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Africa Horn
SPLM-N Agar forms peace negotiating team, says ready to coordinate with al-Hilu group
[Sudan Tribune] Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North faction led by Malik Agar has formed its negotiating team and expressed willingness to coordinate with other SPLM-N faction led by Abdel Aziz al-Hilu during the grinding of the peace processor.

The SPLM-N Agar and al-Hilu signed on 11 September the Juba Declaration for peace in Sudan which provides that the negotiations will take place in Juba on 14 October.

However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the SPLM-N al-Hilu held separate negotiations with the Sudanese government delegation while the SPLM-Agar negotiated within the Sudanese Revolutionary Front.

In a statement released on Saturday, Malik Agar said that the executive office of his faction agreed in a meeting held in Juba to form a negotiating team composed of twenty-five persons, including negotiators, experts and secretaries.

Agar further said the cessation of hostilities and humanitarian affairs committee will be chaired by Ismail Jalab.

While another committee for the release of prisoners and confidence-building issues which were agreed to be sent immediately to the capital Khartoum.

The Juba Declaration and the issues it dealt with are an important breakthrough in the grinding of the peace processor, he underscored as the transitional government delegation showed readiness to include all the issues raised by the SRF faction including Kajabar dam and the eastern Sudan issues.

"The Movement appreciates the good spirit that prevailed in the meetings of the Revolutionary Front with the delegation of the Sovereign Council headed by General Mohammed Hamdan Daglo Hemetti, and the meeting with the Prime Minister d. Abdallah Hamdok, and affirms its commitment to everything that has been agreed upon," he stressed.

The separates tracks for Darfur and the Two Areas will be set-up but the gangs need to coordinate the positions on the national issues. Also, it is not clear if the SPLM-N al-Hilu will demand a separate track or will accept to negotiate side by side with the SPLM-N Agar, as the two groups will discuss the conflict in the Two Areas with the government.

For its part, the SPLM Agar said ready to coordinate with the al-Hliu-led group on the issues of the Two Areas between the two factions to reach "an honourable agreement for the people of the Two Areas and Sudan and to address the root causes of war in a just, comprehensive and urgent manner".

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Expelled aid groups can return to Sudan: official
[Sudan Tribune] International humanitarian groups expelled by the former regime will be allowed to return to Sudan and work in the war-affected areas in line with the Juba Declaration signed on 11 September, said a member of the Sudanese government negotiating team on Saturday.
"Bring money. And food"
Speaking at a symposium entitled “The Future of Peace in Sudan” in Khartoum on Saturday, Sovereign Council member Mohamed Hassan al-Ta’ayshi said that the matter was discussed by the parties during the two-day with the armed groups on confidence-building measures before the resumption of peace talks.

On 4 March 2009, Sudanese authorities expelled 13 international NGOs and revoked the licenses of three national NGOs after the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for the then President Omar al-Bashir on war crimes charges.

Further, the government expelled seven more NGOs from Eastern Sudan in 2012, followed by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2014 and the NGO Tearfund in 2015. However, since the Sudanese authorities allowed some group to resume their activities but the past expulsions left a pall over the humanitarian community.

"We have agreed with the armed groups on all sticking points, even the return of NGOs that were expelled by the former regime. Also, we can allow other humanitarian organizations to access to war-affected areas according to the procedures that preserve the country’s security," said al-Ta’ayshi who is from Darfur region.

The Sudanese government and armed groups on Wednesday signed a roadmap for peace in Sudan brokered by the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir who co-signed the deal with the Sudanese parties.

In line with the Juba Declaration, the parties agreed to immediately implement the confidence-building measures, provided in the Constitutional Document, and to establish appropriate mechanisms for this effect as the peace talks will begin on 14 October.

Al-Ta’ayshi called for setting up partnerships with the international and regional community to achieve peace, pointing to the role is being played by the State of South Sudan in this regard.

He confirmed that Juba Declaration parties had agreed in principle to address the root causes of war in Sudan, saying that everyone is confident that it is time for peace.

Further, he hinted at the possibility of amending the constitutional document and the structures of the transitional authority to accommodate the outputs of future peace agreements.

“A Peace agreement without making adjustments to the structures of constitutional institutions will not achieve the peace we expected," he added.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  In peace and war, through feast and famine, and for more than a third of a century Khartoum has let the NGOs clean up their mess. And the NGOs have done so willingly.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 09/16/2019 8:40 Comments || Top||


Sudan interim constitution will only be amended after peace signed with all rebels
[Sudan Tribune] The Constitutional Declaration will not be amended to include representatives of the gangs in the transitional government before reaching a comprehensive peace agreement, said a leading figure in the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) on Sunday.

On 11 September 2019, a Sudanese government and the gangs signed "The Juba Declaration of Confidence Building Measures and the Preparation for Negotiation".

Regarding the demand of the gangs to participate in the transitional administration, the government delegation pledged to give its response in the next meeting.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
FFC official Munzir Abul Maali told Sudan Tribune that reopening of the constitutional document is tied to achieving peace with all armed movements and not some of them.

In separate statements, Yasir al-Atta, member of the Sovereign Council, hinted at the possibility of increasing members of the collegial presidential body and the government or maintaining the current number and the replacement of current members by representatives of the armed movements.

Al-Atta further said it was possible to create a new post in the transitional government for a deputy prime minister if it is necessary before to add "We will negotiate with FFC to reach required consensus on all issues".

Article 69 of the Constitutional Document provides that the comprehensive peace agreements signed between the Transitional Authority and the armed movements shall be included in this Constitutional Document in accordance with its provisions.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa North
Libya's Presidential Council welcomes UNSMIL's mandate extension
[Libya Observer] ... because they've been so effective so far...
Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Russian mercenaries are helping Haftar in eastern Libya
[Libya Observer] The Daily Beast has examined a tranche of internal communications from deep inside Russian Wagner Group Head Prigozhin’s Libya operation, always referred to simply as "the company."

These files, originally obtained by the Dossier Centre, offer documentary proof that Russia’s military role in Libya is far more extensive than has thus far been reported, the report added.

The report says that the files show that, quite apart from running guns for hire and arranging Facebook propaganda campaigns, Russian operatives lately got into the business of "government-in-a-box" political consultancy for Khalifa Haftar
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Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [254 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


What happened in Syria was planned by terrorist organizations: Egypt’s Sisi
[ALMASDARNEWS] Egyptian President ’Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday at a conference in Cairo that the events which led to the war in Syria were planned by terrorist organizations that sought to destroy the country, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

According to SANA, Sisi made these comments during the National Youth Conference, dubbed "Evaluating the Local and Regional Counter-Terrorism Experience".

The Egyptian President allegedly told the audience that terrorism was used to achieve political goals away from international legitimacy.

In particular, Sisi pointed out how terrorism was used to target and destroy the countries of Syria and Libya.

He emphasized that a conventional war cannot destroy a state, but terrorism can do so.

Sisi said that without the existence of sponsors that adopt and back terrorism, this phenomenon would not have spread and succeeded in such way.

"The phenomenon of international terrorism is a monster that has become out of the control of those who launched it," the Egyptian President concluded.

While Sisi and Assad have not formally met, diplomatic relations between Syria and Egypt have been strong since the Egyptian leader took office.

Egypt has played a major role in advocating and promoting a peaceful solution in Syria, as Sisi has allowed several meetings between the Syrian government and opposition to take place within his country.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Arabia
Saudi races to restore oil supply after strike blamed on Iran
[AlAhram] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
raced on Sunday to restart operations at oil plants hit by drone attacks which slashed its production by half, as Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
dismissed US claims it was behind the assault.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [258 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  History shows they will not completely restore the damaged capacity. Of course they don't need to since they are no longer the biggest player.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  But I bet Iran is willing to make up the short-term deficit.

Under the table, of course.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/16/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#3  USA production is about 12.4 MM bar/day (up about 1MM from last year)

We could be up another 1-2 MM barrels within a few months after some pipelines (now under construction) are completed. Not sure about the export facilities on the Coast however.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/16/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

#4  But I bet Iran is willing to make up the short-term deficit.

Iran has tankers full of oil in Chinese harbors w/o a buyer.
Posted by: Neville Grusoling2019 || 09/16/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#5  Iran has tankers full of oil in Chinese harbors

Weren’t they swimming in circles in the ocean for a while, because the all storage tanks back home were full?
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 16:37 Comments || Top||

#6  Qui bono? Asking for a friend. Seriously. Not snark. Who benefits from this? I’m interested in the opinions here.
Posted by: Lowspark || 09/16/2019 16:41 Comments || Top||

#7  The ME is a hot bed of conflict. Now they are cutting each other's throats infrastructure wise. Other than camels and sand, oil is their only real commodity.

Ultimately US technology is going to benefit. As people get tired of suppliers that are trying to whack each other, the rest of the world will turn to fracking, something we've got down to a science, except for the occasional earth quake related side effect.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 09/16/2019 17:46 Comments || Top||

#8  This is why I visit.
Posted by: Lowspark || 09/16/2019 21:03 Comments || Top||

#9  Who benefits from WHAT, exactly?

The Iranian attack was unprovoked.

We have no interest in initiating another war - not for geopolitical reasons, not for economic reasons, not for domestic political reasons. None. Nada, zip, nichego.

There is a principle in nature, as well as human affairs, that goes variously by the terms "entropy," "chance", "randomness," or "chaos."

Iran is an agent of that principle. Iran's theocratic seeks to expand chaos wherever they can.

From BLACK HAWK DOWN:

Hoot:
See you're thinking. Don't. Cuz' Sergeant, you can't control who gets hit or who doesn't or who falls out of a chopper or why. It ain't up to you. It's just war..

Stop thinking. The Iranians are agents of chaos. They seek to f--- things up.

They confirm to a well-known type/ John Milton had their number 370 years ago:

Satan (in Paradise Lost): "For only in only in destroying I find ease ..."
Posted by: Lex || 09/16/2019 21:39 Comments || Top||

#10  Qui bono? Asking for a friend. Seriously. Not snark. Who benefits from this? I’m interested in the opinions here.

Frackers benefit the most - they've been sucking wind and edging ever closer to Chapter 7 liquidation as oil prices sink. Maybe it's a conspiracy by a cabal of frackers to touch off a war with Iran that sets the Iranian and Saudi oil fields on fire thereby causing $100 oil and rescuing frackers from penury. Just as European wars in the 19th and 20th centuries were an American conspiracy, since the US was the biggest beneficiary of those wars.

Back here in meat world, the most likely culprit is Iran. Iranian weapons, millennia-old Iranian territorial ambitions and American reluctance to respond combined with genuine Arab weakness.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 09/16/2019 22:45 Comments || Top||

#11  The Iranian attack was unprovoked.

We have no interest in initiating another war - not for geopolitical reasons, not for economic reasons, not for domestic political reasons. None. Nada, zip, nichego.

There is a principle in nature, as well as human affairs, that goes variously by the terms "entropy," "chance", "randomness," or "chaos."

Iran is an agent of that principle. Iran's theocratic seeks to expand chaos wherever they can.


IMO, Iranians don't want war or even chaos. What they want is victory and the fruits of victory. These are very, very old-fashioned goals dating back from before recorded history.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 09/16/2019 22:48 Comments || Top||


In depth report: Saudi oil facility attacks may have come from Iraq
[ATimes] Missile and drone attacks most likely launched by pro-Iranian militias operating openly in Iraq.

The leading Iraqi analyst based in the United States is Entifadh Qanbar, President and Founder of the Future Foundation. He previously served as Iraq’s deputy military attaché and as the spokesman and adviser for Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister. He closely follows developments in his home country and has many associates feeding him information that has more than once proved to be accurate. His information about the attack coming from Iraq is backed by prior history and by Pompeo’s clear declaration.

As Qanbar knows, this attack would not be the first time Iran has used Iraq to hit Saudi oil facilities. At least one major previous attack was launched by Iraqi militias and the Iranians from Iraqi territory. Last June the Wall Street Journal carried an important report, based on conclusions reached by US officials, that a May 14 drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry originated in southern Iraq. According to the Journal, when challenged by the United States, Iraqi officials requested more information and claimed there was no conclusive evidence the attacks originated on their territory.

There are a number of Iranian-guided Shia militias in Iraq that have received drones from Iran. Former senior Iraqi officials in Washington, who are opponents of the current Iraqi government they view as compromised by Iran, believe the likely culprit is Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (Movement of the Party of God’s Nobles). Hezbollah al-Nujaba had been heavily involved in the fighting in Syria and has received from Iran and operated a drone called the Yasir UAV (drone), based on the US Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle.
Hit the long article — oh and Brent Crude was up %17 by 9 PM EDT.
Backgrounder from 2017: ‘Hezbollah Nujaba’: The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus
Posted by: 3dc || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Israeli Intel obviously can't say "We saw this but didn't warn you." (I doubt that was the scenario in any case.) They can offer resources going forward.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Hard to create such effective damage with a few semi-guided munitions of the kind militias usually have or with the skills they possess. Either ‘cover’ for insider sabotage or done with Iranian military materials and assistance.
Posted by: Glenmore || 09/16/2019 7:55 Comments || Top||

#3  One wonders if the pirated US drone may have dramatically enhanced their GPS targeting technology? Land based clandestine recon and cruise missile upgrades from some axis of evil friends (NorK/Chicom/Russian Slavs)? Technology fingerprint may be more important than point of origin.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/16/2019 12:49 Comments || Top||


Saudi-Iran Careen Toward Potential Conflict, U.S. Blames Iran For Attack
[JPOST] Less than 24 hours after a major attack by at least 10 drones or cruise missiles on key Saudi oil facilities, the rhetoric in the Middle East is heating up and the region appears to be on the brink of conflict.

After US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
spoke to Soddy Arabia
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Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Economy
Donald Trump authorizes Strategic Petroleum Reserve to release oil
[Jpost] U.S. President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
said on Sunday he authorized the release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) if needed in a quantity to be determined because of Saturday's attack on Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
's oil facilities.

"Based on the attack on Saudi Arabia, which may have an impact on oil prices, I have authorized the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if needed, in a to-be-determined amount sufficient to keep the markets well-supplied," Trump said on Twitter.

"I have also informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States."
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 01:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:

#1  645m barrels. At 5m barrels a day, 129 days' worth. At 1m barrels a day, 645 days' worth.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 09/16/2019 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  "I have also informed all appropriate agencies to expedite approvals of the oil pipelines currently in the permitting process in Texas and various other States."

He, he, he
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/16/2019 2:55 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Thanks for last, best laugh of long, long day.
Posted by: Snomolet Dingle1191 || 09/16/2019 3:21 Comments || Top||

#4  We endeavor to serve
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 09/16/2019 4:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Fine. Get expensive imported oil out and refill with cheaper domestic oil, prop up fracking industry at the same time. All good.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Not sure it'll be needed, Don, but the statement should help calm the markets. Theoretically.
Posted by: Bobby || 09/16/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Not sure it'll be needed, Don

Arbitrage.
Sell the $25/bbl reserves for $60/bbl.
Lock in customers that the Saudis turn away due to reduced production.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/16/2019 11:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Sell the $25/bbl reserves for $60/bbl.

Are we sure it wasn’t acquired when oil was $100/bbl? But it probably is a good idea to draw down reserves anyway, given we can just ramp up production at need — reduce maintenance spending at a time when the budget contains entirely too many unnecessary running costs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 16:56 Comments || Top||


Europe
Merkel Caused ‘Massive Security Risk' With 300,000 Unidentified Migrants
[Jpost] Former director of Germany’s foreign intelligence service, Dr. August Hanning said Merkel created a "security crisis” for Germany and the other member states of the European Union.
NO, Reeeaaallly?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 09/16/2019 05:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [288 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Ann-hell-a Burka...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 8:07 Comments || Top||

#2  With Schengen one rulers dangerous folly is every EUSSR vassal states problem.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/16/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  S'hokay. Chermany can be put in charge of the boxcars and delousing chemicals.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Merkel Caused ‘Massive Security Risk' With 300,000 Unidentified Migrants

You say that as if that wasn't the plan.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/16/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||

#5  Disaster Marxism.

Import loads of gimmigrants, up rents collapse wages, raise wages to subsidise them & need a police state to contain it!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/16/2019 9:18 Comments || Top||

#6  Import loads of gimmigrants, up rents collapse wages, raise wages to subsidise them & need a police state to contain it!

But we're doing it for your own good, you ungrateful peasants!
Posted by: SteveS || 09/16/2019 11:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Identified migrants, OK?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/16/2019 14:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Merkel Caused ‘Massive Economic harm' With 1,300,000 Unproductive Migrants
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/16/2019 17:08 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Russian Su-35 arrives in Turkey amid potential purchase
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Russian Su-35 fighter jet has arrived in Istanbul, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
to take part in the upcoming Teknofest Istanbul Aerospace and Technology Festival, set to begin on Tuesday and run for a week, a source from Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation has confirmed.

According to Russian media, the fighter jet made its way to Turkey independently, landing at Ataturk Airport, where the airshow will be held. In addition to the Su-35, Russian aircraft manufacturers plan to show off other planes, including the MC-21 medium-range airliner (a plane which Turkey has already expressed interest in), as well as the Sukhoi Superjet 100 and the Beriev Be-200 amphibious aircraft.

Unauthenticated photos and video footage of the Su-35 in Istanbul show that it apparently has sortie markings under its cockpit, with some observers speculating that this particular airplane may have flown strike sorties in Syria. Four Su-35S fighters had been deployed to the Khmeimim Air Base in Syria as part of Russia’s anti-terrorist operations in that country.

Turkey has expressed an interest in Russian fighter aircraft, including Sukhoi’s 4++ generation Su-35 and the new fifth-gen Su-57 stealth fighter, following Washington’s decision not to follow through with the delivery of F-35s to its NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
ally after Turkey’s refusal to scrap its S-400 air defence system deal with Russia.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  They already purged all the Gulenist airmen. They'll have to bring in Paki mechanics
What fun!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  the MC-21 regional jet program is in turmoil: only one airframe completely fitted out w/interior and other payload appliances. program keeps sliding for variety of reasons.
so far no indication EASA and FAA are going to certify for operation in their AOR.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 09/16/2019 11:08 Comments || Top||


Turkey says delivery of second S-400 battery complete
[NEWS.CGTN] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
's Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the delivery of a second battery of Russian S-400 missile defense systems has been completed as of Sunday, and added that the systems would become active in April 2020.

Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads over Turkey's purchase of the S-400 systems, which the United States says are not compatible with NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
defenses and poses a threat to Lockheed Martin's F-35 "stealth" fighter jets.

The initial parts of the system were delivered to Ankara in July despite warnings about possible U.S. sanctions over the purchase. The United States has also expelled Turkey from the F-35 program, but Ankara has so far dismissed the warnings.
Do they know that S-400s are Gulenist?
In a statement, the Defense Ministry said the delivery of the second S-400 battery to Ankara was completed. Efforts to mount the systems and train personnel who will use them were continuing, it said, adding that it planned to activate the S-400s in April 2020.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Imran Khan doesn’t rule out potential Pakistan-India war going nuclear
[ALMASDARNEWS] Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who ain't the brightest knife in the national drawer...
has warned of "consequences" if his nuclear-armed country were to end up losing a conventional war to its similarly nuclear-armed neighbour India.

Pakistain’s prime minister discussed his government’s foreign and domestic policies in an interview with Al Jazeera on 14 September.

When asked if Pakistain would hit India with nuclear weapons in case of a large-scale conflict, Khan first ruled out his country initiating the attack.

"Pakistain would never start a war, and I am clear: I am a pacifist. I am anti-war," he said.
They have a rather loose definition of "never starting a war," however.
However,
alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
Khan added that when two nuclear-armed states "fight a conventional war, there is every possibility that it is going to end up in a nuclear war."

"If say Pakistain, God forbid, we are fighting a conventional war, we are losing, and if a country is stuck between the choice: either you surrender or you fight ’til death for your freedom ‐ I know Paks will fight to death for their freedom," said Pakistain’s PM.

Khan has repeatedly warned in recent weeks that foreign powers, along with the UN, need to intervene in the standoff between India and Pakistain over disputed Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
"So that’s why we have approached the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
, we are approaching every international forum, that they must act right now because this is a potential disaster that would go way beyond the Indian subcontinent," said Khan.

Earlier in September, appearing at the International Sikh Convention in the eastern Pak city of Lahore, Khan vowed not to use nuclear weapons first against India.

His spokesperson subsequently insisted the words were "taken out of context," and there is "no change" in Pakistain’s nuclear stance which reportedly does not rule out a first strike against overwhelming conventional force.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  You stupid little fucker.
Never flap your lips about that shit.

Or maybe your are serious?

You fucker

Posted by: newc || 09/16/2019 3:38 Comments || Top||

#2  All that remains for India is to devise a delivery and assault plan that minimizes radiation fallout for the tribal areas, unnecessary collateral in their outlying provinces. The leadership and the military are already dead men walking if they don't shut up soon. 'Nuff said.



Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/16/2019 6:21 Comments || Top||

#3  The Israelis' have been working a lot with Indians over the last year. They make some very nice robot killers.
Posted by: Clyde Dribble8052 || 09/16/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||


Amnesty International calls for removal of communications blackout in occupied Kashmir
[DAWN] Human rights group Amnesia Amnesty International has launched a petition on its website, urging people to raise their voice against the government-imposed communications blackout in India-occupied Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
, that has been in place for over a month.

"Nearly 8 million people have been living through a communication shutdown since August 5," the human rights
...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you...
organization stated on its website.

"The world needs to know what’s happening," it said and urged people to "take action and demand that the government let Kashmir speak."

Occupied Kashmir has been under a strict lockdown and communications blackout since last month, before the Indian government repealed Article 370 of the constitution, stripping the region of its special status on August 5. The move has allowed citizens of India to acquire property in Indian Kashmire and settle there permanently.

The statement released by Amnesia Amnesty International pointed out that there had been multiple reports of raids, arrests, festivities and detentions in occupied Kashmir, and said that the "world can only speculate on what grave human rights violations might be taking place [there] right now".

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [147 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  Nope. And Amnesty International cannot work in India.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/16/2019 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  And just what the fuck are you going too do if they don't lift it Amnesty International?
Posted by: chris || 09/16/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Condemn Israel?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/16/2019 13:09 Comments || Top||

#4  unfortunately, you're probably right grom
Posted by: chris || 09/16/2019 13:32 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
OIC foreign ministers reject Netanyahu annexation pledge
[DAWN] The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday expressed its "total rejection" of the Israeli prime minister's pre-election pledge to annex part of the West Bank, Saudi state media said.

Battling to win re-election in polls on Tuesday, Benjamin Netanyahu made a deeply controversial promise last week to annex the strategic Jordan Valley, which accounts for around a third of the occupied West Bank.

He also repeated his intention to annex Israeli settlements in the wider West Bank, but in coordination with US President Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...


Take a look: Do Trump and Netanyahu have a mutually beneficial relationship?

After an emergency foreign ministers' meeting in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, the OIC expressed "its total rejection and strong condemnation of the Israeli Prime Minister's declaration".

"This dangerous declaration... deliberately undermines international efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace... and pushes the whole region towards further violence and instability," the 57-member pan-Islamic body added in a statement carried by Saudi state media.
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Palestinians fail in bid to join yet another U.N. agency
[Jpost] Paleostinian efforts to join as many UN organizations and protocols as possible hit a roadblock on Saturday when it failed to gain full admission to the Bern-headquartered Universal Postal Union (UPU).

Membership in the UPU ‐ which coordinates postal policies among nations ‐ is automatic to all UN members, but a non-member state requires the support of two-thirds of the countries to join.

The Paleostinians applied in a blitz last November, when it signed forms to join 10 international protocols and conventions as a way to gain legitimacy and place diplomatic pressure on Israel. The Paleostinian request to join the UPU was sent to all member states in April, and they were given four months to respond ‐ with those not responding counted as abstentions.

On Saturday, the Foreign Ministry obtained the results, showing that the Paleostinians were well short of the two-third approval needed for membership. Fifty-six countries supported the bid, 7 states objected, 23 abstained, and another 106 did not respond, and were therefore counted as abstentions.

Over the years, the Paleostinians gained membership into dozens of international organizations, treaties and protocols in an effort to gain unilateral statehood recognition around the world.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  A loose alliance of terrorist organization - and that's all "Palestinian Nation" is - doesn't need a membership in a postal union. They'd only use it to send letter bombs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/16/2019 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Is there bomb in your package? Of course there is. But rules say we must ask. So we have asked.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 7:44 Comments || Top||


Iraq
IDP camps in Sulaimani closed as families return home
[Rudaw] Two camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sulaimani, which were once overwhelmed by families fleeing violence in Kirkuk and other parts of Iraq, are being closed down as the majority of IDPs have now returned home, an official said Saturday.

Barzinja camp, which contains 155 cabins, was completely empty when authorities finally closed its gates this week. Surdash camp, which has 400 cabins, in now on the brink of closure as just a "handful" of IDPs still live there.

"In the beginning, there were 146 Arab displaced families sheltering in Barzinja camp. But the number gradually dropped as some of them returned home while others went to other areas looking for work," Rebin Mahmood, the mayor of Surdash sub-district, told Rudaw.

Other IDPs who had sheltered in the Barzinja camp since October 16, 2017, when Iraqi forces and Iran-backed militias seized Kirkuk from the Kurdish Peshmerga, have also returned to their areas, he said.

"There were just 14 Arab families staying in the camp recently. But we decided to refer them to the Ashti Camp in Arbat so we can shut the door of the camp," he added.

The Kurdistan Region is currently hosting 1,040,365 IDPs and refugees, according to the latest Humanitarian Situation Report on IDPs in the Kurdistan Region published by Joint Crisis Coordination Center. Some 225,955 of these are Syrians fleeing the neighbouring country’s protracted civil war.

The majority of residents sheltering in Sulaimani’s Surdash camp were from Kirkuk and Tuz Khurmatu. Now that many people have returned to their homes, there are now just 40 families living there.

"Only 40 families have opted to stay in the Surdash camp," Mahmood told Rudaw.

"UNICEF and other UN agencies have informed them that the camp is running out of services and living conditions [are declining, so they are] offering to transfer them to the Ashti Camp in Arbat," he said.

"Of the 40 families, 18 of them have said they will live on their own, saying they do not want anything. So we consider the camp as closed."

The Iraqi government declared the territorial defeat of ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
in December 2017. The battled to retake territory from the group led to further displacement.

At the height of ISIS violence, some six million Iraqis were displaced across the country. Displacement was particularly pronounced in the north and west of the country ‐ including the provinces of Anbar, Kirkuk and Saladin. While the majority of Iraq’s IDPs have returned home, some 1.6 million continue to reside in camps.

Many are reluctant to return home because of continuing violence in their home areas, a lack of reconstruction following the destruction of their homes, and little in the way of basic services. Some who voluntarily left the camps to salvage their homes and livelihoods have been forced to come back to the camps, unable to piece together the basics.

A recent report by Human Rights Watch documented a series of forced returns, highlighting both state force misconduct and civilian violence. Allegations against security forces include lying to IDPs about where they are being taken, and the forced return of IDPs to areas where ISIS activity is known to be rife.

The New York-based rights monitor claimed that more than 2,000 IDPs have been expelled from camps in Nineveh to their areas of origin in Saladin, Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
and Anbar.

"Some were forced to return to their home regions, despite fears for their safety, including from former neighbors who perceive them as being linked to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
. Some have come under attack since being forced home," the report said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraq denies attack on Saudi Aramco facility originated from its territory
[Rudaw] Iraq’s Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Sunday denied the drone attack on Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s state oil installation originated from Iraqi territory.

Claimed by Yemen
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Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  The booster rocket firings are something US early warning sats should detect and pinpoint.
Posted by: Neville Grusoling2019 || 09/16/2019 3:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 drones from its territory in the attack on the SA oil facility, a senior official said. The President is fully aware that Iran is responsible, but he wants the Saudis to acknowledge it if they want US help -
@ABC
Posted by: 3dc || 09/16/2019 4:56 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian forces allegedly amassing in southern Idlib for new offensive
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian ground forces are amassing in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, the Turkish-backed militants told the Reuters News Agency this past week.

According to the spokesperson for the Turkish-backed National Army, Major Yousef Hammoud, the Russian ground forces and “Iranian militias” are preparing for a new offensive in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate; he did not provide any more details.

“The amassing of Iranian militias and Russian ground troops are all signals that something is being prepared for a new offensive,” he said.

However, despite these claims by the Turkish-backed militants, there are no Iranian militias in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

Furthermore, a source from the Syrian Arab Army said the arrival of Russian troops in southern Idlib has nothing to do with any operation, but rather, their need to fulfill their checkpoint quota near the demilitarized zone.

The Syrian Arab Army, however, is preparing to launch a new offensive against the militants in the Al-Ghaab Plain and northeastern countryside of Latakia.

For the last three weeks, the Syrian Army has been mobilizing their forces at these fronts for the upcoming operations.

The Syrian Army has already begun striking the militant positions in both areas, but they have yet to begin their storming operation.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  a source from the Syrian Arab Army said the arrival of Russian troops in southern Idlib has nothing to do with any operation

Packing up Saddam's WMDs for transit?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/16/2019 12:11 Comments || Top||

#2  An interesting thought, Skidmore. One can hope...
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 17:08 Comments || Top||


Thousands of displaced Syrians return home in Hama, Idlib after Syrian Army operation
[ALMASDARNEWS] Thousands of citizens on Sunday returned to the villages and towns that were retaken by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the northern Hama and southern Idlib regions, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

A SANA news hound said that thousands of citizens have returned to their villages and towns through Souran corridor, which is located in the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate

The return of the displaced came due to the efforts exerted by the Syrian Arab Army for the return of all displaced to their villages and towns.

This comes just weeks after the Syrian Arab Army managed to retake several important areas in northern Hama and southern Idlib, including the city of Khan Sheikhoun and Death Eater strongholds of al-Latamnah and Kafr Zita.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Powerful pro-gov’t force vows to capture SDF-held areas in Deir Ezzor
[ALMASDARNEWS] The powerful pro-government paramilitary unit, al-Baqir Brigade, has vowed to capture the territories controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Deir Ezzor.

In the video, one of the commanders of the al-Baqir Brigade, Fadi al-’Afays, says in the presence of a Russian soldier that his forces are ready to attack and capture these territories from the SDF.

The Syria-based al-Watan publication released a similar report on Sunday that reiterated the claim about the supreme commander of the al-Baqir Brigade, Sheikh Nawaf al-Bashir, heading to Deir Ezzor from Damascus in the coming days.

The al-Baqir Brigade is one of the most powerful factions in the Iranian-backed Local Defense Forces (LDF); they have participated in several operations alongside the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), including the offensives in Aleppo and southern al-Raqqa.

Many of the al-Baqir Brigade’s early operations took place in the Aleppo Governorate; this is due to the large number of al-Baggara (var. al-Baqqara, al-Bakkara) rustics that are currently part of this paramilitary group.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
unlike the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF), the al-Baqir Brigade and many LDF units work closely with the Iranian troops and Hezbollah, which is one of the reasons for their strong antipathy for the U.S.-backed groups and western-led Anti-ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
Coalition.

It is worth noting that the al-Baqir Brigade has threatened the U.S.-backed forces in Syria on a number of occasions; however, these factions have rarely come to blows in Syria.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Syrian president issues new amnesty, reduces sentences
[DAWN] Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
issued a decree Sunday granting amnesty and reducing sentences for all crimes committed before Sept. 14, state news agency SANA said.

Similar amnesties have been issued on several occasions most recently last year since Syria's crisis began in March 2011.

According to Sunday's pardon, life-long terms would replace death sentence
...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead...
s, and a 20-year-long sentence at hard labour would replace life-long sentences at hard labour, and a 20-year sentence would replace long-life sentences.

Prisoners with incurable diseases including cancer would be freed, it said.

The decree stipulated granting a general amnesty for military deserters who turn themselves in within 3 months for those inside the country, and 6 months for those outside the country.

Also Sunday, Assad received Russia's Special Envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and its Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, a day before a trilateral summit in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
that will include the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran in which Syria will be the main focus of talks.

Posted by: Fred || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Kurdish-led SDF operating as part of US, Israeli ‘schemes’: Syrian gov't to UN
The marriage of convenience appears no longer convenient. Perhaps this is why Russia announced the war was done.
[Rudaw] Syria's foreign ministry claimed in a letter to the UN late on Sunday that the Kurdish-led, multi-ethnic Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are operating in northeast Syria as per US and Israel "schemes," and threatened to take back "every inch" of territory from what it called a "terrorist" militia group.

The ministry claimed the SDF is committing "terrorist and criminal exercises" against Syrian people in Hasakah, Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor and Aleppo with the military, financial and political support of the US in a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
(UN) and the President of the Security Council.
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Terror Networks
Hamza bin Laden killed in U.S. raid in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region: White House
[KhaamaPress] The White House has confirmed that the U.S. forces killed Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late Osama bin Laden
...... who used to be alive but now he's not......
in the Afghanistan/Pakistain region.

According to a statement released by White House "Hamza bin Laden, the high-ranking al-Qa’ida member and son of Osama bin Laden, was killed in a United States counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan/Pakistain region."
Is Quetta in the Afghanistan/Pakistain region? Is Abbottabad?
The statement did not disclose further information regarding the exact location where the U.S. forces conducted the raid.

However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
the White House added that the loss of Hamza bin Laden not only deprives al-Qa’ida of important leadership skills and the symbolic connection to his father, but undermines important operational activities of the group.

The White House also added that Hamza bin Laden was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  For a crew that's not keen on pork they have a lot of guys with "Ham" in their names...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/16/2019 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  It was scuttlebutt that he was on the 'Stain army aviation plane that crashed into Rawalpindi. That Afghan intelligence and the American SAC had something to do with it nosediving into an army residential.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/16/2019 5:52 Comments || Top||

#3  I cannot help but notice the difference from the notice of his father's death. No details, no lib ass sniffing, no unit or methodology simply 'gone to room temperature, oh sometime in the last couple of years' . It's almost as though the adults were back in charge or something.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/16/2019 9:07 Comments || Top||

#4  the Afghanistan/Pakistain region

It occurs to me on second reading that President Trump was not necessarily referring to the border region between the two countries, but somewhere in the entirety of the two countries. So my questions about Quetta and Abbottabad are pretty silly.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/16/2019 18:35 Comments || Top||

#5  For a crew that's not keen on pork they have a lot of guys with "Ham" in their names...

You take a little ham from here and put a little ham over their. It's a zero sum game.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/16/2019 19:39 Comments || Top||



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