At least 9 Taliban militants were killed after stepping on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted their fellow fighters in northeastern Badakhshan province.
According a security official, the incident took place late on Saturday night in Walik village of Arghistan district. The official serving with the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army said a senior Taliban leader identified as the group’s shadow district governor was among those killed.
He said the senior Taliban leader was identified as Najib Khan and was appointed as shadow district governor for Arghistan by Taliban.
In the meantime, another provincial official said the militants were busy planting an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) when the incident took place. The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the incident so far which comes as the group frequently use Improvised Explosive Device (IED) as the weapon of their choice to target the security force. The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) are also the major contributor of civilian casualties as the ordinary civilians are normally targeted in such attacks. A woman has been sentenced to a total of 100 years in prison in the western US state of Colorado for attempted murder of unborn child, it has been reported. The woman was found guilty during a court hearing for cutting a seven-month-old foetus from the womb of an expectant mother. The convict, Dynel Lane, was found guilty by a jury for trying to kill Michelle Wilkins in March 2015 in the Denver suburb of Longmont and was also convicted of the unlawful termination of a pregnancy, according to Independent. The prosecutors had asked for the maximum sentence of 188 years for the brutal killing but judge Maria Berkenkotter said the sentence was justified by the brutality of the attack, which she described as performing a caesarean with a kitchen knife. The 28-year-old victim was lured by Lane to her apartment by creating a Craigslist ad for maternity clothes and hit her over the head with a lava lamp and stabbed her in the neck with the broken glass. She then cut Ms Wilkin’s abdomen, removed the unborn baby and left the victim for dead, according to the court hearing.
According to the prosecutors, the convict could not be charged with the murder of the baby because there was no evidence the fetus lived outside the womb. Colorado Republicans introduced legislation that would have allowed such a murder charge, but it was rejected by Democrat politicians, according to Independent. To date 38 US states have made the killing of a foetus a homicide despite objections from abortion-rights supporters.
A group of 3 loyalists of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group surrendered to the Afghan armed forces after killing 4 Taliban insurgents. According to the local officials in eastern Kunar province, the militants surrendered to the Afghan army in Marwara district. Provincial governor Wahidullah Kalimzai said the militants were operating for the ISIS terrorist group in Marwara district. He said two of the militants are hailing from Bajaur Agency of Pakistan while the third militant is originally a resident of Marwara district. Kalimizai welcomed the militants for renouncing violence and said they have surrendered to the Afghan armed forces by reaching to a conclusion that the terror groups are only killing their fellow Muslims and are committing atrocities.
This comes as there are concerns that the loyalists of the terror group are attempting to expand foothold in Afghanistan despite the terror group received a major blow in eastern Nangarhar province.
The militants of the terror group were hardly hit by the US airstrikes as well as the Afghan air and ground operations in parts of Nangarhar province amid concerns that they were establishing a regional operations base and consolidate operations with the terror group based in Syria and Iraq. Hundreds of militants loyal to the terror group were killed or wounded as US Air Force increased air raids which followed by more authorities granted by the Obama administration earlier this year. The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has said that the ongoing violence in Afghanistan is not as a result of conflict among Afghans but is the result of an imposed war on the Afghan nation.
Karzai further added that terrorism as a regional threat and emphasized on the need for regional cooperation and partnership for countering effectively this phenomenon, describing CICA as a significant platform in this regard.
Pointing towards the latest terrorist attack in Kabul as a result of which more than 60 were martyred and more than 300 innocent Afghans including children women were injured, Karzai asked the CICA member countries to condemn the aforementioned barbaric attack and increase their cooperation towards countering terrorism which Afghanistan is in frontline of. The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia was inaugurated by the President of the People’s Republic of China H.E.
The officials in Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the state-run electricity supplying company, have said the price of imported electricity will be increased by 25 percent. DABS spokesman Wahidullah Tawhidi said the decision to increase the electricity price was taken due to increase in Dollars value against the Afghan currency. He said the DABS suffered a loss of $17 to $18 million during the last solar year due to sharp rise in Dollars value as Afghanistan purchase electricity from Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in Dollars. Tawhidi further added that the government is supplying electricity and charge the consumers in Afghan currency which has resulted to DABS suffering a considerable loss. According to Tawhidi, DABS also suffered around $2.5 million during the winter after the insurgents cut the electricity supply lines in northern Baghlan province. According to reports, Afghanistan is importing the majority of electricity from the neighboring Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Iran which forms 70% of the total electricity needed for the country. At least 64 militants were killed and 50 others were wounded in the latest raids of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said Sunday. According to a statement by MoD, the operations were jointly conducted by the Afghan National Army, Afghan National Police and security personnel from the other security institutions. MoD in its statement further added that the ground forces were received close-air support as well as artillery support during the operations.
At least 23 of the militants were killed and 8 others were wounded in Khash Rod district of Nimroz and 8 others were killed and 11 were wounded in Badakhshan province, the statement added. The Afghan forces killed 5 militants and wounded 2 others in Qads district of Badghis, MoD said, adding that 6 more were killed and 3 others were wounded in Deh Yak and Gilan districts of Ghazni province. A commander of the militants group were among 8 killed during separate operations conducted in Barmal and Omna districts of Paktia, according to MoD. The statement by MoD also added that 7 militants were killed including a commander of the group identified as Gulab Agha in Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar province. At least 14 militants were killed and 12 others were wounded during separate raids conducted in Chak district of Wardak, Sheikh Ali district of Parwan, Shindand district of Herat, Delaram district of Nimroz and Nadir Shah kot district of Khost, MoD said.
A top Taliban commander was killed during a gun battle with the intelligence operatives in the central Logar province of Afghanistan.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the commander identified as Mohammad Rahim was killed as the NDS operatives were busy conducting a special military raid in Khoshi district. A statement by NDS said Rahim was involved in major terrorist related activities in Khoshi district before he was killed by the intelligence operatives. The statement further added that two others accompanying Rahim were also killed during the gun battle and have been identified as Mohammad Alam and Mohammad Wali.
The intelligence operatives seized 2 Ak-47 rifles, 1 rocket launcher and a motorcycle following the operation, NDS added. According to the footage released by NDS, numerous weapons, business cards, Pakistani currency and phone numbers have also been confiscated from the militants killed or detained during the operation. Logar is among the relatively volatile provinces in central Afghanistan where anti-government armed militants are active in a number of its districts who are frequently attempting to carry out insurgency activities. A relatively powerful explosion rocked Gaziantep city in the south of Turkey earlier today with preliminary reports suggesting at least one person was killed and 13 others wounded. According to the local media reports, the explosion took place near a police station in the city, leaving at least one dead and 13 others wounded, including 9 policemen. The reports further added that the explosion was likely triggered by a vehicle packed with explosives. However, the Turkish officials often link the explosions either to Kurdish militants or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. This comes as Turkey has been hit by numerous explosions over the past year, mainly targeting Ankara, Istanbul and Bursa cities.
At least 23 militants were killed during the joint military operations conducted by the Afghan army and Afghan police forces in western Nimroz province. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the operations were launched by 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police (ANP) forces.
A statement by MoD said the operations were conducted in Khash Rod district where at least 8 militants were also wounded.
The statement further added that 2 vehicles used by the anti-government armed militants were also destroyed during the raids. The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents have not commented regarding the report so far.
The Afghan security forces have stepped up crackdown on anti-government armed militant groups across the country to suppress the activities of the groups as they prepare increase attacks as part of their spring offensive.
Nimroz is among the relatively volatile provinces in western Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its remote districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
A steep decrease has been reported in Peshawar trade with the repatriation of Afghan refugees from the city which saw a rapid rise following a deadly attack on Army Public School late in 2014. According to the local media reports, citing local traders, the Afghan refugees were forming the majority of their customers. The repatriation of expulsion of refugees following the attack also had negative impact on the rent of the properties besides decline in sales. A 30-year-old local trade Nabi Khan belonging from Kurran Agency told The Express Tribune that his daily income has decreased due to the departure of Afghans.
Over 30,000 Afghan refugees were forced to leave Pakistan and return to Afghanistan amid fears of persecution by Pakistani authorities following a deadly attack on a school in Peshawar city late in December 2014. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) more than 22,000 undocumented Afghans flocked across the border at Torkham in January. Following a deadly attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city of Pakistan, the federal government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa set a deadline for the expulsion of Afghan refugees on 20th December last year. Australia’s Governor-general Peter Cosgrove reaffirmed continued support to Afghanistan during a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday. Cosgrove arrived to Afghanistan to meet with the Afghan officials days after an Australian aid worker was abducted by gunmen from eastern Jalalabad city. The Office of the President said President Ghani and the Australian Governor-general discussed issues of bilateral interest, focusing on different sectors.
Noting the international coalition forces support to Afghanistan, Cosgrove said the Afghan forces became capable to take over the security responsibilities as result of the international support. Cosgrove further added that Australia remains committed support Afghanistan and help in economic development of Afghanistan. He also hailed the Afghan cricket team for their recent victories in ICC World Twenty20 and congratulated President Ghani and the Afghan nation. In his turn President Ghani thanked the Australian forces for their activitie and devotion while they were serving in Uruzgan province.
President Ghani also thanked the Australian forces for training the Afghan National Security Forces. He also thanked the Australian Governor-general for extending an invitation for a trip to Australia and promised to visit the country during an appropriate time in the future.
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has reportedly declined Islamabad’s invitation to visit Pakistan amid reports the decision since there were not enough reasons for the proposed visit. Islamabad had reportedly sent an invitation to Putin to visit Pakistan and inaugurate a key pipeline project, the $2 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) North-South Pipeline Project from Karachi to Lahore. According to the officials in Islamabad, the project would have had the potential of opening a new era of strategic and political alliance between the two countries.
The Russian Ambassador Alexey Dedov quoted by local media said “The problem is that usually the purpose of the visit is not participation in ceremonies. Earlier, President Putin had planned a visit to Islamabad in October 2012 for attending a quadrilateral summit between Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. However, the trip was cancelled with the country’s Foreign Minister visiting Islamabad to explain the cancellation. The Ministry of Interior (MoI) urged the judiciary institutions to award capital punishment for the perpetrators involved in the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped by a group in capital Kabul. He was speaking during a news briefing in capital Kabul to provide updates regarding the security situation of the country. Meanwhile, Faizullah Zaki, deputy to national security council internal affairs, told reporters that the brutal murder case of Abasin will be closely monitored from the start till the perpetrators are sentenced for their horrific crime. This comes as the National Directorate of Security said the Afghan intelligence operatives have arrested a group of 5 kidnappers involved in the brutal murder of Abasin. The brutal murder of Abasin sparked anger among the Afghan people amid concerns that kidnap for ransom cases have increased during the recent months.
According to reports, the kidnappers had initially cut a finger of Abasin and demanded one hundred thousand US Dollars for his release.
A shadow district governor of the Taliban group was arrested during an operation by the Afghan intelligence operatives in eastern Nangarahr province of Afghanistan.


The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Abdul Wali who is also famous as Mansoor was appointed as the shadow district of Rodat district by the Taliban group. A statement by NDS said Wali was arrested during a special military from the vicinity of Sarkali village in Rodat district.
NDS in its statement further added that the remaining companions of Wali has been identified as Nazifullh son of Haji Qasim, Bilal son of Abdul Wali, Qari Abdullah son of Abdul Wali, Bilal son of Mir Ahmad, Inamullah son of Raees Khan, Haroon son of ghulam, and Sulaiman son of Roz Khan. The intelligence operatives also confiscated a rocket launcher, 1 PK machine gun, 5 Ak-47 rifles, and 1 pistol from the detained militants. According to NDS, the militants were involved in plotting and carrying out insurgency activities in Rodat district before they were arrested by the intelligence operatives. The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the arrest of the group’s senior leader so far. The Chief of Staff of the Afghan National Army General Qadam Shah Shaheem said Saturday that the Afghan government prefers other options to resolve the cross-border shelling along the Durand Line. He said the Ministry of Defense has assessed the Pakistani military incursions in Nangarhar, involving rocket attack and use of tanks on Lalpur district. However, he said the use of army would be the last option to respond to the military aggressions along with the Durand Line if other options did not yield any positive result to halt the incursions. He did not elaborate further regarding the options which the government has currently adopted to resolve the issue but the Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (MoFA) last week to protest regarding the shellings. According to the local officials, the clashes among the Afghan and Pakistani border forces erupted following heavy shelling by the Pakistani forces which forced the Afghan Border Police forces to respond.
A top aide to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has called for the establishment of a national resistance against the interference of Pakistan in the country, insisting that the Taliban group and other terror groups fighting in the country are slaves who are fighting for the interests of the outsiders.
Ahmad Zia Massoud, the presidential envoy for better governance, said the current year will most probably be the end of the fighting for the Taliban group in the country. He was speaking during a gathering in capital Kabul to mark the 24th victory of Mujahideen against the Soviet-backed regime in the country. However, he warned that the monopoly of power in Afghanistan has never gained ground and the greatest powers have been defeated through national resistance. Massoud also warned that those thinking to monopolize power will face the same fate as the Soviet forces faced and called on Mujahideen leaders to get organized, calling the Mujahideen a major movement in the country. In other parts of his speech, Massoud said the Taliban group does not believe in peace process, noting his earlier remarks regarding the reconciliation efforts. He hailed the government’s change of strategy towards the militant groups and called on the government to hang the Taliban prisoners so that their execution become a lesson for the other criminals. The remarks by Massoud comes as the Afghan officials have long been criticizing Pakistan for remaining reckless to take actions against the anti-government armed militant groups based in the country. President Ghani asked Pakistan last week to take actions against the leadership of Taliban group in Peshawar and Quetta cities, warning that Afghanistan will take the issue to international organizations including UN Security Council if no actions were taken in this regard. Two prominent commanders of the Taliban group were killed in an ambush by the Afghan police forces in southeastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the two top Taliban commanders were killed in Deh Yak and Gilan districts of Ghazni on Friday. A statement by MoI said one of the commanders was identified as Khalid who was killed along with his 3 companions on Friday night. The statement further added that 3 militants were also wounded in the ambush while the commander was killed in Gilan district.
According to MoI, the second Taliban commander was involved in major terrorist related activities and their elimination will have a positive impact on security situation of the country. The Afghan police forces have also seized some weapons and ammunition after killing the Taliban commanders, MoI added. Ghazni is among the volatile provinces in southeastern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents are actively operating and frequently carry out insurgency activities.
The Afghan security forces have arrested a Taliban group member who was involved in collecting Zakat from the local residents in northern Baghlan province. According to the security officials, the suspect was arrested during an operation in Pul-e-Khumri city, the provincial capital of northern Baghlan province.
The Afghan security forces have stepped up crackdown on the militants of the group across the country to suppress the insurgency activities of the group which has been rampant since the group announced its summer offensive earlier this month. Baghlan is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where anti-government armed militant groups are actively operating in a number of its districts and often carry out insurgency activities.
The Taliban group started creating safe havens in Dand-e-Ghori district earlier this year, forcing the Afghan security forces to launch a major operation to the curb the activities of the group. The operations continued for several weeks before the Afghan forces managed to retake the full control of the area earlier last month. At least 57 anti-government armed militants were killed in separate airstrikes and infighting among the rival militant groups in eastern Nangarhar province. According to the local government officials, the militants were killed during the past 24 hours in different parts of Nangarhar.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said at least 23 militants were killed in an airstrike in Chaparhar district. He said a commander of the militants was also among those killed and at least 6 others were wounded in the raid. Khogyani further added that at least 8 ISIS loyalists were killed and 5 others were wounded during an infighting in the same area.
According to Khogyani, at least 15 ISIS loyalists were killed in an airstrike Haska Mina district. The Afghan forces have stepped up operations to eliminate the loyalists of ISIS in Afghanistan amid concerns the terror is attempting to expand foothold in the country.
The US forces in Afghanistan have also increased airstrikes against the loyalists of the terror group with the chief of communications for the coalition, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, earlier saying the United States has carried out 70 to 80 airstrikes against ISIS in Afghanistan.
The US military released a report on Friday regarding a deadly airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, stating that the raid did not amount to a war crime.
The report further added that the tragic incident was caused by human error, equipment failure and other factors. At least 42 people were killed and 37 others were wounded in the airstrike on Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz on 3rd October. The airstrike was carried out as the Taliban militants had captured the strategic Kunduz city and were on the verge of taking control of some of the last areas remaining, including the airport. Meanwhile, the final report by MSF states that 170 individuals and families had received condolence payments and and $5.7 million had been approved to reconstruct the MSF facility.
A top leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group was killed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the airstrike was carried out by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) in Achin district.
According to the MoD, Rafiuddin was involved in providing weapons and finance to the loyalists of the terror group operating in Nangarhar province. A spokesman for the US-led coalition forces in Afghanistan earlier said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has the potential to be an ‘enormous’ threat in Afghanistan.
The US forces in Afghanistan have also increased airstrikes against the loyalists of the terror group with the hief of communications for the coalition, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, earlier saying the United States has carried out 70 to 80 airstrikes against ISIS in Afghanistan. One of the most senior Taliban figures in the group’s Quetta Council has died of cancer, reportedly in a specialized cancer hospital in Pakistan. The Taliban group confirmed that Abdullah Gul Rayan died of cancer but did not elaborate further regarding his death and the location where he died.
According to a local newspaper in Pakistan, Daily Pakistan Global, Rayan was admitted at the hospital for cancer treatment. Citing an Urdu daily report, the newspaper further added that Rayan died at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. The paper also added that Rayan was running a madrassa (seminary) in Quetta, from where several fighters had joined Mullah Umar in Taliban’s fight against United States and NATO armies. The top Taliban leaders are believed to be based in Pakistan as the group’s leadership councils are mainly operating in Quetta and Peshawar cities. Pakistani foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz confirmed earlier last month that Islamabad has influence on Taliban leadership and the country could use certain facilities the group’s leaders uses as a leverage to bring them to peace talks table. Meanwhile, President Ghani asked Pakistan to take actions against the group’s leaderships in Peshawar and Pakistan, warning that Kabul would take the issue to the UN Security Council and other international organizations if the country failed to do so. The Taliban militants group in Afghanistan has made a plea to international organizations including the international human rights and International Committee of Red Cross to intervene as the Afghan government mulls hanging militants convicted to terrorist related activities. Meanwhile, President Ghani has reportedly received a list of militants on death row, a day after deputy presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazvi said the list will be provided to the President.
Murtazvi further added that the terrorists would be hanged to death once the cases have been reviewed in a bid to ensure fairness in the verdicts.
The decision to review and implement the judiciary institutions’ verdicts regarding the terror suspects was taken days after Kabul was hit by a deadly attack. At least 64 people were killed and 347 others were wounded after a group of insurgents launched coordinated attack on VIP protection unit in Pul-e-Mahmood Khan area of the city on 19th April. The Afghan intelligence operatives have arrested a group of kidnappers involved in the brutal murder of a 14-year-old boy identified as Abasin.
The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Abasin was kidnapped by the group around 5 months ago and later murdered him. A statement by NDS said the group was arrested during an operation in Kabul city and the dead body of Abasin was recovered from a grave fin Chinar Keli area of Khak-e-Jabar district of Kabul. Kidnap for ransom cases still continue in parts of the country despite the Afghan intelligence nabbed two MAFIA bosses involved in major kidnappings who were later executed by the government. The two top MAFIA leaders, Habib Istalif and Raees Khudaidad, were executed late in 2014 and early in 2015 after they were arrested by intelligence operatives. At least 64 anti-government armed militants were killed in the latest counter-terrorism operations in the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
According to an operational by MoD, the operations were conducted jointly by the Afghan army, intelligence and police forces, backed by the Afghan Air Force and artillery units. At least 30 of the militants were killed and 18 others were wounded during the clearance operations in Char Dara district of Kunduz, MoD said. MoD further added that 3 Pakistani Taliban linked with the Haqqani network were killed during an operation in Khost province and 10 others were killed in Kandahar province. At least 9 others were killed and 18 more were wounded during an operation in Eshkamesh district of Badakhshan, MoD said, adding that 5 others were killed in Faryab and 9 more were wounded. Fifty years of White House lore, based on interviews with butlers, maids, chefs and A?€?other staff members. A remarkable history with elements of both In the Presidents Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.Americas First Families are unknowable in many ways. One of his friends was Fernan Martinez de Roriz, a Portuguese canon who later became King Alfonsoa€™s confessor at the Court in Lisbon. The upright lines on this chart show the distance from east to west, whereas the cross lines show the distance from north to south.
That you may know as much about these places as possible, you should know that the only people living on any of these islands are merchants who trade there. There are said to be as many ships, mariners and goods there as in the rest of the world put together. From the city of Lisbon to the west, the chart shows twenty-six sections, of two hundred and fifty miles each - altogether, nearly one-third of the eartha€™s circumference before reaching the very large and magnificent city of Kinsai.
I could still tell of a€?many other things, but as I have already told you of them in person, and as you are a man of good judgment, I will dilate no further on the subject. It is clear that Toscanelli obtained most of his information about a€?Furthest Indiaa€? from Marco Poloa€™s book, but he also mentions that an a€?ambassadora€™a€™ visited Pope Eugenius. Whether Columbus ever saw any printed or manuscript account of Poloa€™s narrative before 1485 or 1487, at the latest, is uncertain, but it can be readily ascertained from his log of the first voyage that he had seen a letter written by Paolo Toscanelli to a friend of his in Lisbon named Fernando Martinez. The original of Toscanellia€™s letter is no longer in existence so far as known, and the only contemporary evidence that it existed is found in a volume in the Colombina in Seville that had belonged to Columbus. To Toscanelli the goal was Marco Poloa€™s Cathay, and within the intervening ocean he was aware of no considerable land other than the two large islands of Antillia and Cipangu [Japan]. Taking his departure from a port of the Iberian Peninsula and sailing down into the zone of the northeasterly trade winds, according to Toscanelli a navigator could then lay a course west or southwest on which he would find Antillia lying across his bows.
Answer: The first thing to do when we believe we may be under a spiritual attack is to determine, as best we can, whether what we are experiencing is truly a spiritual attack from demonic forces or simply the effects of living in a sin-cursed world. Ephesians 6:13-18 gives a description of the spiritual armor God gives us, and the good news is that these things are readily available to all who belong to Christ. The ultimate example of how not to engage in spiritual warfare is the seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish priest, who went around driving out evil spirits by trying to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed.


At the end of the Damage Step, if this card battled an opponent's monster: You can take control of that opponent's monster until the end of the Battle Phase. Abdul Rahman Rahman, senior deputy minister for security, told reporters that the security forces have arrested at least 10 suspects in connection to the brutal killing of Abasin. Rahman, the suspects are currently in custody of the security forces to undergo investigations process and will be introduced to the judiciary institutions to face trial for their horrific crime.
Shaheem further added that the security institutions will respect the verdict by judiciary institutions but urged to award death penalty to the perpetrators for their crime which shocked the country. Shaheem further added that a member of the security personnel lost his life in the attack and the report regarding the assessment will be released later. Shaheem, the Afghan government provides support to the Afghan Border Police forces along the Durand Line and will not station army considering the intergovernmental agreement between the two nations. Votel, those killed had received $6,000 while $3,000 had been paid for those injured in the airstrike. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. It is probable that some time about the beginning of the 1470a€™s, the canon had come to discuss geographical questions with the King, or with Crown Prince JoA?o, who was more interested in geography, and then happened to mention Toscanellia€™s theory about a passage to India across the ocean to the west.
Often before have I spoken of a sea route from here to India, the land of spices; a route which is shorter than that via Guinea. The chart also indicates various places in India which may be reached if one meets with a storm or head-wind, or any other misfortune. Especially in the principal port called Zaiton [Marco Poloa€™s Zaitum] where they load and unload a hundred great ships of pepper every year, not to mention many other ships with other spices.
This city is approximately one hundred miles in circumference, possesses ten marble bridges, and its name means a€?The Heavenly Citya€™ in our language.
I have tried to answer your questions as well as the lack of time and my work have permitted me, but I am always prepared to serve His Highness and answer his questions at greater length should he so wish. Poggio Bracciolini, the Papal Secretary who wrote about Nicolo Contia€™s travels in India, adds at the end of Contia€™s narrative: a€?There came a man from the northern parts of Upper India to the Pope, wishing, on the instructions of his Nestorian Patriarch, to learn of the Christians in the countries of the West. It appears that Martinez had written Toscanelli at the request of the king to find out whether Toscanelli thought it would be feasible to reach India by sailing across the Atlantic to the west.
At the end of this volume on two leaves the letter in Latin, dated June 25, 1474, is copied together with a letter from Toscanelli to Columbus. These were in fact the courses set by Columbus in the late summer of 1492, and Antillia was the first land which he expected to sight on his westward passage from the Canaries, based upon the Toscanellia€™s reference in his letter to Columbus to a€?the island of Antillia which is known to youa€?, in the latitude of Cipangu. Crone suggests that the belief that the East could be reached by sailing West was being reconsidered in geographical circles before the second half of the 15th century, possibly in the 14th. These were in fact the courses set by Columbus in the late summer of 1492, and Antillia was the first land which he expected to sight on his westward passage from the Canaries, based upon the Toscanellia€™s reference in his letter to Columbus to a€?the island of Antillia which is known to youa€?, in the latitude of Cipangu.A  A mapmaker who thought in terms of a globe could locate Antillia somewhat further west than might be suggested by an ungraduated mappamundi or portolan chart in which it was drawn at the left-hand edge of the parchment. Some people blame every sin, every conflict, and every problem on demons they believe need to be cast out. Paul begins by saying that we must be strong in the Lord and in His power, not in our own power which is no match for the devil and his forces. We are to stand firm with the belt of truth, buckle on the breastplate of righteousness, wear on our feet the gospel of peace, hold up the shield of faith, wear the helmet of salvation, and wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God—the only offensive weapon in the whole armory.
Observe how Jesus handled direct attacks from Satan when He was tempted by him in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11).
One day the evil spirit answered them, "'Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?' Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. To get the best possible experience on our website we recommend that you upgrade your browser.
If this face-up card would be destroyed by a card effect, you can detach 1 Xyz Material from this card instead. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansions 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors doeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. At that time the Portuguese believed that they had already reached the southern extremity of Africa, and that the way to the riches of India already lay open before them. You tell me that His Highness wishes me to explain this in greater detail so that it will be easier to understand and to take this route. That country has many inhabitants, provinces, kingdoms and innumerable cities, all of which are ruled by a prince known as the Grand Khan, which in our language means a€?The King of Kingsa€™, who mainly resides in the province of Cathay.
Amazing things have been related about its vast buildings, its artistic treasures and its revenues. He told of the Grand Khan and of his dominion over nine powerful peoples.a€? This man was probably the ambassador mentioned by Toscanelli, and we shall have to presume that Conti and other travelers who are unknown to us today gave Toscanelli further valuable information. There is no evidence that at that time Portugal was endeavoring to reach India by rounding south Africa. This copy, according to Columbus, was a copy of the one that had been sent to Martinez and which had been sent to Columbus himself at some later date, unknown because this second letter of Toscanelli is not dated. Toscanelli (as he told Columbus) supposed Antillia to lie 35 degrees west of his prime meridian through the Canaries; and it is in just this longitude, a little north of the equator, that Martin Behaim lays down, in his globe of 1492, the Island of St. The apostle Paul instructs Christians to wage war against the sin in themselves (Romans 6) and to wage war against the evil one (Ephesians 6:10-18).
Paul then exhorts us to put on the armor of God, which is the only way to take a stand against spiritual attacks.
Each temptation was answered the same way—with the words "It is written" and a quote from the Scriptures. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding" (Acts 19:13-16). But then came the disconcerting news that once past the Cameroons the coast again turned south and continued to do so for mile upon mile; it seems almost as if all hope of ever being able to circumnavigate Africa was abandoned.
Although I could show this on a globe representing the earth, I have decided to do it more simply and clearly by demonstrating the way on a nautical chart.
His forefathers greatly desired to make contact with the Christian world, and some two hundred years ago they sent ambassadors to the Pope, asking him to send them many learned men who could instruct them in our faith; but these ambassadors met with difficulties on the way, and had to turn back without reaching Rome.
It lies in the province of Manji, near the province of Cathay, where the king chiefly resides.
Toscanelli probably based his very exaggerated idea of the size of the world on what Marinus of Tyre had said; this was later to have some very remarkable consequences, for Christopher Columbus corresponded with Toscanelli during this time.
It might appear from the contents of it, however, that Toscanelli believed that Columbus was still in Portugal, and indeed he may have been there, but I think it was much more likely that the letter did not reach Columbus until he had gone to Spain.
Brendan, with an outline very like that of Antillia in the 15th century charts and in the Vinland map (#243).
But whether we are truly under spiritual attack from demonic forces or just battling the evil in ourselves and that which inhabits the world, the battle plan is the same.
In our own strength and power, we have no chance of defeating the "spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (v.
Jesus knew the Word of the living God is the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the devil. The seven sons of Sceva were using Jesus' name, but because they did not have a relationship with Jesus, their words were void of any power or authority. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades.
It was in this situation that the King instructed his confessor to write to Toscanelli and ask him to explain his plans more clearly. I therefore send His Majesty a chart drawn by my own hand, on which I have indicated the western coastline from Ireland in the north to the end of Guinea, and the islands which lie along this path. In the days of Pope Eugenius, there came an ambassador to him, who told him of their great feelings of friendship for the Christians, and I had a long conversation with the ambassador about many things: about the vast size of the royal buildings, about the amazing length and breadth of their rivers, and about the great number of cities on their banks - so great a number that along one river there were two hundred cities with very long, wide bridges of marble which were adorned with many pillars. And from the island of Antillia, which you call the Island of the Seven Cities, to the very famous island of Cipangu are ten sections, that is 2,500 miles. He sent Columbus an encouraging reply along with a copy of a letter and map that he had prepared at the request of Afonso, King of Portugal, outlining his ideas.
The original letter to Martinez, or the copy of it rather, is nothing but an abstract from some text of Poloa€™s narrative, either manuscript or printed. He sent Columbus an encouraging reply along with a copy of a letter and map that he had prepared at the request of Afonso, King of Portugal, outlining his ideas.A  The map by Toscanelli depicted the intervening ocean which Pierre da€™Ailly described in his Imago Mundi as a€?the sea is little between the farthest bound of Spain from the east and the nearest of India from the westa€? and that a€?this sea is navigable in a few days if the wind is favorablea€? (#238).
Behaim gives it the name Insula de sant brandan.A  This apparent association of Antillia and St. They were not relying on Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and they were not employing the Word of God in their spiritual warfare. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedys private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husbands assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixons resignation and President Clintons impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.
Toscanelli answered at some length, enclosing a map of the sea which divided Europe from Asia. This country is richer than any other yet discovered, and not only could it provide great profit and many valuable things, but also possesses gold and silver and precious stones and all kinds of spices in large quantities - things which do not reach our countries at present.
That island is very rich in gold, pearls and precious stones, and its temples and palaces are covered in gold.
Besides Toscanellia€™s extract from Poloa€™s narrative he included in the letter some calculations on the method of reaching Cathay and Cipangu by sailing to the west. Toscanelli sent the letter and maps (or charts) to the King of Portugal in 1474 and to Columbus before 1481.
We are to rest in the fact that we are declared righteous because of Christ's sacrifice for us.
And be not amazed when I say that spices grow in lands to the west, even though we usually say the east; for he who sails west will always find these lands in the west, and he who travels east by land will always find the same lands in the east.
And there are also many scholars, philosophers, astronomers and other men skilled in the natural sciences who govern that great kingdom and conduct its wars. But since the route to this place is not yet known, all these things remain hidden and secret; and yet one may go there in great safety. The letter is somewhat ambiguous but with the letter to Columbus he sent a map on a plane projection and Columbus speaks of it several times in his log. We must note, however, that the globe also shows Antillia, as a triangular island lying on the Tropic of Cancer (thus nearly due west of the Canaries) and about 10 degrees east of his St. We can only be strong in the Lord's power; it is God's armor that protects us, and our battle is against spiritual forces of evil in the world. In his letter Toscanelli says that the map is divided into spaces which could only have been five degrees square. There were twenty-six such spaces from Lisbon to Quinsai, he said of 250 miles each, that is 6,500 Italian miles, or about 5,000 Spanish miles.
All the evidence which he could collect indicated that both his objective and the best route thither lay in tropical latitudes. Our ultimate defense is the assurance we have of our salvation, an assurance that no spiritual force can take away. From the island of Antil [that is Antilla] a purely legendary island, Toscanelli says it is 2,500 miles to Cipangu. Finally, we are to follow Jesus' example in recognizing that some spiritual victories are only possible through prayer. Toscanelli, however, neglected to state how far it was from the mainland to Cipangu and this omission cut a great figure later in Columbusa€™ bewilderment when he finally reached the West Indies.
When Columbus finally found what he called Cipangu, he did not know where the mainland lay because Toscanelli had neglected to state it. Toscanellia€™s figures amounted to about 130A° longitude difference between Lisbon and Quinsai, whereas the actual difference is about 220A°.
He probably figured his 50 miles to the degree on the parallel of about 40A° which passes close to Lisbon. As he advised sailing a little south of west he evidently considered Quinsai to lie in a lower latitude, which as a matter of fact, is the case.
Like Toscanelli, he took Antillia to lie on or near the Tropic of Cancer; and if (as we suppose) the world maps he consulted included ones like those by Henricus Martellus in 1489 and 1490, which reflects Toscanellia€™s views, he could see that a course along the same parallel would bring him to Cipangu and to Mangi, the a€?cape of Asiaa€?. As it was when he had sailed some 3,000 miles or more he gave up the search, largely I imagine because the crew refused to sail any farther from land.



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