While the Democrat-media complex are focused on the Biden-Bernie show and, increasingly, the coronavirus pandemic, the world continues to turn, and other important news gets submerged in service of Democrat political objectives.
You have to go to independent sources to learn what’s really happening elsewhere. Take the ongoing efforts around the world to eliminate terrorists. Here’s a report on the “martyrdom” of a former Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander in Syria on Friday:
A senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was reportedly killed Friday in Syria.
The Fars news agency said Farhad Dabirian was “martyred,” without giving details on the circumstances of his death [it was said that he was “assassinated”].
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Dabirian oversaw military operations against Islamic State jihadists in the Palmyra area and that he was close to Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group.
As a reminder, this is the IRGC:
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was founded as an ideological custodian of Iran’s 1979 revolution. Charged with defending the Islamic Republic against internal and external threats, the corps has gained an outsized role in executing Iran’s foreign policy and wields control over vast segments of the economy. The IRGC’s ties to nonstate armed groups in the region, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon, help Iran compensate for its relatively weak conventional military forces. Answering directly to the supreme leader, the corps is also influential in domestic politics, and many senior officials have passed through its ranks.
In April 2019, U.S. President Donald J. Trump designated the IRGC a foreign terrorist organization, saying that it “participates in, finances, and promotes terrorism as a tool of statecraft.” It was the first such designation of a state security agency, but the IRGC had already been heavily sanctioned.
With the IRGC designated as a foreign terrorist organization, one might cynically want to ask John Kerry, Ben Rhodes and other Iran apologists from the Obama regime why Iran still has IRGC personnel in Syria (and elsewhere in the Middle East) involved in various para-military operations.
Meanwhile, it has just been confirmed that one of the top leaders of al-Shabab was killed in an airstrike a couple of weeks ago in Somalia:
The U.S. military has confirmed to VOA that one of al-Shabab’s top leaders was likely killed in a drone strike last month.
“It is believed that indeed Bashir Mohamed Mahamoud, aka Bashir Qoorgaab, was killed” in a U.S. air strike Feb. 22, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) spokesman Col. Chris Karns told VOA. The strike occurred in the town of Saakow in Middle Jubba region.
Qoorgaab was one of the most battle-hardened al-Shabab commanders of the group’s Jabhat (military). Most recently he commanded three al-Shabab Jabhat units, two of which are operating in Kenya, including the notorious Jaysh Ayman unit in the area of Manda Bay.
Here is a refresher on the jihadi fundamentalist terror group Harakat al-Shabab al-Mujahideen (Al-Shabab:
Al-Shabab continues to conduct attacks both within Somalia and in neighboring Kenya. … Since its inception in 2006, al-Shabab has capitalized on the feebleness of Somalia’s central government, despite the government’s strengthening in recent years, to control large swaths of ungoverned territory. The terrorist group reached its peak in 2011 when it controlled parts of the capital city of Mogadishu and the vital port of Kismayo. Kenyan troops, operating as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), entered Somalia later that year and successfully pushed al-Shabab out of most of its strongholds.
One of the missions of US military forces assigned to US Africa Command (AFRICOM) is to support the Africa Union’s efforts to minimize the ability of al-Shabab and other violent groups to destabilize Somalia or its neighbors and harm the United States or its allies. Al-Shabab was first declared as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) in 2008.
Since al-Shabaab’s initial 2008 FTO designation, it has killed numerous civilians throughout East Africa. Al Shabaab’s attacks included the October 2017 attack in Mogadishu where the group detonated a truck bomb that killed over 500 people, the September 2013 Westgate Mall attack in Kenya that killed more than 70 people, and the July 2010 suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda that took place during the World Cup and killed 76 people, including one U.S. citizen.
There is also quite a lot of well-sourced information about Al-Shabab at this website.
Glad to see two terrorists with the blood of innocent people on their hands receive their just reward. There is much more work to do in that regard.