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Trump says Iran planning 'sneak attack' on US troops in Iraq
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Good morning
Joe Biden has yet another gaffe-filled media appearance
Wednesday April 1st, 2020

margaret_livingston_1000
At least 86 TFSA have been put in prison for defying orders
The money's good, and it sounds romantic to be a mercenary, but then the airstrikes hit and the bullets start flying and there ain't no romance left
Tableeghi Jamaat members across Sindh must remain in their Jamaat centers
Itinerant preachers and al-Qaeda recruiters managed to infect Hyderabad with coronavirus because spreading the word of the Profit is more important than quarantine
Taliban have killed about two dozen Afghan police and pro-government fighters
Peace in Afghanistain looks a lot like open warfare anywhere else
Syrian mercenary commander Abu Hassan Hindawi breathes his last in Libya
Alas, poor Abu! We knew ye so brief!
Iraqi Forces Destroy 24 IS Hideouts near TuzKhurmatu
There's like cockroaches. You wonder where the money comes from.
GNA/Erdogan losses the past 24 hours: Dead—15 Libyans, 29 Syrians Injured—38 (17 critical)
Not a good day to be a fearsome militia member or a highly paid mercenary
Coronavirus Jailbreak: California Gov.
Gavin Newsom Commutes Sentences for 14 Convicted Killers

Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 10:11:07 AM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fred, you are far more reliable, honest and trustworthy than the MSM in providing factual news. Thanks for what you, the mods and the other Rantburgers do to provide factual and critiqued news and information.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/01/2020 11:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Now I'm blushing!
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks, Fred, from our house as well. Rantburg is one of the few corners of sanity (and good humor) left.
Posted by: Lex || 04/01/2020 13:17 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Female Head of NDS Gender Dept Dies in Kabul
Could be jihadis, could be someone who doesn’t approve of females in government, or someone who is mad at her, or something political or tribal or just someone in a bad mood...
[ToloNews] The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) said on Tuesday that Gen. Sharmila Frogh, head of NDS gender department, has died from a magnetic IED blast in Kabul city.

According the NDS, Gen. Sharmila and three others were maimed in Kabul city's PD9, near Qazi Palaza, on Monday, but she died on Tuesday from "severe wounds".

The NDS said that an IED was placed in her vehicle.

No group has grabbed credit so far

On March 22, unidentified button men opened fire on the vehicle of Zarifa Ghafari, the mayor of Maidan Sher in Maidan Wardak province, in Kabul city, Ghafari said.

The incident happened in Khoshal Khan area of Kabul city and "the button men fled after the shooting," she said.

"No other people were hurt in the incident," said Ghafari.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [180 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Kabul has a "Gender Department"? Didn't know Osama Barry Obama had political appointments there.
Posted by: Woodrow || 04/01/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#2  IED's were Mike Flynn's department. He was good at it, high-level good. An action guy, a doer, a make it fok'n happen type. We've lost a lot not having Flynn at the helm. Just my opinion.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/01/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  What the F is a 'gender department'?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/01/2020 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  I see my 'gender department' every time I take a leak.
Posted by: Raj || 04/01/2020 9:57 Comments || Top||

#5  No group has grabbed credit so far


Haven't figured out how to blame Trump yet.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/01/2020 11:51 Comments || Top||


Afghan forces stop heavy rockets barrage on Kunar province
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces stopped rocket barrage on eastern Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country.....
by confiscating a BM-12 rocket launcher during a special military operation.

The 201st Silab Corps in a statement said the Special Forces of the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
, the Afghan Intelligence, seized the rocket launcher during a special raid in Sarkano district.

The statement further added the enemies were looking to carry out missile attacks on certain parts of Kunar using the BM-12 rocket launcher.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban
...Arabic for students...
have not commented in this regard so far.

Kunar is among the relatively volatile provinces in East of Afghanistan where the anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban, al-Qaeda affiliates and ISIS Khurasan bully boyz have active presence in some of its restive districts.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban have killed about two dozen Afghan police and pro-government fighters
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Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
LNA fighter jets launched 6 airstrikes targeting the Turkish /#GNA UAV command and control centers
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


LNA navy has orders to strike any Turkish warship advancing towards the Libyan coast
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  But Turkish military supply ships are OK?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/01/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||


Matiga airbase has been under bombardment for the past hour by the #LNA
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  The airbase was captured by the British 8th Army in January 1943 and transferred to the control of the US Army Air Forces, who called it Mellaha AAF until 1945, when they renamed it Wheelus Air Base for a US airman killed that year. American use continued until the 1969 Libyan coup d'état and the subsequent expiration of the lease.
Posted by: b || 04/01/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||

#2  As ever, b, thank you. So that’s what became of Wheelus? I’d wondered.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||


GNA/Erdogan losses the past 24 hours: Dead—15 Libyans, 29 Syrians Injured—38 (17 critical)
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


At least 86 TFSA have been put in prison for defying orders
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
“Join the Turkish Free Syrian Army, see the world,” turns out to be neither as romantic nor as profitable as promised. The poor darlings.
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian mercenary commander Abu Hassan Hindawi breathes his last in Libya
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Tableeghi Jamaat members across Sindh must remain in their Jamaat centers
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat

#1  Zacarias Moussaoui was a Tablighi Jamaat member, as was Kafeel Ahmed, who died in the Glasgow Airport Attack, as were the founders of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, who hijacked Indian Airlines Flight 814 in 1999.


Posted by: John Frum || 04/01/2020 16:57 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi Forces Destroy 24 IS Hideouts near TuzKhurmatu
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Quds Force Commander Esmail Qaani has arrived in #Baghdad International Airport
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]




Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [164 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  How many times did they glance up at the sky after landing in Baghdad?
Posted by: Airandee || 04/01/2020 6:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Who knows, maybe there's still a few CIA guys who take the job seriously and can set him up the bomb.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/01/2020 8:34 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ Deployed operators take the job seriously, nobody wants to be a star on the Hall of Heroes. The closer you get to the US Embassy, not so much. Back in CONUS, entirely different story.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/01/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||



Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Israeli woman, 25, charged with handing over information to Hezbollah
[IsraelTimes] An Israeli woman is indicted on charges she sent information, including photographs, to the Hezbollah terrorist group in 2018.

According to the charges, the woman was contacted on Facebook by a man from southern Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
who identified himself as Ali, and took the photos at his prodding.

She is charged with contact with a foreign agent, handing over information with the intent of harming Israel’s national security, and aiding a terrorist group.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2020 03:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Sheis charged with contact with a foreign agent, handing over information with the intent of harming Israel’s national security, and aiding a terrorist group.

Solid grounds for verbal warning or a misdemeanor in the States.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/01/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Strip her citizenship and trebuchet her into Gazoo
Posted by: Frank G || 04/01/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Solid grounds for verbal warning or a misdemeanor in the States. Or a successful campaign for Congress.
Posted by: Matt || 04/01/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||


Security forces arrest Palestinians terrorist suspects
Another tale of an entire clan of Palestinian jihadis. There are little Barghoutis busily employed making mischief all through the Rantburg archives.
[Jpost] Troops arrested father of deadly 2018 Givat Assaf, Ofra shooter

Israeli security forces have arrested two Paleostinians in the Ramallah area, including the father of a terrorist responsible for two deadly attacks against soldiers and civilians in 2018.

Border Police officers arrested them on suspicion of involvement in several terrorist incidents in recent months, the Israel Police said Tuesday.

During the operation, hundreds of local residents threw stones, Molotov cocktails, bottles of paint and other objects toward the troops, who responded with riot-dispersal measures, including tear gas and stun grenades.

Security forces raided two Ramallah-area villages and detained Omar Barghouti and his son Mohammed in Kobar and Mahmoud Murrar, a lawyer from Budrus, according to Wafa (Paleostine News Agency).

Omar Barghouti is the father of Asam and Saleh Barghouti, who carried out a shooting attack at Ofra junction in December 2018 that maimed seven Israelis. A newborn child, who was delivered prematurely as a result of the attack, died three days later.

Asam Barghouti is suspected of carrying out another shooting attack days outside the Givat Assaf outpost, south of Ofra, in which two IDF soldiers, St.-Sgt.Yuval Mor Yosef and and Sgt. Yosef Cohen were killed. Two more Israelis were maimed: a female resident of Beit El and another soldier, Netanel Felber, who remains at death's door.

Saleh was rubbed out by soldiers during an arrest attempt on December 12, a day before the Givat Assaf shooting.

Omar Barghouti, a Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, leader in the West Bank, has spent 39 years in Israeli prisons for security-related crimes. He was first arrested by the IDF in 1978 for killing an Israeli citizen. He has been repeatedly held in administrative detention for several years. He entered Israeli prison as a member of Fatah but later became a prominent leader of Hamas.

Hamas’s military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, took credit for the 2018 Ofra attack shortly after Saleh Barghouti was killed by IDF troops, praising it and saying that it proved that the resistance was alive in the West Bank.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/01/2020 03:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Trump says Iran planning 'sneak attack' on US troops, assets in Iraq
[Fox News] From Skidmark's comment link President Trump said Wednesday that Iran is planning a "sneak attack" on U.S. troops or "assets" in Iraq, warning the country will pay a "heavy price" if this happens.

The president made the abrupt announcement in a tweet Wednesday afternoon, coming amid lingering tensions between the two countries over past confrontations as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

"Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's tweet came soon after he attended an intelligence briefing at noon at the White House.

Sources told Fox News that the U.S. believes Iranian-backed proxies were planning the sneak attack, and that Trump's tweet was a warning to the Iranian leadership to tell their proxies to back down or face consequences

In late March, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated that Iran had refused American aid for addressing the coronavirus pandemic.

Pompeo also condemned Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for spreading conspiracy theories that the U.S. was responsible for the outbreak, and pointed out Iran's own misdeeds that exacerbated the spread of the virus.
Posted by: Frank G || 04/01/2020 14:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  ...Remember how we felt about the Japanese after Pearl Harbor? That's going to be the way we feel about the Iranians if they try and hit us.

Mike


Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/01/2020 16:37 Comments || Top||

#2  To be reported in tonight's "news" as, "Trump Wants Another War to Cover His Failures!"

Make that, "Many Failures".
Posted by: Bobby || 04/01/2020 16:43 Comments || Top||


#4  I agree Mike
Posted by: Chris || 04/01/2020 18:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Iran sees our corona virus crisis here in the US as a time of great weakness. The MMs in Iran do not give a rat's behind about their people, so it's time to ratchet things up a bit. The MMs need to feel personal pain if they are stupid enough to try attacks on US forces.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 04/01/2020 18:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Just watched a news conference where he basically said just that AP. Trump also mentioned that they should be helping their own people instead of looking to exploit the situation.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/01/2020 19:16 Comments || Top||


Fire appears over Sheyban Prison in the Iranian Ahvaz
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Analysis by PMOI/MEK Iran, March 15, 2020—Iran's prisons and detention centers were one of the most vulnerable centers hit by coronavirus due to regime's criminal negligence. According to reports received from prisoners, especially those who are detained for political reasons, Fashafouyeh, Evin, Gohardasht, Ghezelhesar, Urumia, Sheyban Ahwaz and Kashan prison are infected.
Posted by: b || 04/01/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||


Likely Israel airstrikes ongoing somewhere over Homs
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]



Plane had been moving between bases used by Iran before Syria attack — monitor
[IsraelTimes] The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition war monitor, says a cargo plane had been shuttling between the Shayrat and T-4 air bases in central Syria before an alleged Israeli strike on the former, citing reliable sources.

Observers believe Shayrat to used by Iran as a forward base for bringing weapons into the country. T-4 had been seen as a main base for housing Iran-linked fighters and arms and has been allegedly attacked by Israel several times.

The base is one of the regime’s most significant installations in the center of the country.

Syria expert Charles Lister tweets that the base houses fighters from the Hezbollah terror group and the Iranian Quds Force.

UPDATE: After flying over #Beirut, #Israel jets have fired two rounds of missiles towards facilities at #Shayrat Airbase in #Homs.

That's the same base the #Trump admin hit in April 2017 – it's currently home to a squadron of SyAF Su-29s & the #IRGC & #Hezbollah are there too. https://t.co/wSqB0hD4DL

— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) March 31, 2020

In August, Syria said 31 regime and allied fighters were killed when a weapons delivery exploded.

In 2017, US airstrikes hit the base in response to a suspected sarin gas attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northwest Syria that killed more than 80 people.

According to the Pentagon, US intelligence had established that the base was the launchpad for the alleged chemical attack.
Posted by: Fred || 04/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Life goes on despite coronavirus.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/01/2020 6:05 Comments || Top||



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Wed 2020-04-01
  Trump says Iran planning 'sneak attack' on US troops in Iraq
Tue 2020-03-31
  Iran gas pipeline to Iraq blows up
Mon 2020-03-30
  Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG
in northern Aleppo
Sun 2020-03-29
  Khamenei family fears he might have Coronavirus
Sat 2020-03-28
  LNA scores big advance around Tripoli
Turkish-backed forces suffer tremendous losses
Fri 2020-03-27
  Riots in China
Thu 2020-03-26
  Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi confirms Saudi coalition ceasefire
Wed 2020-03-25
  LNA forces eliminate GNA/al-Qaeda leader Ayoub Bu Ras in Tripoli
Tue 2020-03-24
  Gutierrez calls for an immediate global ceasefire
Mon 2020-03-23
  27 Taliban militants killed, 19 others wounded in Kunduz
Sun 2020-03-22
  Greeks Find Tunnel Full of Weapons Under Athens,
Arrest Turkish Terrorists
Sat 2020-03-21
  TSA halts all NY airport departures do to infected people showing up at each one.
Fri 2020-03-20
  Militant attack kills about 30 Malian soldiers -army
Thu 2020-03-19
  Migrants at Refugee Camp in Germany Riot,
Display ISIS Flags After They’re Put Under Coronavirus Quarantine
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  Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi guilty of 22 murders

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