Four Afghan Intelligence Officers Shoot Dead 16 Their Friends

Officials in Afghanistan say four officers of the national intelligence agency shot dead 16 of their colleagues, then fled to join the Taliban insurgency in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.

The rare "insiders" attack last night a facility of the National Security Directorate or NDS in the Gerishk region, security sources told VOA on Sunday.

Omar Zawak, the provincial government spokesman, confirmed the incident by saying the Taliban also attacked the NDS when the insurgent attack was (19659002) Zawak said the two sides suffered heavy casualties but gave no further details.

The Afghan officer killed was a member of the 'Songaryan' unit working for NDS in Helmand . The unit was named after the popular Turkish television soap opera and had played a key role in gathering intelligence information for NDS in Afghanistan.

The rebels controlled or seized most of the 14 regions in Helmand, Afghanistan's largest province and one of the main producing regions opium in the world.

Illegal drug trafficking funds 65 percent of rebel activity, and the US military has recently deployed new air strikes to destroy drug laboratories in an effort to stop Taliban financial resources in Helmand, which borders Pakistan. [gp]

Shoot down Israeli F-16 Jet Fighter, It's Syria

The Syrian Air Defense has succeeded in stopping the Israeli offensive into a military base in the country today. According to Syrian state media, anti-aircraft missiles are fired on more than one Israeli warplane.

This was reported by Syrian media after the Israeli military declared that a fighter jet had crashed after being fired upon launching attacks against "Iranian targets "in Syria. The Israeli army said the attack was carried out after it intercepted an unmanned drone believed to be Iranian.

"In the early hours of the morning, the Zionist enemies committed a new aggression against one of our military bases in the center of the country," Syria, SANA as reported AFP, Saturday (10/2/2018).

"Our air defenses drive him out and hit more than one plane," SANA added.

Earlier, Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the two F-16 fighter jet pilots had crashed, surviving the incident.

"The Israeli military is targeting the Iranian control system in Syria that sends UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) into Israeli airspace," Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said, adding that the Syrian Air Force then fired anti-aircraft missiles into a jet fighter F-16 in Israel.

"Iran is responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty," Conricus said as reported by news agency AFP, Saturday (10/2/2018).

In a separate statement Israeli military said, Israeli forces identified an "Iranian UAV" launched from Syria and intercepted it in Israeli airspace with a fighter. The F-16 fighter plane crashed in the valley of Jezreel, in northern Israel.

"During the attack, some anti-aircraft missiles were fired into IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft," the Israeli military statement said.

Israel has waged dozens of attacks air to Syrian armed forces and allies since the civil war broke out in the country in 2011. Iran and Russia are major military supporters for the Syrian government.

(ita / ita)

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India, Pakistan Shoot Shoot in Kashmir

India and Pakistan fired on Monday in the disputed Kashmir area, killing several soldiers on both sides. The two sides accused each other of starting the dispute, and gave their own figures for the dead.

India claims its troops killed seven Pakistani soldiers, while one Indian soldier was killed. Pakistan said four of its soldiers were killed by Indian shootings, while his troops killed three people in a retaliatory shoot.

India accused Pakistan of sending militants across the border to carry out terrorist activities in Indian territory. Pakistan, on the other hand, accuses India of serious human rights abuses in parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir, which have long faced separatist movements.

Shootings in the 745-kilometer-long power line that halves Kashmir has become a common occurrence in the last two years. [gp]

Some Police Cut Shoot in Colorado

Several police officers were reportedly "wounded" exposed to gunfire while conducting an investigation into an active gunman in the state of Colorado on Sunday (31/12).

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said it was responding to reports of commotion in Sunday morning (31/12) in the town of Littleton, when there were a number of gunfire explosions

"In the investigation, there were a number of gunfire and several police officers were injured. Not yet known the condition of injuries suffered by police and civilians. Avoid this area, "the Sheriff's department's cuit said via Twitter.

The Sheriff's office issued a" red-code "or" very vigilant "warning to the surrounding area, and advised locals to stay indoors and stay away from windows. [em/al]

11 Filipino Policemen Disabled Related Incidents Incorrect Shoot

The shootout incident in the Philippines that killed two innocent people led to the disabling of 11 Philippine Police personnel. A thorough investigation of this incident is still underway.

In an incident that occurred on Thursday (28/12) evening local time, the police opened fire on a vehicle carrying seven people inside. They mistakenly thought that the vehicle was carrying the shooter who was being pursued.

When shot at, the vehicle was rushing to the local hospital. One passenger vehicle was a woman who suffered injuries, ahirnya died after being hit by police fire. One other person who was in the same vehicle was also killed.

Metro Manila Police Chief Oscar Albayalde says police from the city of Mandaluyong got the wrong information before firing. According to Albayalde, the policemen were told by some local village officials that the passengers were armed.

"We can not blame them completely," Albayalde told local media, as reported by Reuters Friday (29 / 12/2017).

In his remarks, Philippine Presidential spokesman Rodrigo Duterte declared 'this incident will be thoroughly investigated'.

Albayalde said that the Mandaluyong Police Chief along with 10 personnel had been disabled administratively from his duties and his movement was restricted while the investigation was still ongoing. The police firearms involved in the incident were also confiscated.

Albayalde declared at least 36 cartridges from a barrage of bullets found at the scene. All weapons carried by police officers and village officials reported to have opened fire, will be examined further to find out who fired at the van.

The video of the incident, aired by local television, showed a number of police pointing guns at the van as gunfire echoed. "We are not hiding anything here, we are not editing facts that suggest possible reactions or violations of POP (police operational procedures)," added Albayalde.

(nvc / nkn)