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-Short Attention Span Theater-: The F-35 Can't Beat Gets Beaten By The Plane It's Replacing In A Dogfight
Posted by gorb 06/30/2015  15:25 0 Comments 913 words Read the whole thing on page 3
We've heard of significant shortcomings before with the fighter jet that's supposed to be America's future, but this is just as bad as it gets. The F-35 performed so dismally in a dogfight, that the test pilot remarked that the it had pretty much no place fighting other aircraft within visual range.
Quick! Kill the A-10 so we will have the money to fix this annoying little problem!
And it's even worse than a mere maneuverability issue. At one point, the pilot's helmet was so big he couldn't even turn his head inside the cockpit.

That's according to a scathing report obtained by our friends over at War Is Boring that details the results of visual range air-to-air engagement tests between an F-35A and an F-16C. The F-35, which the US Air Force, Navy, and Marines are expected to rely upon, in addition to the air arms of militaries across the world for at least the next few decades, was supposed to be better than its F-16 predecessor in all respects.

The F-35's ability to compete against other fighter aircraft in a close-in dogfight, even against the decades old designs it looks to replace, has always been a contentious issue. Long ago, the F-35's maneuverability was planned to far exceed that of fourth generation fighters. Over time, those claims eroded to the point where the troubled stealth jet is described as being "about as maneuverable as an F-16."

The fact that the F-35 can carry its weapons and fuel internally was of course the major deciding factor in being able to make such a claim.

Keep in mind, all of this is anecdotal, but testing reports over almost the last decade have supported the fact that the F-35 was not nearly as nimble as many would like it to be. Still, all claims regarding its performance against other fighters in a dogfight remained largely academic, with only bits of data to compare in a vacuum.

Which is why the candid report described in the War Is Boring article finally gives us a good first hand account as to how capable -- or incapable as it may be -- the F-35 is in the within-visual-range fight.

The test pilot flying the F-35 makes it very clear that the new jet, even in its ideal configuration without any external stores, was no match against a Block-40 F-16C in a less-than-ideal configuration with a pair of under-wing fuel tanks:

Even with the limited F-16 target configuration, the F-35A remained at a distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement.


In dogfighting, energy is everything, and if your enemy has more kinetic and potential energy for maneuvers than you do, then you're toast.

The report even goes into what is akin to a fairly desperate move usually only used in one-on-one air combat maneuvers, known as a rudder reversal, that the F-35 is apparently decent at performing at slow speeds. The fact that this was even detailed in the report as a useful tactic is telling. In reality, using such maneuvers means you are probably going to die if any other bad guys are in the area as it rapidly depletes the aircraft's energy state, leaving it vulnerable to attack.

Another area that the test pilot highlights on is the F-35's abysmal rearward visibility. David Axe from War Is Boring writes:

And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. "The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.


The report goes on to make other telling remarks about the F-35's air combat maneuvering performance. It should be noted that the aircraft's flight software can probably still be tweaked to offer a little wider envelope for pilots to traverse during a hard turning dogfight, but seeing as this test occurred this year (almost a decade after the first F-35 flew), the amount of extra agility that can be squeezed out of the F-35 is most likely marginal at this point. Also, the aircraft flown in the test, an F-35A, is the most maneuverable F-35 variant of the lot, being capable of pulling 9g, while the carrier capable F-35C is capable of pulling 7.5g and the short takeoff and vertical landing variant, the F-35B, is only capable of pulling 7g.

All of this also reminds us of the fact that we cannot believe the information coming from the program itself, which is troubling. Only as the aircraft continues to enter the fleet (which is a whole other ridiculous story) will we begin to hear more honest reviews of its performance, as in the past we have had to rely on unclassified congressional watch dog reports and other unbiased sources to identify trends and key data points.

Eisenhower, and others to some degree, did warn us gravely to beware of the military-industrial complex, I supposed of which the F-35 is the poster child.

The fact that the F-35 is maybe not really a good fighter at all is reminiscent of the question that we've been asking for years -- if you don't really need competitive maneuverability, than why do we need a fighter at all?


-Short Attention Span Theater-: The US Navy is testing a submarine-hunting drone ship
Posted by gorb 06/30/2015  15:21 0 Comments 456 words Read the whole thing on page 3
The US Navy is currently testing a robotic ship that would be able to autonomously hunt enemy diesel submarines.

Originally conceived as a DARPA project, the Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is designed to hunt the next generation of nearly silent enemy diesel submarines.

Diesel submarines are quickly proliferating around the world due to their low cost. Russia recently announced that it has launched the world's "quietest submarine."

To accomplish its submarine-hunting mission, the ACTUV project is structured around three primary goals: the ability to outmatch diesel submarines in speed at significantly less cost than existing systems, the system's ability to safely navigate the oceans in accordance with maritime law, and the ability to accurately track diesel submarines regardless of their location.

Tests of the ACTUV have been promising. Defense One reported in March that during six weeks of testing off the coast of Mississippi the ACTUV was capable of autonomously avoiding randomly moving vessels while navigating around natural obstacles.

The next major test for the ACTUV will be having the drone attempt to trail a submarine while other vessels attempt to block it.

Although diesel submarines are not capable of carrying out open ocean operations for as long or as quickly as nuclear submarines, diesel submarines still present the US with an asymmetric challenge. Significantly cheaper and more quiet-running than their nuclear counterparts, diesel subs can enable navies around the world to harass military and civilian transport along coastal routes.

The threat of diesel submarines could increase, as Franz-Stefan Gady notes at The Diplomat, as the next generation of these vessels will feature propulsion systems and lithium-ion batteries, making them even quieter and harder to detect.

The technical challenges are steep: "Picking up the quiet hum of a battery-powered, diesel-electric submarine in busy coastal waters is like trying to identify the sound of a single car engine in the din of a major city," Rear Admiral Frank Drennan said in March 2015.

By creating the ACTUV, the US Navy will be able to more accurately track the proliferation of enemy diesel submarines. The transition to using drones for such missions will also ultimately save the Navy considerable resources and manpower.

"Instead of chasing down these submarines and trying to keep track of them with expensive nuclear powered-submarines, which is the way we do it now, we want to try and build this at significantly reduced cost," DARPA program manager Ellison Urban said at a National Defense Associate Event in Virginia.

"It will be able to transit by itself across thousands of kilometers of ocean and it can deploy for months at a time. It can go out, find a diesel-electric submarine and just ping on it."


Iraq: Official: ISIS booby-traps copies of Quran in Diyala
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  08:26 2 Comments 151 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Rudaw] After capturing the main ISIS base in north Diyala province, Iraqi security forces Monday found a series of Korans booby-trapped with explosives by the jihadis.

Speaking in a presser Monday, Sadiq Husseini, the head of the security committee in Diyala, announced that Iraqi forces backed by Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi militias found the explosive Korans inside houses, buildings and military bases previously held by ISIS.

The Diyala security committee has not published photos of the booby-trapped Moslem holy books.

Similar booby-trapped Korans were repeatedly found after the liberation of the Diyala areas of Saadia and Jalawla in December.

Most of Diyala is now under the control of the Iraqi government or Kurdish factions, but ISIS forces have in the past attacked civilians and government officials there.
#1: That ought to get everybody's turbans in a flutter.
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 10:04 ||Comments

#2: "This one's a foot thick and a lot heavier. Seems legit"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-06-30 11:33 ||Comments



Iraq: Source: ISIS executes 26 prisoners in Fallujah
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 327 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Rudaw] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, or ISIS, has executed 26 prisoners over the last week in the captured city of Fallujah,
... the City of Mosques, which might have somthing to do with why it's not called Center of Prosperity or a really nice place to raise your kids...
in the Anbar province, said an Iraqi security source.

"ISIS Lions of Islam have executed 20 prisoners in the town of Fallujah and its outskirts on charges of cooperation with security forces and spying on the group," said the security source.

He said those people executed were from the sub-districts of Nassaf, Garma and Saqlawi who had been jugged
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
last year and imprisoned in Fallujah prison.

According to the security source, ISIS has executed some 500 prisoners in the city since last year.


Iraq: Mosul resistance group 'kills 23 Saudi fighters'
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 427 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Rudaw] Members of the anti-ISIS Free Officers Movement in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
have claimed to have killed 23 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...
n citizens who have executed civilians in the bad boy-held city.

Mohammed Baaj, a member of the underground militia movement said "secret cells of the Free Officers Movement attacked positions where ISIS fighters were based, killing 23 Death Eaters."

Baaj said the ISIS fighters were of Saudi citizenship and had arrived "recently" to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
. He added that the Free Officer's Movement has been continuously targeting ISIS Lions of Islam inside Mosul in retaliation for the killing of civilians.

Since April, the group has claimed the killing of several ISIS leaders. In November, the Free Officers Movement took responsibility for the liquidation of Abu Shahab al Suri, the ISIS leader in-charge of the western part of Mosul city.


Iraq: Peshmerga repulse ISIS near Mosul, killing 19 militants and wounding scores
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 303 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Rudaw] Peshmerga forces repulsed an assault on their position near the turban-held city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
early Sunday, killing 19 forces of Evil and wounding scores of others, a Kurdish military official said.

"ISIS forces of Evil launched the attack in the village of Bihalan near the Bashik front, but the attack was repelled right away," said the Peshmerga source, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
.

He added that the forces of Evil had come with artillery and other heavy weapons, which they did not get a chance to use in face of the fierce and deadly Peshmerga response.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, the SWAT team had finally arrived...
a Kurdish commander told Rudaw on Saturday that Peshmerga forces had repulsed a string of attacks on their military base in Tal Afar, 63 kilometers west of Mosul.


Terror Networks: US and Coalition conduct 23 airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 257 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The United States and its allies staged six air strikes against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
positions in Syria and 17 strikes against the bad boy group in Iraq on Sunday, the U.S. military said.

In Syria, four of the air strikes hit Islamic State positions near Kobani, destroying boats, vehicles and bunkers. Strikes also hit near Ar Raqqah and Al Hasakah, the U.S. military said in a statement on Monday.

In Iraq, five air strikes near Tel Afar struck tactical units, bunkers and land features, the coalition said. Islamic State targets also were hit near djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Sinjar, Bayji and other locations.


Europe: Cyprus Sentences Lebanese to Six Years on Bomb Charges
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  06:59 0 Comments 437 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Cyprus on Monday sentenced to six years in jail a Lebanese man who pleaded guilty to terror charges linked to 8.2 tons of potential bomb-making material found in his home.

Judicial authorities said that Hussein Bassam Abdallah, who also has a Canadian passport, was a member of the military wing of Hizbullah.

The 26-year-old was sentenced to jail by a criminal court in the southern town of Larnaca after he pleaded guilty to terror charges.

In passing sentence judge Nicolaos Santis took into consideration the accused's remorse for what he did and what he said was his full cooperation with the authorities. But he stressed that Abdallah "played the role assigned to him within the broader design of things, so that eventually Hizbullah would be able to harm, through terrorist attacks, Israeli interests in Cyprus."

The charges against Abdallah covered the period 2012 until May 27, 2015, during which time the material was stockpiled in Cyprus.

Abdallah was arrested in a Larnaca suburb in May following a surveillance operation. Authorities seized some 8.5 tons of ammonium nitrate in the basement of his temporary home. Ammonium nitrate is a fertilizer that when mixed with other substances can be used to make explosives. The prosecution said this was a method used by Hizbullah.

Prosecution lawyer Polina Efthivoulou said Abdallah had admitted to being a member of Hizbullah's military wing and sent to Cyprus to ensure the ammonium nitrate was safely kept. She said the bomb-making material was intended for attacks against Israeli interests in Cyprus.

Foreign Minister Ioanis Kasoulides said during a visit to Israel earlier this month that the authorities believe they have thwarted a possible attack on Israeli targets. The island attracts thousands of tourists from nearby Israel every year. There is also an Israeli embassy in the capital Nicosia.

Defense lawyer Savvas Angelides said his client's role was only to check on the nitrate and to move it to another location -- not to carry out attacks. He also urged the court to show leniency, saying that his client cooperated with authorities and had decided to quit Hizbullah.

Investigative sources have said the amount of ammonium nitrate seized by authorities is the biggest anywhere in the world. Abdallah also had nearly 10,000 euros in his possession when caught.

Cyprus is not known for its militant activity despite its proximity to the Middle East. But in 2013, a Cypriot court sentenced a Lebanon-born Swedish man who admitted he was a Hizbullah member to four years in jail after he was found guilty of targeting Israelis on the island. A botched bomb attack on the Israeli embassy in 1988 claimed the lives of three people.


Africa North: Two Tunisians Once Held by CIA Repatriated from Afghanistan
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 613 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The U.S. military has repatriated two Tunisian men who were brutally interrogated in a secret CIA prison and held in Afghanistan for more than a decade, the Pentagon said Sunday.

Ridha Ahmad al-Najjar and Lutfi al-Arabi al-Gharisi were flown home on June 15, officials said.

Both men had been incarcerated by the Afghan regime since December, when the United States handed over control of prison operations in Afghanistan under a bilateral security treaty.

"The Defense Department transported two Tunisian males in Afghan custody to Tunisia in support of the government of Afghanistan," Pentagon front man said Lieutenant Colonel Myles Caggins said.

"These individuals remained under Afghan government control until they were handed over to Tunisian officials."

Najjar, whom the CIA suspected of having been the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now among the dear departed, though not among the dearest...
's bodyguard, was captured in May 2002 in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and became the first prisoner of the CIA's notorious "Salt Pit" prison in Afghanistan that has since closed.

According to the Senate report on the CIA's detention program, Najjar was held by the intelligence agency for over 700 days.

He was left hanging from handcuffs and forced to wear a diaper for more than 22 hours a day, two days in a row, to "break his resistance."

He had also endured sleep deprivation, freezing temperatures and loud music.

According to the same report, CIA interrogators described Najjar as "clearly a broken man" who was "on the verge of complete breakdown" after he was placed in isolation.

He even "became the model" for other detainee interrogations.

Less is known about Gharisi. The Senate report states only that he had also suffered "enhanced interrogation techniques" during his 380 days of CIA incarceration, and endured at least 48 hours of sleep deprivation in October 2002.

President Barack Obama
I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go...
has called the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques torture.

Most prisoners of war captured by the United States in Afghanistan were detained at Bagram prison near Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....


Terror Networks: IS Executes over 3,000 in Syria in Year-Long 'Caliphate'
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 448 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group has executed more than 3,000 people in Syria, including hundreds of civilians, in the year since it declared its self-described "caliphate," a monitor said on Sunday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based group monitoring Syria's conflict, said it had documented 3,027 executions by IS since June 29, 2014.

Among those executed are 1,787 civilians, including 74 children, said the Observatory.

Members of Sunni Shaitat tribe account for around half of the civilians murdered.

IS killed 930 members of the clan in Deir Ezzor last year after they rose up against the Lion of Islam Sunni Moslem group.

The toll also includes recent mass killings by IS in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane, which the jihadist group re-entered briefly this week after being expelled in January.

The monitor said it had counted at least 223 executions in the border town this week.

The Observatory also documented 216 IS executions of rival rebel factions and Kurdish fighters, as well as the executions of nearly 900 regime forces.

IS has also executed 143 of its own members it accused of crimes including spying, many of them captured as they were trying to desert the group, the Observatory said.

And at least 8,000 IS Lions of Islam have been killed in battles and U.S.-led air strikes, added the monitor.
Rudaw adds:
According to the monitor: “Among the victims at the hands of the Islamic State during a year, 216 murderous Moslems from Syrian Free Army, 881 from the Syrian government and some 4,000 from the Kurdish parties have been killed."
Possibly the Kurdish number contains an extra zero...
#1:
Posted by: Herman Speaking for Boskone6458|| 2015-06-30 12:45 ||Comments



Africa North: Mali Calls for Calm after Jihadist Attack
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 275 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Mali's government appealed for calm on Monday after jihadists ransacked a town near the Ivory Coast border in the second attack in the south in less than three weeks.

Fighters carrying an Islamist flag took control of part of the town of Fakola on Sunday, attacking security forces and damaging a number of public buildings, including the town hall and cop shoppe, according to locals.

A government statement posted on Facebook on Monday said the army had been deployed to the area to hunt down the jihadists, who escaped after ending their brief occupation.

"The government of the republic of Mali strongly condemns these barbaric attacks aimed at sabotaging the actions for peace and stability in Mali," it said.

"The government... asks the population to remain calm and cooperate with the defence and security forces in their fight against terrorism."

Despite the recent signing of a peace accord between the government and a coalition of rebel groups, Mali remains deeply divided among rival armed factions and is battling an ongoing Islamist insurgency.

A local politician and residents said the attackers, who chanted verses from the Koran, were members of the jihadist militia Ansar Dine, which normally operates in Mali's northern desert.

Incursions in the south remain extremely rare, although the group was said to have been behind an ambush less than three weeks ago in the nearby town of Misseni, when jihadists killed a policeman and hoisted their flag at a military base. No deaths were reported in Sunday's attack.

Ansar Dine took control of northern Mali in 2012 alongside other jihadist factions linked to Al-Qaeda, before being ousted by a French-led international military intervention.


Europe: French Attacker Denies Religious Aim, Motivations Murky
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 618 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] A man who beheaded his boss in La Belle France has denied any religious motivation, investigative sources said Monday, muddying efforts to pin down the reasons for an attack which bore the hallmarks of a jihadist act.

Yassin Salhi, 35, on Sunday confessed to decapitating his employer and pinning his severed head to the fence of a gas factory in eastern La Belle France in a macabre display that included two Islamic flags.

However according to a source close to the investigation, Salhi, who was known to security services for radicalization, "denies any religious motivation to his act".

"He hasn't explained" why he attached the head to the fence, or shouted out "Allahu Akbar"(God is greatest) as firefighters overpowered him as he attempted to open bottles of acetone in a warehouse at the factory, said the source on condition of anonymity.
But whatever his motivation, Islam must not be blamed. Why would a jihadi take that approach?
Salhi drove his delivery van into the Air Products warehouse on Friday, causing an kaboom and alerting firefighters who made the grisly discovery of the decapitated corpse of 54-year-old Herve Cornara.

Investigative sources told AFP that a fellow employee had reported a quarrel between Salhi and Cornara two days before the murder, after the employee dropped a crate containing expensive goods.

While the attacker apparently denies any Islamist motivation, police discovered he had sent a gruesome selfie with the severed head to a number in Canada believed to belong to a French jihadist thought to be in Syria.

The jihadist, named Yunes-Sebastien, belonged to the same radical movement from the eastern Franche-Comte region as Salhi, said sources close to the case.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Salhi had been on a national security watchlist from 2006 to 2008 and later raised red flags for his links to radical movements between 2001 and 2014.

Salhi's mother and sister, who were questioned by police and later released, said Salhi had been to Syria in 2009, before conflict broke out in that country or the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group began seizing territory.

But this is "declarative" and police have no evidence to back up the statement, said the source.

Police took Salhi, dressed in a hospital gown and wearing a bulletproof vest, with his head covered by a white cloth, to his apartment on Sunday in an effort to find his passport and verify this information, to no avail, investigative sources said.

Hundreds of French citizens have left for Iraq or Syria to wage jihad and Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Sunday that 1,800 people in La Belle France were "linked" in some way to the Islamist cause.

Salhi, a married father-of-three, has been in police custody for some 72 hours, and can be held for 96 hours without charge.
#1:
Posted by: Herman Speaking for Boskone6458|| 2015-06-30 12:36 ||Comments



Africa Subsaharan: 11 Killed in Chad Police Raid against Boko Haram
Posted by trailing wife 06/30/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 159 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Five Chadian coppers and six Islamists were killed Monday when suspected Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
bully boyz blew themselves up during a police raid on a safe house in the capital N'Djamena, the interior minister said.

The blasts struck after security forces locked away
#1: Were they hanging chads?
Posted by: Herman Speaking for Boskone6458|| 2015-06-30 12:33 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Somali Shebab Attack Army Camp, Killing Several
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[AnNahar] Several Somali soldiers were killed overnight Sunday when Shabaab fighters attacked a base in the southern Kismayo region, officials and witnesses said Monday.

The attack is the latest in a string of assaults by the al-Qaeda-affiliated krazed killers, who last week stormed a base manned by the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
forces in Somalia (AMISOM), killing dozens.

Heavy gunfire was reported late Sunday for several hours, with the Shabaab briefly taking over the camp near Kismayo and beheading some of those captured before looting supplies and leaving, witnesses said.

"There was heavy fighting that left several of the soldiers dead," said security official Abdirashid Moalim, speaking from Kismayo.

"There were machine guns and rockets, and the fighting ended when the soldiers were overpowered," said Abdi Bakar, a witness, who said he had seen nine bodies.

On Friday, the Shabaab attacked an AMISOM base in Lego village, 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu, manned by around 100 Burundian soldiers.

The Shabaab later boasted of having killed 80 soldiers, and carried off the bodies of 60 of them.

Witnesses reported seeing dozens of bodies, but there has been no formal confirmation of casualties and the toll was not possible to independently confirm.

Islamic forces of Evil commonly step up their attacks during Islam's holy fasting month of Ramadan.
#1: Lego Village?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-06-30 10:22 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Story Time
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Home Front: Culture Wars: Black Lives Matter Protesters Disrupt Chicago Gay Pride Parade
Posted by Besoeker 06/30/2015  03:10 8 Comments 161 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Breitbart] Chicago's 47th annual gay pride parade was disrupted several times by the usual city disruptions -- gang activity, gunshots, and drunks -- but the event was also disrupted by a car driving into a group of bystanders. Then there was an even larger interruption by "black lives matter" protesters.

Just about every Chicago parade these days features gunfire in the perimeters as gangs clash with police and drunks have probably been a parade disruption since forever. But this year a man tried to drive into the parade route, ramming his car into some bystanders -- but not hurting anyone seriously.

Police swarmed the vehicle, smashed in the rear window and yanked out the driver, a middle-aged white man, and arrested him. Chicago police have released no details on the man's identity nor his motivations for ramming the barricades for the parade.
#1: So, what about gay blacks (and don't tell me there aren't any): are they feeling fulfilled or conflicted?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-06-30 07:22 ||Comments

#2: It fits snugly into other areas of convenient denial Ed. Such things as urban crime statistics, prison demographics, fatherless families, tribal gerrymandering, black republicans, the OJ trial, etc.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-06-30 07:37 ||Comments

#3: Victim on Victim. Popcorn, please?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-06-30 08:46 ||Comments

#4: Excuse me while I laugh, crack a beer and eat some popcorn.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-06-30 09:13 ||Comments

#5: There seems to be an invisible word ahead of 'Black Lives Matter' - 'ONLY.'
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-06-30 10:26 ||Comments

#6: The precious beliefs and taboos of one tribe often conflict with those of another.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2015-06-30 11:56 ||Comments

#7: Oh, man...who to root for here. And I'll have some of that popcorn.
Posted by: tu3031|| 2015-06-30 12:19 ||Comments

#8: And the mashup was:

Black gays matter!
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 13:23 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Clash between two militant groups leaves 20 dead in Dera Bugti
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[DAWN] An armed clash between two separatist groups left at least 20 murderous Moslems dead in Balochistan's
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Kohlu and Dera Bugti districts late Monday night. The local administration, however, could not verify the number of casualties.
"It was a whole bunch, though!"
"Yes people have been killed, but we are not sure about the number of casualties", a levies official told Dawn.com via telephone.

The clash took place in Pir Suri Darbar and Han Nullah, the two areas located at the border between Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts of the restive province.

Both sides used heavy weapons against each other for a long time.
"Hours, even!"
A security official who declined to be named since he was not authorised to speak to media told Dawn.com that all the dead murderous Moslems belonged to two Baloch separatist groups.
"Aaaiiieee! I am undone!"
"No, yer not!"
"I'm not?"
"No. Get up."

Several murderous Moslems were also injured during the exchange of fire, he said.
"Aaaiiieee! I am gravely injured!"
The situation in the area remained tense owing to the clash and people remained confined to their homes as result of firing.
"I am so... so... tense!"
Dera Bugti and Kohlu districts are considered to be the most sensitive districts of Balochistan. Militants in the area have been targeting vital national installations and security forces in the area for the past several years.


India-Pakistan: Khan of Kalat agrees to talk
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 685 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] ANY move that appears to break the stultifying impasse in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
is cause for at least some cautious optimism. A report in this paper yesterday revealed that the Baloch leader, the Khan of Kalat Mir SLearned Elders of Islamn Dawood Jan, who lives in self-exile in London, has agreed to meet a delegation of Balochistan government officials. Prior to this, he will hold consultations with members of the Grand Jirga who, after the death of Nawab Akbar Bugti at the hands of the army in 2006, had sent him abroad to work towards the restoration of Kalat State. In September last year, the Balochistan Assembly passed a resolution to approach the tribal leader and enlist his help in establishing peace in the province.

For the National Party-led government that has been vowing to bring the 'angry Baloch' to the negotiating table, this is a victory of sorts. Aside from the Khan of Kalat's lofty standing in Balochistan's tribal hierarchy, there is the weight of history: in pre-Partition days, the erstwhile princely state -- then ruled by the present Khan's grandfather -- held a pre-eminent position in the tribal confederacy that stretched across central and southern Balochistan. The government is obviously hoping that Mir SLearned Elders of Islamn can bring the other angry Baloch -- the recalcitrant separatist leaders -- to the negotiating table. However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
history also records that when the then Khan of Kalat signed the Instrument of Accession to join Pakistain in 1948, it caused much anguish among nationalist-minded Baloch. His progeny too, not least because of their perceived closeness to the establishment, came to be considered as 'traitors' to the Baloch cause as the bitterness went kaboom! into open rebellion several times over subsequent decades. Although Nawab Bugti's murder was a watershed that led Mir SLearned Elders of Islamn to break his ties with the state and himself adopt the separatist narrative, his influence on players in the insurgency is debatable. Not least because for the first time, the separatist movement finds widespread support among educated youth, particularly in the non-sardari southern belt where tribal hierarchy does not inspire the same deference.

Nevertheless, this is a much-needed political initiative after a succession of sterile militarised strategies. In this situation, the removal of precious artifacts from the Khan of Kalat's palace in Kalat town by his son Prince Mohammed, from whom he is estranged, has the potential of scuttling the talks before they even begin. It also gives oxygen to suspicions of state machinations -- never far from the surface in Balochistan -- in this case to install the son, seen as a pro-establishment figure, as the Khan of Kalat in place of his father. To restore confidence, the government must ensure the artifacts are returned without delay. In Balochistan, with its Gordian knot of complexities resulting from decades of self-defeating policies, even the slightest wrong move could take us back to square one.


India-Pakistan: Quo vadis, Pakistan?
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 3 Comments 750 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[DAWN] PAKISTAN'S population is probably 200 million today. It will be 350-400 million by 2050. Given climate change and the trend lines of our vital national indices the country's future is in serious question. Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's wretched plight is engulfing the rest of Pakistain where low lives in high places callously contrive to win zero-sum games against their own people! The people suffer indescribably every single day because of them. Corruption, whether political, administrative or military, is institutionalised and systemic.

Political leaders alternately challenge and pander to the military as part of their degenerate strategies. They treat ordinary citizens as 'cockroaches'. Those who can stop them, but do not, are complicit. The people desperately want to get rid of them. But they are constrained by political circuses, economic crumbs, intimidation and hopelessness. An informal economy, external inflows and private charity merely delay the day of reckoning.

Pakistain is still manageable. It can survive, even flourish. But not without fundamental and sustained structural change. Incremental approaches are covers for inaction. Specific transformation strategies can be evaluated. But our parasitic elite will never consider good governance which requires them to see Pakistain as larger than themselves. Instead, they prefer being tax cheats, making false promises an art form, stowing away 'untold billions' in safe havens abroad, and updating their exit strategies.

Military rule -- overt or covert-- has no answer to the nation's challenges. Criminal civilian rule leads to military takeovers, as is happening once again. The concept of civil-military relations is meaningless without civilian supremacy and good governance. In Pakistain CMR is based on the military's political supremacy which is unconstitutional. Fake "democracy" does not evolve into genuine democracy. It perpetuates the rule of deceit and plunder.

The military, moreover, cannot become a national institution if it remains a political institution. Pakistain's interests and Punjab's interests remain out of joint. That is why the original Pakistain died an early death. If this situation continues, either Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

will conquer the rest of the country, or the country will break up because of domestic resistance and external intervention. A soft and failing state can never become a democracy. The situation is indeed dire.

During the Long March Mao Zedong wrote "So little time; So much to do!" In 1949 he proclaimed "China has stood up!" Look at China today! Deng Xiaoping believed democracy is what it does, not what it claims. Lee Kuan Yew observed "Democracy is the Rolls Royce of politics provided you can keep it. If you cannot it is the worst investment you can make." He also noted: "If you give a man a vote without providing him a stake in the nation he will ask for the moon."

Professor Ernest Gellner observed that Islam is more compatible with modernism and democracy than any of the other great faiths. But unfortunately our faith has been hijacked by wily professionals and bully boyz who mislead and terrorise honest believers. They have friends in high places.

It has been said 'one step in the right direction and a journey of a thousand miles is a thousand miles no longer'. We have yet to take that first step although we have travelled far in the wrong direction. The journey today is longer than ever.

We must plan specifically and implement rapidly and resolutely. This requires constant public communication and inclusive feedback to maximise ownership of policies. No one person, party or institution should presume to impose a particular view of the national interest. That has ensured national disunity. Discussions and recommendations are, however, essential.
#1: PAKISTAN'S population is probably 200 million today. It will be 350-400 million by 2050.

Hah?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 05:02 ||Comments

#2: Malthus and islam...

Idiocy squared.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-06-30 06:59 ||Comments

#3: Ima betting it'll be a LOT less than current population: nuke exchange, disease, famine, Islam cannibalism
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-06-30 14:31 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: Mighty Pak Army preparing for final push in fight against militants
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 5 Comments 456 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] The Mighty Pak Army is preparing for a final push in the coming weeks in its fight against holy warriors, but there are concerns that rights are being rolled back in the name of defeating terror.
Lots more "we're gonnas" than there are "we dids."
A year on from the launch of a major offensive to eradicate strongholds of Taliban and other Lions of Islam in North Wazoo tribal area, the military says the job is 90 per cent done.

It is now positioning troops around the Shawal Valley, a key location close to the Afghan border that is home to some of the last redoubts of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), according to locals and security sources.

The army says it has killed more than 2,700 Lions of Islam since the launch of the offensive -- dubbed Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
-- last June, and destroyed more than 800 of their hideouts.

A senior military official directly linked to the offensive said the army was gearing up for the final push and using air strikes before moving in ground troops.

"We are turning hard targets into soft through aerial bombing because forces expect a resistance in Shawal," he told AFP.

The troop movements were confirmed by locals, though some tribal elders warned Lions of Islam were slipping across the porous mountainous border into Afghanistan.

"Up to two dozen Lions of Islam are leaving the area every day and around 200 Lions of Islam recently moved into part of Afghan territory," tribal elder Ajab Khan told AFP.

He warned the remaining areas where TTP fighters are holed up will be a difficult fighting terrain -- mountainous and thickly forested.
#1: 2,700 Lions of Islam / 800 hideouts = about 3.4 Lions/hideout. Seems kind of low-rent.

Sow how's that final push against polio going?
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-06-30 00:58 ||Comments

#2: So we are going to hear reports of the Pak army being pushed back in a couple weeks then....
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-06-30 01:46 ||Comments

#3: Why it's always "final push" with these people?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 04:50 ||Comments

#4: Somehow I think their operation is going to miss the army sponsored radicals in Kashmir.
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#5:
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India-Pakistan: MQM minus Altaf will mean war on streets, says Altaf
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 1 Comments 320 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DAWN] Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) chief Altaf Hussain
...think of the head of the Barzini clan, only in Urdu...
on Monday termed recent allegations against his party a nefarious plan, warning that attempts to remove him as MQM chief would result in "war in every nook and corner".

In a telephonic address from London to party loyalists in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
, Altaf categorically denied all allegations that MQM has connections with the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the party received funding from Indian authorities, as claimed by a a startling report published by the BBC.

"I swear by God...there is no connection with RAW," he said.
#1:
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria rebel attack on Damascus kills 4: monitor
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A rebel mortar attack killed four civilians on Sunday in the Syrian capital as government forces battled Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group jihadists in the northern city of Hasakeh, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a mortar round struck Revolution Street in central Damascus, killing four people and wounding 13.

Syria's state-run SANA news agency also reported the attack but said three people died.

In Hasakeh, regime troops pressed an offensive they launched on Saturday to dislodge IS from districts they have seized in the southern part of the city.

The Britannia-based Observatory, which has been monitoring the Syrian conflict since it erupted four years ago, said the troops and Death Eaters were locked in fierce fighting Sunday.

The jihadist group blew up an explosive-rigged vehicle in Hasakeh, the monitor said, without mentioning casualties.

IS seized two neighbourhoods in southern Hasakeh on Thursday in a new attempt to seize the placid provincial capital, causing tens of thousands of people to flee, according to the United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
.

Meanwhile,
...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti...
government reinforcements have poured into Hasakeh, and Kurdish fighters, who control the city jointly with regime loyalists, have also taken part in the battles.

IS also tried to seize Hasakeh last month, but was pushed back by government forces.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of sources inside Syria, also reported on Sunday that the number of civilians killed by IS in the border town of Kobane had risen to 223.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Regime arrested son of Hezbollah's prominent commander for selling arms to rebels: WikiLeaks
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A secret telegraph issued by the Saudi intelligence revealed that a son of a prominent commander in Hezbollah had got involved in selling arms to officers defected from the Syrian regime.

The document was published by WikiLeaks among thousands of 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...
. It was issued by the head of general intelligence and directed to the king of Saudi Arabia who was the prime minister as well. It informed the king that Syrian regime had tossed in the calaboose
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
Ali Mohammed Yazbik, the son of Mohammed Yazbik, the commander in Hezbollah, after they were learnt that he sold arms to many defected officers.

The telegraph mentioned that intelligence of Syrian regime was looking for a Shiite man called "Akrima Miqdad", known to work in arms' trading and he sold arms to Sunni people in Leb.

In the same telegraph, regime's intelligence requested from its alliance "Hezbollah and Amal Movement" to check if any of their members had sold arms to members of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) in Syria.

Moreover, the telegraph mentioned that Syrian intelligence had called many of tribes' leaders like Al-Jafers, and Al-Zoeters, and threatened them of killing if it was proven that they involved in selling arms to defected officers from the Syrian Army.

WikiLeaks said in a statement that it has already posted roughly 60,000 files. Most of them appear to be in Arabic.

There was no immediate way to verify the authenticity of the documents, although WikiLeaks has a long track record of hosting large-scale leaks of government material. Many of the documents carried green letterhead marked "Kingdom of Saudi Arabia" or "Ministry of Foreign Affairs."
#1:
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Opposition media exaggerate 'South Storm' gains in Daraa: rebel commander
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] The battle of "South Storm" started 4 days ago by Daraa's rebels to liberate their city from the regime forces. They have formed a central operation room with 7 sections, like emergency, medical, media, information and coordination section.

Besides that a front man of the battle and a media room were established as well to control and organize the media messages to serve the battle.

However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
on ground achievement is still moderate, some explained it by the big size of regime's forces, while others see that chaos and mess in media and recklessness in messages and news, played very bad role in the battle. For example, the time for launching the battle was announced days before the actual start by some media figures, while only hours after the battle start, many activists announced liberating wide areas of Daraa and killing hundreds of regime's soldiers.

Shafie Abazid, a member of the media room for the battle of South Storm explained that mess and unorganized media coverage of the battle and announcing sensitive information like the beginning of the battle, helped the regime to take cautions and get ready to the battle, and hitting the city with hundreds of barrel bombs and rockets 2 days prior to the battle beginning.

Some activists used some sensitive information about the battle's details they have to achieve a scoop. Moreover, some activists surfaced videos of festivities between rebels and regime forces, which helped the regime to identify the bases of the rebels.

In his talk to Zaman al-Wasl, Abazid mentioned that the room of the central leadership have agreed on adopting a central media strategy to unite the battle's media coverage to concentrate on the expression of "South Storm" and to prevent publishing any video or statement out of the room and its website, however, only some groups abide by that decision.

In the same time, the operation room was not able to restrain the media chaos and publishing inaccurate news, which cause disappointment for many people after discovering the real situation.

Abazid demanded punishing any media body or activist help in publishing details of the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
"FSA" and requested relying only on the information and official statements of the Media office for the South Storm battle or the official front man.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Assad planned destructive acts against Salafists, Muslim Brotherhood in Lebanon: WikiLeaks
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Official diplomatic documents revealed that a prominent intelligence figure in Syria requested from Lebanese well known figures to prepare for destructive acts in Leb to unstable the country and increase the disorder among people.

Two documents published in WikiLeaks, issued by the head of Saudi intelligence and forwarded to the King of 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...
, revealed that Assad's family confidante General. Mohammed Nasif had called 9 Lebanese political figures: Abdul Rahman Murad (former Ministry of deffence), Asim Qanso (the head of Baath Party in Leb), Ali Hasan Khalil (from Amal movement) Shaker Birjawi (Head of Arabic Current Party), Mustafa Hamdan (former of Commander of republican Guard) Wiam Wahab (Head of Arabic Tawhidi Party), Ali Eid (Head of Arabc Democratic Party), Najah Wakim (Leader of People Movement) and His deputy Ibrahim al-Halabi.

Nasif requested them to do destructive actions in Leb against the Salafi group and Moslem Brüderbund, and all of them accepted, except Najah Wakim, Head of People Movement, and his deputy Ibrahim al-Halabi.

It is surprising that Nasif had promised the meeting's attendees that arms would be provided by the Paleostinian militias of Ahmed Jibril, as they have military sites in Leb out of the country's control, similar to Hezbollah.

A month after the first document, the head of Saudi Intelligence sent another letter to the Saudi king explaining that Wiam Wahab had received a shipment of arms and explosives from Jibril's militias and he stored them in the town of Jahiliyah, his hometown.

The Saudi document mentioned that many members of Wahab's party had had intensive training by Syrian and Iranian experts.

WikiLeaks, 2 weeks ago, published more than 60,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, a move that echoes its famous release of US State Department cables in 2010.
#1: Too bad it's stayed in planning stage.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: ISIS bombs kill 12 Syria regime loyalists in Hasakeh
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Three Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group boom-mobiles killed 12 Syrian troops and bandidos Lions of Islam in the northeastern city of Hasakeh where the turbans have taken two districts, AFP reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 30 civilians have been killed in the festivities, with an increase in the corpse count expected.

On the eastern side of Hasakeh city, Kurdish People's units (YPG) foiled an ISIS suicide boom-mobile in the neighbourhood of Ghweran and captured three villages from ISIS fighters, according to Al Jazeera.

At least 71 Syrian army soldiers and 48 ISIS fighters have been killed since the Ultra hardline group launched its offensive on Hasakeh on June 25.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, Bossy was furiously chewing her cud and thinking...
About 2,000 people are trapped in the neighbourhoods of al-Nashwa and al-Sharia due to the fighting and government air strikes, the UN reported over the weekend.


Caribbean-Latin America: Argentina orders asset seizure of Malvinas Falklands drilling firms
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[Iran Press TV] A federal judge in Argentina
...a country located on the other side of the Deep South. It is covered with Pampers and inhabited by Grouchos, who dance the Tangle. They used to have some islands called the Malvinas located where the Falklands are now. They're not supposed to cry for Evita...
has issued an order to seize the assets of five foreign companies exploring oil in waters off the disputed Malvinas islands, also known as the Falklands to the British.
Mistakes destined to be repeated, and all of that.
Judge Lilian Herraez, based in the Tierra del Fuego region of southern Argentina, ordered on Saturday the freeze of USD 156 million and other assets such as ships, calling on the oil firms to halt their drilling activities around the islands.

Herraez accused the companies of contaminating the environment and operating without the Argentine government authorization for their explorations.

According to the prosecution, the ruling was issued concerning "illegal activities of exploration, search and eventual extraction of hydrocarbons in proximity to the Falkland Islands."

Rockhopper Exploration plc, Premier Oil plc and Falkland Oil and Gas Limited, which are all British, as well as the US Noble Energy Inc. and French-owned Italia-based Edison International SpA are among the firms named in the case.

Located about 500 kilometers (about 300 miles) off Argentina's coast and home to about 3,000 inhabitants, the disputed islands have been declared part of the British Overseas Territories since Britannia established its colonial rule on the territories in 1833.
#1: Like there's not enough trouble in the world, Argentina has to join the festivities?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 04:58 ||Comments

#2: ...Sadly, the Kirchner regime there is one bad day away from being hung from the lamp posts, and it's an old and honored custom to stir up hatred against somebody else in a desperate attempt to hold on to power for a few more days. Not to worry, though - even in its current debilitated condition, the British military will hand the Argentines their backsides.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski|| 2015-06-30 05:34 ||Comments

#3: Again.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles|| 2015-06-30 06:48 ||Comments

#4: It's a time honored technique: When in economic difficulty, run off anybody who might spend money.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-06-30 07:14 ||Comments



Government: US Supreme Court allows use of lethal injection drug
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[Iran Press TV] The US Supreme Court has ruled that the use of a controversial execution drug is constitutional when administering the death penalty.

In a 5-4 decision, the highest federal court of the United States on Monday refused to limit states' use of the sedative midazolam that opponents say has the effect of being burned alive.
The activist court is reportedly quite knowledgeable regarding abortifacient pharmaceutical drugs and Obamacare as well. Experts on the living and the dead, so to speak.
The drug had played a part in three long and painful executions last year in Oklahoma, Ohio and Arizona.

"Petitioners have failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of their claim that the use of midazolam violates the Eighth Amendment," the justices wrote in the majority decision, delivered by Justice Samuel Alito.

The court's conservative majority said lethal injection remains the most humane method of execution.
#1: This is good news for ISIS; they have been using beheadings, tossing from the roof, and cage drownings.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2015-06-30 06:10 ||Comments

#2: Madame Guillotine has an established record of swift and quick. No FDA requirements.

Either the state takes responsibility for justice or forfeits to power back to the people. It already happens in the hood. Neither is perfect, but obstructing the state doing it as a disinterested third party only promotes vendetta.

BTW, if you just want them to go to sleep, just follow the oft used warning about children and plastic bags. The bag fills with the exhaled CO2 causing the subject to fall asleep without panic or a struggle. The body then fails to attain the oxygen necessary for sustainment. No FDA approval needed either.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-06-30 08:21 ||Comments

#3: What's wrong with massive overdoses of heroin? There should be plenty available free from various evidence lockers, and how could it be called 'cruel' when so many indulge in it on purpose?
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-06-30 10:25 ||Comments

#4: Facts! Logic! Wossamatter wid youse, anyways?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-06-30 13:24 ||Comments

#5: I'd use N2. I believe the body knows about excess CO2, but doesn't know about lack of O2.
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 13:38 ||Comments

#6: What's wrong with massive overdoses of heroin?

Especially now, with the price so low and the supply so large.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-06-30 14:46 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: Turkey scrambles tanks to create 'buffer zone' on Syria border
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[Iran Press TV] Amid talk of a potential Turkish military intervention in Syria, the Turkish military is deploying tanks to the common border to create a "military buffer zone" there.

On Monday, Turkish armed forces began amassing near the Turkish border city of Sanliurfa, AFP reported.

The agency said Turkish officials were also discussing the potential intervention.

The planned buffer zone stretches 110 kilometers (68 miles) long and 28 kilometers (17 miles) wide between the southern Turkish towns of Karkamis and Oncupinar.

The forces are deploying opposite the border town of Kobani, AFP said.

Turkish daily Yeni Safak said The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
had undertaken the measure to block possible advances by the ISIL Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
terrorist group and Kurdish groups.

Later on Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
chaired the regular National Security Council meeting amid speculations in the country's media regarding a potential Turkish intervention in Syria, with Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu saying that a "necessary announcement" would be made after the session.


Afghanistan: Afghanistan orders probe into NATO-led operation
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[Iran Press TV] Afghanistan has ordered an investigation into a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-led operation in the country's east central region, which triggered angry local protests, Press TV reports.

The Monday operation, which involved American forces, destroyed a weapons cache in the Parwan Province, sparking demonstrations that briefly closed a highway.President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
... the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against Karzai. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun...
ordered the investigation into the operation.

"An investigating delegation has been sent to the area and the Resolute Support commanders have been asked for an explanation," said Abdullah's deputy front man Javid Faisal, referring to NATO's mission in Afghanistan.

Enraged local residents have argued that the munitions should have been relocated away from residential areas before being destroyed.

"They were complaining that if there was a weapons cache that needed destroying it should have been destroyed far away from the residential areas," Zaman said.
#1: thus posing a risk to our forces. F them
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-06-30 12:16 ||Comments

#2:
Posted by: Herman Speaking for Boskone6458|| 2015-06-30 12:58 ||Comments

#3: Make the Herman, go awayyyyyy.
Take him off of our posterssss.

Gah! Must have good drugs.
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 13:21 ||Comments



Arabia: 15 civilians dead as Saudi warplanes hit Yemen again
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[Iran Press TV] At least 15 civilians, including women and kiddies, were killed and several others injured when Saudi fighter jets launched a fresh round of Arclight airstrikes against various areas in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
as Riyadh pushed ahead with its atrocious onslaught against its impoverished southern neighbor.

Saudi military aircraft conducted attacks against a residential area in Sarwah district of Yemen's central province of Ma'rib, situated approximately 120 kilometers (74 miles) east of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on Monday. Nine members of a family bit the dust and three others sustained injuries, the Arabic-language al-Masirah satellite television network reported.

Six civilians, among them two women and three children, were also killed as Saudi warplanes struck Shibam Kawkaban district in the western Yemeni province of al-Mahwit, situated 53 kilometers (29 miles) northwest of of Sana'a.

Moreover, Saudi jets carried out more than twenty aerial attacks against Sahar and Majz districts of Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada, though there were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of the damage inflicted.


The Grand Turk: Istanbul governor defends crackdown on gay pride march
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[Hurriyet Daily News] The Istanbul Governor's Office has defended its ban on the LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, amid reactions from the international community against the brutal police crackdown on marchers June 28.

The governorate banned the parade at the eleventh hour on the day of the planned march, despite the fact the event has taken place peacefully in Istanbul since 2003.

Police dispersed parade participants around the central Taksim Square using tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets before the scheduled start of the event at 5:00 p.m.

"The Governor's Office was not informed and no permission was taken for the parade, which was open to provocations. The group was warned but they continued to march. So the security forces dispersed them with their duties given by the law with proportional [force]," said a statement issued by the Istanbul Governor's Office on June 29.

The Istanbul LGBTI Pride Week Committee, a group that has organized events throughout the week, said the march had "suddenly been banned by the Istanbul Governor's Office, using the month of Ramadan as the reason," despite the fact that it also coincided with Ramadan in 2014.
#1: "Just wanted to ask them 'what are you proud of?'"
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The Grand Turk: Turkey mulls bombing ISIL without sending troops to Syria
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[Hurriyet Daily News] The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) are not keen on sending forces into Syria in the near future unless its units are targeted despite a government directive encouraging an intervention, daily Hurriyet has learned, amid reports that the army is considering bombing the holy warriors from The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
instead.

Having strongly indicated its reluctance to lend support to the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA), the TSK is inclined to engage in a bombing campaign against the front line of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and provide logistical support to the FSA only after the new parliament makes its stance clear.

Options for the TSK before the parliament elects its speaker and a new government is formed are limited to intensifying security measures at the border, upgrading the military presence near the border, increasing intelligence activity in the region and keeping units on full alert in line within the framework of the rules of engagement which are designed to treat any military approach from Syria as a threat, according to sources.

Arguments of civilian and military authorities

According to sources, the president's office, the government, the Foreign Ministry and the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) want the TSK to support the Syrian forces fighting the central government in a fashion similar to the support given by the United States to Syria's Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Kobane and Tal Abyad so as to prevent ISIL from gaining Azaz and Marea, which are close to the Turkish border and the scene of intense festivities.

In this context, hitting ISIL's frontline with long-range artillery deployed on Turkish territory or with aerial attacks, while also lending arms and ammunition support to opposing rebel forces, are expected. The TSK is also said to believe that because such a step would target ISIL, it would be welcomed by the U.S.-led international coalition.

Deploying Turkish soldiers into Syria is not among the steps expected to be taken by the TSK in the short term.

The seizure of the 90-kilometer-long front from Jarabulus to Azaz by rebel groups, not Kurdish groups, would also benefit Turkey, according to sources.

'A method of attack'

Nonetheless, according to the TSK, it is impossible to legally give logistic support covertly, as using air forces and artillery would be construed as "a method of attack," not a method of defense against a security threat. As such, military officials are worried about the possible international reaction to such a move, meaning it does not want to intervene until it is exposed to an attack.

The army also does not agree with the civilian authority's description of a "security threat," according to sources.

The TSK has also noted that Washington has declared a number of the rebel groups fighting ISIL in the Azaz area as terrorist groups, meaning the army does not want to necessarily support the groups. In providing justification, the TSK has said it is not become party to the fight between the PYD and ISIL.

Drawing attention to both the upcoming change in the command echelon in the TSK and the formation of a new government, the TSK said the timing of the requested steps have come at the wrong time, adding that the steps would hamper the new government and parliament on the issue of Syria.
#1: They could fight ISIL without ever going to Syria - just shoot them as they try to re-enter Kobane from Turkey.
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The Grand Turk: Turkey must talk to the Syrian Kurds
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[Hurriyet Daily News] It is not easy to understand the contention in the pro-government media -- meaning that portion of the media which acts as a mouthpiece for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) -- that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria, and its military wing, the Peoples Defense Unit (YPG), are more dangerous than the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levent (ISIL).

The "pen-slingers" in this part of the media also refuse to see that if The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
is facing a chaotic situation on its border with Syria today, a significant portion of the blame rests with the serious mistakes and miscalculations of the AKP government, concerning developments in the region. It is more than apparent today that developments in Syria will not unfold according to the AKP's ideologically oriented desires.

It is also apparent that the situation as it has unfolded in Iraq and Syria has forced Washington and other Western countries to favor any group that is opposed to ISIL. The PYD has provided the U.S. with effective allies on the ground fighting ISIL and it is highly unlikely that Washington will change tack on this to please Ankara, especially when Turkey is being accused, rightly or wrongly, of assisting radical Islamic groups fighting the Assad regime.

Erdogan and the AKP have a dangerous inability to read the situation on the ground in order to formulate the best policies that serve Turkey's interests in any given situation. Their obsession with the need to promote the Moslem Brüderbund line following the Arab Spring blinded them and prevented them from realistic appraisals in this regard.

Despite warnings from Ankara, the Syrian Kurds have managed the situation to their advantage, having also gained the sympathy of the West for resisting ISIL. Having proved their mettle to the West, they are unlikely to bow to pressures from Ankara, including military threats.

There is also another side to the coin. The Turkish military may not have much sympathy for Syrian Kurds, but its top brass is aware of the troubles Turkey will bring upon itself with an impulsive intervention in Syria before the legal, political and diplomatic consequences have been thought through.

There have been enough leaks to the media indicating that the upper echelons of the Turkish armed forces are deeply worried about the prospect of being forced into the venture by the government.
Possibly they are keenly aware that their best and brightest are either in prison, on trial for treason, or forcibly retired, leaving the second raters and the political generals in charge.
There are also those who believe that the current mandate by parliament authorizing the Turkish armed forces to respond to any military threat from Syria does not cover what would ultimately amount to invading Syria.

In other words, new authorization from parliament would be needed for such an operation to be legitimate for Turks who are not blinded by support for Erdogan and the AKP. This, however, is unlikely to happen in a hung parliament, especially when polls show that the public is opposed to any engagement in Syria.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Turkey expresses concern over 'demographic change and terror acts' in northern Syria
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[Hurriyet Daily News] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's top security board has expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
over "demographic changes" in northern Syria to the advantage of Syrian Kurds and "terror acts" committed by jihadists against civilians, while avoiding giving a clear indication of a coming military intervention into its southern neighbor.

"The developments taking place in our southern neighbor, Syria, have been assessed in detail and additional measures taken along our border have been reviewed. Concerns over terror acts targeting the civilians in the region as well as attempts for demographic change have been voiced," read the statement issued by the National Security Council (MGK) late June 29.

The MGK was convened under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
and with the participation of senior government and military officials.

The four-hour meeting took place amid growing rumblings from senior government officials that Turkey will not remain silent at the Democratic Union Party's (PYD) alleged removal of Arabs and Turkmens from Tel Abyad and nearby provinces so that more Kurds can be settled.
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India-Pakistan: Former Pakistani PM returns necklace donated by Turkey's first lady
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[Hurriyet Daily News] The former prime minister of Pakistain has returned a necklace donated by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's first lady, Emine Erdogan, in 2010, adhering to the federal investigation agency's (FIA) notice, Pakistain's Dunya News has reported.

Former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had been ordered to return a necklace worth an estimated 200,000 Pak rupees which had been donated by Emine Erdogan in 2010, when her husband, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
, was still Turkey's prime minister, for flood-stricken people in Pakistain. However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
the necklace was later reported to have disappeared.

On June 26, Gilani eventually returned the necklace to Pakistain's Public Records (NADRA) as he had previously pledged, while it was still unclear when it would be returned to Turkey.

Pak Interior Minister Chaurdhry Nisar Ali Khan had ordered the FIA to investigate the disappearance of the necklace, and during the probe Gilani had admitted he was holding the necklace.
#1: "for safekeeping"
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Terror Networks: UK, Canadian, US students about to join terror group?
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[ARABNEWS] Twelve students including British, Canadian, Sudanese and US citizens are feared to have left Khartoum for The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
to try to join Daesh, their university said on Sunday.

Another group of British students of Sudanese origin from the same private University of Medical Sciences and Technology traveled to Turkey in March and it is believed they crossed into Syria.

"We confirmed reports from multiple parties that 12 medical students at the university left for Turkey on Friday," the dean for students Ahmed Babikir told AFP.

Khartoum airport authorities confirmed the group had flown to Turkey and the students' families said they had not seen them since Friday and were unable to find their passports, Babikir added.

"Logic says that they traveled to join the Daesh organization," Babikir said. Seven of the missing students are British, two Canadian, one American and two are Sudanese nationals, he said.

#1: If only we could send most students there.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 04:52 ||Comments

#2: ...and faculty and administrators of the 'studies' departments.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-06-30 08:43 ||Comments

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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Assad aide dies of illness
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[ARABNEWS] Mohammed Nasif Khayrbik, a senior Syrian government security official close to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Supressor of the Damascenes...
, died on Sunday morning after a long illness, state media said.

Khayrbik was a key confidante of the Assad family and the target of EU and US sanctions for his alleged role in putting down anti-government demonstrations and interfering in neighboring Leb.

"The presidency announces the death of retired general Mohammed Nasif Khayrbik, deputy vice president of the republic, after a long illness," Syrian state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
said.
#1: A very bad case of lead poisoning?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 04:53 ||Comments

#2: No, actually a small case of lead poisoning. About 9mm in size. Behind the right ear.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-06-30 07:11 ||Comments

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Europe: 40 imams deported from France since 2012 for 'preaching hatred'
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[ARABNEWS] La Belle France has deported 40 foreign imams for "preaching hatred" in the past three years, a quarter of them in the last six months, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Monday.

The minister vowed to clamp down on mosques and preachers inciting hatred after a suspected Islamist beheaded his boss during an attack on a gas factory last week.

The attack, which had the hallmarks of a terrorist act but is also believed to have personal motivations, was the second in six months in La Belle France which is battling to curb radicalization that has seen hundreds of citizens leave to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria.

Any "foreign preacher of hate will be deported," said Cazeneuve, adding that several mosques were being investigated for inciting terrorism and if found to be doing so, "will be shut down."

"We have deported 40 preachers of hatred since 2012. Since the beginning of the year we have examined 22 cases, and around 10 imams and preachers of hatred have been expelled," said Cazeneuve.

Yassin Salhi, 35, on Sunday confessed during interrogation to killing his boss and pinning his head to a fence of the Air Products factory near the eastern city of Lyon.

The severed head was discovered flanked by two Islamic flags and it later emerged he had sent a selfie of himself with the head to a number believed to belong to a French jihadist currently in Syria.

While Salhi was known to security services for links to radical Islamists in La Belle France, and his crime bore the hallmarks of a terrorist act, sources close to the investigation have suggested a personal dimension after a dispute with his employer two days earlier.

"There is no doubt of the personal motivations but there is a symbolism taken from the most atrocious, abject images of terrorism," said Cazeneuve.



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: UN: Daesh destruction of heritage sites a war crime
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[ARABNEWS] The UN's cultural agency said Monday the destruction of antiquities and heritage sites in conflict zones by the Daesh and other hard boy groups could amount to war crimes.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Bonn, noted the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
's destruction of the ancient city of Hatra in Iraq and expressed "deep concern" about the Syrian archaeological gem of Palmyra, which the group captured in May. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

"Intentional attacks against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes and historic monuments may amount to war crimes," the committee said in a resolution it adopted.

In April, International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she had received allegations of widespread atrocities in Syria and Iraq by IS, as well as the "wanton destruction of cultural property," but said she wasn't opening an investigation as neither country is a member of the court and the imported muscle suspected of involvement are not high-ranking enough to prosecute.

In its resolution, UNESCO said it was "deeply shocked" by repeated attacks by IS and other groups "aimed at destroying cultural diversity through deliberate targeting of individuals and communities on the basis of cultural, ethnic or religious background, as well as places of worship, memory and learning."

It added further that it was alarmed by an increasing number of threats to cultural heritage through looting and illegal excavations "which seriously undermine irreplaceable cultural treasures, among them UNESCO World Heritage sites in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Syria and Yemen.

UNESCO also cautioned that natural world heritage sites in Niger, Congo the Central African Republic and Ivory Coast are threatened by problems "likely to continue long after the end of hostilities."
#1: could amount to war crimes

But won't, because without a head one can't consume beluga caviar?
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#2: Oh my a UN resolution was adopted. That should stop the destruction.

I am waiting for the resolution banning the UN.
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#3: ...but said she wasn't opening an investigation as neither country is a member of the court and the imported muscle suspected of involvement are not high-ranking enough to prosecute.

UNESCO said it was "deeply shocked"

it added further that it was alarmed

Thanks, Fatou. Hard hitting rhetoric like this should keep you on the gravy train for at least the next couple of years at least. Bon appetit!
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel says asked Syrian rebels not to harm Druze
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[Al Ahram] Israel said on Monday it had conditioned humanitarian aid to select Syrian rebel groups on its border on their undertaking not to harm the Druze minority in the country's civil war.

Druze Arabs in Syria have long been loyal to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
, and their brethren in Israel and the Golan Heights, which Israeli forces captured in 1967, have been lobbying the Netanyahu government to safeguard the community.

The Israelis, however, have sought to keep out of the more than four-year-old insurgency against Assad, an old foe who, they fear, may be toppled by more hostile Islamist Lion of Islams.

But in a rare spillover of Syria's sectarian conflict into the Golan, a Druze mob last week beat to death a civil war casualty who was being taken by ambulance to Israel, where hundreds of Syrian maimed have received treatment during the conflict.

Israel has said it has also sent food and water across the frontier.

Briefing news hounds on Monday, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said that, from the outset, Israel knew there were rebels among those it was helping and "placed two conditions on this aid - that terrorist groups not approach the fence, and that the Druze not be touched".

He was referring to the southern Syrian Druze village of Hader on which rebels have encroached, setting off solidarity protests in the Golan and Israel where the Druze are an Arab minority with influence in the military and government.

Another Israeli defence official said that while Israel has not refused medical treatment to any Syrian approaching its lines, "later, when it became clear that they were rebels, we made sure that they understood we expected our conditions to be kept".


Arabia: 5 suspects in Kuwait mosque attack face legal action
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[Al Ahram] Kuwait's interior ministry on Monday referred five suspects linked to the suicide kaboom of a Shiite mosque to the prosecution service for legal action, a security official said.

"We have referred five suspects accused of assisting the jacket wallah to the public prosecution," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
.

They include the driver who took the Saudi bomber to the mosque and the car's owner and his brother, all stateless people or bidoons.

They also include two Kuwaiti citizens -- the owner of the house used as a hideout for the driver, and his brother, the official said.

"More suspects are expected to be referred later," he added.

Security agencies have rounded up an unspecified number of suspects in connection with Friday's blast that killed 26 people dead maimed 227.

The public prosecution will now interrogate the suspects and then refer them for trial.

Kuwait's security agencies have "revised security plans and measures following the attack", said the official, adding that the new measures involve boosting security in general and around mosques in particular.

The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group's Saudi affiliate, the so-called Najd Province, claimed the bombing and identified the assailant as Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid.

Kuwaiti authorities on Sunday said the real name of the bomber was Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba'a, who was born in 1992.

He entered the country through Kuwait Airport at dawn on Friday, the day of the bombing.

A handout photograph of Qaba'a showed a young bearded man wearing a traditional Saudi headdress.

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 interior ministry, meanwhile, said that it has no records of the bomber who flew to Kuwait via Bahrain on the day of the attack.

IS on Monday released a video of Qaba'a in which he threatens Shiites in Kuwait with more attacks.

The head of parliament's budgets committee, MP Adnan Abdulsamad, said it had approved a government request for $400 million in urgent additional funding linked to the "prevailing situation" after the bombing.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian army retakes parts of Hasakeh from IS: Monitor
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[Al Ahram] Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighbourhood in the northeastern city of Hasakeh from the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group on Monday, but heavy festivities continued, a monitor said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based monitor, said regime forces had seized parts of Al-Nashwa district in southern Hasakeh, which IS fighters entered last Thursday.

But it said festivities were continuing around the neighbourhood with "shelling by both sides and air raids on the area where fighting is taking place".

A security source in Damascus confirmed that fighting was still ongoing in the district.

"In Hasakeh, combat is continuing today, and the army is pursuing Daesh wherever they find them," he said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

"Daesh is present mostly in parts of the Al-Nashwa district. They have tried to take other areas, but the army has pushed them back," he added.

He said "deaders are still falling" in Hasakeh but gave no specific toll.

IS launched a new bid to take Hasakeh city, a scenic provincial capital, last week, entering from the south and seizing two neighbourhoods.

The city is divided between the control of regime forces and Kurdish fighters, who have largely kept out of the latest round of fighting.

They have restricted their activity to defending the mostly northern neighbourhoods under their control.

The Observatory said on Monday that IS forces had shelled several Kurdish-controlled districts in the city, but there were no initial reports of casualties.


Africa North: Tunisia makes first beach attack arrests as UK urges fightback
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[Al Ahram] Tunisia said Monday it had made its first arrests after a beach massacre that killed 38 people, as European officials paid tribute to victims of the country's worst jihadist attack.

British Home Secretary Theresa May, speaking at the scene of Friday's gun attack at a Tunisian holiday resort, vowed that "the snuffies will not win" after London warned that Britannia's corpse count could rise to "around 30".

The massacre, claimed by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group, was the deadliest for Britannia since the 2005 London bombings, and there are fears it could inflict a devastating blow to Tunisia's vital tourism industry.

Interior Minister Hajem Gharsalli said the authorities had tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
"a significant number of people from the network that was behind this terrorist criminal", referring to the lone gunman.

May travelled on Monday to the resort of Port el Kantaoui south of Tunis, and promised to fight extremism in the wake of the attack.

"We will be united in working together to defeat them but united also in working to defend our values," May said at a joint news conference with her German, French and Tunisian counterparts after visiting the scene of the killings.

"We are resolved... to defeat those who would do us harm, to defeat those who would undermine our freedom and democracy and to ensure that the snuffies do not win," she added.

May said there was "no evidence" to suggest the British casualties were targeted because of their nationality.

May and the German and French interior ministers, Thomas de Maiziere and Bernard Cazeneuve, joined Tunisian officials in laying a wreath in the sand near the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel where the attack happened.

Cazeneuve echoed May, promising that "we will win this war" and adding that La Belle France would help "ensure the development" of Tunisia's fragile economy.

A spokesperson for British Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
, meanwhile, said Britannia had identified 18 of its nationals killed, but warned that the number may rise to "around 30".
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Africa North: 3 killed, 13 injured following a bomb attack in North Sinai
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[Al Ahram] Three people were killed and 13 others were maimed on Monday in the North Sinai village El Kharouba, following a kaboom on a vehicle belonging to the roads and bridges authority, as they conducted work in the area.

The dead and injured were workers from the roads and bridges authority.

The incident took placeon the road between Al Arish and Sheikh Zowaid where Al Kharouba is located.

Both the dead and injured bodies were transferred to Al Arish's public hospital while the prosecution began carrying out investigations into the incident.

Deputy-governor of North Sinai, Sameh Eissa, visited the injured people in the hospital and ordered the supply of all required medical treatments, as well as facilitating the transfer of cases requiring treatment to any other governorate.


Arabia: Ban urges probe of Saudi strikes on UN compound in Yemen
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[Al Ahram] UN Secretary-General the ephemeral Ban Ki-moon
... of whom it can be said to his credit that he is not Kofi Annan...
on Monday called for a full investigation after Saudi coalition air strikes hit a UN compound in Yemen.

A guard was injured when the office of the UN Development Programme in the southern city of Aden was hit on Sunday, causing serious damage, said UN front man Farhan Haq.

"The secretary-general urges a full investigation into this incident and that anyone found to be responsible for any breaches be held to account," said Haq.

He added that the incident underscored the need to end the fighting in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
and return to the negotiation table.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Turkey to take "necessary measures" on border security: PM Davutoglu
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[Al Ahram] Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
was prepared for all necessary measures to tackle security threats along its borders, highlighting Ankara's growing anxiety about conflict near its southern frontier in Syria.

The National Security Council, chaired by President Tayyip Erdogan, expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
about a threat of "terrorism" from the Syrian border as local media reported Ankara was considering military steps to counter security risks from Syria.

A statement from the council following its meeting also said Turkey was worried about demographic changes in the region, in an apparent reference to the displacement of Arab and Turkmen Syrians following fighting in recent weeks.

Syrian Kurdish forces continued to make military advances against Islamic snuffies with Ankara fearing the creation of an autonomous Kurdish state in Syrian territory that would further embolden Turkey's own 14 million Kurds.

Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey would never allow the formation of a Kurdish state along its southern borders.

Syrian Kurdish forces secured the town of Kobane next to the border over the weekend, beating back Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boys.

"If any harm is to come to Turkey's border security, if Turkey reaches the conclusion that this garden of peace is being threatened, it is prepared for any eventuality," Davutoglu said in comments broadcast late on Sunday.

"We will take the necessary measures to reduce the risks related to cross-border security."

The pro-government Star newspaper said a possible cross-border operation would be considered at the national security council meeting, citing unnamed sources.

One option that could be considered was the creation of a 110 km (70 mile) "secure zone" within Syria, the newspaper said.

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

Saban Disli, an adviser to Davutoglu, told Rooters the meeting was likely to bring a change in the military's rules of engagement, describing advances of both Kurdish forces and Islamic State snuffies as "dangerous".

He did not say how the rules could be changed. However,
a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package...
the pro-government Sabah newspaper said policy could be altered to allow Turkish forces to attack Islamic State fighters near the border. Currently, Turkish forces retaliate in kind against any attack from Syrian territory.

"Turkey will not take any unilateral step on the Syrian side independent of the international coalition," a senior government official told Rooters. "But we have our sensitivity on border gates not coming under the control of ISIL or the PYD (Kurdish forces)."
#1: "We will do whatever it takes to keep the Kurds down."
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-06-30 00:43 ||Comments



Home Front: WoT: US arrests New Jersey man on IS support charges
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 402 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Al Ahram] US authorities placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
a 23-year-old New Jersey man Monday on charges of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group after he helped his brother travel to the Middle East, allegedly to join the group.

The Justice Department said Alaa Saadeh bought his brother a plane ticket and drove him to New York's John F Kennedy Airport along with another person on May 5.

The brother, who was not identified, was arrested in Jordan on suspicion of supporting IS, which operates in Syria and Iraq, according to the Justice Department.

The Justice Department said the FBI and a Joint Terrorism Task Force had been investigating Saadeh, his brother and two other suspects as they allegedly conspired to travel overseas to join IS, also known as ISIL.

The other alleged co-conspirators were arrested earlier this month.

"In recorded conversations with an informant, Saadeh revealed his support for ISIL, including the terrorist organizations use of beheadings and mass killings to impose its violent agenda. Saadeh also stated that he planned to travel overseas with CC-2 'at some point,'" the Justice Department said, referring to an unnamed co-conspirator arrested June 13 in New York.

Saadeh was charged with conspiring to provide services and personnel to IS, aiding and abetting such attempts, and attempting to persuade a witness to lie to the FBI.

Each charge carries a maximum 20 years in prison.

The arrest was the latest in a string targeting IS sympathizers in the United States, often as a result of FBI sting operations.


Iraq: Iraq PM 'retires' army chief of staff: Spokesman
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 377 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Al Ahram] Iraqi premier Haider al-Abadi has "retired" the army's chief of staff, the most senior officer removed since jihadists overran large parts of the country last year, his front man said Monday.

General Babaker Zebari "has been retired" on Abadi's orders, Saad al-Hadithi told AFP, without providing further details.

Abadi has sacked dozens of army and coppers in an effort to restructure and improve security forces that performed disastrously when the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadist group launched an offensive last June, overrunning major areas north and west of Baghdad.

But it is unclear if Zebari was removed as part of that effort, or for other reasons.

Multiple Iraqi army divisions collapsed during the initial IS offensive, with soldiers abandoning weapons, vehicles and uniforms in their haste to flee.

The Iraqi military suffers from both poor training -- which the US military says it largely abandoned after the 2011 withdrawal of American forces -- and lacking leadership.

Zebari repeatedly said before the withdrawal that it would be better if American forces stayed, as it would take years for the Iraqi army to be fully ready.

"If I were asked about the withdrawal, I would say to politicians: the US army must stay until the Iraqi army is fully ready in 2020," Zebari told AFP in 2010.

While Zebari was chief of staff, military responsibility was devolved elsewhere post 2011, with former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki centralising control of the armed forces in his office and bypassing the defence ministry.


Africa Subsaharan: UN extends Darfur peacekeeping mission amid withdrawal calls
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 0 Comments 411 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Al Ahram] The United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
Security Council on Monday extended for another year a peacekeeping mission to protect civilians and ensure aid delivery in Sudan's remote western region of Darfur despite calls by Khartoum to withdraw the $1.1 billion operation.

Law and order have collapsed in much of Darfur, where mainly non-Arab rebels took up arms in 2003 against the Arab-led government in Khartoum, accusing it of discrimination. A joint African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
-United Nations Mission (UNAMID) deployed in 2007.

Sudan asked UNAMID late last year to prepare to leave amid a dispute over attempts by the mission to investigate an alleged mass rape by Sudanese soldiers in the Darfur town of Tabit. The government denies any wrongdoing by the soldiers.

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Security Council stressed that any withdrawal of the mission would be measured against benchmarks and conditions on the ground and implemented in a phased, flexible, reversible manner.

"Now is not the time to cut and run. Sudan has the greatest number of internally displaced people in Africa. And 2014 saw the worst level of suffering in the last 10 years," British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft told news hounds.

The council expressed deep concern at the serious deterioration in the security situation in Darfur, "in particular, through a marked escalation of hostilities between government forces and rebel gangs."

"UNAMID must continue to give priority in decisions about the use of available capacity and resources to the protection of civilians ... and ensuring safe, timely and unhindered humanitarian access," the council resolution said.


-Lurid Crime Tales-: Memphis Mayor Wants to Literally Dig Up Confederate General and Move Him
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 14 Comments 175 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[MEDIAITE] Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has called for the removal of the grave of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park, along with an attached memorial.

"These relics, these messages of this despicable period of this great nation, it's time for those to be moved," Wharton said in a presser Thursday.

Most historians believe that Forrest was also the first Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan, although he later distanced himself from the group as they became more violent. "This is not just an ordinary monument," Wharton said. "This is a monument to a man who was the avowed founder of the organization that has as its purpose the intimidation, the oppression of black folks."

The local Sons of Confederate Veterans are opposed to the mayor's proposal, naturally. Its leader calls Forrest "very well respected, and a military leader who is still studied worldwide in military academies today."
#1: He'd probably feel more at home at Ivey Hill cemetery out in Upperville, VA. The ride out of Memphis and up into the Northern Virginia horse country would do him good. Imagine the turn out. Route 50, Lee Highway, will be a mess.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-06-30 01:42 ||Comments

#2: Methinks the Libs + aligned have gone too far wid this Confederate flag removal.

As predicted, FERGUSON + OTHER "POLICE ABUSE" INCIDENTS have utterly failed to start a "race war" in the US, but pushing this Confederate flag removal thingy could end up actually putting America = Amerika on the path to a de facto SECOND CIVIL WAR.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-06-30 03:21 ||Comments

#3: Behavior that is rewarded is reinforced. Joseph.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 05:03 ||Comments

#4: According to pro-FBedord-orrest web site:

-Bedford-Forest tradaded slaves but made of point of not selling them to people who teated thelm badly. True(?)

-Had Black body-guards during the war. True?

-Creted the KKK as an anti-carpetbagger movement. In fact according to that site his first his first action was against a Black man who beat his wife. Truee?

-Made a speech in front of a Black assembly telling "he had never been an ennemy of the Negro race" (at that time neither Balaks or Whites consdered this term as insulting). This should be verifiable. If that speech really took place then the simple fact he was invited to speak at a Black assembly is significant.

-Like Beauregard, he spent his last years helping Blacks. True?

-Was mourned by many Blaks when he died. That should be easily verifiable. just read the press relases about his death.

The foling is a pro Bedford-Forrest article about most of the pints I talked about.

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Posted by: jfm512@free.fr|| 2015-06-30 07:58 ||Comments

#5: http://www.examiner.com/article/in-defense-of-nathan-bedford-forrest
Posted by: JFM|| 2015-06-30 08:24 ||Comments

#6: You talking about society that bans "Tom Sawyer", JFM.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 09:05 ||Comments

#7: Klan propaganda horseshit, JFM. Typical self-serving paternalistic bilgewater at three removes. Forrest was responsible for the Fort Pillow massacre of USCT artillerymen, and bragged about the slaughter afterwards. He was a liar, a slaver, and a war criminal, whatever his other military virtues.
Posted by: hagmaier@gmail.com|| 2015-06-30 09:48 ||Comments

#8: He was a liar, a slaver, and a war criminal, whatever his other military virtues.
Posted by Mitch H
.

Seems a good Democrat can never catch a break, even in the hereafter.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-06-30 10:03 ||Comments

#9: You talking about society that bans "Tom Sawyer"

But even to this day they borrow a page out of Tom Sawyer and try to whitewash Forrest away.

He was what he was. Leave him there. Let people remember and learn.
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 10:56 ||Comments

#10:
Posted by: Herman Speaking for Boskone6458|| 2015-06-30 12:40 ||Comments

#11: Late in the war while serving under General Stephen D. Lee, Forrest experienced tactical defeat at the Battle of Tupelo in 1864. Concerned about Union supply lines, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman sent a force under the command of Maj. Gen. Andrew J. Smith to deal with Forrest. The Union forces drove the Confederates from the field and Forrest was wounded in the foot, but his forces were not wholly destroyed. The General and his troops hid in the woods and were not located by the Union forces. They couldn't see Forrest for the trees.
Posted by: BrerRabbit|| 2015-06-30 14:15 ||Comments

#12: Groan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 14:35 ||Comments

#13:
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 14:36 ||Comments

#14: The frenzy with which this wave of liberal guilt and manipulative race hustling is amazing. Literally destroy history and all traces of a past that you don't like. The rate of the entropy of the Republic continues its acceleration under Champ, and many of the things being done inside government may never be undone, moving the inevitable confrontation that seems to loom once the money stops buying votes and favors....It didn't have to be this way but it seems to be framing along demographic lines in spite of many who hate that idea....
Posted by: NoMoreBS|| 2015-06-30 15:33 ||Comments



Economy: Governor: Puerto Rico near 'death spiral'
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 8 Comments 178 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[MONEY.CNN] Puerto Rico can no longer make payments on its $73 billion in debt, according to Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, who warns the island is perilously close to entering a "death spiral"

"The debt is not payable ... there is no other option. This is not politics, this is math," Garcia Padilla told the New York Times
...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...
in an interview published Sunday evening. "But we have to make the economy grow. If not, we will be in a death spiral."

The warning comes just one day before the governor is expected to release a report, conducted by former officials at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, that paints a very bleak picture of the commonwealth's finances. According to media reports, the governor will deliver a major speech Monday following the report's release.
#1: And no one got anything for your debt. Just like Greece.
You are black holes in the world.
What do you plan to do about YOUR state spending?
Posted by: newc|| 2015-06-30 00:23 ||Comments

#2: Nobody could have predicted this.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 2015-06-30 00:41 ||Comments

#3: Near?
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-06-30 01:47 ||Comments

#4: Greek model? Independence from the running dog capitalists?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-06-30 08:40 ||Comments

#5: PR bond holders were getting something like 10% tax-free interest according to one report I read; for rates like that you know you're assuming a lot of risk (they're on the order of 100 times money market rates.) Default, without bailout: it's the only way to teach the needed lesson about investment risk.
Posted by: Glenmore|| 2015-06-30 10:20 ||Comments

#6: Repeat of the State of Franklin only lasted more than Franklin's four years. Also never switched to a corn liqueur based currency... although they do have rum.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-06-30 10:32 ||Comments

#7: $73B?!?! WTF?!?! How many votes did that buy?
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 13:25 ||Comments

#8: Too bad that Roosevelt Roads resort plan never turned out, eh guv'nor?
Posted by: Pappy|| 2015-06-30 14:50 ||Comments



Europe: Greece will not pay IMF loan due on Tuesday: government official
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 5 Comments 77 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[NEWS.YAHOO] Greece will not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, a Greek government official confirmed on Monday, highlighting the depth of the financial crisis facing the country.

Ministers have said repeatedly that Greece would not have the funds to pay the IMF unless it reached a deal with creditors to unlock 7.2 billion euros in bailout funds frozen while the two sides wrestled over the conditions demanded of Athens.
#1: I am so surprised by this. You could knock me over with two by four. Literally.

I do like the "we can't pay you back unless you loan us more money" part, though.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-06-30 00:48 ||Comments

#2: As further evidence that Syriza never ever had any other intention except to default on the E.U./IMF loan: On Saturday evening the E.U./ IMF financial ministers, in a last ditch effort to prevent Greek default, offered a new proposal conceding to the major and majority of Greek demands. Greek negotiators refused to even look at the new proposal and walked out on negotiations. A few hours later Tsipras called for the referendum.
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras, (like Obama) won election by making promises to the people he knew from the beginning were impossible to keep. This week leaders of the IMF and EU/ECB once again called Tsipras's bluff.
With bailout funds due to expire on June 30, and the opposition party calling for a new elections, Tsipras knew the ruse was over. Late on Saturday night, Tsipras desperate for a scapegoat responded by calling instead for a "referendum" (to be held on July 5).
The referendum, asks the Greek people to choose whether to accept the E.U. bailout (and the demanded austerity) or leave the Euro.
As things currently stand, there will be no actual bailout proposal being offered on July 5 for the Greek people to accept or reject.
Since the bailout program will already be expired and the banks out of money, the referendum will be pointless except to assign blame away from Tsipras.
If the Greek voters vote "no" then the default gets blamed on the people. If people vote "yes" the E.U. and the people get blamed.
Either way the vote solves nothing because the EU/ECB and the IMF will still refuse to release bailout funds without a new negotiated agreement.
But either way Tsipras passes the responsibility and blame onto the backs of the Greek voters.
(Where in reality it probably should be anyway for electing a communist in the first place)
Posted by: junkiron|| 2015-06-30 02:08 ||Comments

#3: (Where in reality it probably should be anyway for electing a communist in the first place) Posted by junkiron

Cause please meet effect. Similar outcomes may await us here as well. Our 49 percent crowd will remain in steadfast 'Greek' denial.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-06-30 02:14 ||Comments

#4: Friday, maybe?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 05:21 ||Comments

#5: ..which year decade?
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-06-30 09:10 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: NBCUniversal cuts ties with Donald Trump
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 12 Comments 212 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[MONEY.CNN] NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for next January. Both pageants were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump.

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement on Monday. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."

Speaking to news hounds after a campaign event in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown
... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,...
, Trump said he had enjoyed a "great" relationship with NBC but would not back down on his views about immigration. Trump told CNN correspondent Athena Jones that he may sue NBC.
#1: OK gringos, listen up.

N - The letter eñe is used with words such as "piñata," "jalapeño" and "piña colada".
B - Spanish "b" closely resembles the "b" in the word "boy," except that the lips are held tense.
C - Spanish "c" closely resembles the English "k" sound.

Your next leftist liberal language lesson will be in Arabic أمريكي.
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 || 2015-06-30 00:30 ||Comments

#2: "At NBC, respect and dignity for all mugs who buy the crap we advertise are cornerstones of our values,"

Fixed it
Posted by: phil_b|| 2015-06-30 01:51 ||Comments

#3: "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,"
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-06-30 02:22 ||Comments

#4: Is it bad to hope that Trump buys NBC and fires them all?
Posted by: Silentbrick|| 2015-06-30 04:40 ||Comments

#5: Trump tends to avoid bad investments like NBC.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-06-30 08:02 ||Comments

#6: Ok, Frigos listen to me instead.

C is pronounced K only in front of A, U, O or a consonant. In front of E and I it is prounced S but with the tongue between the teeth. You need to be able to make it sound different since there is a second S-like sound (this one like the English S) and some words change meaning depending on what S sound you use.
Posted by: JFM|| 2015-06-30 08:23 ||Comments

#7: In front of E and I it is prounced S but with the tongue between the teeth. You need to be able to make it sound different since there is a second S-like sound (this one like the English S) and some words change meaning depending on what S sound you use.

That pronunciation guide is only valid for Old World Spanish (Spain), dear JFM. In the New World former colonies, the soft C sounds exactly like an S, the lisped S being considered a mark of the effete former rulers. On the other hand, New Worlders are equal opportunity mockers, taking on the overly enunciated Mexicans and the ts of Chile with similar glee... or so my university Spanish instructors informed us.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-06-30 08:43 ||Comments

#8: Depends, TW. A few days ago I had the occasion to speak with a woman and I only guessed she was not Spanish when she used a word no longer used in Spain. In fact she was Argentinian but from Cordoba. Unlike in Buenos Aires population comes mostly not from Spain but from Italy and speaks with some italian-like sounds, in Cordoba people are from Spanish stock and use Spanish sounds without the long tonic syllabs of central Americans, and with diferentiated S and Z.

As an example "Voy a caZar esos dos tortolitos" (I am goint to hunt these two doves). "Voy a caSar esos dos tortolitos" (I am going to celebrate a marriage between those two young lovers)
Posted by: JFM|| 2015-06-30 09:26 ||Comments

#9: It won't be hard to boycott NBC. I never watch it anyway.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-06-30 11:29 ||Comments

#10: Yeah, I remember the time Trump started mouthing off in a bar I was in about Mexicans and I had to kick his ass and teach him a lesson. In fact, I think I did it twice. Or was it three times?
Posted by: Brian Williams|| 2015-06-30 12:34 ||Comments

#11: It won't be hard to boycott NBC. I never watch it anyway.

I'll have to start watching it so I can boycott it.
Posted by: gorb|| 2015-06-30 13:25 ||Comments

#12: As an example "Voy a caZar esos dos tortolitos" (I am goint to hunt these two doves). "Voy a caSar esos dos tortolitos" (I am going to celebrate a marriage between those two young lovers)

Now I know something about Argentina that I did not before. Thank you, JFM.
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-06-30 15:08 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Putin Reiterates Russia's Support To Syrian Regime
Posted by Fred 06/30/2015  00:00 4 Comments 366 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[RFERL.ORG] President Vladimir Putin
...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead...
has said that Russia's "policy to support Syria, the Syrian leadership, and the Syrian people remains unchanged."

Putin was speaking at a meeting with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem at the Kremlin on June 29.

At a presser with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, Muallem said he had been assured that "Russia will continue to help Syria politically, economically, and militarily."

Putin also exhorted all Middle East countries to "pool their efforts together" to fight Islamic myrmidons, especially the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
bully boy group, which holds large swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq.
#1: There is a Russian facility in the port of Tartus where the Rooskis refuel their fleet tugs. Losing that would be unfortunate. I suspect the Russians will not let a friendly regime go under, especially if it means dealing with the Iranians or such.

On the other hand, if Putin ever wanted to buy Greece, now is the time.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-06-30 01:30 ||Comments

#2: True to form, a Fleet Salvage Tug/Veeesil was deployed wid the MOSKA-led task force recently ordered deployed to widin "striking range" of CONUS by Vlad.
Posted by: JosephMendiola|| 2015-06-30 03:14 ||Comments

#3: Russians are such sentimentalists! Just because they've liked his dad...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 04:56 ||Comments

#4:
Posted by: Herman Speaking for Boskone6458|| 2015-06-30 12:49 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Rebels, Ukrainians continue to exchange fire
Posted by badanov 06/30/2015  00:00 1 Comments 635 words Read the whole thing on page 3


For a map, click here. You can enlarge the map, if you open it separately.

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

Both sides in this year old war continue to blame the other for ceasefire violations over the past 48 hours, according to official and Russian language news accounts.

Artillery fire has been reported Monday in western Donetsk suburbs, Shirokino, which is near the Sea of Azov and in Gorlovka, north of Donetsk city. Additionally, firefights with small arms have been reported as well.

According to a new release posted on its website, the defense ministry of Donetsk said that ceasefire violations over the previous 24 hours have taken place 15 times, in locations such as the western Donetsk city sectors of Spartak, Oktyabrskiy district and at the airport. The report said that 82mm and 120mm mortars were used as well as 125mm tank guns.

Ukrainian news report say that rebels have been conducting infantry attacks on Peski and in Avdievka over the same time period. According to a news account in tsensor.net, elements of the Ukrainian 95rd Independent Airborne brigade were preparing to fight off more rebel infantry attacks on Monday. According to the report, rebel forces have been probing into the area, but more attacks have not materialized. Rebel forces launched an infantry attack on Avdievka last Thursday, but were driven back by the Ukrainians.

Another news account posted on korrespondent.net said that rebel forces have violated the ceasefire more than 70 times including in Marinka and Krasnogorovka using 82mm and 120mm mortars on Saturday. Artillery fire on Ukrainian positions also were recorded in Opytnoye and in Avdievka.

According to Doentsk ministry of defense spokesman Lt. Colonel Eduard Basurin, Ukrainian forces have reinforced their positions near Marinka with a total of six tanks. He also is quoted as saying eight 122m self propelled howitzers were found nearby at Ostroye.

On Monday, a group with the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observed several violations of the ceasefire near the grounds of the Donetsk airport, a total of 139 "explosions", not counting small arms fire, according to a separate news account in korrespondent.net.

Ukrainian military units as well as rebel units hold parts of the Donetsk airport area.

Rebel official reports say that Ukrainian artillery struck western residential regions of Gorlovka starting at 1900 hrs Monday night (Moscow time) and continuing for several hours. The report characterized the artillery attacks as "massive."

In and near Shirokino

Saturday, according to a korrespondent.net news account, rebel forces fired artillery on Ukrainian positions near Mariupol, using mortars.

More recently, according to a separate news account in korrespodent.net, quoting spokesman for the Ukrainian volunteer "Azov" Regiment, Yaroslav Chepurnoy, rebel artillery hit Ukrainian targets in several towns around Shirokino and Mariupol, using 122mm rocket artillery. One position, a Ukrainian observation post in Berdyansk was redeployed due to the intense artillery fire, contrary to reports by the OSCE that that position had been abandoned.

Conflicting reports from the OSCE and from Ukrainian sources have enmerged. Ukrainian news sources say that rebel artillery hit targets in Starognatovki and Granitnoye Monday starting at around 0900 hrs, using 122mm self propelled tube artillery.

Sunday rebel artillery struck Ukrainian positions in Shirokino and in Starognatovki using 82mm and 120 mm mortars, small arms fire and RPG fire.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com and on Twitter. You can read past articles about the 2014 war in southeastern Ukraina by clicking here.
#1:
Posted by: Herman Speaking for Boskone6458|| 2015-06-30 12:38 ||Comments



Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Leningrad siege survivor left to die from neglect
Posted by ryuge 06/30/2015  00:00 4 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Europe: Serbia unveils Gavrilo Princip monument
Posted by ryuge 06/30/2015  00:00 4 Comments 88 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[RFE/RL] Serbia has unveiled a monument to Gavrilo Princip, whose assassination of the Austro-Hungarian crown prince in Sarajevo helped trigger World War I. Princip, a Bosnian Serb nationalist, still inflames controversy in the Balkans.

Hundreds of Serbs attended the unveiling ceremony on June 28, the day of the assassination in 1914. It is also the Serbian national holiday St. Vitus day.

President Tomislav Nikolic described Princip as a hero. He said, "Princip was a symbol of the idea of freedom."
#1: There's actually been a Princip 'monument' of sorts. A set of bronze footprints in the pavement where Princip stood when he assassinated Franz Ferdinand. No sign to tell you what it is about; you have to ask a local, who all know.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-06-30 07:18 ||Comments

#2: And therefore responsible for all the deaths of WWI, Part II aka WWII, the various Bolsi revolutions sparked across the globe. "Did I do that?". Yes.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-06-30 08:05 ||Comments

#3: Now, really, P2K. If Europeans of the time weren't ready to fight, a hundred assassination wouldn't change anything---look at WOT.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 09:00 ||Comments

#4: There are a lot of hay stacks out there with the potential. It still requires a spark to get them burning.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-06-30 09:14 ||Comments



Southeast Asia: PNoy conceals MILF terror links for BBL passage
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Southeast Asia: Pitao tipster to get P5.6M bounty
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[Inquirer] The person who tipped off the Philippine military regarding the whereabouts of New People's Army commander Leoncio Pitao will get the P5.6-million bounty offered for the capture, dead or alive, of the communist leader.

Maj. Gen. Eduardo Año, commander of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said the tipster directed security forces to Pitao's location, helping end a months-long operation targeting the most notorious communist guerrilla leader in Southern Mindanao. He said the military and the Philippine National Police would process the reward and release it to the tipster.

Pitao, also known as "Commander Parago", was killed in a encounter with Army Special Forces on Sunday afternoon, according to Col. Harold Cabreros, commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade. Cabreros said, "He was cornered. His comrades left him behind and fled after the fighting."

A woman believed to be Pitao's medic was also killed in the clash. She was indentified as Kyle Limpag of Compostella Valley province.

Año said the killing of Pitao was a huge blow to the NPA in the Davao region. He said, "This is really a huge setback. This is going to be the fall of the NPA in the Davao region."

NPA Southern Mindanao political director Simon Santiago said the insurgent group saluted Pitao for dedicating his entire life to "the service of the people."

Santiago said Pitao, despite his deteriorating health, preferred to fight instead of seeking medical treatment in the city. He said, "The (military) are wrong when they say Parago's death will weaken the revolutionary movement."

Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte consoled Pitao's family on Monday following confirmation of the militant leader's death. He described Pitao as a "warrior and a friend."

Duterte said, "I assure the communists, as long as they are not combatants, that they can come here and commiserate with the family."

Duterte said he believed Pitao's fall was "just a matter of time."

“You cannot be lucky all the time. There’s always a time to die," he said.


Africa North: ISIS Whacks Egypt’s Chief Prosecutor
Posted by Steve White 06/30/2015  00:00 1 Comments 768 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Hat tip Michael Totten.
Egypt's top prosecutor was assassinated Monday morning, dying in an explosion near his home in Cairo, state-run media reported.

The blast targeted the convoy of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat and destroyed several cars in the eastern neighborhood of Heliopolis. Six other people were reported injured.
From googled photos, it looks like quite a mess.
Initial media reports had called Barakat's injuries grave, but Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar had insisted on state TV that none of the injuries was life-threatening.
He was just pining for the fjords...
Police said they had no details yet on the cause of the explosion.

Barakat's death came a day before the second anniversary of the mass protests against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. Several groups have claimed responsibility for attacks that have killed hundreds of police and soldiers over the past two years.

The Sinai-based, ISIS-affiliated State of Sinai -- formerly known as Ansar Bait El-Maqdis -- has claimed responsibility for the deadliest of these attacks.

The Muslim Brotherhood has denied government allegations that it has been responsible for the violence. But in May, the group endorsed a call by clerics to fight the July 2013 coup that overthrew Morsy by all means possible, including retribution against army officers, police officers, judges, journalists and politicians whom the Muslim Brotherhood accuses of being complicit in the killing of innocent civilians.
Which makes them terrorists...
Over the past several months, terrorists militants have targeted judges. In May, three judges were shot dead in North Sinai.

"All Egypt's judges have been targeted since the trials of terrorist groups and their members began," Abdalla Fathy, the head of Egypt's judges' club, told CNN in May. "But there are specific people that confronted the Muslim Brotherhood regime, and these were the ones initially targeted."

The prosecutor general's office is responsible for referring all criminal cases, including controversial terrorism and political cases, to court.

"His life is always threatened," the prosecutor general's office told CNN when asked about threats just before his death was announced.
An Nahar adds:
The bomb had destroyed several cars and blew out storefront windows, an AFP news hound at the scene said. At least five vehicles were completely gutted in the kaboom.

Health ministry front man Hossam Abdel Gaffar said eight people were maimed in the blast, including two civilians and five coppers guarding Barakat.

Bomb squad chief General Mohammed Gamal told AFP it was either a boom-mobile or a bomb concealed underneath a vehicle.

Barakat died of organ failure caused by his severe wounds, a doctor who treated him told AFP.

On Monday two more people were killed in Sinai when a roadside kaboom struck a bus transporting provincial officials, police said.
Update from Al Ahram at 6:40 a.m. ET:
Nine people, including two drivers and five members of the security forces, were maimed when a bomb hit the prosecutor's convoy near the military academy in the upscale district of Heliopolis, health ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar said. The blast damaged the fronts of nine houses and destroyed 31 vehicles, four of which were torched, a security source told state news agency MENA.

A boom-mobile had parked in a street near Barakat's house, through which his convoy would pass every day on his way to work, the justice ministry said. When it went off, Barakat's vehicle, along with others, were swept away and quickly caught fire.
#1: Just go to military courts.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-06-30 04:49 ||Comments