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British Authorities Name Suspect In Stabbing Spree, Calling it An Act Of Terror

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London stabbings: What we know so far (via Sky News Video)

A stabbing spree in Reading West of London that killed three people in a park is being investigated as an act of terror, British authorities said Sunday. The investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the counterterrorism police, reports stipulated.

The British Thames Valley Police, who is leading the investigation, said three people were fatally stabbed and other people needed to be hospitalized. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called mass stabbing incident “appalling” as authorities scramble to investigate the scope of the terror incident.

According to authorities said the attacker was Khairi Saadallah, a 25-year-old man from Libya. He was arrested soon after the attack on suspicion of murder, according to authorities.

Saadallah was detained by police in Forbury Gardens on Saturday evening, according to the Telegraph. Moreover, witnesses claimed he approached a group of middle-aged men who had been sat drinking in the park and suddenly began stabbing at them.

The attacks took place at around 7 p.m. in the Forbury Gardens in the center of Reading, a city 40 miles west of London.

For more on this story go to the Telegraph. 

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Taliban Holds Parade for 250 Newly Trained Soldiers with American-Made Weapons Left Behind

As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

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On Sunday, Taliban forces held a very bone-chilling parade showing off their captured American-made armored military vehicles and Russian helicopters. The act was “a display that showed their ongoing transformation from an insurgent force to a regular standing army” writes CNN.

The Taliban are no longer terror insurgents fighting against American forces that had once freed Afghanistan from the Taliban. As the result of an ill-prepared withdrawal that went horribly wrong, the Taliban now holds a large stock of weapons and equipment left behind.

The parade was part of a graduation for 250 newly trained Taliban soldiers, said defense ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khwarazmi. CNN reports, “The exercise involved dozens of US-made M117 armored security vehicles driving slowly up and down a major Kabul road with MI-17 helicopters patrolling overhead. Many soldiers carried American-made M4 assault rifles.”

Tragically, much of the weaponry taunted in the parade by Taliban forces were supplied by the United States to the American-backed government in Kabul during the past two decades. The equipment was to aid an Afghan national force and make it capable of fighting the Taliban.

As forces fled Afghanistan, some of the military equipment provided by western forces was flown into Central Asian Countries in an attempt to avoid it landing in the hands of the Taliban. It remains unclear exactly how much of what did end up in Taliban control is still operational.

American troops destroyed over 70 aircraft and dozens of armored vehicles, as well as disabled air defenses before flying out of Kabul during the frenetic evacuation. CNN reports “Taliban officials have said that pilots, mechanics and other specialists from the former Afghan National Army would be integrated into a new force, which has also started wearing conventional military uniforms in place of the traditional Afghan clothing normally worn by their fighters.”

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