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2/16/2020 BasNews Kurdish Shepherds Rescued from IS Two Kurdish shepherds whom the Islamic State (IS) militants had abducted near Kifri on 1st February, have now been rescued. The abductees, who are brothers, were attending their herd outside their village between Kfri and Tuz Khurmatu when a group of IS militants kidnapped them. A local security source told BasNews that the jihadists had released the men after their families paid $7,000 in ransom. http://www.basnews.com/index.php/en/news/kurdistan/582091?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=00c513def23ddfa5bfd18f3702181aff550e7a1f-1581860391-0-AbFlKwklyAOuVL3uaTOh6rNXJS3FqAlbDvMVX0y7Xb5QXjWGOqbSS7qVl6rb06nCRXdI8q21376H--MSzxIR-rmCwsUGIdei7DdZGlk_k8mgdt5_oJjmDDgW6SpOPit4ZdiNQxuq-Np32-hMPhF3w2uABTHn6x9IfKUq-P05Oi7IqAMjh4YMgQFHAaFz6csLD4h2KEONNILgWT0puEfMkm_bf-t-FaPtKhyqkxHhKhpt8Vu-_od6LJBJfiwYHUoaoOh8KcW8Vz0WjwGCn03p3-3_xwWe3dBVLqQzvKpXaQ1YneFTVrLCEtQeqb3gypZKFA
2/16/2020 Reuters Rockets hit U.S. coalition base in Baghdad, no casualties Rockets hit a U.S.-led military coalition’s Baghdad headquarters early on Sunday but caused no casualties, a coalition spokesman said, in the latest attack to target U.S. facilities in Iraq. Washington has blamed Iran-backed paramilitary groups for increasingly regular rocketing and shelling of bases hosting U.S. forces in Iraq and of the area around the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/rockets-hit-u-s-coalition-base-in-baghdad-no-casualties-idUSKBN20A00Y?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29&&rpc=401
2/16/2020 KP Precision airstrike kills deputy commander of the Red Unit of Taliban in Takhar An airstrike killed seven Taliban militants including the deputy commander of the Red Unit of the group in North-eastern Takhar province. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said the security forces conducted a precision airstrike in Baharak district of Takhar on Friday night. The statement further added that the airstrike killed 7 Taliban militants including Jalal Sirat alias Nasrat, the deputy commander of the Red Unit of Taliban in Takhar. https://www.khaama.com/precision-airstrike-kills-deputy-commander-of-the-red-unit-of-taliban-in-takhar-04455/
2/16/2020 KP 5 Taliban militants killed, 25 IEDs defused in Kandahar The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces killed 5 Taliban militants during an operation in southern Kandahar province, the Afghan Military said. The Special Operations Corps said in a statement said the security forces killed 5 Taliban militants during a joint raid in Khakriz district of Kandahar. The statement further added that the security forces killed the militants during a joint military operation. https://www.khaama.com/5-taliban-militants-killed-25-ieds-defused-in-kandahar-04457/
2/16/2020 NPR After U.S. And Taliban Agree To Reduce Violence, Afghan Americans Wonder What's Next A large group of Afghans lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. And the announcement of U.S. deal with the Taliban to reduce violence and enter peace talks has the expats wondering what's next. https://www.npr.org/2020/02/16/806417280/after-u-s-and-taliban-agree-to-reduce-violence-afghan-americans-wonder-whats-nex
2/16/2020 VOA 9 Homeless Drug Users Shot Dead in Afghan Capital Gunmen shot dead nine homeless drug users in the Afghan capital, officials said on Sunday, shining a light on chronic drug abuse in the world's biggest producer of opium but a rare incident of apparently coordinated violence against addicts. The motive for the Saturday night attack by the unidentified gunmen in Kabul was not known and police said they were investigating. The men had been sleeping in an open area and a forensic examination had shown they were drug users. https://www.voanews.com/south-central-asia/police-9-homeless-drug-users-shot-dead-afghan-capital
2/16/2020 DoD Army Casualty Identified Pfc. Walter Lewark, 26, from Mountainair, New Mexico, died Feb. 13, 2020, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. Lewark was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry Regiment, 93d Troop Command, New Mexico Army National Guard, Rio Rancho, New Mexico. https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2085550/dod-identifies-army-casualty/
2/15/2020 MiddleEastMonitor Rocket hits Iraqi base hosting US forces A rocket hit a base in northern Iraq that hosts US forces on Thursday but caused no casualties, Iraqi security sources said to Reuters. The base, known as K1 near the city of Kirkuk, is where a US civilian contractor was killed in December in a similar attack, blamed by Washington on Iran-backed militias. A Reuters witness said US warplanes had scrambled and were soaring overhead shortly after the attack on Thursday. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket. https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200214-rocket-hits-iraqi-base-hosting-us-forces/
2/15/2020 AA Four killed in attacks in Iraq Four people were killed in two separate attacks in eastern Iraq on Saturday, according to a local police officer. Daesh/ISIS militants attacked a police checkpoint in Buhriz, south of Diyala province, killing two policemen, captain Habib al-Shimari told Anadolu Agency. He said a husband and his wife were also found dead inside their home in the same area. https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/four-killed-in-attacks-in-iraq/1734783
2/15/2020 AFP Iraqi protester killed in Baghdad demonstrations A demonstrator was shot dead near the Iraqi capital’s main protest camp by unidentified attackers using a gun silencer, medics said Saturday, as police reported a spate of activist abductions. Around 550 people have been killed since the anti-government movement erupted in October and around 30,000 more have been wounded, a vast majority of them young demonstrators. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2020/02/15/Iraqi-protester-killed-in-Baghdad-demonstrations-.html