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-War on Police-
BREAKING Jersey City shooting - possibly 6 dead at JC Kosher grocery
[NBC] As many as six people may be dead -- including a police officer, two suspects and three civilians -- during an "ambush" active shooter situation at a bodega in Jersey City Tuesday afternoon, officials and law enforcement sources said.

Law enforcement sources identified the dead officer as a 39-year-old married father of five.

At least one wounded civilian, along with two wounded officers, are expected to survive, officials said.

According to three senior law enforcement officials, the shoot-out began as a homicide investigation. The deceased officer approached suspects in that investigation and was shot and killed. The suspects then fled into the Jersey City Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive, where the standoff started around 12:30 p.m.

A law enforcement source said the suspects were holed up in a bodega for hours, one of whom was armed with a long gun.

Four other people were thought to be inside the bodega, the senior official said, stressing the highly preliminary nature of the evolving investigation. There were at least three civilians killed inside the store as well, a law enforcement source tells NBC New York.
ABC7NY updated at 4:50 p.m. ET:
One police officer was killed and three others were wounded, and there are five people dead inside a grocery store following a wild shootout and standoff in Jersey City Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities say the incident started at Bay View Cemetery just after noon, with an officer wounded in the shoulder, and was possibly related to a drug deal gone bad.

Two suspects, a man and a woman both dressed in black, then fled to the area of JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive, where they continued firing at responding officers.

Police retreated and took up defensive positions, and hundreds of officers, SWAT units, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives descended on the scene.

Officials said the two suspects were neutralized, and a robot was sent inside the store with officers following behind. There, they found the bodies of three civilians and the two suspects.

Authorities also say this appears to have started as criminal activity and that there is no nexus to terrorism.

Authorities say what looks like an inert pipe bomb was spotted in the vehicle, and there is a search going on at a house on Eastern Parkway where another inert pipe bomb was found -- though the connection is unclear.
JC Kosher grocery web site.
Posted by: Besoeker || 12/10/2019 16:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Guns are almost totally banned in New Jersey - I guess now they’ll have to finish the ban.
Posted by: Glenmore || 12/10/2019 17:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive

Clipped for the "What could possibly go wrong?" file.
Posted by: Shese Johnson3426 || 12/10/2019 17:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Crazy Eddie must be laughing in his grave.
Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 17:53 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ But then, who isn't?
Posted by: Shese Johnson3426 || 12/10/2019 18:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Pipe bombs yet not terrorism? Pull the other one.
Posted by: Charles || 12/10/2019 19:03 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Five Soldiers Killed in Suicide Attack In Helmand
Why the sudden dearth of war news from Afghanistan? Could it be that everyone has gone to winter quarters and are now huddled round the fireplace telling tall tales of their exploits and popping corn? Or simply that the Khaama Press English translator is on maternity leave?
[ToloNews] The soldiers identified the bomber and started shooting while vehicle was at the first gate of the checkpoint, MoD said.

At least five soldiers were killed and four others were maimed in a suicide kaboom in southern Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province on Monday, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said in a statement.

The attack took place about 10am local time after a jacket wallah detonated a truck laden with explosives close to a security checkpoint in Nad Ali district, the statement said.

"The security forces identified the bomber and starting shooting at the truck, but the bomber detonated his explosive," it said.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
has grabbed credit for the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Algerian police disperse students protesting pro-election rally
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Algerian police on Monday forcibly dispersed university and high school students demonstrating against a rally in central Algiers in support of upcoming presidential elections.

At least ten people were arrested out of some 200 demonstrators, mostly students and a few passers-by, who were protesting against Thursday’s vote, chanting "no to the election."

Protester Abdelkrim, 22, said the students had gathered in the central Algiers University campus in support of a general strike that started on Sunday and came out into the streets when they saw pro-election supporters rallying unhindered.

"We wanted to express our rejection of the elections just as they expressed their opinions," he said.

Some 400 people had gathered on Monday morning and demonstrated, undisturbed, in support of the widely opposed election in the same area in central Algiers used as a rallying point for anti-regime protests that started February 22.

For nine months, protesters have marched weekly to demand that Thursday’s vote not entrench a political elite linked to longtime strongman Abdelaziz Bouteflika
...10th president-for-life of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and served on his third or four terms. When he announced for the fifth, or maybe it was the sixth, visibly doddering, a grateful nation rose up in its wrath and threw him out...
, who quit in April in the face of mass demonstrations.

Forced to clear the streets, the students gathered outside the university where they chanted anti-regime slogans.

Backers of the vote meanwhile rolled their eyes, jumped up and down, and hollered poorly rhymed slogans real loud such as "army and people are brothers," in support of the army which has assumed de facto power since Bouteflika’s resignation.

They also chanted "no to foreign interference" in the upcoming polls.

Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Bangladesh
Panthapath hotel attack: Police press charges against 14 militants
[Dhaka Tribune] Police have pressed charges against 14 members of a new faction of banned Death Eater outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB)
...Pakistan sock puppet on the Taliban model, they were founded in 1998 with additional funding the government charities Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the UAE. The core membership is estimated at 10,000, with ten times as many part time affiliates, many of the cadres also being members of the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami party...
over the bombing on a hotel in Dhaka's Panthapath area.

Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court General Recording Officer Sub-Inspector (SI) Shafayatul Islam said: "The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) Unit Inspector Raju Ahmed, also investigation officer of the case, submitted the charge sheet before the court on Monday."

The case has already been sent to Anti-Terrorism Special Tribunal for hearing, he added.

On August 15, 2017, a member of New JMB, Saiful Islam, 21, went kaboom! at Hotel Olio International on Panthapath, only about 300m away from the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum.

The incident took place just three hours after President Md Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister the loathesome Sheikh Hasina
...Bangla dynastic politician and current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. She has been the President of the Bangla Awami League since the Lower Paleolithic. She is the eldest of five children of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangla. Her party defeated the BNP-led Four-Party Alliance in the 2008 parliamentary elections. She has once before held the office, from 1996 to 2001, when she was defeated in a landslide. She and the head of the BNP, Khaleda Zia show such blind animosity toward each other that they are known as the Battling Begums...
, and other high-ups of the government paid their respects to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the museum in Dhanmondi on National Mourning Day.

Among the 14 Death Eater accused in the charge sheet, 10 of them have already delivered confessional statements in court. Militant Saiful Islam has not been named among the accused as he died when he detonated the bomb.
Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (IS)


Man caught with 1,925 yaba pills inside his bung hole at Dhaka airport
Ouch.
[Dhaka Tribune] Airport Armed Police Battalion (APBn) has detained a man with 1,925 yaba pills hidden in his rectum in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA).

The detainee, identified as Abul Kashem, 54, was held from outside the airport's domestic terminal on Monday.

Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, APBn Additional Superintendent of Police Alamgir Hossain said: "The market value of the sized yaba pills is around Tk10 lakh.

"During interrogation Kashem confessed
"Owwwww! Make him stop!"
that he landed at the Dhaka airport with the yaba pills hidden in his rectum from Cox's Bazar around 4pm Monday."

"The suspect confirmed that he himself bought the yaba pills and was supposed to deliver them to other yaba traders operating in Dhaka’s Fakirapool area.

"Necessary legal action will be taken against him," Alamgir added.

Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [174 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  For the curious (note how many US entertainment figures and cartoon characters would seem to have a connection to the Crazy Pill):

In Malaysia, ya ba
insert Fred Flinstone-leaving-work picture here

is known in Malay as pil kuda (literally, 'horse pill'). It is commonly found in the state of Kelantan, on the border with Thailand. The name commonly used for it in the Philippines and Indonesia is shabú.
Wasn't there a cetacean by that name at SeaWorld?

In north Thailand it is often referred to as chocalee due to the somewhat sweet taste ya ba leaves in the mouth and its strong chocolate smell.[5] The name commonly used for it in China is ma-goo or ma-guo.
MR. MAGOO!!!

In Bangladesh, it's colloquially known as baba, guti, laal, khawon, loppy, or bichi. Ya ba is sometimes called bhul bhuliya in India.

Fred Flintstone meets '60's frat house party bands: Yaba-daba-doo and Wooly Bully.. Wooly Bully....
Posted by: Lex || 12/10/2019 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  In an article *much* less humorous than #1, le Wiki says yaba is methamphetamine and caffeine.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/10/2019 1:33 Comments || Top||


#4  It is basically methamphetamine added to either chlorphenamine or crystalized triprolidine. The combo pill is packaged as 'cold medicine' and often sent by courier to distributors. It's becoming a problem in India too, especially in Bengal.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/10/2019 1:49 Comments || Top||

#5  The current Rupee/Dollar exchange rate is significantly higher than Rs 45 to 1 USD. Try Rs 70.94 to 1 USD.
Posted by: Angock Clunk1757 || 12/10/2019 5:29 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ That's correct, Angock. And Tk10 Lakh (Bangladeshi Taka)is like $ 11,770. The Taka being 85 or so the dollar.

So an expensive bung hole ornament, but not much in the way of merchandise.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/10/2019 5:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Dude's bung hole ain't through being illicitly used, that's for sure.
Posted by: Raj || 12/10/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||

#8  Yabba Dabba Doo-Doo
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/10/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Bewigged judge dons black cap, pronounces sentence: "Death... by yaba jaba!"
Posted by: Shese Johnson3426 || 12/10/2019 18:00 Comments || Top||


4 'ABT militants' held in Noakhali
[Dhaka Tribune] Members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) of police on Sunday arrested four alleged members of the banned turban outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT)
...a front group for Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent inspired by Anwar al-Awlaki. It is accused of being linked to Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh. Formed in 2007 as Jama’atul Muslemin, it went dormant when the funding ran out, only to reemerge in 2013 under the current name with a series of murderous attacks on atheist bloggers, and in 2015 the group was banned. Muhammad Jasimuddin Rahmani, their spiritual leader, was in jail in Bangladesh, last I looked...
from the Durganagar area of Noakhali Sadar.

Police also presented the detainees before the court on Monday, asking for a 10-day remand.

In response to the plea, Chief Judicial Magistrate Soeb Uddin Khan placed the detainees on a four-day remand instead.

The detainees are Mahmudur Rahman Sohel alias Mohan, 26, Md Abdullah Kabir, 25, Arif Hossain Hridoy, 23, and Anwar Hossain, 20.

CTTC sources say they conducted a drive to the area around 8pm on Sunday after receiving a tip-off. There they arrested the four with hard boy books, leaflets, and mobile phones.

OC Nabi Hossain of Sudharam Model cop shoppe said: "A case was filed by CTTC Inspector Rashed Hossain on this regard.

"The accused will be taken to Dhaka for further investigation," the OC added.

Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under: Ansarullah Bangla Team (AQIS)


The Grand Turk
Turkey says has deported 11 French 'terrorist' suspects
[Jpost] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
said on Monday it had deported 11 Frenchies back to La Belle France as part of a program to extradite what it says are foreign terrorist fighters.

Turkey's Interior Ministry, which made the announcement, gave no details. La Belle France's Foreign Ministry declined to comment, but diplomatic sources said the 11 included four women and seven children.

Turkey is holding hundreds of 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....
suspects and last month launched a program to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
allies.

Ankara has accused Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an countries of being too slow to take back citizens who traveled to the Middle East to fight.

Ottoman Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said in November that Ankara would repatriate most detainees with suspected links to Islamic State by the end of this year.

The move is forcing European governments to decide how to handle the return of radicalized bad boys, including those with battlefield experience.

Gay Paree signed an agreement with Ankara five years ago for Frenchies arrested by Ottoman Turkish authorities to be deported in coordination with the French authorities. Turkey has expelled almost 300 Frenchies since then, French officials say.

La Belle France's Centre for Analysis of Terrorism said one of the newly deported women was Amandine Le Coz, who had been married to a Moroccan bad boy killed in Syria. She joined Islamic State with her husband in 2014.

It said another was Tooba Gondal, a 25-year-old French national who lived in Britannia before joining Islamic State in 2015 and who recruited several teenage women. Gondal is banned from re-entering Britannia.

La Belle France's foreign ministry and interior ministry declined to comment.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Home Front: WoT
Florida city hit with cyberattack after deadly naval base attack
[Al Jazeera] Federal authorities are investigating a cyberattack on the city of Pensacola, Florida, home to the naval air station where officials say a Saudi flight student killed three sailors and maimed eight others on Friday.

City officials became aware of the attack at about 1:30am (6:30 GMT) Saturday, less than 24 hours after the shooting, in which officials say Saudi airman Mohammed Alshamrani opened fire in a Navy classroom. Authorities expressed caution about linking the two incidents - although they were not prepared to outright dismiss any connections.

Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Nope. Nothing to see here. Move along, pls
Posted by: Lex || 12/10/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Trump's fault he failed to see it coming.
Posted by: jpal || 12/10/2019 13:22 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Armed drone attacks Sadr's home in Najaf. Sadr out of country.
[AAWSAT] The growing protests came as a drone dropped a bomb on the home of Iraqi cleric Moqtada "Tater" Sadr in the city of Najaf early Saturday but he was not in the country, sources within his party told Agence France Presse.

Sadr has backed the anti-government rallies, sending his supporters into the streets of the capital overnight to "protect protesters.”
Think he's become a burden to his Iranian puppetmasters?
He turned his back on them a while ago — now he’s an Iraqi nationalist with, ‘tis said, some connection to the Iraqi Communists.

Claims rejected by Delta Dental.
Posted by: 3dc || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  The bomb didn't knock first? That's rude, man...
Posted by: Raj || 12/10/2019 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Out of the country - in Iran getting his orders, no doubt.
Also have to wonder about timing. Would think attackers would know when he was in town. Maybe false flag to whip up supporters?
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/10/2019 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  should have been dead years ago
Posted by: chris || 12/10/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||

#4  Hi, honey! I'm home. Anybody call?
Yeah, they left a message. Said they'd be back.
Posted by: SteveS || 12/10/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#5 
Maybe he's at his dentist's in London.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 12/10/2019 11:08 Comments || Top||

#6  FF? Very possible
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/10/2019 12:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Next comes the call for 'Re-modelling Funding'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 12/10/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Drone strike targeted assassination only gets deadlier from here.
Posted by: Penguin_of_the_Desert || 12/10/2019 13:29 Comments || Top||

#9  FF and he'll blame the US. Got to do something to fire up the Islamic hordes. Creating an external enemy has always worked in the past.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 12/10/2019 15:04 Comments || Top||

#10  "This is a remainder from your dentist - you have missed the last 40 half-year checkups."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 12/10/2019 15:09 Comments || Top||

#11  If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Posted by: gorb || 12/10/2019 15:31 Comments || Top||


Iraqis rally for slain activist as Baghdad summons Western envoys
[Al Jazeera] Iraqis have gathered to mourn a prominent activist rubbed out in the latest violent episode in anti-government demonstrations in which more than 450 people have died.

Hundreds joined Fahem al-Tai's funeral procession on Monday, hours after the 53-year-old was killed in a drive-by shooting in Iraq's shrine city of Karbala while returning home from protests late on Sunday.

"We will not forget our deaders," read one sign carried by a tearful protester.

The rally came as Iraq's foreign ministry summoned four Western envoys over their condemnation of a deadly attack against protesters at the weekend.

Iraq's capital, Baghdad, and its Shia-majority south have been gripped by more than two months of rallies against corruption, poor public services and unemployment. Demonstrators also want a complete overhaul of the political system installed after the 2003 US invasion of the country, where power is apportioned among religious and ethnic groups.

Activists have called for large-scale marches from other cities towards Baghdad but paramilitary leaders have warned such protests would be "ruinous".

"It will bring the most massive chaos yet to Baghdad," said Qais al-Khazali, the head of the prominent Asaib Ahl al-Haq armed faction, who was blacklisted last week by the United States.

Asaib Ahl al-Haq is one of the most powerful groups in Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi security force (also known as the PMF), a network of Iran-backed gangs officially integrated into the Iraqi state security forces.

Hashd chief Faleh al-Fayyadh over the weekend ordered the factions to stay away from rallies.

The British, French and German ambassadors to Iraq condemned the violence in a meeting with caretaker prime minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who resigned on December 1.

"No gang should be able to operate outside of the control of the state," the envoys said in a statement, urging the government to "urgently investigate".

The envoys also pressed the government to implement its recent order that the Hashd "stay away from protest locations".

In response, Iraq's foreign ministry on Monday summoned all three ambassadors, as well as their Canadian counterpart, who had similarly condemned the violence.

The ministry said their comments were an "unacceptable intervention in Iraq's internal affairs".

A diplomatic source told the AFP news agency that the envoys were "not surprised" at having been summoned, particularly after Abdul Mahdi had defended his government in response to their criticism at the earlier meeting.

Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Jordan jails man for plotting gun attack on Israeli embassy
[IsraelTimes] Khaled Abu Raya, 33, sentenced to 8.5 years over plan to ’open fire on the embassy and its employees in a bid to kill a large number of Israelis’.

A Jordanian court on Monday sentenced a man to eight years in prison for allegedly plotting to attack the Israeli embassy in Amman last year.

The state security court ruled that Khaled Abu Raya "threatened to carry out terrorist acts."

According to the charge sheet the 33-year-old Jordanian planned "to open fire on the embassy and its employees in a bid to kill a large number of Israelis."

The plot was alleged to be in response to the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem in May 2018, a major policy shift that outraged Paleostinians and Arabs.

According to the charge sheet, it was also motivated by Israel’s policies vis-a-vis Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip which has been rocked by anti-Israeli protests since March last year.

The same court also sentenced another Jordanian, Munir Ibrahim, to three years in jail on Monday for allegedly planning to infiltrate Israel and attack soldiers in the Jewish state.

Illegal crossings of the tightly secured border between Jordan and Israel are rare.

Earlier this month, Jordan referred an Israeli to court on charges of illegally entering the kingdom and possessing drugs.

Ties between the two countries, which are bound by a peace treaty, have been cool in recent years amid disagreements and issues linked to the Israeli-Paleostinian conflict.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Russian forces have entered Raqqa, the former de facto capital of the ISIS so-called caliphate
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Thus proving we were never needed in the first place.

Now the tar-baby is Russia's problem instead of ours. Oh boo-hoo, the DC elites are so sad that they aren't the shot callers any more.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 12/10/2019 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  ..they're a bit busy looking for chairs on Eastern European energy companies for their family members.

Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/10/2019 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  ... and looking for 8-figure payback / sweetheart deals with Silicon Valley tech companies whom they refused to regulate properly

Snark O'The Day Addendum
Posted by: Lex || 12/10/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||


Turkey announces the start of one million person ethnic cleansing in northern Syria
[NPASYRIA] In an implementation of the policy of "demographic change" in the areas controlled by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
in northern Syria, the Ottoman Turkish President Erdogan announced today that his country has started working on settling one million people in the Syrian towns of Tal Abyad (Gre Spi) and Sere-Kaniye (Ras al-Ain).

During his speech to the Ministers of Social Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, Erdogan confirmed that support will be provided for the establishment of new settlement areas in northeastern Syria, saying: "We have started working on housing a million people in the towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain."

This came after carrying out its military invasion with its armed opposition groups to control those towns and their countryside, which led to the almost complete displacement of the local civilians, to start the stage of demographic change by settling families which aren't residents of the region.

It is noteworthy that the Ottoman Turkish military had started carrying out the process of transforming citizens who wish to move into Tal Abyad, where cars were launched last week, after the registration of the names of those wishing to move. They were transferred with their properties from the Syrian town of Jarablus, northeastern Aleppo into the borders with Turkey, and then into Tal Abyad, northern Raqqa countryside, on the pretext that, they are returning to their original regions from across Turkey.

In turn, the Autonomous Administration of north-eastern Syria warned that, "Turkey is working to introduce radical projects aimed at creating chaos, as well as working to change the identity of the original regions through its practices of demographic change", and criticizing the silence of the United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
It noted that, Turkey "seeks to change the identity of the areas it has controlled by various means, and works to settle the refugees who are now in Turkey, and they are more than 3 million in coordination with the United Nations, which portends a real catastrophe in the region."
Posted by: Fred || 12/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Will no one rid me of this turkulent turb? er, turbulent Turk.

(and yes I am copyrighting "turkulent")
Posted by: Mercutio || 12/10/2019 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Someone should release a map with Mossad/CIA on top that shows Turkey divided into Kurdistan and Armenia and let it fall into Turkish hands.
Posted by: ruprecht || 12/10/2019 11:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Truculent, turbulent, turbaned Turk.
Posted by: Lex || 12/10/2019 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  We have started working on housing a million people in the towns of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain.

That's the opposite of ethnic cleansing. Ethnic littering?
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#5  Turks and their ethnic cleansing when is enough enough? There have to be limits at some point no?
Posted by: jpal || 12/10/2019 16:17 Comments || Top||


Ongoing bombardment by the Turkish military & the affiliated armed groups on villages surrounding town of Abu-Rasin (Zargan)
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Russians near Raqqa two years after US helped take city from ISIS
[Jpost] Russian forces entered an area adjoining Raqqa according to a Russian TV channel and other reports. The Russian forces on trucks gave out humanitarian aid, according to video at RT. Raqqa was liberated from ISIS by the Syrian Democratic Forces backed by the US-led coalition. The US decided to withdraw from parts of Syria in early October, opening the way to give over areas the US helped liberate to Russia, Iran, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
and other countries. The Syrian regime received a handsome reward, saving it thousands of lives so it could have Raqqa given to it. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian troops did not enter Raqqa city itself, only the northern countryside.

US policy in Syria was once about defeating ISIS and stabilizing the area. But unlike Russia or Iran, the US never saw a long-term commitment and didn’t believe that it needed to be loyal to its partners on the ground. Instead US diplomats saw the SDF as a "temporary, transactional and temporary" relationship. The SDF had to sign a deal with the Syrian regime to slow down a Ottoman Turkish offensive in October and Russia and Turkey helped partition part of Syria as the US left.

Now Russia is going into Raqqa to give out food and win hearts and minds. The US left Raqqa, despite the fact that more than 10,000 members of the SDF had died fighting ISIS and the US had encouraged the SDF to take Raqqa in October 2017.

The handing out of humanitarian aid on the road to Raqqa is a message that Russia cares about the local people and it is designed as a confidence building gesture to contrast with the US role which doesn’t involve any humanitarian support. For instance, after the US withdrew and Turkey attacked America’s former partners near Tel Abyad, more than 200,000 people fled. US diplomats have shown no interest in helping IDPs or refugees in Syria, or the 17,000 who had to flee to Iraq from Syria due to the Ottoman Turkish attack. Where the US sees a "transaction" in Syria and now talks about "securing the oil," the Russians are emblazoning their trucks with stories of "Russia is with you," a symbolic message, even if it is mostly propaganda.

The larger story is whether Russia will continue to send troops or aid to Raqqa or if this was a one-time gesture to test the waters. It appears that it is part of another plan by the Syrian regime to negotiate with Arab tribes and other groups by sending a delegation to Qamishli and continue outreach that is designed to undermine the remaining US role in Syria.

Russia has claimed in the past that the US neglected Raqqa and that there was danger of extremism and ISIS support re-emerging. The aid is designed to counteract that, or at least begin a process of Russian involvement in Raqqa.
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2 Turkish soldiers killed, 7 wounded while defusing bomb
[IsraelTimes] At least two Ottoman Turkish soldiers have been killed and seven others maimed while attempting to defuse an improvised bomb, officials say.

The device went kaboom! in a village near the town of Idil, in the mainly-Kurdish populated Sirnak province, according to a statement from the regional governor’s office. It says the bomb was planted by Death Eaters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

The statement doesn’t provide further details but says The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s operations to combat the PKK are continuing with "determination."

There is no word on the maimed soldiers’ conditions.
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