Martha Vickers was an American model and actress.
Vickers was born Martha MacVicar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, into a Jewish family; her father was an automobile dealer. She began her career as a model and cover girl. Her family moved to Hollywood when her father assumed control of an agency in Burbank, California. Vickers was 15 at that time.
Born: Martha MacVicar, May 28, 1925, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Died: November 2, 1971, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
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Vickers was born Martha MacVicar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, into a Jewish family;
Could she write? A nice Scots-Jewish American girl whose father owned a business? Reading, writing, ‘rithmatic, and she could probably sell you that honey at the front of Daddy’s car lot for more than the list price, Xyz, or buy that clunker you brought in to trade while explaining all the things you'd neglected to repair.
[KhaamaPress] Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... gave the total amount of 12368246 dollars in cash to the central bank-De Afghanistan bank-that were seized from the residences of officials of the former government.
In addition to the cash, the Taliban has also given the central bank gold bricks on Wednesday, September 15.
The cash and gold bricks were seized mostly from the residence of former vice-president Amrullah Saleh in Panjshir province.
The Taliban has claimed to have seized $6.03 million and about 17 gold bricks but Amrullah Saleh and the resistance front have not commented on the issue yet.
[ToloNews] Unknown gunnies stole cash and jewelry from a house in Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, said a member of the robbed family.
The family said the gang identified themselves as Taliban ...Arabic for students... members and entered the house by force.
The thieves kept family members in separate rooms, then left the house, the family said.
Noor Gul, the father, said: "I was eating lunch. A group of six people entered and put each of us in separate rooms and took all the money and jewelry for themselves."
Nangyalai, the eldest son of the family, said the group took many afghanis from his room. He said: "I had just come from the shop when they came. They took my money from this room."
Lawyers said that no one has the right to investigate or search a house without official documents, in accordance with the law.
Subhanullah Misbah, deputy head of the Afghanistan Lawyers Union, said: "According to the laws, no one can search a house without an official document."
But the Taliban members said the group has announced a general amnesty and will never enter a house.
Saaed Khosti, a member of the Taliban's Cultural Commission, said: "We announced a general amnesty. We do not go to people’s houses. People should share information about those who misuse the name of the Taliban."
There have been other reports of searches at houses of people who worked for the previous government or who worked with foreigners before the Taliban’s takeover.
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] Heroes, all. I know it’s the Daily Mail, but I recommend reading the whole thing — in Reader View if necessary.
US Marine Major Ben Sutphen gave the first eyewitness account of the suicide bomb explosion at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul last month
Sutphen was 15 feet away from the explosion trying to disperse the crowd
He is one of 15 wounded service men who survived the horiffic attack
13 US service men and 170 Afghans were killed on August 26 in what was one of the deadliest days in Afghanistan in the last decade
Sutphen said that the Marines had been warned with what Sutphen described as 'the most direct indications of a threat at Abbey Gate'
But he claimed that it was 'nearly impossible' to identify the suspect in the 'very dense' crowd of thousands at the airport entrance
Sutphen was the operations officer of his battalion and insisted that the Marines took every possible safety precaution on the day of the attack.
He explained that they had set up 'armed aerial surveillance overhead at the time' and 'had electronic countermeasures for improvised explosive device all along the corridor that would try to eliminate any electronically triggered device.'
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09/16/2021 00:00 ||
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A complex attack consisting of small arms fire (SAF) as suspected.
Suicide bomber detonated and rooftop 'snipers' engaged their pre-designated targets. US personnel on the lookout for the suicide bomber, but apparently had no counter-sniper or aerial suppression capability available.
And the official 15-6 investigation of what took place, how is that coming along ?
[Garowe] The corpse count from a suicide kaboom in Mogadishu on Tuesday afternoon has jumped to at least 11 people, including soldiers and civilians and several others maimed when a jacket wallahwent kaboom! at a tea shop in Mogadishu's Wadajir neighborhood on Tuesday evening, said the police.
Dadir Hassan, a police officer in the capital Mogadishu, told Anadolu Agency (AA) over the phone that the suicide bomber targeted a busy tea shop near a key military base in Mogadishu.
"The preliminary investigations confirmed that the attack was a result of a lone suicide bomber who blew himself at a teashop where security forces and civilians frequented and we can confirm that at least 11 people, including soldiers, were killed and several others maimed," Hassan said.
Several people, most of them civilians, were also maimed in the suicide kaboom and they were rushed to hospitals for treatment, he said.
The police officer added that security forces from different agencies of the government rushed to the scene and investigations are currently underway.
General Dhagabadan military training facility, hundreds of steps away from where the suicide bomber detonated, and there were a large number of security forces present in the area, according to residents who spoke to AA over the phone after the attack.
Somali-based al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist group al-Shabaab ...... Somalia's version of the Taliban ...Arabic for students... , functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda... grabbed credit for the suicide kaboom in Mogadishu on Tuesday evening, saying it had killed 11 soldiers and maimed 16 others.
Somali Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble has condemned the "indiscriminate" terrorist attack.
"This barbaric act shows how al-Shabaab turbans are thirsty for the indiscriminate bloodshed of the Somali people, forcing us to cooperate in fighting terrorism," Roble said.
Al-Shabaab has been behind hundreds of terrorist attacks over the years, including a 2017 bombing in the capital Mogadishu that took some 600 lives, the worst attack in the country's history.
[DW] French troops have killed the leader of the west Africa branch of IS according to French President Emmanuel Macron. The group is responsible for scores of violent mostly peaceful attacks in several countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday morning that French military forces had killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of the so-called 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.... in the Greater Sahara ...he succulent fruit of the union of splinter factions from Mokhtar Bekmokhtar'sal-Mourabitunes and MUJAO. Once the dust had settled and the smell of gunsmoke had dissipated, they became the Islamic State in Mali, then adopted their present clever name. They are headed by Adnan Abu Walid Saharaoui. It operates along the borders of Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other... , Niger, and Mali... (ISGS).
"It's another major success in our fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel," Macron wrote in a tweet.
ISGS is active across large swathes of the Sahel region ... North Africa's answer to the Pak tribal areas... , especially the tri-border region between Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso known as Liptako-Gourma. The area has been ravaged by bad boy violence that has also targeted children.
Aside from carrying out multiple of attacks on local civilians, ISGS was also responsible for the killing of US soldiers in 2017 and the execution of six French NGO workers in August of last year.
INCREASING VIOLENCE IN THE TRI-BORDER REGION
There are currently around 5,100 French troops present in the region as part of Operation Barkhane. They are joined by soldiers from Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.
Due to the increasing violence, La Belle France has repeatedly pushed for support from other European countries. However, those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things... given minimal successes and growing criticism at home, Macron has said that the number of French soldiers in deployment will be halved by 2022.
Sahrawi formed ISGS in 2015 following a split from another group, Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), at which point he declared his group's allegiance to IS, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) reports.
The group gained attention from IS media outlets in 2019 after carrying several attacks. ISGS has expanded its operations in recent months along the Niger-Burkina Faso border, according to ECFR.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Algerian journalist from a local French-language newspaper has been remanded in jug, accused of belonging to a terrorist organization and spreading false information, a lawyer and rights group said.
A judge in Sidi M’hamed district of Algiers on Tuesday evening ordered Liberte journalist Mohammed Mouloudj to be placed in provisional detention, according to the National Committee for the Release of Detainees (CNLD).
Mouloudj is accused of "undermining national unity, belonging to a terrorist organization and spreading false information," lawyer Abdelghani Badi said on Facebook.
The Algerian government last year criminalized the dissemination of what it considers "false news" that harms national unity.
Human Rights Watch has repeatedly accused Algerian authorities of resorting to criminal prosecutions against journalists and others using vaguely worded offences in the penal code.
Mouloudj was arrested on Sunday and his home searched, according to the Algerian League for the Defense of Human Rights (LADDH).
Six other people arrested in the same case were also remanded in jug, the CNLD said.
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09/16/2021 00:00 ||
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Kremlin said Wednesday there were no formal discussions on military cooperation with Mali, after La Belle France warned the West African country against hiring hundreds of Russian mercenaries linked to Moscow’s foreign conflicts.
French sources told AFP this week that the Malian government was nearing a deal with the secretive Russian firm Wagner to hire nearly 1,000 mercenaries, an agreement that would underscore Moscow’s growing influence in the region.
"There are no official negotiations," Kremlin front man Dmitry Peskov told news hounds in a conference call Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the Malian defence ministry on Tuesday did not deny the discussions between the government and the private security group.
In recent years, Russian paramilitaries, security instructors, companies and advisers have grown increasingly influential in Africa, particularly in the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR).
The Wagner group specifically has been linked to Russia’s role in conflicts in Libya and Syria, where it was accused by several international NGOs this year of having carried out abuses.
"We are in contact — including through the military — with many countries, including the African continent," Peskov added during the call.
But he said "there are no representatives of the Russian armed forces" in Mali.
Wagner was first seen in Mali by AFP at the end of 2019 when a small team was identified in the capital Bamako just after former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita had signed a military cooperation deal with Russia.
In the CAR, La Belle France and NGOs have denounced the role played by Wagner, which is allegedly controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman close to Russian President Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... Prigozhin, who has been sanctioned by both the EU and US, has denied links to Wagner and any role in conflicts in Africa.
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09/16/2021 00:00 ||
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[MSN] German police have arrested "several people," including a teenager, over a threat of an attack on a synagogue on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.
Hagen police said they arrested four people as a result of their investigation into the threat and had searched several buildings.
The arrests followed a huge police deployment late Wednesday at and around the synagogue in Hagen, a city just east of Düsseldorf. The synagogue canceled an event due to the threat.
North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul had earlier confirmed one arrest, saying that a "youth" had been detained following the incident.
Both Der Spiegel news magazine and the Bild newspaper reported without quoting sources that a foreign intelligence service had passed on a tip that a 16-year-old Syrian was planning an explosives attack on a synagogue.
Terrorism authorities are also involved in the investigation, said prosecutors in Düsseldorf.
POLICE 'LIKELY PREVENTED' ATTACK
On Wednesday, police cordoned off the synagogue after there were indications of what police described as a "possible dangerous situation." Meanwhile, a service planned for Wednesday evening to mark Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday, was canceled at short notice.
Police in Hagen "likely prevented" an attack on the synagogue, Reul said at an inauguration event for new police officers in Cologne.
"There was the risk of an attack on the synagogue in Hagen. Your colleagues likely prevented it."
REMINISCENT OF HALLE ATTACK
Hagen police said on Wednesday night that they were in close contact with the Jewish community. "The people are worried,'' police told dpa.
The event sparked memories of the synagogue attack in Halle. On Yom Kippur two years ago, an armed right-wing extremist tried to force his way into the synagogue there and shot two nearby people dead.
The 28-year-old man who confessed to carrying out the attack was convicted last year and given a life sentence. He had expressed antisemitic and racist views during the trial.
[OneIndia] The National Investigation Agency has filed a chargesheet against a narco in connection with a narcotics case registered in Salaya, Gujarat ...where rioting seems to be a traditional passtime... The case is related to a criminal conspiracy hatched by accused Arshad Sota in Dubai along with Pak nationals for delivering narcotic drugs in Gujarat from Pakistain. In furtherance of conspiracy, 500 kg of narcotic drugs were delivered in three consignments. The last consignment was in the form of supply of 200 kg of Heroin.
Investigation revealed that the consignment of 200 kg of heroin was delivered by earlier Razak Adam Sumra, Karim Md. Siraj and Sunil Vithal Barmase to Indresh Rambachan Nishad at Gandhidham.
Rambachan then concealed the said 200 Kg of heroin between the wooden panels in his truck to deliver it to arrested accused Sukhbir Singh alias Happy an aide of wanted accused Simranjit Singh Sandhu, at Amritsar in Punjab. The said consignment of drugs which was stored in a Kothi in Sultanwind, in Amritsar was seized by STF/Amritsar, Punjab 1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots.... Police and accused persons including Happy were arrested.
[OneIndia] At least four civilians were maimed in a grenade attack by forces of Evil on security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... on Tuesday, officials said.
The ultras lobbed the grenade towards a vehicle of security forces at Pulwama chowk this afternoon but the grenade went kaboom! on the roadside.
The injured persons have been rushed to a hospital while security forces have cordoned off the area, the officials added.
There has been a spurt in grenade attacks by forces of Evil in Kashmir in recent times.
Three persons including two women were maimed in a grenade attack at Chanapora area of the city last week.
Security forces detected and defused six grenades planted by forces of Evil on the busy Parimpira-Panthachowk axis of national highway 44 on Monday.
[Rudaw] Two Peshmerga were killed and others injured in Duhok province on Wednesday when their convoy hit a roadside kaboom, a security source told Rudaw and the Kurdistan Region’s counterterrorism units confirmed.
The convoy was in the Dinarte subdistrict on the Kani Toze and Naqib village road when the earth-shattering kaboom took place, according to the security source who spoke to Rudaw on the condition of anonymity.
The Kurdistan Region’s counterterrorism units confirmed the incident and casualties in a Facebook post, accusing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of leaving the bomb.
Kamal Eminiki, top Peshmerga official, confirmed to Rudaw that Peshmerga sustained an attack, but he does "not know about the losses."
Shaaban Barwari, mayor of Dinarte, claimed that he was sure it was an attack by the PKK, but he did not have information on casualties.
This is not the first time Peshmerga fighters get killed in the areas where the PKK and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... clash. Several fighters from the forces have been killed since last summer when the tensions between the PKK and Peshmerga forces affiliated to the Kurdistan Democratic Forces (KDP) escalated.
The PKK is an gang fighting for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. It is designated as a terrorist organization by Ankara which carries out regular attacks against the group at home and inside the Kurdistan Region.
The PKK has not grabbed credit for Wednesday's attack.
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... on Wednesday shelled a village in Duhok province’s Zakho district, causing material damage to civilian houses and cars, a villager told Rudaw. Ottoman Turkish forces are continuing their months-long campaign against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on the Kurdistan Region’s northern borders.
Early Wednesday morning Turkey bombed Banka Sare village, in the Batifa area near the border with Turkey, Ramazan Banki, who lives in the village, told Rudaw.
Several mortar shells have fallen inside the village. There are no casualties reported, but residents are terrified, Banki said.
The PKK is an gang struggling for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. Ankara considers it a terrorist organization and frequently bombards areas in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq’s disputed territories on the grounds of targeting PKK positions. In April, Turkey launched two new operations, Claw-Lightning and Claw-Thunderbolt, within the Kurdistan Region’s northern borders.
Batifa sub-district is an area regularly targeted by Ottoman Turkish shelling. Two tourists from djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... were killed in August. At least half the residents of Banka Sare have fled their homes.
Civilian populations and the environment have been devastated by the conflict. Scores of civilians have been killed over the decades and hundreds of villages emptied.
Mohammad Faghihi, 52, his wife Farzeneh Modarresi, 53, and his sister Faezeh Faghihi, 50, were charged with conspiring to commit an offense against the US
The three allegedly bought genetic sequencing equipment from US manufacturers and illegally shipped it to Iran
According to court documents they laundered nearly $3.5million through a Florida company called Express Gene
Some of the transfer money was used to ship the genetic sequencing equipment to Iran without a license, despite sanctions on Iran
During his time as a professor - from 2013 to 2020 - Faghihi was the principal investigator on several National Institute of Health grants
The family operated a Florida company called Express Gene, which court documents revealed received nearly $3.5million in wire transfers from accounts in Malaysia, the People's Republic of China, Singapore, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
According to the Miami Herald the former professor was also allegedly in contact with the Revolutionary Guard Corps, a US-designated terrorist organization which bought several genetic testing machines from Express Gene.
“What makes DNA so powerful, after all, also makes it potentially dangerous. Someone could use it to change a harmless bacteria into one that makes a deadly toxin.
And scientists have already shown that it's possible to use bits of DNA to construct viruses like polio and Ebola” or a disease that targets racial types
[Rudaw] More than 300 people affiliated with the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... (ISIS) have left the notorious al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria (Rojava) to return to their homes in Raqqa on Wednesday, according to local media.
A total of 324 people from 92 families were allowed to exit, marking the 18th batch of residents leaving the camp, Hawar News Agency (ANHA) reported.
The process of sending the people back from al-Hol will "continue gradually to reduce the economic and security burdens that the Autonomous Administration bears in al-Hol," ANHA cited Sheikhmus Ahmed, who supervises the administration of Rojava's IDP and refugee camps as saying.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested thousands of ISIS fighters and their wives and children when they took control of the group’s last stronghold in Syria in March 2019. Most of these people are held at al-Hol which is home to over 60,000 people - mostly women and kiddies from different nationalities.
[Rudaw] Eight Kurdish men from Iran ...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan. The abbreviation IRGC is the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... are reported missing after they were arrested in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... and deported to Syria.
The group are originally from Paveh in western Iran’s Kermanshah province, a friend of theirs, Zakariya Rostampour, said in an interview with Rudaw’s Kawar Saleh on Wednesday. In the hopes of reaching Europe, the men hired a smuggler, paying $12,000 each to be taken to Italia. They were arrested in Turkey and claimed to be Syrian, hoping they would not be deported, but instead they were sent to Syria.
The men, aged between 35 and 45 years, were travelling singly, without family members. Their family and friends have not heard from the group for 16 days, since they reached the Syrian border.
"I heard one more time from them when they were at the Syrian border. I asked them if they’re alive and they said yes. I also asked where they are and they answered at the Syrian border. The phone call immediately ended after that," said Rostampour, speaking from Istanbul.
Rostampour, who also hails from Iran, said he spoke to the smuggler on Tuesday who had been in contact with an official in Azaz, a town in Syria, north of Aleppo.
"The human trafficker has the latest details. I talked to him yesterday and he said that he has talked to an officer in Azaz. It seems they have been in Azaz. The officer named numbers and said that for each person they need to receive $1,000 to $1,500 and they would be released," he said.
This is the second group reportedly deported from Turkey to Syria and stranded in Azaz. More than 50 Kurdish migrants colonists hoping to reach the United Kingdom from the Kurdistan Region spent nearly 10 days in Syria before the Iraqi government brought them home. They too had told Ottoman Turkish officials that they were Syrian.
Among them was Mohammad Abdulrahman. He told Rudaw that more than 70 migrants colonists were stranded in Azaz. "We had Iranians among us," he said, but does not know what happened to them.
According to Rostampour, friends and relatives of the eight men have asked the Iranian embassy in Ankara for help.
Turkey hosts the world’s largest refugee population, including 3.7 million Syrians and is worried about a new influx of refugees from Afghanistan, fleeing the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... . President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than there are in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really most important... on Tuesday told German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier that his country "did not have the capacity to shoulder a new burden of migration."
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09/16/2021 03:53 ||
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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.