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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Evidently not lightning - Arson Suspect in Wine Country Wildfires is Arrested
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  01:51 0 Comments 268 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[LI] In the course of the past week, the Wine Country Wildfires have incinerated more than 200,000 acres, obliterated or damaged more than 5,500 homes, and displaced over 100,000 people. The current death tool stands at 41, including a private contractor who was bringing water to fight the blazes when his vehicle rolled over.
"He was helping to fight the fires and do the right thing," said CHP Capt. Mike Palacio. "Unfortunately, at this point, we don’t know what happened."

..."This has been the deadliest week that we’ve experienced here in California... from wildfires," Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant said Monday.

Sonoma County officials report that a suspect has been arrested for arson in connection to the area’s blazes.

The arson suspect is Jesus Fabian Gonzales, 29, Sgt. Spencer Crum, a spokesman for the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office told CNBC. Crum described him as "a transient out of Sonoma" and said the suspect was "arrested for setting a small fire in a park in Sonoma on Sunday."

Speaking at the Tuesday afternoon press conference, Giordano said the arson suspect was seen "walking away from a small fire" and stopped by deputies. Also, the suspect allegedly had "a fire extinguisher and a lighter with him," said the sheriff.

Giordano said the suspect was asked whether he started the fire and responded that "he started the fire to warm himself up ‐ something to that effect."

This is at least good news for California’s largest electric utility company, which has seen its stock plummet over concerns it could be found liable for the fires that have ravaged Northern California.

Europe: Why Europe's New Nationalists Love Israel
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  01:27 1 Comments 2555 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[PJ Media] The existence and success of the State of Israel changes everything. It is not merely a promise, spiritualized by Christianity into a vision of another life beyond this one, but a living, breathing people that punches above its weight in every field of human endeavor. Perhaps the people of Israel will help fulfill their mission to be a light unto the nations by example. Europe's new nationalists may attempt to emulate Israel not but superceding it or by asserting their claims for election against each other, but by seeking to identify its virtues.
#1: Could it be that the Jewish state stands for something ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-10-19 01:33 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Man convicted in plot to behead right-wing provocateur over cartoon contest
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  01:26 0 Comments 156 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] 28-year-old David Wright could face life imprisonment over plan to kill blogger Pamela Geller

A man who authorities say fell under the influence 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....
group was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead a conservative American blogger for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest.

Home Front: Politix: Why Did Virginia Dems Eliminate Their Black Lt. Governor Nominee From Campaign Mailers?
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  01:10 0 Comments 86 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Townhall] We wrote about the Virginia gubernatorial race yesterday, and that contest has since generated additional attention for two reasons. We'll get to the second one below, but first, please review this 'before and after' shot of Democratic campaign mailers and see you if you can spot the difference. It's, uh, not subtle:

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Congress Probes Whether Soetoro DOJ Used The 'Trump Dossier' Before Surveillance Court
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  01:00 2 Comments 195 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Daily Caller] Both the House and the Senate are investigating whether the former President Barack Obama’s administration used intelligence in a salacious "Trump Dossier" as "evidence" before a secret federal surveillance court to obtain permission to spy on Donald Trump campaign aides and later his transition team.

Leaders in Congress are trying to find out if the Obama Justice Department and the FBI introduced the totally unsubstantiated material alleging unsavory connections between Trump and Russia before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, congressional aides told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The FBI used the dossier to secure permission to monitor the communications of Trump associate Carter Page, based on U.S. officials briefed on the Russia investigation, CNN reported in April.

The latest inquiries began Oct. 4, when the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence subpoenaed Fusion GPS, a political opposition research firm based in Washington, D.C., to appear before the committee and turn over bank documents. The committee is also seeking all Justice Department applications before the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, also called the FISA court, to determine if any of the applicants rely on information from the dossier.
#1: How about issuing a subpoena to both Soetoro and Holder and ask them under oath ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-10-19 01:17 ||Comments

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-Lurid Crime Tales-: Senate seeks to interview FBI informant in Russian nuclear bribery case
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  00:54 0 Comments 178 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[The Hill] The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday sought permission to interview an FBI informant who helped agents uncover a major corruption scheme by Russian nuclear officials seeking to aggressively expand their American business under the Obama administration.

The undercover witness, who has not been publicly identified, spent nearly five years helping agents build a case that resulted in one of Russia's top nuclear industry officials in the United States, a Russian financier and an American trucking executive to plead guilty in 2015 to charges related to a racketeering scheme that prosecutors said involved bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering.

The informant possesses information about the extent of Russian efforts to curry favor inside the United States that he has been prevented from disclosing to the courts and Congress because he signed an FBI nondisclosure statement, his lawyer Victoria Toensing told The Hill on Tuesday.

The undercover witness was threatened by Justice officials when he tried to disclose some of the information in a lawsuit during last year's election, forcing him to withdraw his legal action, the lawyer alleged.

Government: Senate bill to extend Obamacare payments Tango Uniform
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  00:49 0 Comments 144 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[The Hill] A Senate healthcare deal to extend critical ObamaCare payments to insurers appears all but completely dead just 24 hours after it was announced.

President Trump reversed course Wednesday and said he opposed the deal, while Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office said the Senate should keep its focus on repealing and replacing President Obama’s signature law.

Sen. John Thune (S.D.), the third-ranking Senate Republican, acknowledged the deal had "stalled out."

Some Republican senators said they were working on changes to move the bill in a more conservative direction, but those efforts appeared to have little chance of success.

Democrats, who hailed the agreement on Tuesday, signaled they were preparing to blame Republicans for walking away from the deal crafted by Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the panel’s top Democrat.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Holder Defends Comey Drafting Exoneration Before Completing Clinton Investigation
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  00:46 0 Comments 255 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Free Beacon] Former Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that former FBI Director James Comey should have been able to come to determinations about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server before interviewing her.

Holder was appointed attorney general in the Obama Administration and had thus worked with Comey, although he had been replaced by Loretta Lynch by the time Comey was investigating Clinton’s server. As a former head of the Justice Department, Holder took no issue with the fact that Comey was drafting his statement before interviewing Clinton.

"You can make determinations about where an investigation is likely to go before you actually speak to the subject of that investigation," Holder said. "That inquiry had been underway for an extended period of time."

Holder said his "guess" is that Comey understood where the investigation was going after a certain amount of work had been done.

"A lot of resources had been used," he added. "A lot of people had been spoken to. A lot of documents had been reviewed. So you can get to, you know, pretty close to the end of an investigation and understand where you're going to go with it before you actually talk to the subject of the investigation."

Tapper also asked Holder about his criticism of Comey for making a statement exonerating Clinton that nevertheless seemed critical of her. Holder stood by that judgment but said he trusted Comey’s integrity.

Iraq: Germany to stop training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in Iraq
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:09 0 Comments 288 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[DW] Germany said on Wednesday it will halt its training mission in northern Iraq as it seeks unity in a country that has seen tensions soar between the government and the Kurds in the past few days.

Germany has been a major partner of the Kurdish peshmerga forces and has supported its war efforts against 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....
" (IS) since September 2014.

It has supplied 2,000 assault rifle and machine guns, as well as other weapons valued at around 90 million euros. Some 130 German soldiers are stationed in Erbil to train the Kurdish fighters.

"We had agreed last Friday with the foreign office to pause the training so no wrong signal would be sent," German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen told news hounds on Wednesday.

A government front man on Wednesday said the suspension of the training was temporary and any decision on resuming it will be subject to daily examination of the situation in Iraq, which faces the possibility of a new civil war.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: IDF raids Palestinian media companies suspected of incitement
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:09 0 Comments 581 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] Israeli security forces raid West Bank offices of 8 Paleostinian media, production companies working with Hamas and Islamic Jihad-affiliated TV channels; equipment was impounded and two suspects nabbed during raid; channels‐based in Gazoo, Leb‐will continue broadcasting.

IDF and Shin Bet forces raided eight media and production companies providing services to Paleostinian television channels affiliated with Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, and Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
overnight Wednesday.

Equipment was impounded during the raid and two suspects were incarcerated
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
on suspicion of incitement.

The IDF served closure orders to several companies, including Pal Media, Ram Sat and Trans Media in Nablus, Hebron and Ramallah. During the raid, forces also entered the offices of the Paleostinian television channels at the buildings owned by the media companies.

The companies provided services for, among others, Hamas's al-Quds and al-Aqsa channels and the Paleostine al-Youm channel affiliated with Islamic Jihad. The three aforementioned channels broadcast from Gazoo and Leb and are considered very popular among Paleostinians both in Gazoo and the West Bank.

The channels did not cease operations, however, as they are based in Gazoo and Leb. The purpose of the raid was to merely shut down their physical presence in the West Bank.

Thus, in a joint IDF-Shin Bet-Civil Administration operation, forces raided Paleostinian media outlets and production companies suspected of disseminating and broadcasting inciteful materials encouraging terrorism.

The IDF noted this operation was part of an extended thwarting effort, as part of which security forces carry out operations against all components of terrorism, including incitement.

"Security forces will continue working against incitement to terrorism out of the understanding it is a direct cause of terrorist attacks, which are inspired by it, and ground-level support of terrorism," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit said.

On a related matter, IDF, Shin Bet and Border Police forces arrested 18 wanted Paleostinian suspects, 15 of whom were arrested on suspicion of involvement in street-level terrorist activity and violent rioting aimed against both civilians and security forces.

India-Pakistan: Pakistan says fence on Afghan border will reduce attacks
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 266 words Read the whole thing on page 2
But Ma, all the cool kids are doing it!
[Ynet] Pakistain's military said Wednesday that new fencing and guard posts along the border with Afghanistan would help prevent bully boy attacks in both countries, but the stepped-up fortifications have angered Kabul, which does not recognize the frontier as an international border.

Maj. Gen. Nauman Zakaria, the commander for the South Wazoo tribal region, told news hounds during a visit to the border that after the fencing is complete, no "terrorist" will be able to use Afghan or Pak soil to launch cross-border attacks. Pakistain began construction of the fencing in June.

Standing at a post overlooking Afghan villages across the border, Zakaria said troops and paramilitary forces had defeated faceless myrmidons by launching several operations in the troubled region, which was a longtime stronghold for al-Qaeda and the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, as well as criminal gangs.

Afghanistan: Death toll in Afghan suicide attacks rises to 80: Officials
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 733 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Follow up on this report from yesterday.
[AlAhram] The corpse count from two suicide and gun attacks on Afghan cops in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 80 with nearly 300 maimed, officials said Wednesday, in the bloodiest day in the country in almost five months.

The deadliest of Tuesday's assaults was on a police compound in the city of Gardez in Paktia province where Talibs disguised as police detonated three explosive-packed vehicles -- including a truck and a Humvee -- that cleared the way for 11 button men to enter.

At least 60 people, including Paktia police chief Toryalai Abdyani and civilians waiting to collect documents, were killed in the blasts and ensuing battle that lasted around five hours, Gardez deputy director of health Hedayatullah Hamidi told AFP.

Some 236 people were also maimed in the assault, he added.

"The first checkpoint for the compound was blown up by a truck bomb. Two other vehicles then entered the compound -- one detonated near the second checkpoint and the other rammed into the police chief's office that killed the police chief and his bodyguards," said Paktia governor front man Abdullah Hasrat.

The bully boyz had been wearing police uniforms and carrying fake police identification, Hasrat said -- a common tactic used by murderous Moslems to gain entry to government and security installations.

Police front man Sardar Wali Tabasum said two members of the security forces had been placed in durance vile
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
in connection with the attack, suggesting the assailants had insider help.

"We think the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
took these vehicles (a Humvee and a police pickup truck) when Jani Khel district fell to them in August," Tabasum told AFP. Jani Khel is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Gardez.

In the second attack in the neighbouring province of Ghazni, some 100 kilometres west of Gardez, the official corpse count was lowered to 20, including 15 members of the security forces and five civilians, Ghazni governor front man Haref Noori told AFP.

The number of maimed stood at 46.

That assault followed a similar pattern involving murderous Moslems detonating an explosives-laden Humvee near a police headquarters then storming the building, Noori said. Six attackers were killed.

An earlier toll had put the number of dead at 30 with 10 injured.

It was the deadliest day in Afghanistan since May 31 when a truck packed with 1,500 kilogrammes of explosives detonated in the diplomatic quarter of the capital Kabul, killing around 150 and wounding hundreds more, mostly civilians.

Kabul police foiled an even larger truck bomb on Saturday -- 2,700 kilogrammes of explosives stashed under boxes of tomatoes -- that would have caused carnage had it went kaboom!.

Less than two days later authorities seized a car driving towards Kabul that was carrying 300 kilogrammes of explosives.

Africa North: Egyptian man referred to court for killing Coptic priest in Cairo
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 132 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Could be a jihadi, could just be a local Muslim who felt like it -- Al Ahram isn't telling.
[AlAhram] Egypt's prosecutor-general has referred on Tuesday to Cairo criminal court a man charged with killing a Coptic priest and injuring another in Cairo last week, state news agency MENA reported.

The prosecution charged forty-year-old Ahmed El-Sonbaty with premeditated murder in the killing of Arc Priest Samaan Shehataa, who hailed from Beni Suef Governorate in Upper Egypt, in El-Salam City east pf Cairo last Thursday.

Another priest was injured in the attack.

The interior ministry has not commented on a possible motive behind the attack.

Evidence against the defendant includes a confession, witness statements, and forensic evidence, according to MENA.

The Grand Turk: Turkey releases relatives of US consulate worker: Anadolu
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 533 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AlAhram] Ottoman Turkish authorities released the wife and daughter of a U.S. consulate worker, after the pair were detained amid a diplomatic row between the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
allies, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Monday.

Authorities summoned the worker last week for questioning over his relatives' alleged links to last year's failed coup attempt, days after the arrest of another consulate employee triggered a mutual suspension of visa services.

Anadolu said the wife and daughter were barred from leaving the country and had to report to the nearest cop shoppe once a week as part of the terms of their release.

Their relative, identified only as N.M.C., has still not himself reported for questioning, Anadolu said, having been summoned after the wife and daughter were detained in the Black Sea city of Amasya.

Ottoman Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has accused U.S. officials of sheltering him in their consulate in Istanbul.

The man's wife and daughter were detained over alleged links to the network of U.S.-based holy man Fethullah Gulen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, Anadolu said, blamed by Ankara for orchestrating the abortive putsch.

Last Sunday, the U.S. mission in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and the Ottoman Turkish mission in Washington cut back visa services after another U.S. consulate employee, Metin Topuz, was placed in durance vile
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
. Washington said charges linking him to Gulen were baseless.

The prosecutor's office had said earlier that testimony from Topuz pointed to the wife and daughter being high-ranking members of Gulen's network. Gulen has denied any role in the failed coup.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: A top senior Syrian commander successfully locates landmine
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  00:00 1 Comments 126 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Telegraph] A top senior Syrian commander and one of President Bashar al-Assad’s most trusted generals has been killed during an operation against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

Brig Gen Issam Zahreddine, a field commander in the elite Republican Guard, died after a convoy he was travelling in hit a landmine on Wednesday morning as they drove through Hawija Saqr near Deir Ezzor province.

Zahreddine, who was in his late 50s and instantly recognisable by his full grey beard, had been leading 7,000 troops in the battle to retake the eastern city of Deir Ezzor from the jihadists.

He also led government offensives against armed opposition in the central Homs province and near the capital, Damascus, in the earlier days of the conflict.
#1: If my friend snickers when he reads this article, does this make him bad?
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:14 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Kill ’em all, France bluntly declares in fight against IS jihadists
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 5 Comments 183 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Worried over fighters returning home to wreak terror, Gay Paree adopts a take-no-prisoners approach, killing 'high value targets'

La Belle France’s attitude to the killing of its citizens in Syria fighting for 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 rarely been as frankly stated as it was in the lead up to the fall of Raqqa.
#1: Someone is a subscriber to Rantburg!
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-10-19 00:14 ||Comments

#2: Someone is a subscriber to Rantburg!
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-10-19 00:14 ||Comments

#3: So empty there’s an echo!
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-10-19 00:15 ||Comments

#4: Someone serve them some texas toast.
Posted by: newc|| 2017-10-19 00:49 ||Comments

#5: Hittites.
None left
You want them in your Neighborhoods?
They now get to see GOD and descend with the rest.

Posted by: newc|| 2017-10-19 01:32 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran police seizes 100,000 fake Iraq visas
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 180 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AlAhram] Iranian police have seized 100,000 fake visas for Iraq and made six arrests ahead of the huge annual Shia pilgrimage of Arbaeen in November, newspapers reported Monday.

"Police forces have dismantled a band of six persons and seized 100,000 fake visas for Arbaeen" which this year falls on November 9, Tehran's police chief Hossein Rahimi said.

The head of Iran's organising committee for the pilgrimage to Karbala, south of Baghdad, Hossein Zolfaghari, said 500,000 official visas have so far been issued, state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
's website reported.

Iran's participation in Arbaeen has spiked massively in recent years, with some two to three million Iranians among the 17 to 20 million participants last year.

Iranian police officials have repeatedly warned that pilgrims without a visa will not be allowed to enter Iraq this year, advising them to avoid fake visas.

Arbaeen marks the 40th day after the martyrdom of the Shia Imam Hossein in the seventh century.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Israel to temporarily extend Gaza fishing area
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 260 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[IsraelTimes] Applicable to Strip's southern half, expansion will allow boats to ply waters up to 9 nautical miles off coast instead of 6

Israeli officials have announced they will temporarily expand the fishing area for Paleostinians off a sector of the blockaded Gazoo Strip.

From Wednesday, fishermen in southern Gazoo will be able to travel up to nine nautical miles out to sea in search of hauls, up from six previously, an Israeli statement said Sunday.

The six-week expansion will "improve the economy in the Gazoo Strip," said the statement from the Israeli Defense Ministry unit COGAT.

Fishing limits off the northern part of Gazoo will remain unchanged at six miles.

Similar measures were introduced in May.

The size of the fishing zone has varied over the years, having been set at 20 nautical miles by the Oslo Accords of the 1990s before being reduced by Israeli authorities.

Nizar Ayesh, head of the Paleostinian fishing union, told AFP it has not yet been informed of the latest decision. He said he hoped the recent reconciliation between Paleostinian factions would pressure Israel to further loosen its restrictions.

Around 4,000 fishermen work in Gazoo, more than half of whom live below the poverty line.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hezbollah claims to have captured 3 Mossad agents
Posted by trailing wife 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 612 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Ynet] The Lebanese terrorist organization publishes photographs, confessions of three supposed agents who work for Israeli Mossad, whose mission was to gather information on political figures in Leb, as well as on military sites in Leb and Syria.

Leb-based terrorist group Hezbollah claimed on Monday that Lebanese security forces have detained three "agents on behalf of Israel," allegedly recruited by the Mossad. Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar television network broke the news, while the pictures and alleged confessions of the three men were published on the internet. The three's arrests were published last week in the al-Akhbar newspaper, which is also affiliated with the organization.

According to reports, the three were members of a spy cell that operated on behalf of Israel in the Mount Leb region. The members of the captured cell are reportedly from Leb. According to al-Akhbar, the cell's key operative instructing its members from afar was a Lebanese citizen who is currently in Israel.

According to the al-Manar network, the three are Karem Akram Idris, Kamal Ajud Hassan and Abbas Mustafa Salameh. Reports state that Hassan had admitted to be in contact with several Israelis in '11, among others with the IDF's Spokesperson Unit's Arab Media Liaison, Maj. Avichai Adrei. In addition, he said that he was in contact with an agent named Yosef Fahar, and that his operative's code name was "cowboy."

Idris allegedly began working for the Mossad in '15. Among his other instructions, he was sent to photograph Hezbollah artillery stations in the city of al-Qusayr, located on the outskirts of Homs, where Hezbollah's involvement in the civil war in Syria and the Beqaa Valley had begun. He then sent his operative footage of the organization's positions in al-Qusayr and its deployment there.

Salameh, a teacher, reportedly began collaborating with the Mossad about two years ago, through social networks. He contacted Samar Araj, another supposed Mossad agent, now believed to be on the run, who asked Salameh to photograph several areas in southern Leb. Salameh was also reportedly asked by the cell's operative to provide him with information about military sites and places belonging to the Lebanese political parties.

Salameh, for his part, asked for financial support in order to start a civil revolt in Leb. He told the operative that he was capable of rallying one of the civilian groups to action in an effort to slander Hezbollah's reputation. He also tried to get closer to people who knew Hezbollah members in order to obtain information from them that he would pass on to his Israeli operative.

In an article published last week in the al-Akhbar newspaper, it was claimed that several people working for the Mossad in Leb have recently been placed in durance vile
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
, and that their interrogations revealed that most of their missions were related to reconnaissance on Hezbollah operatives and strongholds.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: CIA urging President Trump to delay Kennedy document release another 25 years
Posted by Besoeker 10/19/2017  00:00 0 Comments 286 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Selected excerpt:
[Politico] The still-secret JFK library at the Archives is made up of about 3,100 documents that the public has never seen before, as well as more than 30,000 other files that have been only partially released in the past.
Just beyond the MLK files and Soetoro college transcripts, third shelf from the top, second row. We close at half past four.
Many are known to involve a mysterious chapter in the history of the assassination‐a six-day trip that JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald paid to Mexico City several weeks before the president’s murder, in which Oswald met with Cuban and Soviet spies and came under intensive surveillance by the CIA’s Mexico City station. Previously released FBI documents suggest that Oswald spoke openly in Mexico about his intention to kill Kennedy.

Under the 1992 law, millions of pages of other documents about the assassination were made public in the 1990s, and they did reshape the thinking of many historians about JFK’s murder. Many of those documents revealed how much information had been withheld by the CIA and FBI over the years that demonstrated how those agencies had bungled intelligence in 1963 that, if acted on, might have prevented the assassination.
Emphasis added

A "bungled intelligence" reminder? Well at least it's not some wild-eyed conspiracy theory. A cover-up supported by 50 years of indisputable supporting evidence is still a cover-up. Lastly, let us not forget it is a Politico article.

Home Front: Politix: FBI snitch blocked by Obama from testifying before Congress
Posted by badanov 10/19/2017  00:00 1 Comments 564 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Breitbart] An American businessman who went undercover for the FBI was blocked during the Obama administration from telling Congress what he knew about Russia’s efforts to influence the Clintons’ and Obama administration decisions, according to a report.

Attorney Victoria Toensing, a former Reagan Justice Department official and former chief counsel of the Senate intelligence committee, told The Hill that she is trying to get the Trump administration or the FBI to free her client to talk.

“All of the information about this corruption has not come out,” Toensing said.

She said her client possesses “specific allegations that Russian executives made to him about how they facilitated the Obama administration’s 2010 approval of the Uranium One deal and sent millions of dollars in Russian nuclear funds to the U.S. to an entity assisting Bill Clinton’s foundation.”

At the time, Hillary Clinton was secretary of state and serving on the government panel that approved the deal, the lawyer said. Bill Clinton accepted $500,000 Russian speaking fees in 2010 and collected millions more in donations from parties with a stake in the Uranium One deal. The Clintons and the Obama administration have denied that had any influence on the deal.

But Toensing said her client can also testify that FBI agents made comments to him suggesting political pressure was exerted, and that there was specific evidence that could have scuttled approval of the Uranium One deal if it became public.

“There was corruption going on and it was never brought forward. And in fact, the sale of the uranium went on despite the government knowing about all of this corruption. So, he’s coming forward. He wants the right thing to be done, but he cannot do it unless he is released from the NDA,” she told the outlet.

Via Clarice Feldman:

Hannity: I'll start with you Victoria. This is your client. He wanted to tell Congress about all the Bribery, all the scheming, all the kickbacks, all of the corruption. He had the information, he wanted to tell the story. What happened?

Toensing: Well when he started working for the FBI IN 2009 they had him sign what's called an NDA, a Non-Disclosure Agreement. They never gave him a copy of it and when he went public in 2016, way after all this case stuff was done, the Justice Department under Loretta Lynch, called him and threatened him with his freedom if he violated the NDA. Now I've never heard of an NDA that had a criminal penalty for violation but they won't show him a copy of it, so we decided to go to the members of Congress in the Senate, and I have breaking news for you. While I was in make-up, I got a message from Chairman Grassley asking my client to give them information. Now what this does is set up a Constitutional Issue because the Executive Branch can not say to someone "Don't you give information to the legislature." So It will be a very interesting thing to see how the Justice Department responds.

Hannity: So they have the power to lift that NDA--That would be amazing.
We live in interesting times...
#1: Just wait until we get to the records of Truth favorably packed away as Truth shall be available.

I told you I AM coming for you.

In fact, I just spot check. Americans will fix it, they always do in the end.


Posted by: newc|| 2017-10-19 01:25 ||Comments

Europe: Powerful Explosion Rocks Swedish Police Station
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[An Nahar] A powerful kaboom blew out the entrance to a cop shoppe in the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg early Wednesday, an attack authorities linked to their fight against organized crime.

The kaboom occurred just after midnight in the city center, which is home to around 100,000 people.

Prime Minister Stefan Lofven called it "an attack against our democracy" and urged authorities to "step up the fight against serious crime."

The blast, heard from as far away as 20 kilometers (12 miles), caused no injuries but serious material damage. The cop shoppe entrance was completely destroyed, with dozens of windows smashed.

Police sources quoted by daily Aftonbladet said several kilos (pounds) of explosives were used.

The head of the local police, Patric Heimbrand, told news hounds that Sherlocks were working on the presumption that "criminal circles" were behind the attack. He said police work against gangs was paying off and likely causing "irritation".

Explosives are often used by organized crime rings in Sweden, especially in the south where settling of scores and intimidation are frequent among narcos.

Police and judges are also regularly targeted.

On November 30, 2014, a blast damaged a building in the southern city of Malmo that housed police, prosecutors, a courthouse and penitentiary administration.

Heavily armed coppers were stationed outside those buildings on Wednesday.

Although the Nordic nation has a relatively low crime rate compared to the rest of Europe, physical violence against coppers has surged. In 2016, it rose by 65 percent with 86 cases reported, according to government figures.

#1: “Organized Crime”
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-10-19 00:09 ||Comments

#2: The writing is whitewashed. This reporting sucks.

Editorialize and tell a mushy story about some depressed moslem

That is the order of information.

I do not do crossword puzzles and mazes and pictionary until I know WHOM WHAT WHEN WHERE, "Journalists".

Posted by: newc|| 2017-10-19 00:44 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Forces Comb Ghost City Raqa after IS Ouster
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[An Nahar] US-backed forces combed the ruins of Raqa for survivors and bombs Wednesday, after retaking the Syrian city from 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 and dealing their dreams of statehood a fatal blow.

A lightning final assault by the Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday saw jihadist defences collapse faster than expected and the SDF claim a landmark victory in the three-year fight against IS.

Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Palestinian Shot While Trying to Stab Israeli Troops in W.Bank
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[An Nahar] A Paleostinian ran towards Israeli troops while brandishing a knife in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday and soldiers shot and maimed him, the military said.

"An assailant armed with a knife ran towards troops adjacent to the Gush Etzion junction," an army statement said.

"In response to the immediate threat, soldiers fired shots towards the suspect. Subsequently, the suspect was injured and taken to hospital for medical treatment," it said.

A military spokeswoman told AFP that the attacker was a Paleostinian and that no soldiers were maimed.

Israeli media said the man was moderately to seriously maimed.

The Gush Etzion junction is a busy intersection near a large bloc of Israeli settlements in the southern West Bank and the scene of repeated attacks.

A wave of unrest that erupted in October 2015 has claimed the lives of at least 295 Paleostinians or Arab Israelis, 51 Israelis, two Americans, two Jordanians, an Eritrea run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
n, a Sudanese and a Briton, according to an AFP toll.

The last fatal incident was the October 4 stabbing of Israeli settler Reuven Schmerling, 70, in what the Shin Bet security service said was "a terrorist attack".

Two Paleostinians from Qabatiya in the northern West Bank were enjugged
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
as suspects.

The violence, however, has largely subsided in recent months.

Israeli authorities say most of the Paleostinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks.

Others were rubbed out in protests and festivities, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gazoo Strip.
Ynet adds:
IDF forces raided the house of the terrorist from Hebron who tried to carry out a stabbing attack near Gush Etzion junction earlier today.
#1: Subsequently, the suspect was injured and taken to hospital for medical treatment,

Jesus! Never heard of full auto?
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:16 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: IS Syria Stronghold Raqa Falls, but Where are Its Fighters?
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[An Nahar] 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 lost its Syrian stronghold Raqa, but the fate of hundreds of its imported muscle who had been expected to battle to the death remains a mystery.

Captured by IS in 2014, the city became a "terror capital," where the jihadists carried out some of their most gruesome abuses and also planned devastating foreign attacks, like the Gay Paree massacres of 2015 and August's Barcelona attack.
#1: Look for any local armed forces members suddenly driving a Ferrari.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:21 ||Comments

#2: Gone to France?
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-10-19 02:00 ||Comments

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Rojda Felat, Female Commander who Led Raqa Battle
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[An Nahar] A viral photo shows her celebrating the capture of Raqa, but Rojda Felat is more than a poster girl: she commanded thousands of fighters who clinched a defining victory against jihadists.

Her jet black hair plaited and sometimes covered by a black-and-white keffiyeh, the Kurdish woman cuts an unmistakeable figure on Syria's northern battlefields.

Pictures of her fixing the Syrian Democratic Forces' yellow flag on an infamous traffic circle where 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 used to carry out public executions were beamed around the world Tuesday.

The Syrian Kurdish rebel group she belongs to, the Marxist-inspired People's Protection Units (YPG), forms the backbone of the SDF, which battled for over four months to capture Raqa.

The YPG prides itself on its promotion of gender equality and includes many women among its commanders.

As a top commander in its female branch -- the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) -- she rose through the ranks and found herself commanding one of the biggest operations ever against IS.

"Comrade Rojda is one of the main YPJ commanders," said YPJ spokeswoman Nesrin Abdullah, a founding member of the all-female unit, who fought alongside Felat in Raqa and elsewhere.

"Her character is shaped by her determination to fight for women's freedom," Abdullah told AFP in a phone interview.

"During this campaign she had a real impact: she raised the victory flag in ISIS's capital," she said, using an Arab acronym for IS.

Felat, who according to fellow SDF officers is 37 years old, assumed overall command of the first phase of the Raqa operation.

Command of later phases was then shared with others, including another YPJ female officer.

The jihadists, who ruled over large parts of Syria and Iraq for more than three years, "carried out the worst atrocities against women, they made them slaves and machines meant to satisfy their every desire," Abdullah said.

One of the worst crimes perpetrated by the ultra-violent jihadist group was the genocide against the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq which saw IS kidnap and enslave thousands of women and girls.

In various interviews Felat, who is from the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria, has spoken of the importance of promoting women in war.

She cites a diverse range of heroes, including early 20th century German philosopher and activist Rosa Luxemburg, but also Napoleon and Kurdish fighter Saladin.

"Whether as fighters or commanders, the Women's Protection Units always embody a spirit of camaraderie, a group spirit, there is always an awareness of our responsibility," said Jihad Sheikh Ahmed, spokeswoman for the SDF's Raqa operation.

"All the commanders, particularly Rojda, embody this."

On Tuesday, Felat grinned broadly, her weapon hanging from her shoulder, as she waved a massive SDF flag at al-Naim roundabout.

"It's a historical moment and we know it will change many things," she said, in a video posted by the YPG.

Arabia: Bahrain Accuses Iran of Harboring 160 'Terrorists'
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[An Nahar] Bahrain's interior minister accused Iran of harbouring 160 Bahrainis convicted of terrorism and stripped of their citizenship, in an interview published Wednesday.

All 160 "runaways" had been stripped of citizenship in "terrorism cases" targeting Bahraini police and security forces, Sheikh Rashed al-Khalifa told the Arabic-language daily Asharq al-Awsat.

He accused Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards of having trained the group, who were convicted of attacks that killed 25 security personnel and maimed 3,000 others, according to Asharq al-Awsat.

Bahrain, a Shiite-majority kingdom ruled by a Sunni dynasty, has seen sporadic violence since the repression in 2011 of a protest movement demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister.

Authorities have since tightened their grip on dissent, jailing hundreds of protesters and stripping a string of high-profile activists and holy mans of citizenship.

Bahrain has drawn harsh criticism for its treatment of demonstrators but maintains it does not discriminate against the country's Shiites.

Iraq: Iraqi Army Retakes Almost all Disputed Areas from Kurds
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[An Nahar] Iraqi government forces said Wednesday they had achieved their objectives in a lightning operation that saw them sweep through disputed Kurdish-held territory in a punishing riposte to an independence vote last month.

On Monday and Tuesday, federal troops and allied militia retook the northern province of Kirkuk and its lucrative oil fields, as well as formerly Kurdish-held areas of Nineveh and Diyala provinces.

The largely bloodless operation dealt a body blow to the finances of the autonomous Kurdish region, which had derived much of its revenues from exports of Kirkuk oil, and left Kurds in shock and disbelief just weeks after the nationalist fervour of the referendum.

Kurdish claims to the lost territories have long been a cherished national cause and their abandonment -- almost without a fight -- triggered recriminations against the Kurdish leadership.

Kurdish forces are now largely confined to their longstanding three-province autonomous region in the north and have lost nearly all of the territory they had taken since the US-led invasion of 2003, some of it in deadly fighting with 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....

"Security has been restored in sectors of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
including Dibis, al-Multaqa, and the Khabbaz and Bai Hassan North and South oil fields," the federal government's Joint Operations Command (JOV) said.

"Forces have been redeployed and have retaken control of Khanaqin and Jalawla in Diyala province, as well as Makhmur, Bashiqa, djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
dam, Sinjar and other areas in the Nineveh plains."

French geographer and Kurdistan specialist Cyril Roussel said that in the space of 48 hours, virtually all of the disputed territories held by Kurds had been brought back under federal control.

"The Kurds have lost almost all of the 23,000 square kilometres (8,900 square miles) that they had acquired since 2003," Roussel told AFP.

"All that remains in their hands is between 5,000 and 6,000 square kilometres (1,930 and 2,300 square miles) in Nineveh province and the Kupri district of Kirkuk province.

"That's virtually a return to the Green Line -- that is the three provinces of autonomous Kurdistan."

JOC front man Brigadier General Yahya Rasool hinted that federal forces could yet be deployed to the remaining pockets of disputed territory still in Kurdish hands.

"It's not a military operation but the redeployment of forces to all areas to enforce the law," Rasool told AFP. "Further communiques will follow."

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday that the September 25 vote for Kurdish independence was now "a thing of the past".

"Central authority must be imposed everywhere in Iraq," he said.

- Lion's share of oil exports retaken -
In Kirkuk province, the Kurds now hold just a single oil field -- the Khurmala field, which produces barely 10,000 barrels per day of low quality heavy crude.

The field had been in Kurdish hands since 2008 and was not a target of this week's operation.

But all five of the fields that the Kurds had taken since 2014 and were the source of the lion's share of the autonomous region's oil exports were retaken by the federal government.

Europe: Catalans rally against separatist leaders’ detention
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[DAWN] Thousands of people erupted into the streets of Catalonia on Tuesday after a judge ordered the detention of two separatist leaders, further inflaming tensions over the region’s chaotic referendum on splitting from Spain.

Thousands of workers in Barcelona and other cities staged a brief walkout at noon in protest at Monday’s move by the National Court in Madrid to keep Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez behind bars pending investigations into sedition charges.

"Repression is not the solution," protesters shouted as hundreds gathered outside the Catalan regional government offices in central Barcelona. "Now anyone can be put in jail," said Carme Guell, a 62-year-old beautician who joined the walkout as civil servants from nearby regional ministries blocked the street.

Like many who back independence for Catalonia ‐ which is profoundly divided on the issue ‐ Guell said the wealthy northeastern region was "treated like a colony. All our money is taken away, nothing is reinvested here."

India-Pakistan: Minibus driver, conductor beat passenger to death in Karachi
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[DAWN] KARACHI: A 30-year-old man was beaten to death by the driver and conductor of a minibus in Bahadurabad on Tuesday when the passenger argued with them over bus fare, police said.

The bus driver and conductor have been taken into custody.

The police added that the dear departed identified as Abdul Rahman argued with bus conductor Umar Khan of route X-23 over fare when the vehicle was standing near the Bahadurabad roundabout.

The bus driver, Arif Nawaz, intervened and the heated debated turned into a brawl, with the two badly thrashing Abdul Rahman.

The bus conductor was also injured in the fight, the police added. "Rahman sustained serious head injuries which suggested that he was hit on the head multiple times with some heavy metal instrument," said inspector Qamar Zeb Satti, the SHO of the SITE B cop shoppe.

"The brawl in Bahadurabad left Abdul Rahman unconscious and conductor Umar Khan injured. The driver panicked and asked other passengers to get out of the vehicle so he could take him to hospital. The driver brought the two injured to Metroville to shift them in a charity organization’s ambulance."

The driver, the SHO said, was nervous and used the charity’s ambulance to avoid his involvement in transporting them to hospital.

The area police was informed by the charity workers about the injured. The police detained the bus driver. The police later also nabbed
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
the bus conductor after he was released by the hospital following treatment, he added. The dear departed was associated with a private security company.

India-Pakistan: Provinces told to launch action against banned religious outfits
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[DAWN] The federal government has directed the provinces to launch action against proscribed (banned) religious outfits and those kept under observations by seizing their offices, weapons and properties.

The Ministry of Interior also instructed all the provincial chief secretaries and the chief commissioner of the capital territory Islamabad to submit reports on the organizations’ financial activities.

According to sources, the orders were issued to the chief secretaries of the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmire to restrain members of all such organizations from continuing their activities.

The decision was taken after the recent statement of Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in which he stressed the need for "putting our own house in order."

This was followed by Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal’s statement in the Senate on Thursday that it was the responsibility of the provincial governments to keep an eye on and take action against banned outfits, including those resurfacing under new names.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
Pakistain grabbed credit for the attack, but the claim has not been independently verified by

India-Pakistan: 8 killed, 24 others wounded in blast targeting police vehicle in Quetta
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[DAWN] At least eight people, including seven coppers, were killed and 24 others injured in an kaboom targeting a truck carrying police officials in the Sariab Mill area of Quetta on Wednesday.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Abdul Razzaq Cheema said an investigation is underway to determine whether the blast was a suicide kaboom or whether an explosives-laden vehicle exploded remotely when the police truck was passing by, adding that the corpse count could increase.

The 35-strong contingent of elite coppers had been recently assigned patrol of various sensitive areas and were on their way to work on the Quetta-Sibi road when the kaboom took place, 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...
Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti told DawnNews.

Bugti told AFP that a car rammed the police vehicle before catching fire, adding it was "apparently a suicide kaboom", in an account confirmed by.

India-Pakistan: Qandeel murder case: Mufti Qavi apprehended, arrested on the way to Jhang
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[DAWN] Cleric Mufti Abdul Qavi was enjugged
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
by police on the highway from Multan to Jhang on Wednesday after his application for an extension in his pre-arrest bail in the Qandeel Baloch murder case was rejected, police said.

Mufti Qavi had appeared before a sessions court for the first time in connection with the murder case on Tuesday. Upon his lawyer's request, the court had adjourned the hearing of the case for a day.

The holy man had on Wednesday filed for an extension in his pre-arrest bail.

As the hearing began today, District and Sessions Judge Chaudhry Ameer Ahmad Khan reserved his decision on the matter for a few minutes.

by candlelight every wench is handsome...
before the judge could announce his decision, a group of lawyers helped Mufti Qavi escape from the court.

The judge later ruled that the application for an extension in the holy man's pre-arrest bail would be turned down.

He also ordered the investigating officer to arrest Mufti Qavi and submit a challan
... list of charges ...
for the Qandeel murder case in the court soon.

Investigating Officer (IO) Noor Akbar had said police would arrest Mufti Qavi and present him in court in compliance with the judge's orders.

Superintendent of Police Cantonment Dr Fahad later confirmed to Dawn that the holy man had been arrested on the highway from Multan to Jhang and will be presented in the court on Thursday.

Later, City Police Officer (CPO) Mohammad Saleem dismissed IO Akbar for "poor investigation, favouring Qavi during investigation and helping him flee".

Akbar was also arrested on the CPO's orders.

Change of heart?
While arriving at the court on Tuesday, Mufti Qavi had said that he had presented himself in the court as per orders.

"We will accept whatever decision the judiciary announces," he had said at the time.

Police had included Mufti Qavi's name as a suspect in the murder case of the social media celebrity on the request of her father, Muhammad Azeem, the complainant in the case, who in a statement before the police suspected the holy man's possible role in her murder.

Judge Ameer Ahmad Khan last week granted pre-arrest bail to Mufti Qavi shortly after a trial court issued his non-bailable arrest warrants in the Qandeel murder case.

Africa Horn: Bad Guys knock over restaurant in Benghazi
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Benghazi, 18 October 2017:

Armed men shot dead one man and injured six others as they robbed customers at a Benghazi restaurant.

In the attack today, a 28 year-old Egyptian Abdallah al-Shweihi who worked at the Hamdi restaurant in Gwarsha was shot dead. It is reported that the gang seized phones, money and jewellery from customers and staff. Two of the six people injured were shot in the legs when they tried to flee out of the back of the building. They were then also robbed.

The Egyptian Independent reported that the dead man was the sole supporter of his mother and family who lived in a village outside the Egyptian city of Mansoura. His mother said her son had refused to get married but had gone instead to Libya to earn money. He had worked in Benghazi, then Tobruk and Beida before returning to Benghazi.

The family found out that Abdallah had been killed when a friend used the dead man’s Facebook page to send condolences them his condolences.

Great White North: Recovered American hostage Caitlan Coleman rushed to hospital, says husband
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[DAWN] Joshua Boyle, the Canadian man who was rescued with his family last week by Pak troops, said on Tuesday that his wife had to be rushed to the hospital and remains there.

Boyle told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named in an email that his wife, Caitlan Coleman, was admitted on Monday. His email did not specify why she was taken to the hospital.

"My wife has been through hell, and she has to be my first priority right now," Boyle wrote.

Boyle, his American wife and their three children were rescued on Wednesday, five years after the couple was kidnapped in Afghanistan on a backpacking trip. The children were born in captivity.

Arabia: Dozens said to be the cost in 2 US airstrikes against ISIS positions in Yemen
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Aden, London – US forces killed dozens of ISIS militants in a strike on two ISIS training camps, Oct. 16, in al-Bayda governorate, center of Yemen. However, security officials and locals said the strike targeted militants belonging to al-Qaeda and not ISIS terrorist group.

US Central Command announced that its forces raided two ISIS camps used to train militants to conduct terror attacks using AK-47s, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and endurance training which resulted in disrupting the organization’s attempts to train new fighters.

Strikes against ISIS targets disrupt and destroy militants’ attack-plotting efforts, leadership networks, and freedom of maneuver within the region, according to Central Command.

“In coordination with the government of Yemen, US forces are supporting ongoing counter-terrorism operations in Yemen against ISIS and AQAP to degrade the groups’ ability to coordinate external terror attacks and limit their ability to hold territory seized from the legitimate government of Yemen,” reiterated the Command.

Local eyewitnesses told Reuters that tribal leaders were not allowed near the area in Bayda out of fear of another strike.

Locals reported that the two camps were named after two ISIS leaders who were killed during a US airstrike last summer: ISIS leader in Yemen Abu Bilal al-Harbi and ISIS spokesperson Abu Mohamemd al-Adnani.

A Yemeni security official stated that five al-Qaeda militants were killed in an airstrike believed to be done by the US forces. He explained that 12 raids targeted Qaeda sites in al-Abal and Yekla areas in Ould Rabieh district of Bayda governorate which is considered the organization’s stronghold in the country.

Locals told Asharq al-Awsat that the raid happened after three days of intense drones= hovering above the area, adding that it still wasn’t clear how many militants were killed or injured because people were afraid to approach the area as US aircraft hovered over for hours.

US drones continue to target militants suspected of belonging to terrorist organizations in Yemen’s center. On October 8, US drones killed five ISIS militants northwest of Maerib.

Since January, US intensified its raids on Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) with over 100 strikes on Bayda, Shabwa, Maerib, Hadramout, and Abyen.

According to statistics, over 120 militants were killed during those raids including senior commanders.
#1: Costs? Don't they mean reward?
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:18 ||Comments

India-Pakistan: TTP names successor to APS mastermind Umar Mansoor
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[DAWN] The Tehrik-e-Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Pakistain (TTP) on Wednesday named a successor for krazed killer commander Umar Mansoor, the criminal mastermind of the Army Public School attack, along with a formal confirmation that he was dead.

Usman Mansoor Hafizullah will replace Umar Mansoor as the faction's commander in Darra Adam Khel and Beautiful Downtown Peshawar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
, TTP Spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani said in an email sent to journalists on Wednesday.

Umar Mansoor, who had also grabbed credit for the deadly attack on Bacha Khan University in 2016, was said to be the criminal mastermind of 2014's massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar which left at least 144 people, mostly children, dead.

He was killed in July last year.

Two security bigshots had told Dawn that Umar Mansoor, alias Khalifa Mansour, alias Umar Naray, had been killed, along with another krazed killer leader, Qari Saifullah, in a dronezap in the Bandar area of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province in July 2016.

One of the officials had said they had credible reports of Mansoor having been killed with Saifullah, who was in charge of jacket wallahs. "What we have is pretty credible," he had said.

Later, then Commander of the Resolute Support Mission, Gen John Nicholson, had called retired Gen Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
and confirmed the death of "terrorist Umar Naray alias Khalifa Umar alias Khalid Khurasani chief of the Jamaatul Ahrar TTP splinter group, or whatever it's calling itself these days...
" in Afghanistan.

Arabia: Yemeni army captures some areas of Shabwa
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Aden – The Yemeni national army regained control over new strategic locations in Shabwa, southern Yemen, during the last 24 hours of fighting against the Houthi and Saleh militias as intense air raids by the Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimacy continued.

Army spokesman Major General Mutlaq al-Maaroufi told Asharq Al-Awsat that the army had regained control of al-Akda, Al-Abara and Abdul Rahman strongholds in Osailan after bloody clashes with the militias, hours after the gunmen took control of these areas.

The militia withdrew from these areas before the army intensified its targeting and siege, Maaroufi said.

The Saudi-led coalition warplanes mounted an attack on gatherings of militias in Osailan, resulting in many casualties.

Maaroufi said the army had a new plan to impose its control over the militia-controlled Beihan district, following the new military changes to the command of the 19th Brigade.

Local sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Houthis are sending reinforcements for their troops in the border areas between Beihan and Osailan.

For his part, activist Ahmed al-Mus’abi told Asharq Al-Awsat that Houthi militias are carrying out mass abductions and arrests and are storming many houses in Beihan.

He said that during the past two days, the militia had kidnapped dozens of people, including children amid the continued suffocating siege on the district.

In other field developments, field sources in the northwestern Hajjah governorate said that the artillery of the joint forces continued its heavy shelling of militia positions in Hayran and Hard districts.

In the past 24 hours, the sources estimated that the forces had launched more than 90 artillery shells.

Arab coalition fighters continued their air raids on militia positions, about two kilometers from the entrance of the Midi district, amid continuing heavy overflights along the border areas.

India-Pakistan: 2 security personnel killed in North Wazristan IED blast
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[DAWN] Two security personnel were martyred as a security forces vehicle hit an IED in North Wazoo's Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
on Wednesday, security forces said.

According to sources, the forces vehicle was on its way from the Khajuri check-post to Khwar check-post when the blast occurred. Security forces sealed the area and started a search operation following the incident.

The attack occurred soon after at least seven coppers were killed in a blast on police vehicle in Quetta today.

In an attack last week, three Frontier Corps
...a provincial paramilitary force. Total manpower is about 80,000. They are tasked to help local law enforcement in the maintenance of law and order, and to carry out border patrol and a..the Antwerp-based Salafist organization that had campaigned to introduce Sharia law to Belgium before single-handedly making Belgium the highest per capita supplier of jihadis to Syria in Europe. There was a big trial in Antwerp in 2015, but most of those convicted were in absentia...nti-smuggling operations....
men had been martyred in the area.

India-Pakistan: 8 wounded in 'heaviest incident of shelling' by Indian troops across LoC
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[DAWN] Eight people, including women and kiddies, were maimed on Wednesday as Indian troops resorted to "unprovoked" heavy shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmire, officials said.

"Indian troops started shelling at around 6:30 am without any provocation," Senior Superintendent Police Chaudhry Zulqarnain Sarfraz said, adding that the soldiers "targeted civilians" in Kotli district's Nakyal sector.

"It was the heaviest incident of shelling," Sarfraz added.

Sarfraz said that the shelling had left eight persons maimed, some of whom are at death's door.

The injured were transferred to different hospitals for treatment, Kolti District Headquarters Hospital Superintendent Dr Tariq Mehmood said.

India-Pakistan: Pence praises swift response by Pak Army in rescuing American-Canadian family
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[DAWN] US Vice President Mike Pence telephoned Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday evening and praised the country’s armed forces for the swift response and safe recovery of the US national Caitlin Coleman, her husband Joshua Boyle and their three children.

Speaking on behalf of the US government, Pence reaffirmed the importance of bilateral relations and said that the US would like to further build this relationship for peace and prosperity of the region, DawnNews reported.

Last week, Pakistain's security forces, with the support of US intelligence, freed an American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children from terrorists’ captivity.

The foreigners were recovered from Nawe Kali, a remote area about 15 kilometres southwest of Kohat town, following a joint operation by security forces and intelligence agencies, officials had said.

India-Pakistan: Conspiracies being hatched against democracy, claims Bilawal
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[DAWN] Pakistain People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto claimed that conspiracies were being hatched against democracy, he was addressing a rally in Hyderabad on Wednesday to mark to the 10th anniversary of Karsaz blasts.

He went on to accuse the PML-N of upholding a corrupt system that exploits the poor and declared that PPP's struggle is against that unfair system.

In a fiery
...a single two-syllable word carrying connotations of both incoherence and viciousness. A fiery delivery implies an audience of rubes and yokels, preferably forming up into a mob...
speech, the PPP chief said that his party has been facing challenges against dictators since its inception. Bilawal said that PPP's founder Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto along with his supporters, that included students and labourers, had struggled against General Ayub Khan and later against General Zia ul Haq
...the creepy-looking former dictator of Pakistain. Zia was an Islamic nutball who imposed his nutballery on the rest of the country with the enthusiastic assistance of the nation's religious parties, which are populated by other nutballs. He was appointed Chief of Army Staff in 1976 by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, whom he hanged when he seized power. His time in office was a period of repression, with hundreds of thousands of political rivals, minorities, and journalists executed or tortured, including senior general officers convicted in coup-d'état plots, who would normally be above the law. As part of his alliance with the religious parties, his government helped run the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, providing safe havens, American equipiment, Saudi money, and Pak handlers to selected mujaheddin. Zia died along with several of his top generals and admirals and the then United States Ambassador to Pakistain Arnold Lewis Raphel when he was assassinated in a suspicious air crash near Bahawalpur in 1988...
"After the death of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Zia thought the PPP was no more. But how could the daughter abandon her people when her father had not?"

Recalling Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
's return to Pakistain on October 18, 2007, Bilawal said that the carnage on Karsaz Road that night was a significant example of PPP's sacrifices. He claimed that Musharraf could not stop a "sea of people" from coming out on the streets to welcome Benazir.

After Benazir's death, Bilawal claimed that former president Asif Ali Ten Percent Zardari
... husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, who has been singularly lacking in curiosity about who done her in ...
had "battled" those who were against democracy and strengthened the system. Yet, conspiracies against democracy had not ended, Bilawal lamented.

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber detained with Cycle of Violence
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Police forces arrested a suicide bomber with an explosive-rigged bicycle in Chahar Asyab district of Kabul province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The timely discovery of the explosives has foiled a terror attack and saved the city from an tragedy,” the statement said.

However, the statement did not provide further details.

Afghanistan: 6 Taliban insurgents die in airstrikes in Kunduz
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At least six Taliban insurgents were killed in an Afghan security forces airstrike operation in northern Kunduz province on Tuesday night, officials at 209 Shaheen Military Corps said on Wednesday.

In addition, six other Taliban insurgents were wounded.

The incident happened in Imam Sahib district of the province. The Afghan Air Force targeted insurgent safe havens, a spokesman for 209 Shaheen Military Corps, Nasratullah Jamshidi said.

“Three safe havens of the insurgents and their weapons storage facility were destroyed in the airstrikes,” Jamshidi said.

However, he did not provide further details about the airstrike.

The Taliban have not yet commented over the airstrike.

Terror Networks: The Beatings Will Continue: Iraqi Edition
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ISIS attack claims 1 in Kirkuk

Kirkuk ( Civilians were killed and injured in an attack launched by Islamic State militants against a village for Kakai people, south of Kirkuk, a security source said.

Speaking to Baghdad Today on Wednesday, the source said, “an attack launched by IS against Sayed Walid Qalhani village, left one civilian killed.”

“The village, which targeted the village, located in Daquq, left people wounded as well,” the source said, adding that “confrontations against the militants are still ongoing.”

Iraqi troops, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces, took over Kirkuk province from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters on Tuesday, fulfilling instructions made earlier by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to retake areas where sovereignty is disputed with Kurdistan Region’s Government.

Iraq: Anbar Antix
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3 ISIS Bad Guys die near Anbar Lake

Anbar ( Iraqi government and paramilitary forces killed three Islamic State militants on Wednesday near a lake in Anbar province, a paramilitary commander said as the province awaits the liberation of the group’s last havens there.

Alsumaria News quoted Qatari al-Obaidi, a senior commander at Anbar’s tribal forces, saying that tribal forces, backing army troops, killed three Islamic State members near al-Thirthar lake, north of the province.

ISIS Bad Guys smoked in Iraqi airstrike near Qaim

Anbar ( Several Islamic State militants were killed, while booby-trapping workshops were destroyed in airstrikes launched by the Iraqi army, the military media reported.

A statement by the Defense Ministry’s War Media Cell said, “based on information from the Counter-Terrorism Service, the Iraqi F-16 jets launched airstrikes in Qaim, western Anbar.”

“The airstrike left booby-trapping workshops destroyed and several IS militants killed,” the statement said.

Iraqi sapper dies dismantling bomg in Haditha

Anbar ( An explosive expert was killed, while defusing booby-trapped house in western Anbar, a security source from the province said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Alghad Press, the source said, “an explosive expert from Jazeera Operations Command, Faisal al-Majmaa’i, was killed in al-Zawya region, in Haditha, west of Anbar.”

“The expert was killed while defusing a booby-trapped house,” the source added.

Iraq: 4 die in UAB detonation in Diyala
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Diyala ( Four civilians were killed Wednesday when a bomb left over by Islamic State militants exploded in Diyala, according to security sources.

The sources told Baghdad Today that the explosive device went off in al-Tabaj village, north of Jalawla, killing four members of two families who were returning to check on their homes which they had abandoned under Islamic State existence.

Iraq: Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin
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1 dead in bombing attack in Radnawiya

Baghdad ( One civilian died and three were wounded on Wednesday when a bomb blast rocked an area in southwestern Baghdad, a police source was quoted saying.

The source told Ikh News that the bomb was placed near commercial stores in Radwaniya, southwest of the capital.

A monthly count by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), which excludes security members deaths, said 196 civilians were killed, while 381 others were wounded due to violence and armed conflicts during the month of September. The fatalities included 10 foreign nationals. Baghdad was the most affected province with 37 deaths and 157 injuries.

The Iraqi capital has seen almost daily bombings and armed attacks against security members, paramilitary troops and civilians since the Iraqi government launched a wide-scale campaign to retake Islamic State-occupied areas in 2016.

2 wounded in bombing attack in Nahrawan neighborhood

Baghdad ( Two civilians were wounded on Wednesday when an explosive device went off in an area southeast of Baghdad, according to a security source.

A security source told Alghad Press that an explosive device exploded near a popular market in Nahrawan neighborhood, leaving two injured.

India-Pakistan: The politics of hate
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[DAWN] IT was too outrageous an outburst for anyone to defend. So it is not surprising that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf, then by the courts...
distanced himself from his son-in-law’s hate speech on the floor of the National Assembly. The august house had perhaps never witnessed such bigotry targeting one of the most vulnerable religious communities in the country.

Equally troubling was the silence on both sides of the aisle, as no one found the courage to rebut Capt Safdar disrespecting national heroes because of their religious belief. If that were not enough, he led some of his supporters to raise slogans outside the hall hailing Mumtaz Qadri, a convicted assassin. But no action was taken against them for violating the sanctity of parliament.

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Push is on to disbar James Comey after Clinton scandal
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This sounds like a marvelous idea.
I would have preferred the 'Brazen Bull' but that's just me.
[Wash Times] A crusading lawyer filed a bar grievance this week accusing former FBI Director James Comey of lying to Congress and destroying potential evidence in the Clinton email scandal, in a process that could end up costing him his law license.

Ty Clevenger filed the grievance in New York, where Mr. Comey was a former U.S. attorney and is licensed to practice law.

Mr. Clevenger said Mr. Comey’s testimony to Congress that he did not predetermine the outcome of the FBI’s probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is belied by revelations this week that he in fact started drafting an exoneration months before even speaking with Mrs. Clinton.

"Insofar as Mr. Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears that he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct," Mr. Clevenger wrote.

He also asked to renew grievances in New York against former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying Mr. Comey’s claim that she tried to pressure him to downplay the Clinton probe should subject her to scrutiny.
#1: I would have preferred the 'Brazen Bull' but that's just me.

Speak for yourself.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:30 ||Comments

Home Front: WoT: Marie Harf insanely credits Obama with retaking Raqqa
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[AMERICANTHINKER] After our administration got a better sense of what was going on, we did put in place a plan that we see being carried out now. The plan to retake Raqqa was put in place during the Obama Administration. President Trump has done something – he has made some tweaks around the edges, but this is the plan at the military has had in place for a long time time. Ed is absolutely right, this is a big victory.
The Russians used to evaluate everything the US State Department was through this spokesman by referring to her statements as Harfs. One Harf, 2 Harfs and so on. Great fun, I suspect, until The Donald won.
#1: Ed is absolutely right, this is a big victory.

And Marie is delusional.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:32 ||Comments

#2: Delusional she is, but our favorite Naughty Librarian has become an internet meme. To wit: harfing - To say or assert something so patently stupid and preposterous as to generate widespread mockery.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2017-10-19 01:35 ||Comments

#3: There is a reason she was detailed from being an intelligence analyst in Mclean to Foggy Bottom as State Dept. spokesperson.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2017-10-19 01:42 ||Comments

#4: In my youth "harfing" os what the cat did with fur balls.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2017-10-19 01:51 ||Comments

Home Front: Culture Wars: CNN's Symone Sanders: White People Aren't Allowed to Criticize the NFL Kneeling
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[CNN] Symone Sanders, CNN's resident Berniecrat, says white people aren't allowed to criticize the NFL protests. What does that sound like? Maybe systemic racism??

The tactic isn't a new one for the Left, as they have made that argument about men and abortion for a long time. They've been claiming for decades that, if you don't have a uterus, you shouldn't be able to be pro-life (because, let's face it, if a man is pro-choice, they don't really have a problem with that).

So now Sanders is making it about standing for the National Anthem too. If you're white, you can't have feelings on the matter. And it's even worse if you're Vice President Mike Pence. Maybe her former boss who's white, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D/I-VT), shouldn't be able to have strong feelings on anything either?
#1: Anybody who has money is allowed to criticize the NFL kneeling.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:29 ||Comments

#2: I lost alomost Half of America in this war of States Rights and slavery. More than 10% of it in todays population - Black and White both. Breaking from the Crown which enslaved you, and forcing a Constitutional Order with the phony Whig party.

Had to destroy the Whig party with the Churches and the Abolitionist movement within existing political currents.

This is a Good Nation. Faults all have, ours are just the ones broadcast worldwide.

You need a good focus. This thing is greater than you or any person and I stand for it. You should too.

Have you sought more knowledge on how this place was built?

I stand for America because for the most part, it stands for me.

I have yet to find any Nation with the ability to be more Virtuous in many of it's endeavors.

The Mayflower Pact, the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution got EVERYBODY KILLED.
And got you the lives you have now in this right here America. You ALL live like Kings here and I would have it no other way.

GOD shined HIS grace on Thee. The History alone is worth Standing for.

Posted by: newc|| 2017-10-19 00:38 ||Comments

#3: By the way, Most of these people standing for this Flag are also standing for you.

Some are even Police.
Posted by: newc|| 2017-10-19 01:18 ||Comments

#4: Aw jeez, indeed. How do you say "Bite me!" in Ebonics?
Posted by: SteveS|| 2017-10-19 01:31 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Fella arrested 42 times goes on shooting spree, 3 dead in Edgewood, MD
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[FOX] EDGEWOOD, Md. - A gunman linked to a shooting that left three people dead and two injured at a business in Harford County, Maryland on Wednesday has now been linked to a later shooting in Wilmington, Delaware, according to officials.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office said 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince shot five employees at Advanced Granite Solutions in the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, Maryland, killing three and critically injuring two just before 9 a.m.
Honest, gainful employment just really wasn't ever going to work for Radee.
The Wilmington Police Department said Prince is also wanted in a shooting that happened at a car dealership in the 2800 Block of Northeast Boulevard in Wilmington at about 10:45 a.m. Police arrived at that scene and found a man who had been shot twice, but was conscious and alert. The victim, who appeared to suffer non-life threatening injuries, identified Prince as the shooter and said the suspect was known to him.

Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said Prince had "beefs" with the victim. Wilmington police said they spotted Prince in his vehicle and gave chase but lost him. Authorities said Prince has family in the Wilmington area.

Officials said the attack at Advanced Granite Solutions, which was carried out with a handgun, was targeted. The sheriff's office said Prince was an employee at Advanced Granite Solutions for the last four months and said Wednesday was a scheduled work day.

China-Japan-Koreas: Hillary Clinton criticizes U.S. policy on North Korea
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[WASHINGTONTIMES] Perennial Presidential Campaigner Hillary Crooked Hillary Clinton
... former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
on Wednesday chastised U.S. policy against North Korea, calling the rising threats of war "cavalier."

"There is no need for us to be bellicose and aggressive," Mrs. Clinton said at a forum in South Korea, Rooters reported.

Although she declined to directly name President Trump, she did say that threats on Twitter were more beneficial to Kim Pudge Jong-un
...the overweight, pouty-looking hereditary potentate of North Korea. Pudge appears to believe in his own divinity, but has yet to produce any loaves and fishes, so his subjects remain malnourished...
than to the U.S.

"Picking fights with Kim Jong-un puts a smile on his face," she said.

Mr. Trump has taken to the social media platform to call out the North Korean leader, referring to him as "little rocket man." He has also said that the U.S. is ready for war if North Korea’s threats continue.

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Jefferson Davis school in Mississippi to be renamed after Barack Obama
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[WASHINGTONTIMES] A predominantly black elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi, named after Confederate President Jefferson Davis, will be renamed after former President Barack Obama
Because I won...
, leaders announced Tuesday.

Davis Magnet IB PTA President Janelle Jefferson said during the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees meeting that school stakeholders voted earlier this month to rename the school Barack Obama Magnet IB, a move that will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year, The Clarion Ledger reported.

"Jefferson Davis, although infamous in his own right, would probably not be too happy about a diverse school promoting the education of the very individuals he fought to keep enslaved being named after him," Ms. Jefferson said.

"I wholeheartedly agree with the name," Board President Camille Simms said at Tuesday’s meeting.

In September, the board approved a policy that gave the PTA and the Davis community control in renaming the school. Parents, students and staff submitted name ideas to the PTA and voted on Oct. 5 using paper ballots, Mississippi Today reported.
#1: And the kids will wear “ BO” tshirts.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2017-10-19 00:30 ||Comments

#2: Be careful because everything this school's namesake touches turns to $#!÷.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:33 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Last 'Fast And Furious' Suspect Arrested For Murder Of Border Patrol Agent
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[DAILYWIRE] On Monday, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, the last Mexican "rip crew" runaway entangled in the Obama Administration's Operation Fast and Furious, was charged with first-degree murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry, who was on killed December 14, 2010.

"The arrest of Favela Astorga resulted from the unwavering commitment of the United States and our law enforcement partners in Mexico to bring to justice those responsible for the murder of Agent Brian Terry, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country," read a statement from acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson.

The weapons used to murder Terry were found to be tied to Fast and Furious, an ATF operation gone bad wherein criminals were permitted to buy guns with the intent to eventually track such weapons when they made their way to Mexican drug lords. As noted by PJ Media, the plot to arm criminals backfired:

Instead, the ATF lost control of more than 1,400 out of the 2,000 guns they allowed smugglers to purchase. Two of the Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene of Brian Terry's death. Ostorio-Arellanes and Favela-Astorga were the two remaining members of a five-man cartel "rip crew" ‐ a group of bandidos who roam the desert along the U.S./Mexico border to rob drug smugglers of their loads, steal cash from illegal immigrants colonists, and sexually assault women.
#1: I was hoping to read that Eric Holder had been arrested.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:19 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Woman shoots, kills teen who carjacked her son in Clearwater
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[TAMPABAY] They met after dusk in the parking lot of a bank for what seemed like a routine transaction.

Louise Ornduff and her son Kalaeb were there to negotiate the sale of a 2016 Nissan Rogue with Lasupta Singletary, 18, and Jernalen Dreshaw Coleman, 17, at the Bank of America at Belcher and Belleair roads, according to Clearwater police.

But instead of a handover of cash for the car, the meeting turned deadly.

The men, armed with guns, demanded the keys to the 2016 Hyundai Veloster that Kalaeb Ornduff, 18, had driven to the bank, police said. As the men drove from the scene, Louise Ornduff fired a shot, hitting Singletary.

Doctors at Mease Countryside Hospital pronounced him dead
He's dead, Jim!
. Though police said Ornduff fired the shot, Coleman of Dade City faces charges of second-degree felony murder and armed robbery. Prosecutors can pursue a felony murder charge against a co-conspirator in Florida when someone dies during the commission of a crime.

What's less clear is what will happen to Louise Ornduff, 36. Police are reviewing details of the case with the Pasco-Pinellas State Attorney's Office to determine whether to bring charges against her. Many details that could determine whether a claim of self-defense is legally sound have yet to be released by Sherlocks, citing the open investigation.

"The timeline is going to be critical," Deputy Chief Eric Gandy said during a news conference. "It's important to determine whether the threat existed when the shot was fired."

With the limited information released by police, experts have varying opinions about whether Florida's "stand your ground" law would be applicable.
A routine Public Service Homicide (PSH). She should be reimbursed for ammo, damages to her vehicle, and be given free tickets to the upcoming police holiday ball.
#1: "It's important to determine whether the threat existed when the shot was fired."

Yes. And given the nature of the crime, and the kind of personality committing it, that danger will exist until they are killed.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:28 ||Comments

#2: Pro-active. She was protecting the life of the next victim from armed robbery.
Posted by: Threatch Jeamp8135|| 2017-10-19 00:36 ||Comments

Home Front: Politix: CNN reporter mocks Mitch McConnell for needing help with stairs, not realizing he survived polio
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[FOXNEWS] CNN political news hound Daniella Diaz sent a tweet on Monday pointing out that President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell locked hands while walking up stairs at the White House following their Rose Garden presser. Diaz seemed to be mocking the Republican duo ‐ but while followers quickly pointed out that the Kentucky senator is a polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. ...
survivor, the tweet remains on her feed nearly 24 hours later.

"That hand-lock between Trump and McConnell, though," Diaz wrote with video of the incident.

A CNN colleague called out Diaz, quoting her tweet and explaining the situation. At the time this article was published, Diaz had not deleted the tweet. Daily Beast Senior Editor Andrew Kirell also asked what was going on in a since-deleted response.

"McConnell is a polio survivor, a reason why stairs can be tricky at times," CNN's Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju wrote. "McConnell often goes up a step at a time, sometimes needs railing for assistance. This time, used Trump for balance."
#1: It's a good thing president Trump didn't make that tweet.
Posted by: gorb|| 2017-10-19 00:35 ||Comments

-Lurid Crime Tales-: Fusion GPS officials take the Fifth in Trump dossier interview on Capitol Hill
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[FOXNEWS] Two top officials at the political research firm behind a salacious dossier alleging various Russian connections to President Trump's campaign invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday.

Fusion GPS co-founder Peter Fritsch and top lieutenant Thomas Catan were subpoenaed to appear before the committee in a closed-door session on Wednesday but asserted their right not to testify, a source close to the matter told Fox News.

Fritsch and Catan took the Fifth on every question posed by committee members. Another co-founder, Glenn Simpson, is under subpoena for a later date.

The move was expected.

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: School Cancels Halloween, Will Celebrate ‘Black And Orange’ Spirit Day
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[BOSTON.CBSLOCAL] The decorations are out and Halloween is two weeks away but there’s controversy at Boyden Elementary School in Walpole. The school will not be having its annual Halloween costume parade this year.

"I think it’s a lot of political correctness," a Walpole woman said. "I think it’s a shame because Halloween is the funnest day of the year next to Christmas for children."

In a message to parents the school principal says, "...the costume parade is out of our ordinary routine and can be difficult for many students. Also, the parade is not inclusive of all the students and it is our goal each and every day to ensure all student’s individual differences are respected."

On Friday the school will have a Halloween party after school hours, but the school says Halloween itself will be "Black and Orange" spirit day.

Parents WBZ-TV spoke with are not happy about the decision to cancel the parade.

"We have grand-kids going to Boyden School. Wonderful school," a grandmother of a student said. "The Halloween party should happen on Friday cause all the kids are excited."

"Put a costume on. Parade down the street. Let them have their little time," a Walpole man said. "Why do you have to turn it into something political?"

Great White North: Quebec Bars People in Face Coverings From Receiving Public Services
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[NYTIMES] The Quebec provincial legislature on Wednesday barred people who are wearing face coverings from receiving public services or working in government jobs, a move that opponents criticized as unfairly targeting Moslems.

The law will prohibit public workers like teachers from covering their faces at work, and will effectively bar Moslem women who wear face veils from using public transit, although it will be possible to apply for exemptions.

The law has been described by proponents as a way to ensure state religious neutrality. Quebec’s minister of justice, Stéphanie Vallée, who sponsored the bill, has said that the legislation will foster social cohesion. But Canadian Moslem groups have long complained that the law, which languished for years before passing 66 to 51 on Wednesday, will penalize Moslems, particularly in a province where few women wear face coverings.

"This is an unnecessary law with a made-up solution to an invented problem," said Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Moslems.

"We don’t have hordes of women in niqabs trying to access or work in public services," he said, referring to a type of head scarf that covers much of the face. "Rather than helping to facilitate inclusion, as its proponents claim, it excludes citizens in the public sphere and reinforces the marginalization and stigmatization of Canadian Moslems."

Exactly how the new law will be enforced remains unclear. In the days before the legislation was passed, bus drivers in Quebec voiced concerns about having to personally prevent people from riding busses, and had asked for guidance, which they have not yet received.

Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iran's Hand and Iraq's Kirkuk Offensive - Gloria
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