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As the #Taliban continue to claim moving #TTP fighters to western #Afghanistan, TTP fighters have been confirmed in northern AFG, today the head of district intelligence of the Taliban’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GID) can under attack in #Badakhshah province.
For those unfamiliar with #Badakhshah provincial borders… Image
Another important factor to keep in mind is the #geological value of #Badakhshah province.

This is of key importance to #China’s investment into minerals in #Afghanistan. Image
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@iltasanomat #Vantaa-#HellOnEarth
'Pahoinpitelyn jälkeen nuorisoporukka poistui paikalta juosten kohti Länsimäen kirkkoa.
Rikosnimikkeinä toimii tällä hetkellä törkeä #ryöstö ja törkeä #pahoinpitely.'
@iltasanomat @kokoomus @Demarit @vasemmisto @persut @keskusta @KDpuolue @sfprkp @vihreat #Koraani.
#IslaminPerusteet - #mus­limi on määrätty #taistele­maan fyysisesti myös #väärä­uskoisia vastaan.
Muhamma­din vaikuttava #sotilas­ura on todistuk­sena siitä, kuinka keskeisessä asemassa #sotilaal­linen toiminta #islam'ssa on.
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Ethnic cleansing of the Hindu Majority Meiteis by Christian Kuki terrorists continue at the foothills of #Manipur.
13 Meitei villages have been burned down today, till now
The response from Assam Rifles under #AmitShah was non-existent (1/5)
These violent attacks by the KPA, KNO and KRA cadres occured within 24 hours of the declaration of #civilwar by Mr. Hangshing chairman of KPA
The strategic village Tronglaobi was attacked again & the state security personnel there were removed by Assam Rifles beforehand. (2/5)…
According to eyewitness accounts the Assam Rifles in Tronglaobi were actually aiding the Kuki militants to burn houses
A large number of houses were burnt down.
Tronglaobi in Bishnupur controls the access along NH2 towards the key town of Moirang from Kuki controlled CCpur. (3/5) ImageImage
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General Ambrose Burnside was born #OTD in 1824. A one time commander of the Army of the Potomac, Burnside was a genial man but a subpar commander. He entered politics after the #CivilWar, becoming Governor of Rhode Island and a U.S. Senator from that state.🧵 ImageImageImageImage
As a young officer, Burnside had been engaged to a woman named Charlotte “Lottie” Moon, but she left him at the altar by proclaiming “No siree Bob!” to the minister’s question of whether she took Burnside to be her husband. She later became a confederate spy. ImageImage
Burnside left two more lasting legacies. First, he wore such unusual whiskers that they began to be commonly called “burnsides”, which later evolved into the word “sideburns”. The second was his election as the first president of the National Rifle Association. ImageImage
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The Battle of Front Royal, VA, was fought #OTD in 1862. The engagement was part of Thomas Jackson’s campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, capturing supplies and tying up @USArmy units from reinforcing General George McClellan’s offensive against Richmond. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
General Nathaniel Banks commanded 9,000 men in the Valley, and concentrated near Strasbourg. A smaller force of about 1,000 under Colonel John Kenly held Front Royal, which Jackson approached on the morning of May 23rd. ImageImageImage
Jackson had more than three times as many men as Kenly, and used the rest of his force well to cut off mountain passes and prevent U.S. reinforcements, including Banks’ main body, from reaching Front Royal. ImageImageImage
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The Battle of North Anna began #OTD in 1864. Part of General @USGrantNPS's Overland Campaign, the battle was actually a series of engagements between parts of The Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
After Grant was unable to defeat Lee at the two-week long Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, he met with his commanders and determined to move the army around Lee's flank to the south, hoping again to draw him into a full-scale battle on open ground. ImageImage
Lee, with interior lines of movement, was able to shift his army southward and arrive at the North Anna River before Grant. Once across, Lee didn't have his men entrench, not knowing if Grant intended to confront them there. This gave Grant's two lead Corps an opportunity. ImageImage
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I wrote this to a #BJP supporter who wanted to know my political position. I am expanding and sharing it here.

1. BJP is as corrupt and inefficient as #Congress, but it gets a free pass because it is successfully advancing the cause of #Hindu #majoritarianism.

2. Examples are #Rammandir, #kashivishvanathtemple, #Article370, #TripleTalaq, #UCC, #CAANRC, #Cowslaughter bans, random #lynchings of Muslims, ban on #Azan in public, etc. A majority of Hindus in India support these, as they believe these will "put Muslims in their place."

3. In fact, #Corruption under the BJP is likely to be far worse than under Congress rule, because the media (which is now entirely under the control of Modi's corporate cronies like A&A) simply refuses to investigate any BJP corruption scams. Examples: #Vyapam, #Rafale...

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The War Department issued General Order No. 143 #OTD in 1863. It created the Bureau of Colored Troops and authorized the organization, recruitment and training of the United States Colored Troops for service in the #CivilWar, replacing the state level units created to that point. ImageImageImageImage
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Representative Preston Brooks beat Senator Charles Sumner with a cane on the floor of the US Senate #OTD in 1856. The violent attack is considered a key turning point in the breakdown of discussion between abolitionists and pro-slavery groups in the years before the #CivilWar.🧵 ImageImageImage
Two days earlier, Sumner had given a lengthy speech critical of slaveholders and of the politicians responsible for the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, including Brooks' cousin, Senator Andrew Butler. ImageImageImage
Brooks was enraged at the insult to his family. After consulting with two colleagues, Reps. Laurence Keitt and Henry Edmundson, Brooks determined that Sumner was not worthy of challenging to an honorable duel, and instead determined to humiliate him by beating him publicly. ImageImage
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Albert Gallatin Jenkins died #OTD in 1864. Born in 1830 to wealthy parents on a plantation in Cabell County, near what is now Huntington, WV, Jenkins attended @marshallu and graduated from @wjcollege in 1848 before completing a law degree at @Harvard_Law in 1850.🧵 ImageImageImageImage
He opened a law practice in Charleston, WV, and was elected as a Democrat to the US House of Representatives in 1856, and again in 1858. Upon his father's death, he inherited his plantation, Green Bottom, in 1859. ImageImage
At the outbreak of the #CivilWar, despite coming from the part of Virginia that separated and remained loyal to the United States, Jenkins elected to resign from Congress and raise troops for the confederate army. He became commander of the 8th Virginia Cavalry. ImageImage
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The town of @lawrenceks was sacked #OTD in 1856 by pro-slavery forces led by the local sheriff, the US Marshal, and former US Senator David Rice Atchison. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
The town had been founded two years earlier by abolitionists from Massachusetts, backed by funding from the New England Emigrant Aid Company and from Amos Adams Lawrence, a wealthy philanthropist and @Harvard graduate after whom the town was named. ImageImageImage
It quickly became the center of the battle over allowing slavery in the Territory, and the "Bleeding Kansas" violence that would ensue. "Border ruffians", led by Atchison, had cast thousands of illegal votes the year before, electing a pro-slavery territorial government. ImageImage
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General William H. French died #OTD in 1881, at the age of 66. A member of the West Point Class of 1837, he had been commissioned as an artillery officer, and served in the Second Seminole War and the Mexican-American War as aide to General (later President) Franklin Pierce.🧵 ImageImageImageImage
French served mostly on the frontier, and at the outbreak of the #CivilWar was serving as a Captain in the 1st US Artillery at Fort Duncan, Texas. Rather than surrender his command to the local confederates, he marched them to the coast and sailed to Key West. ImageImageImage
Promoted first to Major, and then quickly to Brigadier General, by September, 1861, French commanded a brigade in the Army of the Potomac. He led it with distinction during the Peninsula Campaign, and was promoted to command a division during the Northern Virginia Campaign. ImageImageImage
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A @USArmy force under Colonel James Henry Carleton entered Tucson in the Territory of Arizona #OTD in 1862, ending a brief occupation by confederate forces without firing a shot. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
Originally part of the Territory of New Mexico, cities in the south of the territory had attempted to separate as a territory with legal slavery in the 1850’s but their petition was denied. After the Civil War began, the confederacy recognized the area as the Arizona Territory. Image
A small number of confederate troops arrived and occupied Tucson in March, 1862, ordered there by Henry Hopkins Sibley. They fought a pair of engagements with Apaches in the area, but ordered the town abandoned when they learned Carleton’s troops were approaching. ImageImage
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The Battle of Ware Bottom Church was fought #OTD in 1864. Part of the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, the battle was fought when eight confederate brigades under P.G.T. Beauregard attacked the @USArmy positions of General Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James. #CivilWar 🧵 ImageImageImage
It was a short, fierce engagement in which 1,400 of the 10,000 engaged troops became casualties. After it ended, Beauregard had his men construct the Howlett Line of defensive positions, further bottling up Butler’s larger force in the Bermuda Hundred Peninsula. ImageImageImageImage
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Felix Zollicoffer, a former Congressman and newspaper editor from Tennessee who joined the confederacy during the #CivilWar, was born #OTD in 1812. He and his wife Louisa, a direct descendant of Pocahontas, had 14 children, but only 6 survived past infancy.🧵 ImageImage
Though Zollicoffer did not support secession, he volunteered his service to the Provisional Army of Tennessee when it was formed. He had some brief experience in the @USArmy during the Second Seminole War, and so was named a brigadier general in the state’s army in July, 1861. Image
Named District Commander area of eastern Tennessee, Zollicoffer and his small force fought several small engagements with @USArmy forces over control of that part of the state as wells as Kentucky and the Cumberland Gap. ImageImageImage
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#OTD in 1856, Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts began a two-day speech on the floor of the Senate entitled “The Crime Against Kansas”, forcefully arguing for the admission of Kansas as a free state in which slavery would be illegal. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
He denounced slavery as well as the authors of the Kansas-Nebraska Act, including Sen. Andrew Butler of South Carolina, saying he had “chosen a mistress to whom he has made his vows..who though polluted in the sight of the world is chaste in his sight—I mean the harlot, slavery.” ImageImageImage
Days later, Butler’s cousin, Rep. Preston Brooks, attacked Sumner on the floor of the Senate, beating him with a cane to avenge the honor of his cousin who he felt Sumner had insulted. The attack further polarized the pro- and anti-slavery factions leading up to the Civil War.
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#OTD in 1864, after the failure of his assaults the previous two days, General @USGrantNPS made one final attempt to draw out and do battle with Robert E. Lee’s entrenched Army of Northern Virginia near Spotsylvania Court House. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
Grant ordered General Winfield Scott Hancock to take II Corps toward the Fredricksburg-Richmond Railroad, and then march south, hoping that Lee would send his army to intercept the isolated Corps and give Grant an opportunity to engage them before they could entrench again. ImageImage
Lee had his own plans. He’d ordered Richard Ewell to take his Corps north and east, to find the U.S. flank at that end of their line. Near the Harris Farm, also known as Bloomsbury Farm, Ewell’s men encountered U.S. Heavy Artillery units that had been converted to infantry. ImageImageImage
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At the Republican National Convention #OTD in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was nominated on the third ballot as the party’s candidate for President in that year’s election. His ultimate election 6 months later led to the secession of several southern states and the #CivilWar. ImageImageImageImage
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The Battle of Princeton Court House, WV concluded #OTD in 1862. Fought at the same time as Thomas Jackson’s Valley Campaign, in 3 days of fighting a small confederate force under Humphrey Marshall forced the Kanawha Division of Gen. Jacob Cox to withdraw from the area. #CivilWar ImageImageImageImage
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John Cabell Breckinridge, the 14th Vice President of the United States, who later commanded troops for the confederacy during the #CivilWar, died #OTD in 1875.🧵 Image
Born into a prominent family in Lexington, KY, in 1821, Breckinridge received a law degree from @Transy University in 1841 and opened a law practice. He left that practice in 1847, and was commissioned as a Major in the 3rd Kentucky Infantry for service in the war with Mexico. ImageImage
The unit saw no combat, but was part of the occupation force for 6 months. Upon returning to Kentucky and leaving the Army, Breckinridge entered politics, being elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1849. Image
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The Battle of Big Black River Bridge was fought #OTD in 1863. Part of General Ulysses Grant’s Vicksburg Campaign, the battle was fought as a delaying action as the confederates withdrew from their loss the day before at Champion Hill. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
The confederate commander, John Pemberton, ordered John Bowen to hold the east bank of the river to delay the @USArmy advance, which was led by General John McClernand’s XIII Corps. ImageImageImage
General Michael Lawler’s brigade surged forward toward the confederate works, through waist-deep water, and scattered the inexperienced rebel troops. They withdrew in disorder across a rail bridge and three steamboats that were tied to make a second bridge. ImageImage
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Lloyd Tilghman, a graduate of West Point who joined the confederacy at the outbreak of the #CivilWar, died #OTD in 1863. After graduating near the bottom of the Class of 1836, he served only three months before resigning to become a railroad engineer.🧵 Image
He settled in Paducah, KY, and was still living there at the outbreak of the war. His familiarity with the area and engineering background led to his appointment to construct Fort Henry and @FortDonelsonNPS along the Tennessee River. Image
The site for Fort Henry was poorly selected, placed in a flood plain. Tilghman did not notice this until it was too late to change the location. The rising river waters led directly to the loss of the fort, as they flooded the powder magazine, disabling many of the fort’s guns. ImageImage
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The Battle of Champion Hill was fought #OTD in 1863. Having captured the Mississippi capital of Jackson two days earlier, General Ulysses Grant moved his Army of the Tennessee toward the Confederate stronghold at @VicksburgNPS. #CivilWar🧵 ImageImage
The confederate theater commander, Joseph Johnston, ordered John C. Pemberton, commanding three divisions totaling 23,000 men, to attack Grant's forces near the town of Clinton. Feeling this would be disastrous, Pemberton instead set out to attack the U.S. supply trains. ImageImage
After receiving a second order to attack Grant's main body, Pemberton reversed his march, placing his own supply train in the lead. They were near Champion Hill at the time, on the Raymond-Edwards Road. He quickly ordered the ground occupied, as Grant’s force approached. ImageImage
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Private Thornsbury Bailey Brown was born #OTD in 1829, in Taylor County, VA. That part of the state largely remained loyal to the United States at the outbreak of the #CivilWar, and would become part of the new state of West Virginia in a matter of weeks.🧵 Image
A member of the Grafton Guards militia, he was returning from a recruiting rally on May 22, 1861, when he encountered 3 confederates near Fetterman. The two groups exchanged fire, and Brown was killed, becoming the first @USArmy soldier killed by enemy fire during the Civil War. Image
He was killed just a week after his 32nd birthday, and is buried in Grafton National Cemetery. ImageImage
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