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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Body of seven-year-old girl from India is found in Arizona desert after being left by smugglers in remote area near the US-Mexico border with four other migrants
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/14/2019 12:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If we had that racist, inhumane wall on our border with Mexico the little girl might still be alive.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/14/2019 15:29 Comments || Top||

#2  So how will the media spin this into Trump's fault?

Take all the walls down, to save the children?

Or smother the news with a pillow?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/14/2019 15:30 Comments || Top||

#3  This time of year is literally a killer when it comes to heat down on the border. It's a desert folks. Little or no water which is also a reason that it is sparsely populated. Stupidity isn't a crime, but it does carry a death penalty.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/14/2019 15:43 Comments || Top||

#4  From India? Why on earth does someone from India need to enter America illegally?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 20:34 Comments || Top||

#5  ..#4 From India? Why on earth does someone from India need to enter America illegally?

A most interesting question. From the Article:
The numbers of Indian people crossing US borders and being apprehended has grown steadily in recent years.

Possibly too expensive or time-consuming to get in legally? A Viet Namese buddy had to post a bond to bring his family in - $30K if memory serves. No idea how this compares to the cost for a coyote.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/14/2019 21:25 Comments || Top||

#6  At the company I work for, certain sections of the IT department remind me of when I was in Bangalore 15 years ago. I don't know or care how they got here, but there are LOTS of Indians working in IT in the US.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/14/2019 21:58 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Nangarhar: jacket wallah kabooms 9, cleric assassinated, 30 Talib turbans freed


Suicide Bombing In Eastern Afghanistan Leaves Nine Dead

[ToloNews] At least nine people were killed and 11 others maimed in a suicide kaboom that targeted a security check post in Jalalabad city in the eastern province of 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..
on Thursday afternoon.

Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s front man, said the suicide kaboom happened in Jalalabad’s Police District Six in Familiha area.

He said that it is not known whether the victims are military or civilians.

President Ghani condemned today’s suicide kaboom in Jalalabad and said "terrorists" cannot face the Afghan cops on the battlefield, therefore, they target Afghan civilians, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
According to the Jerusalem Post, ISIS claimed the jacket wallah...without evidence.

Unknown gunmen kill religious cleric in Nangarhar province

[KhaamaPress] Unidentified button men have assassinated a religious holy man and teacher in eastern 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 of Afghanistan.

The Nangarhar governor’s office in a statement said Wednesday that unknown button men killed Mawlavi Saifullah in Koz Kunar district earlier today.

The statement further added that the button men rubbed out Mawlavi Safiullah at around 5 am local time as he was on his way home from the mosque.

The governor’s office also added that the button men used a gun with a silencer to assassinate Mawlavi Saifullah.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the attack.

More than 30 Taliban prisoners released from Nangarhar prison

[KhaamaPress] The authorities have released more than 30 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
prisoners from the central prison of 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.

The Nangarhar governor’s office in a statement said the authorities released the Taliban prisoners in accordance with a presidential decree.

The statement further added that 32 Taliban prisoners were set free from the central prison of Nangarhar.

The governor’s office also added that 2,300 people including women are currently serving in Nangarhar central prison.

The statement also added that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
had ordered the release of 887 Taliban prisoners on the eve of Eid al-Fitr.

The release of Taliban prisoners has attracted mixed reactions from the people as some believe that released Taliban group members would return to battlefield.

However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
the authorities are saying that they release the prisoners after proper security screening.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Farah clash
[KhaamaPress] The Talibs suffered heavy casualties during a clash with the security forces in Farah province.

The informed military sources said Thursday that the clash broke out after Talibs attacked a security check post in Bala Boluk district.

The sources further added that the security forces killed 7 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters and maimed 11 others during the clash.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the clash so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Herat: Will fight to the last drop of blood against terrorists backed by our neighbors: Gen. Amarkhel
[KhaamaPress] The police forces foiled a large-scale attack plot by Talibs in Obe district killing at least 20 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters.

The Police Headquarters of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
in a statement said a large number of Talibs had gathered to launch a large-scale attack to capture Obe district and Ganabad village.

However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
the police forces launched an operation before the gunnies stage the attack killing at least 20 gunnies and injuring 10 others.

The Herat Police Chief Gen. Aminullah Amarkhel said the security forces have recently arrested several foreign gunnies which proves that the neighboring countries specifically Pakistain support the terror groups in Afghanistan.

Gen. Amarkhel assured the residents of Herat province that the security forces will fight to the last drop of blood to thwart enemy conspiracies for disrupting the security of Herat, harming the lives and dignity of the people and territorial integrity of the country.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shattered spaceship, Fffflirgoll the Arcturan slithered stealthily toward the control room, where the humans had barricaded themselves...
the Herat police said two police soldiers also bit the dust during the clash which started at 7pm last evening and continued until 4 am on Thursday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Kunar: 8 foreign terrorists killed, wounded as Afghan forces target Lashkar-e-Taiba compound
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops targeted a compound of Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
group in Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
killing at least 3 foreign terrorists.

The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the 2nd Brigade of Silab Corps conducted artillery strikes on Lashkar-e-Taiba compound in ASmar district on Wednesday.

The statement further added that the compound belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Majid alias Adalat.

The security forces killed 3 foreign snuffies of the group and maimed 5 more during the operation, the 201st Silab Corps added.

The anti-government armed elements have not commented regarding the operation so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba


NDS Special Forces seize massive cache of weapons, munitions of Taliban in Kabul
[KhaamaPress] The NDS Special Forces seized a massive cache of weapons and munitions belonging to Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group in Kabul.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said the NDS Special Forces discovered the cache in Paghman district.

The statement further added that the Special Forces of the Directorate seized 52 RPG rockets, 38 RPG boosters, 16 rounds of 82mm mortars, 5 Ak-47 rifles, 1000 rounds of Ak-47 ammunitions, 9 boxes of PKM ammunitions and a large quantity of other military kits.

The National Directorate of Security also added that the Talibjan faceless myrmidons were looking to use the weapons and munitions to stage attacks in Kabul city.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


ANA Artillery pounds Taliban positions in the outskirts of Sar-e-Pul capital, Talib big turban toes up
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan National Army (ANA) forces pounded Taliban
...Arabic for students...
positions with artillery fire in the outskirts of the capital of Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara
...a grouping of Dari-speaking people of Sino-Tibetan descent inhabiting Afghanistan and Pakistain. They are predominantly Shia Moslems and not particularly warlike, which makes them favored targets...
communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...

province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said the ANA Artillery pounded Taliban positions in Zanjik, Balghali and outskirts of Sar-e-Pul capital.

The statement further added that the Air Forces also carried out Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s against Talibs.

According to 209th Shaheen Corps, at least 3 Talibs were killed and 7 others were maimed during the operations.

The security forces also destroyed a mortar launcher of the Talibs, the 209th Shaheen Corps added.

The Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Taliban’s shadow district chief killed; his close comrade arrested in Sar-e-Pul

[KhaamaPress] The security forces have killed the shadow district chief of Taliban for Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul province.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said Wednesday that the Special Forces of the Afghan Police conducted an opeation in Sayad district late on Tuesday night.

The statement further added that the Police Special Forces killed Sher Mohammad alias Ghazanfar, the shadow district chief of Taliban for the district.

The ministry also added that Special Forces also arrested one of the close comrades of Sher Mohammad during the operation.

Meanwhile, the ministry of interior said Sher Mohammad was one of the key commanders of Taliban who was involved in major terrorist attacks in Sayad district.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the killing of Sher Mohammad so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


31 Taliban militants killed, wounded; 2 captured Humvees destroyed in Takhar
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed 19 Talibs during a clash in Takhar province of Afghanistan.

The Special Forces Operations Corps in a statement said the Afghan Special Forces the turbans were killed in Khwaja Ghar district during the clearance operations.

The statement further added that the Special Forces fullhy cleared the district from the presence of Talibs.

The Special Forces also maimed 12 Talibs and destroyed two captured Humvee armored personnel carriers.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operation so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


7 Taliban militants killed, 5 detained in Helmand and Zabul operations
[KhaamaPress] The security forces killed 7 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters during the operations in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
and Zabul provinces.

The security forces also arrested five Taliban fighters during the same operations.

The military officials said an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
killed 3 Taliban fighters Marjah district of Helmand.

The officials further added that the Afghan Special Forces killed 4 Taliban fighters in Shinkai and Qalat districts of Zabul.

Furthermore, the Special Forces arrested 5 Taliban fighters during the same operations.

The Talibs have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


2 Taliban militants killed, detained in Kabul and Paktika operations
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted separate operations in Kabul and Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
provinces.

The security forces killed one Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighter and arrested another Death Eater during the operations.

The informed military sources said Thursday "In a raid in Kabul city, Afghan special forces detained 1 Taliban fighter."

The sources further added that an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Gomal district of Paktika province district 1 Taliban fighter.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


1 terrorist hailing from Punjab of Pakistan killed, 2 others arrested in Herat
[KhaamaPress] The NDS Special Forces killed one terrorist and detained two others during an operation in Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement said the bully boyz originally hail from Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

province of Pakistain.

The statement further added that the three terrorists, Mohamad Hakim alias Bilal son of Obaidullah, Rafiullah and Rauzuddin, were fighting for the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
leader Mullah Wakil Ahmad Osmani.

NDS also added that Mullah Osmani is actively involved in terrorist related activities in Kerkh district of Herat and bordering regions between Herat and Badghis.


The National Directorate of Security (NDS) also released a video confession of one of the detained terrorists.

The holy warrior briefs the intelligence operatives regarding his recruitment to Taliban ranks and travel to Afghanistan.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the killing and detention of the Pak Death Eaters so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


16 Taliban militants killed, wounded in Kapisa, Wardak and Herat provinces
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted separate operations in three provinces killing or wounding at least 16 Talibs.

The informed military sources said Wednesday that the Afghan Special Forces killed 3 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters during an operation in Tagab district of Kapisa.

The sources further added that the security forces also conducted an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Nerkh district of Wardak and killed 3 Taliban fighters.

Furthermore, the Special Forces killed 4 Taliban during an operation in Chisht-e Sharif district of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
The military officials also added that the Special Forces maimed 6 Taliban fighters and destroyed 5 improvised explosives devices during the same operation.

The anti-government armed faceless myrmidons including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan forces repel major Taliban offensive in Zabul killing at least 40 militants
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops repelled a major Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
offensive on Daichupan district of Zabul province killing at least 40 bully boys.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the Talibs launched a major attack on Daichupan district from various angles.

The statement further added that the security forces killed at least 40 turbans after repelling the attack.

The security forces also killed two senior commanders of Taliban Jamil Talawat and Mawlavi Hebat.

According to Atal Corps, the security forces handed over the bodies of 12 Talibs to local residents.

The anti-government armed turbans including Taliban have not commented regarding the clash so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban commanders in-charge of prisons and explosions killed in Faryab
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces killed two key Taliban
...Arabic for students...
commanders during an operation in Faryab province.

The 209th Shaheen Corps in a statement said Wednesday that the security forces jointly conducted the operation on Tuesday night.

The Special Forces of the Afghan military, intelligence agency and coalition forces had taken part in the operation.

The statement further added that the security forces killed Mullah Khal Mohammad, the commander in-charge of the prison of Taliban in Pashtun Kot.

The statement also added that the security forces killed Mullah Ezatullah, a key Taliban commander who was in charge of conducting kabooms.

The 209th Shaheen Corps also added that the security forces 2 other accomplices of the two commanders and maimed 8 more.

The anti-government armed Death Eaters have not commented regarding the operation so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in North of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan cops have inflicted heavy casualties on Talibs in North of Afghanistan.

The informed military sources said Wednesday the Afghan Special Forces killed 16 Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
fighters in Pashtun Kot district of Faryab.

The Special Forces also maimed 3 Taliban fighters and destroyed some military equipment during the operation.

Furthermore, the Special Forces killed 3 Taliban fighters and detained 8 others in Bagram district of Parwan province.

The sources also added that the Special Forces killed 1 Taliban fighter in Sayad district of Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara
...a grouping of Dari-speaking people of Sino-Tibetan descent inhabiting Afghanistan and Pakistain. They are predominantly Shia Moslems and not particularly warlike, which makes them favored targets...
communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...

province.

The Special Forces also arrested one Taliban fighter during the same operation, the sources said.

This comes as the security situation in some districts of Faryab, Parwan and Sar-e-Pul provinces has tanked during the recent years.

Talibs are active in districts of the three provinces where they often conduct terrorist related activities.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Cynthia backed into the galley, the barbecue fork held in front of her.
Jack! she called. Where the hell are you?...

the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism operations against the anti-government gangs in the three province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


13 Taliban militants killed in Special Forces raid, airstrike in Uruzgan and Helmand
[KhaamaPress] The security forces conducted separate operations in Uruzgan and Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
provinces killing at least 13 Talibs.

The informed military sources said Wednesday the Afghan Special Forces killed 8 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan.

The sources further added that the Special Forces also destroyed a large quantity of explosives and improvised bombs.

Furthermore, the security forces conducted an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Marjah district of Helmand and killed 5 Taliban fighters.

The anti-government armed snuffies have not commented regarding the operations so far.

Both Uruzgan and Helmand are among the volatile provinces in South of Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
AU Troops Arrest Shaboob With 6 Detonators
[RADIOSHABELLE] The African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said Wednesday that security forces are interrogating an al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
triggerman who was arrested in Somalia’s southern region with six detonators.

The AU mission did not disclose the name of the senior bad boy who was nabbed in Beledamin in Lower Shabelle on Tuesday.

It said the detonators were meant to be used to carry out attacks along the main supply routes to harm civilians and destroy vehicles.

"AMISOM troops in Beledamin yesterday (Tuesday) arrested an al-Shabaab triggerman in possession of six," it said in a brief statement.

"The gadgets were meant to trigger improvised bombs (IEDs) along main supply routes to destroy vehicles and harm civilians," said the AU mission.

The culprit has been handed over to Somali security forces, it added.

AMISOM promised to continue supporting the transition through the priority tasks, including securing main supply routes, securing key population centers, and mentoring and assisting Somali security forces, both military and police, in close collaboration with the UN mission.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent


Africa North
Egypt officials say roadside bomb wounds 6 police in Sinai
[IsraelTimes] Egyptian security officials are saying that six coppers were maimed by a roadside kaboom targeting a police patrol vehicle in the restive northern Sinai province.

The officials say Thursday that the bomb exploded remotely near the city of El-Arish. They say Islamic murderous Moslems had set up ambushes along the highway leading to El-Arish where they had kidnapped at least 14 civilians over the course of the last 24 hours. The officials speak on condition of anonymity because they aren’t authorized to speak to the media.

Egypt has battled Islamic murderous Moslems for years in northern Sinai, where an affiliate of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadist group is based.

Last week, the group grabbed credit for the killing of eight coppers in an assault on a checkpoint near El-Arish.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Saudi air defence intercepts five Houthi drones
[Al Jazeera] Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
says its air defence forces intercepted five drones launched by Yemen's Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
s at Abha airport and the city of Khamis Mushait in the latest escalation of conflict in the region.

The air traffic and air space at Abha airport were operating normally, a Saudi-led coalition front man said in a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency said early on Friday.

At least 26 people were maimed after Houthis fired missile at Abha airport on Wednesday, drawing sharp response from Riyadh which vowed to take "stern action".

The Iran-aligned Houthi movement earlier said that it carried out drone attacks on Abha Airport days after it targeted the airport in southwest Saudi Arabia with missile, the group's al-Masirah TV reported.

The rebels, who have been fighting the Saudi-led coalition since March 2015, have carried out at least four attacks on Saudi Arabia this week as it has stepped up attacks on the kingdom amid tensions between Shia power Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and the US, Saudi Arabia's main ally.

On Monday, Saudi air defence forces intercepted two drones targeting Khamis Mushait in the kingdom's south.

It caused no damage or casualties, the Saudi-United Arab Emirate (UAE) coalition, which intervened in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
in support of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted from power by the Houthis in late 2014.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Operations at Abha Airport in southern Saudi Arabia have been suspended while it is under Houthi drone attack
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [140 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  The houthis have drones ? Those HESA flying tubes from Iran ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/14/2019 6:21 Comments || Top||

#2  See the photo at this link, Dron66046, for a drone the Houthis were using in 2017: Iranian Qasef-1 . You’ll have to scroll down a bit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 11:00 Comments || Top||


Tanker Front Altair is on fire according to Bloomberg. Update: Iran kidnaps crew
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Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Note update to crew grabbed by Iran!
Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2019 11:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran is acting like want Trump to come kick their asses. Trump never disappoints, never!
Posted by: jpal || 06/14/2019 16:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Sounds like piracy to me. There's only one way to stop this.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 06/14/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Pakistani passengers at Baghdad airport beaten up by Iran aligned militias.
[Twitter]


Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2019 06:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [230 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  That hatred they've for each other is, IMO, Islam's best attribute
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/14/2019 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually that's standard welcome for all Pakistainers, in every islamic country. Except England, of course.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/14/2019 6:55 Comments || Top||

#3  I suggest we do not disturb. This is likely evidence of a divine plan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2019 6:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Nice touch with the bucket of popcorn there, Besoeker - makes it complete.
Posted by: Raj || 06/14/2019 8:42 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF Seizes M16 Weapons Near Palestinian Village In The West Bank
[Jpost] The IDF announced that it had seized several M16 weapons from a suspicious vehicle on Thursday near the Paleostinian village Ras Karkar, just north of Ramallah, in the West Bank.

"A short while ago, IDF soldiers identified a suspicious vehicle near the village of in the area of the Ephraim Regional Brigade," it said in a statement. "While searching the vehicle, the soldiers seized M16 weapons."

"The suspect and the weapons were transferred to security forces for further investigation," the IDF added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 00:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:


Gaza factions are frantically evacuating their outposts and bases
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Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad (Palestian)

#1  how about next time the IDF hits them before they fully evacuate
Posted by: lord garth || 06/14/2019 9:48 Comments || Top||


Israeli F-16’s begin strikes on terror targets in Gaza
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Israeli planes hit several Gaza sites after Sderot rocket attack

[IsraelTimes] Israel planes carried out multiple Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in the Gazoo Strip early Friday, hours after a rocket hit a religious school in southern Israel.

The Israeli military said in a statement that fighter jets and other aircraft attacked "several terror targets, including terror infrastructure in military compounds."

It said it also hit a naval base belonging to the Hamas, a contraction of the Arabic words for "frothing at the mouth", terror group.

"The attack was carried out in response to the rocket that was shot from the Gazoo Strip earlier this evening," the army said.

A video released by the military showed a number of strikes on unspecified targets.

The Hamas-linked Shehab news agency said there were three strikes on a naval facility near Khan Younis in southern Gazoo, causing damage.

It said sites east of Gazoo City were also attacked.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The strikes came hours after a rocket launched from Gazoo slammed into a building housing a religious school, causing damage but no injuries. The rocket, which did not explode, struck the outer face of the yeshiva, sending debris onto the sidewalk. A number of tempered-glass windows were also broken.

Most students had gone home for the weekend, but several people were still inside the school at the time.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Now, here we go.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/14/2019 11:00 Comments || Top||

#2  so far this has been a limited engagement

the IDF hit a dozen or so Hamas sites without trying to kill hamas members

Hamas has, also so far, not fired any rockets in support of the Isl Jihad rocket attacks
Posted by: lord garth || 06/14/2019 12:31 Comments || Top||


Rocket fired from Gaza struck a school and synagogue in Israel
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Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Fake news: Iran rescues 44 sailors after oil tanker attack. Real news: The Yanks dunnit
So they claimed, anyway.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Iranian rescue services saved 44 sailors from tankers after a reported attack and took them to the Iranian port of Jask, the state-run IRNA news agency reported on Thursday.

The US Navy’s 5th Fleet also said that it was assisting two oil tankers targeted in a "reported attack" near the Strait of Hormuz after the vessels sent distress calls.

It was not immediately clear who attacked the vessels, one of which has been identified as Front Altair, a crude oil tanker owned by Norway’s Frontline and carrying the flag of the Marshall Islands.

According to shipping newspaper Tradewinds, Frontline’s oil tanker had been "torpedoed" off the coast of the Emirate of Fujairah.

Taiwan’S energy firm CPC said it had suspicions that Front Altair, which was carrying 75,000 tonnes of naphtha, was hit by an unknown object.

Meanwhile,
...back at the dirigible, Jack stuck the cigar in his mouth, stepped onto the gantry, and asked Got a light, Mac?

Von Schtinken stopped short, lowering the dagger and trying to control his features.

If you light that thing, Herr Armschtröng, he pointed out, his voice tense, we all die!...

shipping company Bernhard Schulte said that its oil tanker Kokuka Courageous was also damaged in the incident. Kokuka was sailing from Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
to Singapore with a cargo of methanol.

"The hull has been breached above the water line on the starboard side," the company said in a statement. "All crew are reported safe and only one minor injury reported."

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Press TV said that two successive blasts affected two oil tankers on Thursday morning in what it described as "attacks".

Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet quoted Oman authorities as saying that at least one tanker had been attacked in Iran’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman.

Brent crude climbed 4.5 percent in the wake of the reports.

Japanese tanker operator says crew aboard US warship, refuting Iranian claim

[IsraelTimes] The Japanese operator of a tanker that was damaged in a suspected attack in the Strait of Hormuz says all of its crewmembers are now safe onboard a US Navy warship.

The chemical tanker Kokuka Courageous, operated by Kokuka Sangyo Co., was apparently attacked as it was passing through the Strait of Hormuz toward Singapore and Thailand destinations to deliver methanol.

All of its 21 Filipino crewmembers escaped on a life boat and were initially rescued by a Dutch ship that was headed to the United Arab Emirates.

Company executive Michio Yube says the crewmembers are now on an US warship, which a US official told CBS News was the USS Bainbridge guided missile destroyer. One of the crewmembers received treatment for his injury sustained during the attacks.

Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
had claimed it rescued all 44 crew members aboard both the Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian-owned Front Altair.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Was it Limpet mines, torpedoes, or flying objects? It does seem the sailors are safe and that Iran did not rescue them and there is a fair amount of disinformation and fake news surrounding the incidents.

Any more news about John Kerry accusations of violating the Logan Act for recent talks with Iran?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/14/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||


Rebel sleeper cell attacks Syrian intelligence forces in northern Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] A Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) sleeper cell attacked a Syrian intelligence post in northern Daraa, today, killing at least two officers.

According to a local source, the Free Syrian Army sleeper cell carried out the attack at an intelligence post south of Busra al-Harir.

Following the attack, the Free Syrian Army fighters fled to an unknown location in the northern countryside of the Dara’a Governorate.

The Free Syrian Army sleeper cells have been carrying out sporadic attacks against the Syrian intelligence forces in southern Syria.

These attacks have resulted in the death of several Syrian intelligence officers over the last five weeks; this has prompted the military to send several units of reinforcements to the Daraa Governorate to help stop these ambushes.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Large Turkish military convoy heads to western Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish military sent a large convoy to the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate, opposition activists reported this morning.

According to the opposition activists, the Ottoman Turkish military entered the Idlib Governorate from the Hatay Province; they eventually made their way to the Jisr al-Shughour District.

The activists added that the Ottoman Turkish military began patrolling the area between Jisr al-Shughour and the northern countryside of the Hama Governorate.

This move by the Ottoman Turkish military comes just 24 hours after a 72-hour-long ceasefire was announced in northwestern Syria.

Despite this ceasefire announcement, the jihadist rebels and their Ottoman Turkish-backed allies launched a heavy attack on the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions in the southwestern countryside of Idlib.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian Air Force resumes airstrikes over Idlib after failed ceasefire
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) has resumed their Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s over the Idlib Governorate, today, after a brief hiatus due to the ceasefire that was brokered by the Russian and Ottoman Turkish armed forces.

According to a report from northern Hama, the Syrian Air Force began their airstrikes over the southern countryside of Idlib, targeting the jihadist defenses in the large town of Khan Sheikhoun.

While the Russian Air Force has been downed due to their 72-hour-long ceasefire agreement with their Ottoman Turkish partners, the Syrian Air Force has resumed their airstrikes in response to the jihadist attack on the Syrian Army’s positions in southwestern Idlib.

Last night, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and their Ottoman Turkish-backed allies launched a heavy assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s positions inside the town of Qasabiyah; this attack resulted in a fierce battle that ended with the withdrawal of the bully boys.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Ahrar Al-Sham rejects ceasefire in northwestern Syria, vows to keep fighting
[ALMASDARNEWS] Harakat Ahrar al-Sham
...a Syria jihadi group made up of Islamists and salafists, not that there's that much difference, formed into a brigade. They make up the main element of the Islamic Front but they don't profess adoration of al-Qaeda and they've been fighting (mainly for survival) against the Islamic State. Their leadership was wiped out at a single blow by a suicide kaboom at a crowded basement meeting in September, 2014...
has formally rejected the ceasefire that was announced earlier today in the northwestern region of Syria.

In a statement released this afternoon, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham said they reject any ceasefire with the Syrian and Russian armed forces, vowing to keep fighting them in northwestern Syria.

Harakat Ahrar al-Sham is one of the largest rebel groups in Syria; they make up a large portion of the Ottoman Turkish-backed National Liberation Front
...the Turkic paramilitaries intended to replace with their native jihadi ferocity all the highly trained Turkish soldiers Sultan Erdogan I the much beloved has jailed in the last few years for not worshipping the ground he walks upon. The Uighurs and so forth who did not join Al Nusra or ISIS seem to have ended up here...
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Militants suffer heavy losses in failed offensive in southwestern Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The jihadist rebels launched a powerful attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positions in southwestern Idlib last night.

Using the cover of night, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and their allies stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s positions at the eastern and northeastern axes of Qasabiyah.

For nearly two hours, the Syrian Arab Army and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham clashed at Qasabiyah last night; however, the latter was unable to crack the government’s lines.

According to a military source in northern Hama, the Syrian Arab Army was able to repel the jihadist attack, while also killing and wounding several Lions of Islam in the process.

The Syrian Arab Army then secured the area around Qasabiyah in order to prevent another attack from being carried out later that night.

Qasabiyah is a small town that is located at the southwestern slope of the al-Zawiya Mountain.

The Syrian Arab Army maintains a presence in southwestern Idlib as a result of their control over Qasabiyah.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Russia bombs jihadist base in Idlib with coordinates from Turkey
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Russian Air Force resumed their bombing campaign over the Idlib Governorate on Thursday after taking a brief hiatus to negotiate a short-lived ceasefire with their Ottoman Turkish partners.

According to a field report from the nearby Hama Governorate, the Russian Air Force, with coordinates from their Ottoman Turkish partners, launched the attack on the western countryside of Idlib, where the jihadist rebels make up the largest force in the region.

No further details were provided.

While The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
and Russia are backing two different sides in this war, they do occasionally trade intel and carry out joint patrols in northern Syria.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
Russia has recently upped its pressure on Turkey to separate the opposition and jihadist fighters in the northwestern governorates of Syria.

Turkey has been somewhat reluctant to do so because a large number of fighters in the Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo, and Hama governorates are jihadist combatants that are allied with the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA).

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


IRGC Gashti Class patrol boat approached the M/T Kokuka Courageous and was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine
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Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [250 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iran Radio says: "Iran is in charge of the Straits of Hormuz!"
Posted by: 3dc || 06/14/2019 5:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Removing the evidence.

The photos I saw had the mines ~8 feet out of the water. Not something a scuba team could do easily unless they had some sort of pole to attach the mine at that level.

Methinks a small low radar signature craft (like a zodiac) was used for the initial placement operation, but what do I know.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/14/2019 7:54 Comments || Top||

#3  USS Cole incident comes to mind.

Link
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/14/2019 7:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Recycling mines that fail to explode?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/14/2019 11:04 Comments || Top||


Turkey says Syrian forces hit observation tower in Idlib
[Al Jazeera] Syrian government forces have attacked a Ottoman Turkish observation point in Syria's Idlib province, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
's Defence Ministry has said, in what it assessed as a deliberate attack involving 35 mortar shells.

Three Ottoman Turkish soldiers were slightly maimed in the attack, the ministry said in a statement on Thursday, and some equipment and facilities were damaged.

"The transportation and treatment of the maimed [soldiers] is ongoing," the statement said. The ministry added that Ankara has made representations to Moscow about the incident.

Under a deal with Russia, Turkey deployed forces in Idlib at a dozen positions around the rebel-controlled northwestern province, where it has set up observation towers to prevent escalations between the Syrian government forces and rebels.

However,
if you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning...
Syria and ally Russia ramped up deadly air raids and artillery fire in the region in late April against Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(HTS), a former al-Qaeda affiliate whose fighters dominate the area. Russia wants the group out of Idlib and disarmed, and keeps pressuring Turkey to make that happen.

Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


US sez it has has imagery showing Iranian boat removing unexploded mine from Gulf tanker
[CNN] The United States has video and photos that show an Iranian navy boat removing an unwent kaboom! mine attached to the hull of the Japanese-owned chemical tanker Kokura Courageous, four US officials tell CNN.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday blamed Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
for an attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, saying the assessment was based on intelligence, but presented no public evidence to support his claim.

The attack comes at a time of high tensions between the US and Iran, and could provide more fodder for Iran hawks within the administration, whose recent Iran saber-rattling has frustrated President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
. One of them, national security adviser John Bolton, announced last month that the Pentagon was deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the Middle East in response to a "number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings" from Iran.

One of the officials said a US military aircraft overhead recorded a full motion video of an Iranian boat moving alongside one of the stricken tankers and removing an ununexploded limpet mine from its hull. The official said the imagery shows a person on board that small boat grabbing the unexploded mine.

The boat made the move even after the USS Bainbridge, as well as a US drone and P-8 aircraft, had been on the scene for four hours. US defense officials believe that the Iranians were seeking to recover evidence of their involvement in the attack.

CNN has not independently seen the video. The officials described the photos and video to CNN on the condition they not be identified discussing sensitive military information. It is not clear if the imagery will be publicly shown.

Another of the officials tells CNN that multiple Iranian small boats have entered the area where the USS Bainbridge continues to be on the scene, prompting US Central Command to issue a statement saying, "No interference with USS Bainbridge, or its mission, will be tolerated."

Earlier Thursday, the two tankers -- one carrying oil and the other transporting chemicals -- were apparently attacked in international waters near the strategically important Strait of Hormuz. All crew members were evacuated and were safe, according to the owners of the two ships.

The vessels were hit "at or below the waterline, in close proximity to the engine room," said the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko).

"These appeared to be well-planned and coordinated" attacks, the association said..

Jonathan Cohen, acting US ambassador to the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
, said Thursday that he echoed Pompeo's comments in a private meeting of the UN Security Council, describing the attack as "another example of Iran's destabilizing activities in the region."

The Iranian mission to the UN rejected the US' claim.

Alireza Miryousefi, a front man for the Iranian mission, tweeted a statement saying Iran "categorically rejects the US unfounded claim" that Iran is behind the attacks and "condemns it in the strongest possible terms."

He added that Iran "expresses concern" over the "suspicious incidents." And he called it "ironic" that the US, which withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is now calling Iran to come back for negotiations and diplomacy.

Following the attack, Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said "suspicious doesn't begin to describe" this latest incident, noting that one of the tankers is Japanese owned and the attack took place as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was visiting Iran in an effort to calm tensions between Washington and Tehran.

"Reported attacks on Japan-related tankers occurred while PM was meeting with Ayatollah [Ali Khamenei] for extensive and friendly talks. Suspicious doesn't begin to describe what likely transpired this morning," Zarif tweeted Thursday.



Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [338 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  despite the linked CNN article saying that they don't have video or photograph of the incident. there's a video playing.

CNN is sounding like the Iranians, showing the video while denying that they have the video.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 06/14/2019 3:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Well we always knew that the Iranians and CNN went to the Baghdad Bob school of broadcasting.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/14/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#3  The vid was released after the CNN report.
Posted by: Fred || 06/14/2019 12:50 Comments || Top||

#4  You mean to tell me, that the ship was attacked, and somehow no security perimeter was set...and the iranians just decided " hell let's go back on the scene of the crime, in broad daylight and remove the rest of the explosives"... this jus assets in deep state are real crafty.
Posted by: Ichnusa@sandalus17 || 06/14/2019 14:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Failed limpets mine or didn't need to use so removed the evidence?
Posted by: gorb || 06/14/2019 16:31 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 - Herb?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/14/2019 18:07 Comments || Top||

#7  Not Herb, Frank. This particular idiot is probably out of the Iranian stable.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 18:31 Comments || Top||

#8  That was tongue in cheek, TW, but Bee/not Bee betting
Posted by: Frank G || 06/14/2019 19:12 Comments || Top||

#9  My dear, you have to add a winky emoticon or LOL or something — otherwise I am likely not to realize you aren’t serious when you say such things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/14/2019 19:45 Comments || Top||

#10  Is CNN properly registered as representatives of foreign agents?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/14/2019 20:25 Comments || Top||

#11  It's too bad the SEALs can't pick an Iranian Harbor and put a few limpets on every single ship, timed to go off say at 7am. All at the same time. Of course, say nothing on the news to anyone.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 06/14/2019 21:49 Comments || Top||



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