives that we’ve put in place over 20 years are significant. We are not as at risk of a spectacular attack like Sept. 11 today, the way we were back then. But I’m concerned about the implications of this withdrawal and the hastiness of this withdrawal and the optics of what it means for jihadist groups and other terrorist groups, right-wing extremists, as well, around the world, who are looking at this and saying, “Well, maybe America is a little bit more of a paper tiger than we thought.”

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. 

In the wake of ISIS, Kurdish authorities are controlling religious messaging

In the wake of ISIS, Kurdish authorities are controlling religious messaging

Critics say that the government has gone too far — and is undermining democracy in the region.

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In 2015, Mullah Shawan was an imam who preached at a mosque in Erbil, the de-facto capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region — until he slipped across the front line and joined ISIS.

He shocked many Kurds with his message encouraging them, too, to join ISIS.

The Kurds are an ethnic group populating the border regions of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. They don’t have their own state — and for most, the national Kurdish identity and political struggle has been more important than religious ideology.

Related: Signs of a forgotten Jewish past in Mosul

When ISIS announced its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria, Muslims from around the world joined — the US, Europe and across the Middle East. The militants’ goal was to replace the area, one of religious diversity, with a Sunni Muslim caliphate.

The Kurds quickly became the front-line fighters against the militants but some Kurds also joined them.

In the wake of that, the Kurdish regional government, which promotes itself as the more democratic, tolerant Iraq, has been controlling religious messing. But critics say that the government has gone too far — and is undermining democracy in the region.

Even without a state of their own, Kurdish authorities are working to push a moderate version of Islam in schools across the region.

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Each week, the ministry sends out a prescribed Friday sermon for all Kurdish imams, covering subjects like coexistence, women’s rights and how to be a good, moderate Muslim.

Related: One of Iraq’s oldest Christian communities struggles with religious diversity

Imams in the Kurdish region are employees of the ministry and Karim said they have fired those that do not comply.

Imams are also required to record their sermons and submit them to authorities. They’re not allowed to speak about politics.

But some in the region say that the government only labels ideas extremist when they go against its political interests. Freedom, they say, applies to everything except religion.  

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ISIS claims killing of 3 women media workers in Afghanistan

ISIS claims killing of 3 women media workers in Afghanistan

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Relatives carry the body of a victim, one of three female media workers who were gunned down, during her funeral ceremony in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, March 3, 2021.

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Three women who worked for a local radio and TV station in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province were gunned down Tuesday in the latest surge in violence in the war-torn nation. The murders, in one of the most dangerous countries for media workers in the world, were claimed by the terrorist group ISIS.

Dozens of people gathered Wednesday for the funerals of the three media workers. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the murders, calling the assaults “contrary to the teachings of Islam, Afghan culture and the spirit of peace.”

Officials say all three women, Mursal Hakimi, 25, Sadia, 20, and Shanaz, 20 — many Afghans have a single name — worked on voice-overs for foreign programs, and were killed in separate incidents. It was not the first time women working at the Enikass Radio and TV station in Jalalabad have been targeted by militants. Afghan police arrested Qari Baser as the alleged killer of all three, and Afghan authorities insisted he was a member of the Taliban — a claim contradicted by the Taliban and ISIS.

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Myanmar’s deadly crackdown on demonstrators protesting a military coup continued Wednesday, ending with at least eight people shot and killed by security forces. Military leaders took control in the Southeast Asian country on Feb. 1, ousting elected officials. Since then, protesters have been on the streets regularly across the country but have increasingly been met with violence with security authorities using lethal force, tear gas and arresting demonstrators.

Also, French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged on Wednesday prominent Algerian nationalist Ali Boumendjel was murdered and tortured by French army authorities more than 60 years ago. The 37-year-old lawyer and activist, detained during the Battle of Algiers, was placed in solitary confinement and tortured and this was covered up as a suicide, according to an admission from Macron. “[He] did not commit suicide. He was tortured and then killed,” Macron said in a meeting with Boumendjel’s grandchildren

Related: French report reignites debate about colonialism in Algeria

From The WorldThe biggest challenge for vaccine workers in Pakistan? Staying alive.

A health worker administers the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to his colleague while the prime minister’s adviser on health issues Faisal Sultan, second right, and other officials watch during a ceremony to start the vaccination campaign in Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 3, 2021.

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As Pakistan ramps up its COVID-19 vaccination campaign that began last month with a donation of 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China, the country faces the challenge of quelling vaccine fears. And Shah and others worry about the safety of health workers whose lives are on the line every day.

Observers say that reasons for hostilities toward vaccine workers in the country vary wildly, but that misinformation, hard-line religious views and a 2011 CIA operation targeting Osama Bin Laden have played an outsized role.

Israel has a stake in Biden administration’s decision to lift ICC sanctions

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Prominent groups are calling on the Biden administration to lift Trump-era sanctions on ICC members. But Israel, one of America’s closest allies, is asking the new president to keep them in place.

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Forget what you think you know about fitness instructors. 🎧 Meet 81-year-old Erika Rischko who is conquering TikTok with her exercise routines — pushups, planks, weights and feats of strength galore. Rischko, who lives in Germany, also features her husband in fitness challenges to the delight of her followers on the social platform. “When these young people write to us and tell us they think we are great, how do you do it? It’s really motivating,” Rischko said. Time to get your sneakers on! 👟

WATCH: Germany’s 81-year-old Erika Rischko is conquering TikTok with her fitness videos https://t.co/CujZksIbv6 pic.twitter.com/2CY8qD4qQO

— Reuters (@Reuters) February 28, 2021In case you missed itListen: Biden administration faces pressure over US sanctions on ICC

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The Biden administration is evaluating the sanctions former President Trump imposed on members of the International Criminal Court over the ICC’s investigation of possible war crimes by US forces in Afghanistan. Prominent groups are calling on the Biden administration to lift those sanctions. And, President Biden held his first video conference with his Mexican counterpart, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Also, Erika Rischko has been posting fitness and dance videos on the app TikTok over the past year from her home in Germany. The 81-year-old now has more than 125,000 followers and millions of likes.

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Biden tackles the coronavirus; Twin suicide bombings in Baghdad; Migrant shipwreck off Libyan coast

Biden tackles the coronavirus; Twin suicide bombings in Baghdad; Migrant shipwreck off Libyan coast

Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden will sign 10 key executive orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, as cases surge and troubling new variants appear around the world. Biden is asking all Americans to mask up during travel as a federal mandate, radically shifting the culture of mask-wearing in the US.

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Newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden will sign 10 key executive orders to combat the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, as cases surge and troubling new variants appear around the world. Initiating the national COVID-19 strategy rollout on Biden’s first day in office, the US announced plans to rejoin the World Health Organization after the former Trump administration had admonished it. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, also said the US would join the COVAX Facility, a global project to ensure equitable vaccine distribution around the world. A new COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force in the US will ensure that all minority and underserved communities are not neglected.

Biden is asking all Americans to mask up during travel as a federal mandate, radically shifting the culture of mask-wearing in the US after Trump often discouraged it. And Biden plans to amp up vaccine distribution in the US, shooting for 100 million jabs during the first 100 days in office. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is charged with setting up 100 vaccine centers within the month and to reimburse states to use their National Guard troops to help with vaccine distribution. After many schools shut down due to the virus, states can now turn to FEMA for disaster relief funding to reopen, depending on increased testing.

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Twin suicide bombings shook the Bab al-Sharqi commercial area of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding more than 100 others, according to Iraq’s Health Minister Hassan Mohammed al-Tamimi. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Iraqi Maj. Gen. Tahsin al-Khafaji said: “This is a terrorist act perpetrated by a sleeper cell of the Islamic State.” ISIS may want to “prove its existence” after several military operations in Iraq to root them out. ISIS has been largely defeated in Iraq since 2017, but ISIS militants continue to assert power. While the US has reduced its troops in Iraq in the last few years, Biden’s pick for defense secretary, Gen. Lloyd Austin, said in his confirmation hearing that he remains concerned about the threat ISIS poses inside Iraq and beyond.

boat bound for Europe carrying 43 migrants capsized on Tuesday in the Mediterrean Sea, off the coast of Libya, drowning all 43 passengers. The International Organization for Migration said the tragic shipwreck was the first boat disaster of this kind in 2021. It  follows the trend of migrants from North and West Africa and the Middle East who flee poverty and political instability in their home countries and make dangerous sea crossings in search of better lives in Europe. The EU has partnered with Libya’s coast guard to manage migrant traffic, but rights groups say these policies place migrants in further peril by holding them in squalid detention centers and jails.

From The WorldA post-America world: Biden’s challenges begin at home, former diplomat Richard Haass says

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Former diplomat Richard Haass suggests that a “post-America world” may come sooner than we think — and that it’s been hastened by and connected to the Jan. 6 riots at the US Capitol.

“The connection is that the insurrection raised questions around the world, particularly on the part of our allies, as to our constancy,” Haass told The World.

“Even though Mr. Trump will be departing the Oval Office, it raised fundamental questions about the long-term trajectory of the United States, American society and American politics. In order to be an alliance leader, you need to be steadfast, reliable, predictable — and suddenly, those things seem to be in short supply. And more specifically, the concern is, even if Joe Biden is a familiar and traditional American president, what might follow him?”

Biden supporters across the political spectrum unified by outrage, heartbreak and hope

Lady Gaga performs the national anthem during the 59th presidential inauguration at the US Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021.

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As Joe Biden starts his work as US president, the balance of power is changing everywhere. And the anti-Trump coalition believes Biden must succeed, said Leah Greenberg, co-founder of the nonprofit Indivisible. She said they believe Biden can only do that by addressing structural problems in the US government.

“I think what we’re seeing is that people want to both cheer President Biden on and they want to make him be bold. And they’re coming at that from a supportive but pressuring angle,” Greenberg said.

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In one of the most talked about moments at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world: “Even as we grieved, we grew.”

Watch the video of Gorman’s poem here.

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In case you missed itListen: US President Joe Biden sends a message to the world

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US President Joe Biden used his inaugural address to send a message to the world, taking the opportunity to directly repudiate Trump’s “America First” policy. And, Biden outlined his top priorities on Wednesday including the environment, calling climate change one of the “cascading crises” America faces as he takes office. Also, in stark contrast to former President Trump’s policies and approach, the Biden administration marks a major shift in the US pandemic response globally.

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Trump impeached for second time; WHO delegates arrive in Wuhan; Afghan intelligence foils ISIS plot to assassinate US diplomat

Trump impeached for second time; WHO delegates arrive in Wuhan; Afghan intelligence foils ISIS plot to assassinate US diplomat

US President Donald Trump has been impeached for a historic second time on a single charge: “incitement of insurrection” after an angry mob of Trump loyalists violently stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6. The Senate is expected to hold a trial, but not until after Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gavels in the final vote of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Congress last week, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

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US President Donald Trump has been impeached for a historic second time on a single charge: “incitement of insurrection” after an angry mob of Trump loyalists violently stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6. As National Guard troops filled the Capitol on Wednesday to secure the building, the House voted 232-197 to impeach the president. Ten Republican lawmakers defected by joining Democrats in a “yes” vote — the most members of a president’s party ever to vote for impeachment in US history. 

Hours later, Trump posted a video calling for peace and unity via the official White House Twitter account, days after Twitter banned his own account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” The Senate is now expected to hold an impeachment trial, but not until after inauguration. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell rejected bringing senators back for an emergency session before Jan. 20. Impeaching an ex-president is uncharted territory in US politics. 

Security threats still loom and the FBI has warned of future planned attacks in the days leading up to the inauguration. Many white supremacist and paramilitary groups present at the deadly Capitol siege were banned from major social media platforms to prevent violence, but have reportedly migrated to alternative encrypted sites like Telegram, hitting 500 million users over the last week. Anticipating more chaos next week, Washington, DC, has preemptively locked down the city, with police sealing off key areas near the inauguration site. The National Mall will be closed. Airbnb has also canceled and refunded all Washington bookings.

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After months of tense diplomatic negotiations, 15 delegates from the World Health Organization have arrived in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus was first detected, to investigate its origins. The virus that has killed an estimated 1.9 million people worldwide was possibly spread from bat to human in China’s wet markets, but Beijing claims the virus came from abroad. Amid concerns that China has been secretive about the coronavirus for over a year, the delegation will “exchange views” with scientists but may not be allowed to gather any evidence. After gaining control of the virus, China now faces its worst outbreaks since last summer, forcing two major cities of over 17 million people into lockdown again.

Afghan intelligence said they have foiled an ISIS plot to assassinate US diplomat Ross Wilson, in Kabul, the capital, according to CNN. Four suspected ISIS members have been arrested by Kabul’s intelligence agency, the NDS, in a special military operation in Kama district, Nangarhar province, including ISIS strongman Abdul Wahid. ISIS has claimed multiple attacks in Kabul in recent months, including education centers where scores of students died. Peace talks with the Taliban got off to a slow start this month in Qatar, as the Trump administration announced its plans to accelerate a major troop withdrawal this month.

From The WorldInternet ‘blackout’ as Ugandans vote in tense election

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Millions of Ugandas vote on Thursday in their presidential election. Ugandan authorities cut off internet access in the country in the tense run-up to the vote that has been marked by violence and the arrest of opposition figures.

The incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, is a longtime US partner but he’s ruled the country for more than 30 years. Nearly 70% of Ugandans are under the age of 25 — for them, Museveni has been their only president. Now though, Museveni faces a challenger. He’s a musician named Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu — better known as pop singer Bobi Wine. Host Marco Werman talks with The World’s Africa correspondent, Halima Gikandi in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city (🎧).

Why Canada may designate the Proud Boys a terrorist group

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David Hofmann, a sociology professor at the University of New Brunswick, has studied the rise of white extremism in Canada. He spoke to The World’s host Marco Werman about how Canada’s right-wing extremist groups are inspired by the US. Hofmann said if the Proud Boys were designated a terrorist group, it would have symbolic value.

“But as an expert in this field, I am of the opinion that it doesn’t have any real strategic value. What it means is, essentially, that they can be tried and be found criminally liable under the Canadian Criminal Code for group membership.”

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Scientists have found something unexpected in giraffes: dwarfism. Michael Brown, a conservation science fellow, said he did a double take in Uganda after noticing the short stature of a giraffe there. Normally, giraffes average 16 feet in height, but Brown’s giraffe was around 9 feet. It was considered an anomaly until another giraffe in Namibia was found with the same condition.

after everything I really needed this article about short giraffes https://t.co/7MpXupfF6O

— Eli Chen (@StoriesByEli) January 8, 2021In case you missed it Listen: Trump impeached for historic second time

Donald Trump was impeached for a second time Wednesday as the House of Representatives debated whether to remove the US president. And, Canadian authorities are considering designating the Proud Boys, a right-wing extremist group founded by a Canadian, as a terrorist organization in the wake of the crisis at the US Capitol. Also, the European Union’s Food Safety Authority said on Wednesday that mealworms are safe for human consumption.

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Under Greek law change, thousands of refugees could soon become homeless

Under Greek law change, thousands of refugees could soon become homeless

The Greek government says it wants to make room for asylum-seekers waiting out their applications in camps on the Greek islands and elsewhere. More than 6,000 refugees are at risk of being evicted and that number will keep growing every month.

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When Bouri al-Kaidi and her four young kids got on a boat in Turkey to make the treacherous journey to Greece a few years ago, they had virtually no other choice.

They’re Yazidis — a religious and ethnic minority — from Sinjar in northern Iraq. In 2014, ISIS launched what the United Nations has now recognized as a genocide against Yazidis — murdering, kidnapping and raping thousands.

Kaidi says her own husband was kidnapped by ISIS. To this day, she still doesn’t know if he’s dead or alive.

Related: Life goes on in Greek refugee camp amid diplomatic tensions and pandemic

Kaidi and her four now children live in a small apartment 10 minutes outside of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece. As they went through the asylum process, they were able to get housing and a monthly stipend of 400 euros — that’s about $450 — through the Emergency Support to Integration and Accommodation (ESTIA) program, which is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union.

Kaidi qualified for the program because she’s a single mom, and because of mental health issues she’s developed since her husband’s disappearance, she said. But recently, the payments stopped coming. And Kaidi was told she’d have 30 days, until July 1, to leave her apartment. Thousands of others face the same deadline because of a new law adopted by the Greek government earlier this year.

Under the law, adopted in March 2020, recognized refugees have 30 days to leave organized accommodations like ESTIA, and transition to living independently. Previously, the grace period was six months. The Greek government says it wants to make room for asylum-seekers waiting out their applications in camps on the Greek islands and elsewhere. Currently, more than 31,000 migrants and asylum-seekers are in overcrowded camps, living in unsanitary conditions as they wait for their asylum applications to be processed.

In a TV interview earlier in June, Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi said the government doesn’t have the capacity to give housing, a stipend, and other services both to people applying for asylum and to those who have already secured it.

Related: Refugees in Greece support each other through coronavirus pandemic

He suggested that the program is being abused by people who no longer qualify for it, and said that there are many in the program who secured asylum in 2018 and 2019 but are still receiving the benefits. Kaidi got asylum in 2018, but wasn’t aware of any rules that she had to leave after six months, she said. So, she decided to stay.

“It’s true that the people in the camps need to taken from the mud, the makeshift tents, the trash, the unsanitary conditions, and be put in a safe housing environment.”

Zoe Kokalou, Association for the Social Support of Youth (ARSIS)

“It’s true that the people in the camps need to taken from the mud, the makeshift tents, the trash, the unsanitary conditions, and be put in a safe housing environment,” said Zoe Kokalou with the Association for the Social Support of Youth (ARSIS), a nongovernmental organization that works with asylum-seekers in the ESTIA program.

“But it’s not right to take out the already-vulnerable so that we can bring the people from the islands. It needs to work another way.”

Nongovernmental organizations that coordinate ESTIA placements say the program was always meant to bring temporary relief to asylum-seekers.

“The goal of the ESTIA is to empower people to move on, on their own,” said Lefteris Papagiannakis of SolidarityNow, another NGO involved with the ESTIA program.

“But when you lack the next step, then you just put them on their own out on the street.”

The Greek government, he said, doesn’t have a solid integration plan for recognized refugees: to help them get jobs and long-term housing and learn the Greek language. He has little faith in HELIOS, an integration program funded by the European Commission.

Related: This Syrian is stuck at a makeshift border camp in Greece

“Greece has never worked with doing integration before. Now, it becomes increasingly difficult because the policy of the government changed. The narrative of the government changed. It became more toxic.” 

Lefteris Papagiannakis, SolidarityNow,

“Greece has never worked with doing integration before. Now, it becomes increasingly difficult because the policy of the government changed. The narrative of the government changed. It became more toxic,” Papagiannakis said, adding that the fairly new Greek government, which came into power last summer, has taken an increasingly anti-migrant stance.

Integration, Papagiannakis said, requires the cooperation of Greek society. Greeks need to employ refugees, rent out apartments to them. But people are less willing to do that in this environment.

“Because when you demonize refugees and then you ask from the whole society to show solidarity, it sends mixed messages and in an increasingly toxic environment. And people react. It makes complete sense.”

As for the ESTIA program, Papagiannakis said he doesn’t buy that the government has migrants’ best interests in mind. He points to the fact that just this month, the government said it was slashing 30% of the program’s budget.

Related: Cross-border tensions wreak havoc on bucolic Greek village

“It is all being done with an end goal to deter people from coming — making things difficult in order for people to be deterred,” he said.

Greece’s Migration and Asylum office did not respond to a request for an interview.

Thousands of refugees are now waiting to see how the new rules will be enforced. More than 6,000 are at risk of being evicted and that number will keep growing every month.

As Kaidi’s deadline approaches July 1, she says she hasn’t been able to get any sleep and doesn’t know what will come next for her family. She does know that she doesn’t want to stay in Greece. When she and her kids get the right travel documents, she wants to try to go to Germany and reunite with some family members who have made it there. 

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I just want the head

[Hook]
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna

[Verse 1]
This nigga think I keep my pussy in a vault for him
When he want it he think I should go and put it all on him
(Damn, damn) damn, these niggas really is dumb
What’s love got to do with makin’ me cum?
When he thinkin’ he my Christmas gift
He not even makin’ it to Thanksgiving
He will never know where my family be livin’
You ain’t gettin’ no to-go plates of chicken

[Refrain]
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head, I know
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head, I know
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head

[Hook]
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna
Wanna fuck me so bad but you never gonna

[Verse 2]
Niggas can’t stand me ’cause my pussy so righteous
They used to large orders with them chicken fry rices
Every few months I get to raisin’ my prices
I gotta keep ’em on edge for the drop like I’m ISIS
[?] Oh my God, trynna make pussy pop
JP motherfucker other bitches is not
What a level I am on, echelon cinnabar
You a bum honeybun and you not from the Bronx hahahaha

[Refrain]
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head, I know
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head, I know
(I just want it, I-I-I just want it)
I just want the head

A-Trak & Falcons – Ride For Me (feat. Young Thug & 24hrs)

[Intro: Young Thug]
Ayy, ayy, ayy
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy
Ayy, ayy, ayy, ayy, woo!
Oh, oh, oh, oh
A-Trak, woo!
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Thugger, woo!
Baby, woo, woo, uh

[Chorus: Young Thug & 24hrs]
Tell me you gon’ ride for me (skrrt, skrrt, skrrt, ride)
Tell me you gon’ die for me (you gon’ die)
Tell me you gon’ die by what you live for (live for)
Tell me you gon’ ride for me (tell me you gon’ ride for me, ride)
Tell me you gon’ fire on a bitch, baby
These niggas fake like a display, nigga (yeah)
Catch a murder case, then skip states with him
Bet, bet, nigga leakin’ on his sheets (pow, pow)

[Verse 1: Young Thug]
That’s the shit I get when I get (when I get that)
Buy a bag and smoke it like a zip (like a zip)
Tell me where’s the logic in [?]
Bustin’ a bazooka, turn your noodle to chalupa
[?]
Livin’ like a dork, fuck a geek
You don’t gotta work no more (work no more)
You can go get everything you see (everything about that)
I was just was chillin’ with your bitch
And I went on and cut the chase and told her, "Suck a nigga’s dick or somethin’" (SANDOS)
I was 17 and I was gettin’ it like a fuckin’ ball player
Then I took care all my kids for somethin’ (big [?] shit)
Big player, I’ma pop into the end zone (yeah)
Good lookin’, she gon’ chew it like some bubblegum
I’ma spend a lot of money ’cause it’s more to come (money)
I was havin’ zero dollars, now a nigga on (yeah, yeah)
Tell you when I get back (tell you when I get back)
Tell me when I cash out (hah)
Tell me why you ran from my mama
Yeah yeah, you know I ain’t scared of that (you know I ain’t scared of that)
These bitches know a nigga ballin’ (ballin’)
And you know we playin’ with these bands (playin’ with them bands)
Spyder shit, the Bentley crawlin’ (ah, ah, ah)
My lil’ nigga dead on a Xan (dead on them Xan)
Big dawg shit off the rip
Big bag make a nigga limp (blat)
Put five bands on your lip (blat, blat, blat)
You better nip it in the bud like a chip (nip it in the bud)
Little red robbin’ nigga, do it (do it)
Little red ridin’ in the hood nigga (hood)
Pablo got me chokin’ on that good (good)
And you can’t do it better than he could (could)
Fuck Donald Trump, leave him ditch slumped
Trap boomin’ like I’m ISIS nigga, big bomb
Whole lotta shit, that’s what your bitch need, no
Whole lotta dick is what your bitch get though (yah)
Whole lotta money got these bitches changin’ minds
Whole lotta money got them wanna stay around (swear)
Way too much money, quick, get that shit down (bitch)
Bitch, don’t you trip, don’t you make a fuckin’ sound

[Chorus: Young Thug & 24hrs]
Tell me you gon’ ride for me (skrrt, skrrt, skrrt, ride)
Tell me you gon’ die for me (you gon’ die)
Tell me you gon’ die by what you live for (live for)
Tell me you gon’ ride for me (tell me you gon’ ride for me, ride)
Tell me you gon’ fire on a bitch, baby
These niggas fake like a display, nigga, yeah
Catch a murder case, then skip states with him

[Verse 2: 24hrs]
24hrs
Me and A-Trak in a two-seater (skrrt, skrrt)
Fuck around and drink the whole two liter (damn)
She said, "Twenty, boy, you don’t care" (You don’t care)
Chain lit up like a fair (bling bling)
TYO my mothafuckin’ blood brother (blood brother)
Hundred bands a week, I keep it undercover (count it up)
Put a 50 on your head for my little brother (50)
Pullin’ up to Vegas in a helicopter (hey)
VVS diamonds like a chandelier
Shawty, she give ass, I cannot handle it
Money stacked tall, it’s not little (sheesh)
She said, "Twenty fuck me like a little… beast"
I feel just like Raji on the jetski (damn)
I’ma buy her diamonds if she let me (bling)
Sippin’ on mimosas with the jeweler (jeweler)
Only measure money with a ruler (ruler)
"Twenty, you been on my mind
A-Trak, you been on my mind
Thugger, you been on my mind"
Hello, pussy really call my line
You should really call my line
You been on my mind
You should really call my line
You been on my mind
You should really call my line
You been on my mind
Hello, you should really call my mind

[Chorus: 24hrs]
Tell me you gon’ ride for me
Tell me you gon’ die for me (you gon’ die)
Tell me you gon’ die by what you live for (you live for)
Tell me you gon’ ride for me (ride)
Tell me you gon’ fire on a bitch, baby
These niggas fake like a display
Catch a murder case, then I skip states
Catch a murder case, then I skip states

[Outro: 24hrs]
You been on my mind
Oh, you been on my mind
Oh, you been on my mind
Oh, you been on my mind
Oh, you should really call my line
Oh, you should really call my line
Oh, you should really call my line
Oh, you should really call my line

KAMI – Payload

[DJ E-WAY]
Get your credit cards
Have your visas
Get your passports stamped
Its payload

[Verse 1]
Pirex
Fishscales
Nigga fuck 12
Yeah fuck ISIS
Fuck jail
Selling chris rocks
On retail
Didn’t get caught
Didn’t get popped
Didn’t Dame Grease
No coke talk
Nigga fuck a sherlock
Yeah no shit I’m afraid not
Make the pack double flip like Ong Bak
That’s a whole lot
Thats a hyde park
That’s a shout out Nikko shout Krock
All my niggas since Day 1 Savemoney still alive yeah till i rot

[Hook x2]
Count it up (yeah)
Rip to a real nigga thats a bank roll
Money bags (yeah)
Couple these checks coming in like a payroll
Drop it all (yeah)
Drop a whole thing on your head that’s a payload
I’m afraid so
Had to make it rain on your head that’s a payload

[Verse 2]
I might still hit it and dash
Bumps on her face like a rash
Cocaine cowboy Imma cock back
All you need is a mask
All you need know is task
Chase on that bag like a bank
Dont get upped on like some rank
All of my niggas some tanks
Save money still an army fuck did you think
Me and Smoko going loco on club hoes
Why you niggas still broke all on a link
Water on me like I sink
And I can merch
Me and CP on some dirt
Chilling parked up in the merc

[Hook x2]
Count it up (yeah)
Rip to a real nigga thats a bank roll
Money bags (yeah)
Couple these checks coming in like a payroll
Drop it all (yeah)
Drop a whole thing on your head that’s a payload
I’m afraid so
Had to make it rain on your head that’s a payload

Smokepurpp – Your Swag Is Old Lyrics

[Intro]
Yeah, Uh?

[Hook]
Niggas talking on me cause I fucked they hoe
You, We don’t know
And your swag is old
Niggas talking on me cause I fucked they hoe
You, We don’t know
And your swag is old
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
You can have that bitch
I don’t want her back
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
You can have that flow
I don’t want that pack

[Verse]
Give me brain like a psychic
Riding round with P90
Bitches thinkin that we ISIS
Hi-Tech bloody cup
I just spiked it
Put these diamonds on my neck
Cause a nigga priceless
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
Lil Purpp Bless That [?]
Running through a sack
My youngest caught that
Kobe, I’m like Kobe
Only shoot ‘Bout 3
Like [?]
Messed up bitch
You don’t know me
Pull up at Yo trap
Shoot it up like I’m [?]
[?] ride me like a pony
[?] claim yo hood
You a phony

[Hook]
Niggas talking on me cause I fucked they hoe
You, We don’t know
And your swag is old
Niggas talking on me cause I fucked they hoe
You, We don’t know
And your swag is old
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
You can have that bitch
I don’t want her back
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
Lil Purpp Bless Yo Trap
You can have that flow
I don’t want that pack

[Outro]
Give me brain like a psychic
Riding round with P90
Bitches thinkin that we ISIS
Hi-Tech bloody cup
I just spiked it
Put these diamonds on my neck
Cause a nigga priceless

Flood watch – Juicy J feat. Offset lyrics

Lyrics Juicy J – Flood watch

Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ b*tch pus*y fat, a*s fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ b*tch pus*y fat, a*s fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time.(flood watch)

b*tch came through right on time with the pus*y
‘Cause I’ve been wanna hit it for a long time
Plug came through right on time with that pack
‘Cause I ain’t no more, I’m bone dry
Been gettin’ money for a long time
I don’t rent, I own mine
Ye ain’t talkin’ ’bout gettin’ money, lil’ nigga
Hell nah, don’t hit my phone line
Molly got a nigga on cloud 9
The percs kicked in at the wrong time
Your b*tch wanna jump on my dick
Sorry, but you gotta wait, baby girl, it’s a long line
These f*ck niggas keep hatin’ on a G
But a nigga can’t eat if he don’t grind
Hitters gon’ take your head off
AKA clothes line
Bankroll, I can’t fold mine
Need a boujee b*tch to roll mine
Nigga keep lookin’ at all this ice
But I keep the heat on me like a stove iron
The money gon’ make your girl come show out
Bend her a*s over, it’s show time
She ain’t wanna leave but you called her on her phone
Told her, “Bring your a*s home,” you was right on time, damn.

Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ b*tch pus*y fat, a*s fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12 versuri-lyrics.info
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ b*tch pus*y fat, a*s fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time).

Woo, woo, woo, woooo, Offset!
Money comin’ in at the right time (money)
b*tch lookin’ at me like a gold mine (gold)
A*s so fat that I went blind (ooh)
Gimme my racks, I’ma throw mine (racks)
Gimme that coke, I’ma cook mine (coca)
Flew to the plug in Taiwan (ho)
Bad a*s b*tch on my timeline (bad)
Like three pics, then I pound sign (pound)
Dope came in at the right time (dope)
Cash came in at the right time (cash)
Your b*tch came in at the night time (your b*tch)
She told me that your bands wasn’t like mine (skrrt)
Hop in the coupe with the butter seats (hey)
It’s no cuffin’ me, she just a slut to me (slut)
Got these grapes in the jet, it’s a luxury (luxury)
Make me mad and I’ll show the other me
Hoppin’ in the Lamb’, fine like a top glisten, white whine
Alexander Wang, Gucci loafer, python (woo woo)
Matte black Maybach, ridin’ Akon (bap)
Hundred round drum hangin’ out of one gun (brrrt)
At the right time, hit the right lick (right lick)
At the right time hit the right b*tch (uh)
Bling, bling, blaow, nigga, light switch (bling blaow)
Smokin’ on a bomb, ISIS.

Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ b*tch pus*y fat, a*s fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ b*tch pus*y fat, a*s fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on timeee.(flood watch)

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Juicy J – Flood Watch (feat. Offset)

[Intro: Juicy J & Offset]
Get up, bitch, get up, bitch
Get up, bitch, (uh) get up
Get up, bitch, get up, bitch
Get up, bitch, (woo) get up
Get up, bitch, (woo) get up, bitch
Get up, bitch, (woo) get up
Get up, bitch, (woo) get up, bitch
Get up, bitch, (hey!) get up

[Chorus: Juicy J]
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)

[Verse 1: Juicy J]
Bitch came through right on time with the pussy
‘Cause I’ve been wanna hit it for a long time
Plug came through right on time with that pack
‘Cause I ain’t no more, I’m bone dry
Been gettin’ money for a long time
I don’t rent, I own mine
Ye ain’t talkin’ ’bout gettin’ money, lil’ nigga
Hell nah, don’t hit my phone line
Molly got a nigga on cloud 9
That purchase came in at the wrong time
Your bitch wanna jump on my dick
Sorry, but you gotta wait, baby girl, it’s a long line
These fuck niggas keep hatin’ on a G
But a nigga can’t eat if he don’t grind
Hitters gon’ take your head off
AKA clothes line
Bankroll, I can’t fold mine
Need a boujee bitch to roll mine
Nigga keep lookin’ at all this ice
But I keep the heat on me like a stove iron
The money gon’ make your girl come show out
Bend her ass over, it’s show time
She ain’t wanna leave but you called her on her phone
Told her, "Bring your ass home," you was right on time, damn

[Chorus: Juicy J]
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)

[Verse 2: Offset]
Woo, woo, woo, woo, Offset!
Money comin’ in at the right time (money)
Bitch lookin’ at me like a gold mine (gold)
Ass so fat that I went blind (ooh)
Gimme my racks, I’ma throw mine (racks)
Gimme that coke, I’ma cook mine (coca)
Flew to the plug in Taiwan (ho)
Bad ass bitch on my timeline (bad)
Like three pics, then I pound sign (pound)
Dope came in at the right time (dope)
Cash came in at the right time (cash)
Your bitch came in at the night time (your bitch)
She told me that your bands wasn’t like mine (skrrt)
Hop in the coupe with the butter seats (hey)
It’s no cuffin’ me, she just a slut to me (slut)
Got these grapes in the jet, it’s a luxury (luxury)
Make me mad and I’ll show the other me
Hoppin’ in the Lamb’, fine like a top glisten, white whine (skrrt)
Alexander Wang, Gucci loafer, python (woo woo)
Matte black Maybach, ridin’ Akon (bap)
Hundred round drum hangin’ out of one gun (brrrt)
At the right time, hit the right lick (right lick)
At the right time hit the right bitch (uh)
Bling, bling, blaow, nigga, light switch (bling blaow)
Smokin’ on a bomb, ISIS (boom)

[Chorus: Juicy J]
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)
Plug came through with that sack
I swear he was right on time (right on time)
Lil’ bitch pussy fat, ass fat
Goddamn she right on time (right on time)
Trapped all day, took the profits to the jeweler
Dropped it right on time (right on time)
I want you dead at 12
My shooters right on time (right on time)

Royce Da 5’9″ – Twilight Zone (The Bar Exam 4 Album)

[Chorus]
What is competition
I guess I never know
These niggas sound like clones
I’m in the twilight zone
I’ll murder every MC on your list
You can count on me to do it
Until I’m there and I’m the only one
I’m in the twilight zone to some
I’m in the twilight zone

[Verse 1]
And I’m your host for this evening, Rod Serling
I was supposed to defeat these odds early
I hope you don’t think that my focus shifted with my sober shit
I’m still the coldest with the flow, I still be holding loaded clips
I just be wearing clothes that fit, financially I’m comfortable
But to the young and broke I appear old and rich
My advice is hang around me, then you might be learning some
Only problem is you niggas clowns and when I’m ’round you I stick out like Sherman Klump
Hitchhike and wearing Pee Wee Herman thumb
I’m just a bird who gets the worm and when it comes to flipping words
I’m sicker with the terms than a determined Trump
I’m here for earning till the sermon’s done
Get out my ear with shit that’s not my biz, chump
You will get off ’cause we don’t offer tea
You will get turned to Kermit lunch
And you ain’t worth the money my attorney wants

[Chorus]
What is competition
I guess I never know
These niggas sound like clones
I’m in the twilight zone
I’ll murder every MC on your list
You can count on me to do it
Until I’m there and I’m the only one
I’m in the twilight zone to some
I’m in the twilight zone

[Verse 2]
Load up the choppers to go at the genre
Look out the window like brother Malcolm
But no one was out there, this how
We ride on our enemy, but naw, I ain’t shot you
I just looked you in your eyes, with the nine in your mouth
Cause niggas been murdered over hip hop, B.I.G., ‘Pac
You a artist them niggas died for you so now you ain’t got too
Uh, for yo’ hoe shit, these boys bled
They opened doors for you to hide behind decoys, feds
Hip hop, they got they own police behind these stories, yeah
You might be killed because you wearing blue and he wore red
I’d prolly be dead if I never elevated my skill
I invaded they projects in the elevator with steel
Cause they just imitations, shit, this how the truth sound
When them credits roll, your label gon’ tell me you got the juice now

[Chorus]
What is competition
I guess I never know
These niggas sound like clones
I’m in the twilight zone
I’ll murder every MC on your list
You can count on me to do it
Until I’m there and I’m the only one
I’m in the twilight zone to some
I’m in the twilight zone

[Verse 3]
I’m truly mesmerized by all your desperate lies and uzi threats
Your wifey sleeping on me? Cool, I seen that she needs a beauty rest
I give my man that look, that’s it, he gon’ see to it that you be dead
You give your man that look, that’s it, y’all newlywed
The crew nice, your crew got ice, my crew ISIS, my crew beheads
Them Slaughterhouse conglomerates, them jugger[?]nauts
The thug anomaly hugging on nines and be loving your mama not
When drama pop we never on the opposite side of a homicide
Never, everybody knows us, the murderous
Joe, Joell, 5’9" and Crook, hide your rhyming book
We been around a long time, that’s how much time it took
And if I could move mountains why would I care how to climb it, look

[Chorus]
What is competition
I guess I never know
These niggas sound like clones
I’m in the twilight zone
I’ll murder every MC on your list
You can count on me to do it
Until I’m there and I’m the only one
I’m in the twilight zone to some
I’m in the twilight zone

Lil Durk – No Handouts (Love Songs For The Streets Album)

[Intro]
Trenches, the trenches, the trenches, the trenches
I do it for poverty
A lot of street niggas in fuckin’ with me you know?
(Shoutout my nigga Snapdogg you know?)
Real gang man

[Hook]
No I don’t want yo’ apologizes
No, I don’t drink on no Qualitest
My bitch on a drink, she a pharmacist
I’m thinkin’ ’bout the hood, yea stealin’ it
How you turn on me how you trade?
Was my brother but you left, you shoulda stayed
I had so much so much my shoulders couldn’t wait
I said (?) look at the people you played
Yeah I ain’t lookin’ for no handouts
Ain’t lookin’ for no handouts

[Verse 1]
I was addicted to shootouts
I’m in the trenches with Pluto
I got a stick at my bitch house
Now I take shits in a big house
I never carried the field
I gotta outwork my pills
I gotta suck on the test
I’m in the gutter for real
I love my brother for real
That was the pill on the slut
Can’t force it if he is my cut
Them choices will make you a mutt
Few years in the state
And the feds gave 200 months
Off percs and 200 blunts
I get head for 200 months
I mix Chanel with the Fetty
Shawty will kill you for singin’
Shawty be lit with the bitch
And I fucked twice in the Hemy
FNs tucked in the denims
High speed high speed
I lost guns in the (?)
And I put drugs in my mental

[Hook]
No I don’t want yo’ apologizes
No I don’t drink on no Qualitest
My bitch on a drink, she a pharmacist
I’m thinkin’ ’bout the hood, yea stealin’ it
How you turn on me how you trade?
Was my brother but you left, you shoulda stayed
I had so much so much my shoulders couldn’t wait
I said (?) look at the people you played
Yeah I ain’t lookin’ for no handouts
Ain’t lookin’ for no handouts

[Verse 2]
We gon’ ball with a anthem
Auntie went balled after the cancer
My uncle had died from stabbin’
I moved to the A now I’m dabbin’
Ride 43 with no license
The opps is thinkin’ we ISIS
Fuck whoever don’t like it
I nut her face ’cause she triflin’
You left me to die in a rot
You left me to die on the block
Wouldn’t think I would rise to the top
But now I’mma ride with the Glock
I kill for my brothers who for me
I hate when niggas say you love me
Deep down wanna plug me
See me down be a bummy
You were my nigga til the trust I can’t trust ’em
If I ever see ’em now I screamin’ fuck ’em
I ain’t fuckin’ with no fool shit
He see me now he won’t do shit
And I’m ridin’ with my gang

[Hook]
No I don’t want yo’ apologizes
No I don’t drink on no Qualitest
My bitch on a drink, she a pharmacist
I’m thinkin’ ’bout the hood, yea stealin’ it
How you turn on me how you trade?
Was my brother but you left, you shoulda stayed
I had so much so much my shoulders couldn’t wait
I said (?) look at the people you played
Yeah I ain’t lookin’ for no handouts
Ain’t lookin’ for no handouts

Lil Durk – No Trenches Lyrics

[Intro]
Trenches, the trenches, the trenches, the trenches
I do it for poverty
A lot of street niggas in fuckin’ with me you know?
(Shoutout my nigga Snapdogg you know?)
Real gang members

[Hook]
No I don’t want yo’ apologizes
I don’t drink on no Qualitest
My bitch on a drink, she a pharmacist
I’m thinkin’ ’bout the hood, yea stealin’ it
How you turn on me how you trade?
Was my brother but you left, you shoulda stayed
I had so much so much my shoulders couldn’t wait
I said (?) look at the people you played
Yeah I ain’t lookin’ for no handouts
Ain’t lookin’ for no handouts

[Verse 1]
I was addicted to shootouts
I’m in the trenches with Pluto
I got a stick at my bitch house
Now I take shits in a big house
I never carried the field
I gotta outwork my pills
I gotta suck on the test
I’m in the gutter for real
I love my brother for real
That was the pill on the slut
Can’t force it if he is my cut
Them choices will make you a mutt
Few years in the state
And the feds gave 200 months
Off percs and 200 blunts
I get head for 200 months
I mix Chanel with the Fetty
Shawty will kill you for singin’
Shawty be lit with the bitch
And I fucked twice in the Hemy
FNs tucked in the denims
High speed high speed
I lost guns in the (?)
And I put drugs in my mental

[Hook]
No I don’t want yo’ apologizes
No I don’t drink on no Qualitest
My bitch on a drink, she a pharmacist
I’m thinkin’ ’bout the hood, yea stealin’ it
How you turn on me how you trade?
Was my brother but you left, you shoulda stayed
I had so much so much my shoulders couldn’t wait
I said (?) look at the people you played
Yeah I ain’t lookin’ for no handouts
Ain’t lookin’ for no handouts

[Verse 2]
We gon’ ball with a anthem
Auntie went balled after the cancer
My uncle had died from stabbin’
I moved to the A now I’m dabbin’
Ride 43 with no license
The opps is thinkin’ we ISIS
Fuck whoever don’t like it
I nut her face ’cause she triflin’
You left me to die in a rot
You left me to die on the block
Wouldn’t think I would rise to the top
But now I’mma ride with the Glock
I kill for my brothers who for me
I hate when niggas say you love me
Deep down wanna plug me
See me down be a bummy
You were my nigga til the trust I can’t trust ’em
If I ever see ’em now I screamin’ fuck ’em
I ain’t fuckin’ with no fool shit
He see me now he won’t do shit
And I’m ridin’ with my gang

[Hook]
No I don’t want yo’ apologizes
No I don’t drink on no Qualitest
My bitch on a drink, she a pharmacist
I’m thinkin’ ’bout the hood, yea stealin’ it
How you turn on me how you trade?
Was my brother but you left, you shoulda stayed
I had so much so much my shoulders couldn’t wait
I said (?) look at the people you played
Yeah I ain’t lookin’ for no handouts
Ain’t lookin’ for no handouts

French Montana – Said N Done (feat. A$AP Rocky)

[Hook: French Montana]
Oh my god, oh my god
Blocka, blocka, big up, big up
It’s the Coke Boy nigga with the A$AP Mob
Oh my god, oh my god
I see ‘em hatin’ on the boy huh?
‘Til I pull up on the boy, huh?

[Verse 1: French Montana & A$AP Rocky]
Oh my god, oh my god
But you couldn’t fuck with the flow I got
City just turned into the oh I ride
Pretty motherfucker just stole my thot
Oh my god, oh my god
Wake up, wake up, it’s a stick up, stick up
Look up, look up, it’s a stick up, stick up
I’ma show you power of the mula
I put a sundress on your shooter
Man they turned their back on your boy huh?
You trickin’ but you waitin’ for the boy huh?
My god, oh my god
(Heel up, wheel up, bring it back, come rewind now)
Took a little time off I’m back up on my grind
Took it uptown just to kick it with my slimes
Skeet skeet, skkrt, cocaine for the bitches
Chain tucked in cause I came for the business
Dope to your brain like a vein with syringes
Back in the day streets was paved with syringes
Paid for the crib, plus it came with the fridges
I heard them boys callin’ up the boys huh?
And they showing up to court huh?
Dirty money, ain’t in the Forbes huh
[Bridge: French Montana]
Love my bitch, oh my, gotta spend a whole lot
Gotta buy every bag, gotta buy the whole lot
Taught the bitch, oh my, oh my
Gotta spend a whole lot
Oh my god, oh my god

[Verse 2: A$AP Rocky]
With the spring springing on us, and the summer hot
Couple things clinging on us, bitch it’s coming out
Weather weather for the winter, Flacko bring ’em out
Bad mon a rude boy, what the bombaclot
When it drop out, nigga hop out
Don’t you know the loud mouth get you stomped out?
Thing on me now, hang on me now, ay
Got the bitch with me, gang with me now, yeah
Does the chain swing on me now?
Harlem [?] made me down

[Verse 3: French Montana]
Go hard or you go home
She love it when I hit her with my rob on
I couldn’t ball, had to hit the stove
We talkin’ raw white, California Rolls
We talkin’ top down, California hoes
We talkin’ small sandals, got her on her toes
I don’t ask twice for the tongue
Word to ISIS, I’m the bomb
Call Gina, call Leon
I’m gone, do you smell aroma?

[Bridge: French Montana]
Drinkin’, smoke a whole lot
Know buy every bag I’ma buy the whole lot
Your pussy wet, don’t lie
Oh my, oh my god

[Hook: French Montana]
Oh my god, oh my god
Oh my god, oh my god
Blocka, blocka, big up, big up
It’s the Coke Boy nigga with the A$AP Mob
Oh my god, oh my god

[Outro: French Montana]
She love when I hit her with my robe on
She love when I hit her with my gold on
Poppin’ pills, drink, get your roll on
They don’t love you ’til you’re dead and gone
Montana!

Said n done – French Montana lyrics

Lyrics French Montana – Said n done

Oh my god, oh my god
Blocka, blocka, big up, big up
It’s the Coke Boy nigga with the A$AP Mob
Oh my god, oh my god
I see ’em hatin’ on the boy huh?
‘Til I pull up on the boy, huh?(said n done)

Oh my god, oh my god
But you couldn’t f*ck with the flow I got
City just turned into the oh I ride
Pretty motherf*cker just stole my thot
Oh my god, oh my god
Wake up, wake up, it’s a stick up, stick up
Look up, look up, it’s a stick up, stick up
I’ma show you power of the mula
I put a sundress on your shooter
Man they turned their back on your boy huh?
You trickin’ but you waitin’ for the boy huh?
My god, oh my god
(Heel up, wheel up, bring it back, come rewind now)
Took a little time off I’m back up on my grind
Took it uptown just to kick it with my slimes
Skeet skeet, skkrt, cocaine for the b*tches
Chain tucked in cause I came for the business
Dope to your brain like a vein with syringes
Back in the day streets was paved with syringes
Paid for the crib, plus it came with the fridges
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I heard them boys callin’ up the boys huh?
And they showing up to court huh?
Dirty money, ain’t in the Forbes huh.

Love my b*tch, oh my, gotta spend a whole lot
Gotta buy every bag, gotta buy the whole lot
Taught the b*tch, oh my, oh my
Gotta spend a whole lot
Oh my god, oh my god.

With the spring springing on us, and the summer hot
Couple things clinging on us, b*tch it’s coming out
Weather weather for the winter, Flacko bring ’em out
Bad mon a rude boy, what the bombaclot
When it drop out, nigga hop out
Don’t you know the loud mouth get you stomped out?
Thing on me now, hang on me now, ay
Got the b*tch with me, yeah, gang with me now, yeah
Does the chain swing on me now?
Harlem World will lay you down, made me down.

Go hard or you go home
She love it when I hit her with my robe on
I couldn’t ball, had to hit the stove
We talkin’ raw white, California Rolls
We talkin’ top down, California hoes
We talkin’ small sandals, got her on her toes
I don’t ask twice for the tongue
Word to ISIS, I’m the bomb
Cartagena, Corleone
I’m gone, do you smell aroma?

Drinkin’, smoke a whole lot
Know buy every bag I’ma buy the whole lot
Your p*ssy wet, don’t lie
Oh my, oh my god.

Oh my god, oh my god
Oh my god, oh my god
Blocka, blocka, big up, big up
It’s the Coke Boy nigga with the A$AP Mob
Oh my god, oh my god.

She love when I hit her with my robe on
She love when I hit her with my gold on
Poppin’ pills, drink, get your roll on
They don’t love you ’til you’re dead and gone
Montanaaa!(said n done)
French Montana lyrics
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