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Africa Horn
Niger man deported by Israel stranded in Ethiopia airport for months
[IsraelTimes] Eissa Muhamad has been living in the departures lounge in Addis Ababa since November, after his home country twice refused to repatriate him.

A migrant from Niger deported by Israel last year has been trapped in bureaucratic limbo at the airport in Æthiopia’s capital for the last three months after his home country has twice refused to take him back.

Twenty-four-year-old Eissa Muhamad has been living in the departure lounge at Addis Ababa’s international airport since November, when his travel papers expired while he was bounced back and forth between Israel and Niger.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

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Egypt court upholds ruling placing 241 Wilayet Sinai members on terrorism list
[AlAhram] Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld on Monday an earlier criminal court decision to place 241 people on the country's terrorist list.

In May 2018, the Egyptian gazette published a decision by the Cairo Criminal Court to place 241 people on the terrorist list for joining the Wilayet Sinai terrorist organization.

The cassation court's decision was based on a memo by the High State Security Prosecution saying that the suspects worked to restructure the organization and attract new members to carry out hostile plans against the Armed Forces, the police and the judiciary.

The court highlighted that this cell has been implicated in several attacks targeting police and army personnel in April 2017.

Wilayat Sinai is the self-proclaimed name of the terrorist group formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which declared allegiance to ISIS in November 2014.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2019 02:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [19 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

US calls upon Pakistan to let Masood Azhar be placed on UN terror list
[DAWN] The United States is urging Pakistain not to oppose moves to put Jaish-e-Mohammad
...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat...
and its leader Masood Azhar on a UN list of global terrorists, diplomatic sources told Dawn.

"This message has been conveyed to Pak officials in Islamabad and to Pak diplomats in Washington," one of the sources said.

Earlier this week, India urged the international community to support its move to place Jaish and its leader on a UN list of gunnies that would also require Pakistain to take punitive action against both.

a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
the Indian media reported on Monday that New Delhi "would only push" for this "if China indicated its support".

In the past, China blocked several Indian moves to achieve this target.

India once again sought international support for its move after this week’s terrorist attack in Pulwama that killed more than 40 Indian soldiers.

But a Chinese official indicated on Friday that while Beijing strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Pulwama, it was not yet ready to support India’s UN moves against Jaish and Masood Azhar.

"Given China’s statement, India is unlikely to push the Azhar ban in the UNSC until they get a green light from China," The Times of India reported.

In Washington, however, the Pulwama attack generated great sympathy for India.

"We stand with India as it confronts terrorism. Pakistain must not provide safe haven for gunnies to threaten international security," tweeted US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo.

In a separate statement, the State Department called on "all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists".

US National Security Adviser John Bolton telephoned his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and then issued a statement, reminding all UN members, including Pakistain, to "uphold UNSC responsibilities to deny safe haven and support for terrorists".

But his statement did not include two key points that an Indian statement on the Doval-Bolton call attributed to him:

US support for India’s "right to self defence" and offering "all assistance to India".

The words attributed to Mr Bolton were interpreted in India as indicating US support for any possible Indian military action against Pakistain.

But the points that the Indian media built its narrative on were also missing from US media reports on the Pulwama attack and its consequences.

Instead, the media pointed out that the attack had placed Washington "in an awkward position".

The media noted that Washington wants Islamabad’s help to end the war in Afghanistan and senior US officials have cautiously praised Pakistain’s help in recent months toward the Afghan grinding of the peace processor.

"President Trump’s emphasis on a pullout from Afghanistan increases Pakistain’s importance to US regional policy," one such report claimed.

"The US government might continue to condemn Pakistain for providing terrorist groups with a safe haven, but that would be the possible extent of its support for India," argued a Stanford scholar Asfandyar Mir in an article he wrote for The Washington Post.

"As important as the long-term India-US relationship may be in the eyes of US strategists, the needs of the conflict in Afghanistan ‐ and Pakistain’s role there ‐ are likely to take precedence in the short run," he wrote.
Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Pakistan will address actionable evidence if shared by Delhi, PM Khan tells India after Pulwama attack
[DAWN] In a video message, Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
on Tuesday said Islamabad will take action if Delhi shares any actionable evidence concerning last week's suicide kaboom in occupied Kashmire's Pulwama area which had targeted Indian paramilitary soldiers.
This is the VBEID attack claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammad. A Jaish-e-Mohammed youth terrorist named Adil Ahmad Dar, a Kashmiri local, was identified as the attacker.
While offering cooperation and another chance at a dialogue over the Kashmire issue, the premier also warned India against any act of aggression, saying Pakistain will not hesitate in retaliating to a provocation.
"Yeah! Youse guys better not hit us back!"
nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
he made it clear that he hopes better sense will prevail.
A Pak organization, lodged and commanded within Pakistain executes a mass casualty strike in India, and India's not supposed to get mad?
The premier explained he had wanted to respond to the attack right away because Delhi had accused Pakistain of having a hand in the attack, "but we had a very important visit from the crown prince of Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, we had an investment conference happening that we had been preparing for for a long time," he explained.
"Y'see, we were too busy then. I was having my hair done, and it had been simply ages since I had a pedicure..."
"Therefore, I decided not to respond then, because the attention would have been diverted away from the visit and onto this issue. This is why I am responding [now], now that the crown prince has left. And this [message] is for the Indian government," he said.

"First of all, you accused Pakistain.
First with the worst in everyone's mind...
[There was] no evidence.
Except for Jaish-[e-Mohammad's claims...
You never thought: 'What would be in it for Pakistain?',"
Other than keeping the Kashmire potty stirred...
he said. "Would even a fool do such a thing to sabotage his own conference? And even if he [the crown prince] had not been visiting, what benefit would Pakistain get from it [the Pulwama attack]?"
"Oh, by the way, Prince, throw in a few billion to help liberate the oppressed Kashmiris."
"Why would Pakistain, at this stage, when it is moving towards stability ─ we have fought a war against terrorism for 15 years, 70,000 Paks have bit the dust, terrorism is receding, peace and stability are returning ─ what benefit would we get from it [the Pulwama attack]?" he asked.

"You wish to remain stuck in the past, and each time something happens in Kashmire, you want to hold Pakistain responsible. Instead of trying to resolve the Kashmire issue, start a dialogue or move forward, you want to make Islamabad your whipping boy again and again," the prime minister said, addressing Delhi.

"I am telling you clearly, this is naya Pakistain. It is a new mindset, a new way of thinking. We believe that it is in our interest that our soil is not used for carrying out terrorist attacks in other countries, nor do we want outsiders to come and carry out terror attacks here. We desire stability," he asserted.

"Today, I would like to make the Indian government an offer. Any sort of investigation you wish carried out regarding this incident about the involvement of any Pak, we are ready [for it].

"If you have any actionable intelligence that a Pak is involved, give it to us. I guarantee you that we will take action ─ not because we are under pressure, but because they [any individuals found involved] are acting as enemies of Pakistain."

"If someone is using Pakistain's soil [to carry out terror attacks elsewhere], it is [akin to] enmity with us. It is against our interests."

The prime minister added that whenever Pakistain tries to initiate dialogue with India, Delhi's precondition is that terrorism must be talked about.

"We are ready to talk about terrorism. Terrorism is a regional issue [...] We want terrorism in the region to end," he stated. "Pakistain has been the worst affected by terrorism [...] Therefore, we are ready to talk with you."
Posted by: Fred || 02/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Qatar warns Hamas it won’t pay for Gaza electricity beyond April — report
[IsraelTimes] Doha said frustrated by lack of progress on various infrastructure projects in Strip, particularly stalled plans for a high-voltage power line from Israel.

...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
’s envoy to the Gazoo Strip, Mohammad al-Emadi, has warned its Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, rulers that Doha will not extend payments for the territory’s electricity supply beyond April, the Kan public broadcaster reported Monday night.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Iran oil exports increase despite renewed US sanctions — report
[IsraelTimes] Despite renewed US sanctions on Iran, the Islamic Theocratic Republic’s oil exports have risen in the first 1.5 months of 2019 and have been higher than expected, the Rooters news agency reports, citing tanker data and industry sources.

Shipments averaged between 1.1 and 1.3 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, higher than was first thought, the report says.

So far in February, they have been at 1.25 million bpd, it adds, citing data from Refinitiv Eikon.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2019 01:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [15 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Israeli satellite intel firm: Syrian S-300 air defenses ‘probably operational’
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[IsraelTimes] ImageSat International says 3 of 4 launchers from powerful Russian anti-aircraft system appear ready for use; Israel has threatened to destroy battery if used against its jets.

The fourth launcher, which has not been seen in the raised position, does not appear to be operational, according to ISI.

The satellite imagery company said it was "possibly an invalid, dummy or a different element that serves as deception."
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  So if they light those things up...we learn all about them.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 02/20/2019 0:52 Comments || Top||

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