(Alalabad, Afghanistan) – The Pakistani Taliban leader who is said to have ordered an attack on Malala Yousafzai is dead. Afghan officials say Mullah Fazlullah was killed by a U.S.-Afghan air strike near the Pakistani border yesterday.He was one of Pakistan’s most-wanted terrorists, notorious for a 2014 school massacre that left more than 130 children dead, and the 2012 shooting of then 15-year-old Malala, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He reportedly ordered her to be killed over her advocacy of girls’ education. After recovering, Malala became a voice for oppressed girls. In March, the U.S. offered a five-million dollar reward for information on Fazlullah.
(Orlando, FL) –The trial of the Pulse gunman’s widow continues today after a defense motion for a mistrial or dismissal of the case was rejected. Attorneys for Noor Salman contended that the prosecution failed to reveal key information about the gunman’s father, including the facts that he had been an FBI informant and was under investigation for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan.
But U.S. District Judge Paul Byron ruled that the trial is not about Seddique Mateen, it’s about Noor Salman. She is charged with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting Omar Mateen’s massacre at the Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead. The defense is expected to rest today with closing arguments taking place tomorrow before the case goes to the jury.
(SL) – A U.S. Army veteran has been forced to return to his native Mexico after 31 years. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they deported Miguel Perez. The 39-year-old Perez served two tours in Afghanistan for the U.S.
He was escorted across the border from Texas on Friday. U.S. authorities had earlier denied Perez citizenship based on a felony drug conviction. He argued that his service to the U.S. earned him the right to remain in the states and get mental health treatment for PTSD and substance abuse.Perez was born in Mexico and was brought to the U.S. when he was eight-years-old by his father. His two children were born in the U.S., his parents and a sister are naturalized U.S. citizens, and another sister is American by birth.
Perez Jr. told the Tribune in a call from the detention center that all of his electronic devices had been shut off. His family, he said, had not been notified about his imminent deportation.
“I’m not leaving. They’re taking me,” he said. “They’re not going to teach me to never give up, and then I give up,” he added, referring to his military training.
The move to send Perez back to his native Mexico, where he has not lived since he was 8, could mark the end of what has been a 16-month effort by Perez and his advocates to let him stay in the United States. Supporters are holding out hope for an eleventh-hour reprieve, though it is seen as highly unlikely.
(Kabul) – The death toll continues to rise after a suicide car bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan. Authorities say nearly 100 people are dead and around 160 are injured.
Police in Kabul said the explosion occurred near the entrance to the government’s former Interior Ministry building at the end of a popular thoroughfare for shopping. The attacker was driving an ambulance, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.
A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry says the ambulance was stopped at a checkpoint but got through it. By the time authorities caught up with the vehicle, it was too late. The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility.