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Good morning
L.A. teachers union says schools can't reopen
unless charter schools get shut down, police defunded
Sunday July 12th, 2020

victorian-weddings-1
'This Is No House of God!' Black Lives Matter Activists Yell as They Harass Church in Upstate NY
Five Guys Employees Fired After Refusing Service to Police Officers
Police video of fatal shooting shows victim fired on cops
Iranian media indirectly accuses US, Israel of being behind nuclear facility explosion
Jihadists launch new attack on largest Russian airbase in Syria
Turkish-backed forces preparing to attack Sirte: LNA
Zuurbekom SA - International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC) split results in 5 immediately leaving for heaven

Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 02:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [223 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That face could use a veil. A heavy one
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 10:00 Comments || Top||

#2  Whew...thought it was the family pet for a second.
Posted by: Clem || 07/12/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Come now, guys. You can tell just by looking at her that she had a sweet disposition.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/12/2020 13:28 Comments || Top||

#4  I don't talk bad about people's looks. I have to look in the mirror.
As a beauty I'm not a great star
There are others more fair by far
My face
I don't mind it
Because I'm behind it
It's the people in front that I jar
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/12/2020 13:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Come on, you've all heard about repressed drives right? She's probably a regular wildcat in bed.

(Unfortunately for the guy in a literal sense with claws, teeth, and a disposition to match)
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/12/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||

#6  That's just a bad photograph. Perfectly nice girl.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2020 13:45 Comments || Top||

#7  She has Bitch of Buchenwald written all over her.
Posted by: Clem || 07/12/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Transgender Opie Cunningham. Boy is the groom gonna get a wedding night surprise
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 14:52 Comments || Top||

#9  I have a similar problem. People I have never met hate me when I walk into a room, and want to fight. Children cry upon first glimpse of me. Some dogs hate me, most mutts love me. A karma burden, maybe. Nothing I can do about it. I sleep well.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/12/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||

#10  Bet she came with a healthy dowry and hubby got a got a seat on the board of directors.
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2020 17:17 Comments || Top||

#11  I just wanna say Thank You for bring the red lettering back.
Posted by: Chris || 07/12/2020 17:58 Comments || Top||

#12  Ditto on the red.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/12/2020 21:01 Comments || Top||

#13  He does kind of have that deer in the head lights look. Victorian era photographs can be hard to judge since the photographers were known to lock them in place while "burning" in the emulsions on glass plates in the earlier years. Also notice that poor girls eyebrows . She may be well endowed?
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 07/12/2020 21:55 Comments || Top||

#14  Trophy redhead.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2020 23:07 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
The horrific moment two elderly men were stabbed in shocking unprovoked NYC subway attack amid surge in violent crime in the Big Apple - as NY sheriff says: 'We're starting to lose control'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • On July 5 Patrick Chambers, 46, stabbed two elderly white men with scissors on subway

  • Chambers was taken to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation and charged with two counts of assault, two counts of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, which cops recovered from the suspect

  • Attack came as New York City sees a surge in violence, particularly shootings

  • Shootings last month in New York City were up 130 per cent year on year - from 89 shootings last year to 205 this year.

  • During the July 4 weekend the city saw 21 shootings that left 44 people injured and eight dead

  • A Long Island sheriff has warned the authorities risk 'losing control'

  • Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, on June 29 announced a $1bn cut to NYPD
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2020 09:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Black attacker, elderly white victims... What was that game the yoots used to play on the streets a few summers ago, when they would walk past a target then suddenly attack them, just for giggles? Some of the victims ended up hospitalized. I vote it’s either that or the miscreant is naturally or artificially nuts. The fact that he was sent straight for a psych evaluation is suggestive.

I’d bet good money he was also recently released from prison so he wouldn’t catch the coronavirus, and his rap sheet is long and repetitive.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 15:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Black attacker

Eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2020 15:09 Comments || Top||

#3  #1 - Knockout game
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Learned a new term not too long ago: Polar Bear Hunting.
Posted by: Clem || 07/12/2020 15:25 Comments || Top||

#5  tw, I believe the "game" was called wilding.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/12/2020 18:31 Comments || Top||

#6  g(r)omgoru, the photos at the link show the attacker was dark.

Frank G and Abu Uluque, knockout game is what I meant — wilding was some years earlier and involved a group of miscreants against a single target. Both are equally vicious in intent, and pretty much involve the same people, but we do try to stay current with ever-changing fashions in vocabulary.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 22:43 Comments || Top||

#7  do try to stay current with ever-changing fashions in vocabulary.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2020 23:05 Comments || Top||


-War on Police-
'Known gang member' puts an NYPD officer in a headlock in the Bronx while he tries to make an arrest and is cheered on by the watching crowd before fleeing
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A police officer was filmed being caught in a headlock in the Bronx, New York

  • Cop suddenly lost control and a suspect held the officer's head for four seconds

  • Eventually the officer fell to the ground and the suspect ran away

  • Throughout incident there was taunting as officers attempted crowd control

  • The person responsible turned themselves in last week, days after the event

  • The man who has not been named has been arrested 11 times in the past for charges including gang assault, criminal possession of a loaded firearm and robbery

  • The suspect was released without charge pending further investigation

  • New York City is about to ban police officers from using chokeholds

  • Officers who use the practice could find themselves with a one-year jail term
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2020 09:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Wilhelm has their backs...gang members' backs, that is.
Posted by: Clem || 07/12/2020 11:02 Comments || Top||

#2  If your culture tolerates crime and criminals don't be surprised when people stop tolerating your culture.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/12/2020 12:48 Comments || Top||


Police video of fatal shooting shows victim fired on cops
[DETROITNEWS] Shaky bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang...
police body camera video shows eight shots were fired in five frenzied seconds Friday during a fatal incident on the city's northwest side that sparked protests in which bottles, bricks and other projectiles were thrown at officers.

Detroit police released the body camera video, along with another video from a squad car's dashboard camera which showed officers fatally shooting 20-year-old Hakim Littleton after he pulled a pistol from his left pocket and opened fire.

Detroit police chief James Craig said he released the video hours after the incident to quell "a false narrative" that the shooting was unjustified. The "erroneous information that was put out has incited violence," Craig said during a presser at Public Safety Headquarters.

Tense protests erupt after Detroit officers shoot, kill man who fired on them
[DETROITNEWS] Boisterous protests over the police shooting of a bankrupt, increasingly impoverished, reliably Democrat, Detroit
... ruled by Democrats since 1962. A city whose Golden Age included the Purple Gang...
man concluded late Friday, hours after the release of video showing officers returned fire when the suspect shot at close range.

Three Detroit officers shot at Hakim Littleton, 20, killing him on Detroit's west side just after noon on Friday, sparking a call for immediate protests in the wake of nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd during a police incident in May.

"Justice for Hakim Littleton! Fire and jail the killer cop!" dozens of demonstrators chanted outside Detroit's 12th Precinct headquarters on Seven Mile Road near Woodward on Friday night. More than two hours earlier, police played dash and bodycam video appearing to show Littleton drawing and firing on officers who were arresting an associate.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [146 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hakim got Justice. In 9mm doses
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 8:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Police body cams are now racist.
Posted by: Chunky Ebbanter9368 || 07/12/2020 12:34 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Afghanistan Violence: 9 Civilians Killed on Saturday
[ToloNews] Despite international calls for a reduction of violence in Afghanistan, violence and war continue to grip the Afghan people in various regions of the country, inflicting a high corpse count.

On Saturday, at least 9 non-combatants were killed and eight more maimed in separate incidents in Ghazni, Faryab and Maidan Wardak provinces.

At least six non-combatants were killed and eight more were maimed in a roadside kaboom explosion in the Dara-e-Qiaq area of Jaghatu district of Ghazni province, said Wahidullah Jumazada, a front man for Ghazni's governor.

The incident occurred after a vehicle carrying civilians in the area struck a roadside kaboom and women and kiddies were among the casualties, said Jumazada.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the attack.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Alamo, Davy was counting their remaining cannon balls and not liking the results...
Mohibullah Sharifzai, a front man for the Maidan Wardak governor, said that three members of a family were killed as a result of a mortar round hitting their house in Sultankhel village of Sayedabad district on Saturday.

"A man and his two sons are among the victims," said Sharifzai.

He said that a probe team has been assigned to investigate which warring side fired the mortar round.

However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
local residents who gathered in front of a military base in Maidan Wardak accused the government forces of firing the mortar.

In Faryab district, a man killed his two daughters and one son in a stabbing incident in PD2 of the lovely provincial capital Maimana, police confirmed.

Police in Faryab said that the incident was an act of domestic violence.

Police have arrested the attacker who is a drug addict.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 03:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If we stayed in the Afghanistan until 2075, the news reporting would be quite similar. Time to move on. Way past time to move on, in fact.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/12/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#2  But the rare earths and that poppy cash crop...the US can't throw all that away. /sarc
Posted by: Clem || 07/12/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||


23 Civilians Killed Last Week: NSC
[ToloNews] The National Security Council (NSC) on Saturday released data on civilian casualties, saying 23 non-combatants were killed and 45 others were maimed in Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
violence over the last week.

The Taliban has not responded.

Figures by the National Security Council indicate that 16 provinces of the country have witnessed 284 attacks by the Taliban in the last seven days.

NSC front man Javed Faisal said in a tweet that "the Taliban continue to take the lives of civilians in Afghanistan" and that "this violent mostly peaceful phase of attacks on civilians can only deteriorate the already shaken trust on the will of the Taliban."

According to data from the NSC, the violence happened in 16 provinces, including Kabul, Kandahar, 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..
and 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...
This comes a day after an official of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights (AIHRC) called for practical steps by the Taliban to reduce violence.

Abdullah Abdullah
...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president...
, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation who with a speech closed a consultative meeting on peace with envoys from 20 countries, on Thursday called the level of violence by the Taliban unacceptable and urged for efforts to move the grinding of the peace processor forward.

Statistics by AIHRC show that 86,823 non-combatants were killed and maimed in 2019 in Afghanistan.

But a Taliban front man has claimed that the attacks initiated by the group have reduced by 60 percent. In the US-Taliban deal, the Taliban committed to not attack cities and highways in the country.

Critics say that Taliban violence will continue at least until the US elections in November, because of the uncertainty of the fate of the US-Taliban deal signed in February.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 03:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Recent Blasts Call Kabul Security Strategy Into Question
[ToloNews] Kabul residents and a number of military commentators on Saturday strongly criticized the Afghan intelligence agencies and the security institutions for their failure to provide security for the people in the capital city, saying Kabul witnessed 14 IED blasts over the past ten days targeting government vehicles.

In the latest incident, a top officer of the Ministry of Defense and his driver were maimed after an IED hit their vehicle in PD16 of Kabul city.

"The honorable officer has experienced some shock. His driver and other colleagues who were maimed have been shifted to a 400-bed hospital," said Yousuf Ahmadi, a relative of the officer.

"We are being destroyed, everyone who dies their families become devastated," said Gula Jan, a resident in Kabul.

"When there is negligence, there are more tragedies," said Sherzai, a resident in Kabul.

"There are vacuums within the security institutions and these vacuums undermine the prevention of these blasts, there are circles who do not want the people to live in peace," said Hussain Ahmad, a resident in Kabul.

Last week a similar blast targeted government vehicles in PD11 and an attack on an NDS vehicle in PD16 resulted in injuries to at least ten military personnel and civilians.

"The fundamental aspect behind the recent blasts in Kabul, insecurities and IED blasts is rooted in the poor management and in the lack of a working strategy in Afghanistan’s security agencies," said military expert Jawed Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
i.

The parliament has summoned the security officials to speak to the fragile security situation in Kabul, but the security officials have failed to appear before the politicians four times over the past few weeks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 03:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under:


Roadside bomb kills, wounds 5 children in South of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion killed or maimed at least five children in southern Zabul province of Afghanistan.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the forces of Evil had planted an Improvised Explosive Device on a roadside in Qalat, the thriving provincial capital of Zabul.

The statement further added that the forces of Evil had planted the roadside kaboom to target the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
the 205th Atal Corps said the earth-shattering kaboom killed three children and maimed two others who were later transported to health facilities by security forces.

The anti-government armed snuffies including Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have not commented regarding the incident so far.

Taliban and other armed snuffies frequently use improvised bombs to target the security forces but majority of such attacks inflict casualties on ordinary civilians.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 03:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Turkish-backed Libyan forces fight each other in Tripoli
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Turkish-backed forces preparing to attack Sirte: LNA
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Fifth Column
Showdown at Trump Tower: MAGA supporters clash with protesters outside president's NYC home on site of BLM mural, while anti-cop demonstrators brawl with a Blue Lives Matter march - as rival protests continue across the nation
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Dozens of pro- and anti-Trump protesters clashed in front of Trump Tower in New York City on Saturday

  • The clashes took place just days after a Black Lives Matter mural was painted on Fifth Avenue in front of tower

  • In Brooklyn, some 400 people demonstrated in support of the New York Police Department

  • They were met by some 20 counter-demonstrators carrying signs that read 'Black Lives Matter'

  • In Los Angeles, protesters denounced the police and the LA County Sheriff's Department on Saturday

  • Meanwhile, some 100 LAPD officers and their supporters held a rally to support the cops in downtown LA

  • In Burlington, North Carolina, Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with supporters of Confederate statues
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2020 09:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [252 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  The push back begins to emerge
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/12/2020 12:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Time to take back the streets.
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2020 13:40 Comments || Top||

#3  get your range time in
Posted by: 746 || 07/12/2020 13:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Yep, and have the ammo stacked to cover range time as well as maintain necessary on hand stock. Do not run low, especially in CA.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/12/2020 14:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Just remember the 11th commandment.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2020 15:07 Comments || Top||

#6  I‘ve just returned from spending a few hours in front of the Confederate Defender’s Monument with two dozen other wonderful people at the Battery in Charleston, SC. BLM was protesting across the street.
Posted by: Dacama || 07/12/2020 16:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Thank you for stepping forward, Dacama.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 23:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Just remember the 11th commandment.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition?
Posted by: SteveS || 07/12/2020 23:41 Comments || Top||


Andy Ngo reports on Portland: Antifa rioters kick 2 “rednecks” out of park, attack courthouse
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]



Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM


'This Is No House of God!' Black Lives Matter Activists Yell as They Harass Church in Upstate NY
So ignorant. “Wherever two or more of you are gathered in My name.” It’s never been about the building, however beautiful the basilicas and cathedrals, or even the Temple in Jerusalem — twice built and twice destroyed.
[PJMEDIA] Amid nationwide riots following protests over the horrific police killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter activists harassed a Baptist church in Troy, N.Y., a suburb of Albany. Videos of the harassment went viral on Twitter, and the church confirmed to PJ Media that the harassment did, in fact, occur."On Sunday, June 28, the Marxist thugs screamed, chanted, harassed, blocked our steps from allowing people to enter the church, and then physically assaulted our church members," John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, told PJ Media on Thursday.

The harassment did not end on Sunday, however. "On June 29, Monday evening, after asking to be allowed into our church services, as long as they behaved, I allowed 15-20 of these BLM Marxists to come into our church building accompanied by two or three Troy coppers," the pastor added. "After some preaching, singing, and an invitation to trust Christ, they left chanting and screaming vulgarities and obscenities on their way out."

Koletas dubbed the Black Lives Matter activists "Marxist thugs" because the leaders of the official Black Lives Matter movement have identified themselves as Marxist and have adopted a Marxist political platform. Americans of goodwill should all agree that black lives matter, but the official movement seeks to weaponize the righteous anger over the death of George Floyd to further its radical agenda.

Kevin Hodge and his identical twin, Keith, who perform as conservative comedians and podcasters, shared three video clips of the harassment on YouTube.

As a mother approaches the church building, activists shout at her, "Why are you bringing a baby into a church?!" Others chant, "This is no house of God," and "Save those kids!"

A second clip shows Black Lives Matter activists becoming more active, chanting, "Whose streets? Our streets!" and then punching a church leader.

The final clip shows Black Lives Matter activists leaving the church after the service on Monday. One man yells, "I’m not Christian, boy!" A woman shouts, "Get the f*** out of my face!" The usher responds, "Jesus loves you."
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [259 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Could have ended differently.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/12/2020 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Marxists, what do you expect.

You can get in the boxcars quietly, or you can fight. Why call upon God when he's already given you the means to do the work yourself.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/12/2020 9:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Marxist thugs or adherents of Louie Farrakhan?
Posted by: Clem || 07/12/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ I was not aware of the difference.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/12/2020 9:48 Comments || Top||

#5  What would a bunch of communists and atheists know about God?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/12/2020 14:58 Comments || Top||

#6  The vibe I heard was it was a hit against the church because a prominent member(S)(perhaps these Hodge twins?) was/were critical and against the riots.

Classic tactic, made easier in this Age of Silica.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/12/2020 15:10 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi, Kurdish forces launch joint attacks against ISIS on Iranian border
[Rudaw] Iraqi security forces and Kurdish counter-terrorism units on Saturday launched the fourth stage of an operation against 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....
(ISIS) gunnies in areas disputed between Baghdad and Erbil in Diyala province.

Abdul-Ameer Kamil al-Shamiri, deputy commander of Iraqi Joint Operations Command, said in a statement on Saturday that they launched the fourth stage of the "Heroes of Iraq" operation "to pursue remnant bully boyz and impose security and stability in Diyala province, as well as clearing and inspecting the border strip with the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran."

The operation is also aimed at entering the disputed areas between Iraqi forces and Peshmerga forces - areas "exploited by ISIS (ISIS) fighters to exist and carry out its terrorist operations," the statement added.

ISIS was declared territorially defeated in Iraq in December 2017. However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
remnants of the group continue to operate in the disputed territories, returning to earlier insurgency tactics including ambushes, kidnappings and assassinations.

Operations to entirely clear their presence from the area have failed, and military bodies worldwide have warned the group is resurging in several locations

The Iraqi army, the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, or Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic), other Iraqi security forces and Kurdish counter-terrorism forces from Sulaimani province are participating in the latest phase, which targets an areas of 17,685 square kilometers. Iraqi and coalition forces will provide air support.

The first phase of the operation was announced in mid-May, with a focus on the provinces of Anbar, Nineveh and Salahaddin. Phase two was announced on June 2, targeting ISIS holdouts on the fringes of Salahaddin and Kirkuk. The third stage covered Saladin, Diyala, Samarra, and Kirkuk provinces.

The state-owned Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported Saturday morning that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi arrived at Hashd al-Shaabi’s military base in Diyala to supervise the new phase of the operation.

INA also reported the "clearance" of 27 villages in the province.

The new phase comes one day after after the third anniversary of the liberation of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
from ISIS.

Brigadier General Yehia Rasool, spokesperson for the Iraq's Joint Operations Command told Rudaw TV on Thursday that "the Iraqi defense ministry and Peshmerga ministry are continuing their meetings to fill the security gap in the disputed areas, that can reach to 13 km square in some areas."

Rasool also explained that cooperation between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi security forces is necessary to "exchange information regarding ISIS sleeper cells in the disputed areas."

However,
death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate...
Peshmerga forces did not take part in Saturday’s operation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/12/2020 03:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Turkish military seizes strategic summit in Iraqi-Kurdistan
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
The director of the town, Zirvan Mousa, pointed out that the Turkish forces seized the summit of Mount Shaquli, north of the Darkar District, northeast of Zakho, through this operation, which was backed by military helicopters, and established military points over the top of the mountain overlooking the village of Bousli.

The summit of the mountain has been within the range of Turkish artillery and aircraft fire since Ankara began to intensify its attacks on the border areas in the Kurdistan region in the middle of June.
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  This does not sound like it will end well.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 07/12/2020 16:11 Comments || Top||

#2  a LONG logistics line, easily cut of if someone has the arms/motive. Perhaps a lesson learned coming?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 16:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Do you think the Iraqi national government and their Iranian overlords condone Sultan Erdogan the First setting up house in their country?
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2020 17:39 Comments || Top||

#4  ^They all hate Kurds almost as much as hate Israel.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2020 17:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Hating Kurds is it? Well then I'll have to reconsider my position.
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2020 18:44 Comments || Top||


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Hamas naval commander, suspected ‘collaborator,’ flees Gaza to Israel – report
Wheeee! Are we having too much fun yet?
[IsraelTimes] Unsourced Paleostinian media report claims official escaped Strip on Israeli military vessel with a laptop, cash, and classified documents.
"Tonight, on NCIS Gazoo..."
Paleostinian terror group Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, said on Saturday that a senior naval commander in its armed wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, had fled the 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 to Israel after suspicions arose that he was working for Israel as a so-called "collaborator."

The term is used to indicate a person who is suspected of sharing information or intelligence with Israel.

The official, said to have overseen the group’s divers unit, fled the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on an Israeli military boat with a laptop, cash, surveillance equipment, and "classified, dangerous documents," according to a media report citing "sources" on Paleostinian news site Amad media, an organization reportedly close to exiled Fatah commander Mohammad Dahlan. The report was picked up by Israel’s Channel 12 and Channel 13 news.

The report said the discovery sent Hamas big turbans into a "state of hysteria" as the group launched an investigation and made dozens of arrests in search of additional suspects in the alleged spy network. Some half a million dollars and extensive equipment were seized in an unspecified raid, according to the report.

This was the second senior Hamas commander suspected recently of aiding the Jewish state, the report said. A previous suspect, dubbed "Mahmoud," is said to have been in charge of communications networks for the Gaza City neighborhood of Shejaiya and is believed by Hamas to have been working for Israel since 2009.

The report said "Mahmoud," 32, arrested by Hamas and charged with spying for Israel.

Hamas routinely announces arrests of suspected "collaborators" in the Paleostinian enclave, many of whom are sentenced to death.
Update from the Jerusalem Post at 9:45 a.m. EDT expands on Mahmoud’s adventures:
According to the sources, another senior Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, military commander was recently arrested on suspicion of collaboration with Israel.

The man, who was identified only as Mohammmed, was responsible for the group’s communication networks in the Shajjaiyeh neighborhood of Gazoo City and trained Hamas members in information gathering and anti-espionage techniques.

The sources claimed that he began working with Israeli intelligence agencies in 2009. His alleged ties with Israel were uncovered when he asked his brother to collect for him a sum of money that was left near a garbage bin. The brother was apprehended by members of the Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades as he was trying to take the cash, the sources said.

The two incidents prompted Hamas to take a series of measures, including summoning several of its members for interrogation and changing its communication networks and the phone numbers of many bigwigs.
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#1  Snowball? Is that you?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/12/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#2  This is what prisoner exchanges are all about. Not everyone has been been turned. Problem is - the enemy doesn't know who has been. And you can't exactly put people out to pasture who have spent years in prison because of death-defying things they did for your organization. Hurts recruitment. So they put them back to work, sometime promoting people to really high-level positions. Who could be more trustworthy to Hamas or the PLO than people who sacrificed years of their lives in Israeli prisons? Would not surprise me if this defector had spent a good chunk of his life as an involuntary guest of the Israeli government, previously.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/12/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#3  who was identified only as Mohammmed,

That narrows the field.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/12/2020 11:59 Comments || Top||

#4  The man, who was identified only as Mohammmed,

Last name Smith?
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 07/12/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Mysterious drone strike kills 2 jihadist commanders in Idlib
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  The Middle East certainly is a wonderful and magical place - mysterious drone strikes, unidentified airplanes, and shit blowing up left and right. It's like a Disneyland of chaos and malfunction. Maybe it's in the water.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/12/2020 2:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Islamic Calvinball
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||


Iranian forces score big drug bust near Afghan border
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
They look so awfully stylish with their spiffy berets and precisely the right amount of facial scruff...
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Authorities the world over always brag about their latest "big drug bust" but somehow there is never any shortage of drugs on the street.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/12/2020 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  "SIR! We captured a ton
several hundred pounds
a few ounces of drugs today!"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 15:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Stuff should be in New York by the end of the month.
Posted by: Clem || 07/12/2020 16:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Why stop at the Afghan border? India and China are only a skip, hop and a jump away. Plenty of drugs dealers there I'd wager.
Posted by: jpal || 07/12/2020 17:57 Comments || Top||


US smuggles large amount of Syrian oil to Iraq: SANA
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Jihadists launch new attack on largest Russian airbase in Syria
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Iranian media indirectly accuses US, Israel of being behind nuclear facility explosion
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/12/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  At least, they don't accuse bicycle riders.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/12/2020 2:58 Comments || Top||

#2  "It was one of the Satans"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/12/2020 10:00 Comments || Top||

#3  we wouldn't have it any other way.
Posted by: Chris || 07/12/2020 17:59 Comments || Top||



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