[AlAhram] One of the boats intercepted was carrying 143 illegal immigrants colonists attempting to reach Europe
Egyptian naval forces foiled two attempts at illegal immigration to Europe near Alexandria, the Egyptian armed forces spokesperson announced earlier Sunday.
According to army spokesperson Mohammed Samir, naval forces intercepted a boat near Alexandria and found it was carrying 143 illegal immigrants colonists of different nationalities, including Egyptians, Sudanese, Syrians, Paleostinians and Æthiopians heading to Europe.
Naval forces also managed to stop another boat carrying five illegal immigrants colonists from Egypt in addition to four crew members near Alexandria.
Both boats and their passengers were taken to Abu Qir port where they received medical care and where legal proceedings are being taken.
In recent years, thousands of refugees and migrants colonists have attempted to cross the Mediterranean. Hundreds have been placed in durance vile Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages! in Egypt for attempting to migrate illegally.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] During two years in office, Egypt’s general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has sought to impose a military-style discipline to end years of turmoil and has turned to the armed forces to help rebuild the deeply damaged economy to a degree unseen in more than 50 years.
The military has taken the lead in carrying out a string of major projects, from building roads and overseeing housing construction to providing cheap food to the public. That has provided a needed bit of stimulus and helped keep Egyptians going in hard times.
But the flip side has been a heavy emphasis on secrecy, leaving observers unsure how Sisi plans to tackle an economy struggling under high inflation, unemployment and a tumbling currency.
Sisi has frequently sought to impose secrecy on politicians over issues that usually would be open for public discussion. In June, he said some of his planned projects cannot be announced, without explanation.
When his electricity minister said on live TV in May that the Aswan Dam was taken off the electricity grid temporarily, Sisi angrily cut him off, saying, "Let us not talk about these details." When his oil minister, again on live television, showed a map of a proposed oil pipeline during a power point presentation, Sisi ordered the slide removed.
One of his most controversial decisions, to surrender two Red Sea islands to Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... , was taken behind closed doors - intentionally, Sisi said, to prevent media attention.
The move sparked a rare burst of street protests and angry criticism. In a televised meeting with politicians and editors, Sisi defended the decision and demanded no one discuss the subject again.
He brusquely shut down one politician who attempted to speak to him, saying "Excuse me, I did not give anyone permission to speak."
"He wants to run the country like the military," said Michael W. Hanna, an Egypt expert with the New York-based Century foundation.
"In that world, it is a question of order and execution, it is not a place for discussion, transparency or politics. They don’t want politics."
Egypt has had presidents who hailed from the military for all but two of the past 64 years since army officers seized power in a 1952 coup.
Under longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak ...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011... , a former air force chief, the armed forces held its own economic empire, including factories, stores and companies.
But private businessmen took the lead in the economy and investment projects in general, gaining a powerful say in politics and Mubarak’s ruling party - often to the military leadership’s dismay.
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Yes, well, in Egypt the military has always been in charge, so it's natural that they should take the lead in rebuilding.
When all your money goes to marketing and none to operations, it's hard to make sufficient profit to pay the vig...
A source close to the Yemeni Prime Ministry uncovered Houthis’ wide economic violations in Yemen during 2015, particularly its spending of $1 billion on recruitment, in addition to looting the contributions of diplomatic missions, and the benefits of the Foreign Ministry employees, which are worth around $38.5 million.
The source also said Houthis had decided to remove many beneficiary payments usually offered to more than 10 million public workers, and therefore, currently leave workers with minimum wages that are barely sufficient to cover their personal spending.
The source added that the number of those enlisted in the defense and security missions has exceeded 100,000 recruiters, costing more than 260 billion Yemeni Rials yearly, while the allowances of army and security personnel were looted by militias.
These violations also include using fiscal money to spend more than billions of Yemeni Rials on celebrations and evening parties organized by Houthis and ousted President Abdullah Saleh’s militias, at a time when Yemenis suffer from dire economic conditions.
“While Yemenis live in extreme poverty, these militias use fiscal money and rob the relief and reconstruction funds of Saada, Abeen and Hadhramout, and the injuries of 2011,” the source said.
The source added that Houthis had robbed from the credits of the Defense Ministry the values of oil and fuel, which are worth around $35.9 million a month. Also, Houthis had placed their hands on the local state’s budget, worth around $131.9 million, in addition to robbing around 20 million Yemeni Rials from public revenues to finance militias in its war against the Yemeni people.
The source said that the credits and accounts of the Martyrs Institution, which was established by a government decision in 2013 in collaboration with the militias, were also stolen.
The source added: “Covering the bill of the war by exploiting fiscal money to fabricate militias and recruit innocent people and children to fight in a meaningless war, have no justifications but to serve conflicts that only take the Yemenis backward.”
He said the accounts of projects financed by the government through its investment programs have turned from 4% to zero and were all frozen. “Several ongoing projects were destroyed after being turned into military compounds used by militias,” the source said.
Meanwhile, Minister of state Yasser Araeini said that the government “had dealt with the so-called economic truce forced by the international community as a de facto.”
In a telephone interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Araeini said: “The government had not accepted the truce,” because fiscal money and the accounts of the government are currently at the Central Bank in Sana’a, which is controlled by the militias, and therefore there is no stockpiles in the hands of the legal authorities.
He said that militias had robbed fiscal money to support their war against Yemenis. “This is why the country was driven to a big monetary collapse,” Araeini said.
The Yemeni minister said that the government has worked and is still working on stopping militias from steeling the state’s money, however, because Houthis control the Central Bank in Sana’a, militias will continue to commit crimes against national economy.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The father of 26-year-old Nayer Musallam Hammad Al-Nijeidi Al Bluwi has disowned his son.
"I feel great sorrow and sadness over the heinous crime committed by my son in Madinah near the Prophet’s Mosque. I hereby state that this criminal does not represent me nor does he represent our tribe.
"We all stand by the government and put our hands in its hands against all terrorist acts. My son Fahad has also disowned his brother," the father said in a statement to Okaz.
Nayer was working for the Border Guard three years ago and was dismissed from his post, his father said. He lived in Tabuk for some time and used to visit the family home every now and then.
He stayed in his family house during Shaban and Ramadan months and disappeared on 25th of Ramadan without saying anything.
He called later on the night of his disappearance and told his father that he was traveling to Makkah and did not give any more information.
The terrorist attack carried out by Nayer, who had a history of drug abuse, killed four coppers in the vicinity of the Prophet’s Mosque.
Private Abdulrahman Al-Juhani, one of the security officers who died in the attack, was the sole breadwinner of a family of nine members.
One day before the attack, he asked his family members to gather at home where he gave his mother a gold bracelet as a gift. He was active in giving charity and helping the poor.
He also bought a car for his mother before his death. He did everything he could to please his mother and make her happy.
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07/11/2016 00:00 ||
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Doesn't want the wrath of faithful believers splashing on him.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi security authorities are tightening the noose around ISIS snuffies by pursuing those involved in the recent terrorist blasts and uncovering the coordination between them after the coppers’s vigilance thwarted the destructive impact that the snuffies wanted to achieve.
Security Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said he does not rule out the existence of contacts between the perpetrators of the recent terrorist bombings in Jeddah, Qatif and Madinah, as the substance used in making the explosive vests is the same in the three blasts.
Furthermore, there is evidence on the existence of coordination between them, especially between the Qatif and Madinah incidents, as both attacks took place at Maghreb prayer time.
Maj. Al-Turki further said that there are suspicions that the 12 Paks, who it was announced were detained on Thursday, have connections with the Jeddah blast.
Al-Turki said one of the perpetrators of the Qatif blast, Abdulrahman Saleh Muhammad Al-Imir, were tossed into the calaboose twice earlier for taking part in riots demanding the release of detainees involved in terror cases.
On announcing the detention of 12 Paks, the number of those involved in terror crimes in Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... , and are holding Pak nationality has reached 41.
Imams of mosques in the majority of the region’s countries have dedicated their Friday sermons to denouncing terrorism and violating the sanctity of the Prophet’s Mosque.
They warned snuffies that they would not achieve their goals in Saudi Arabia and the other regional countries.
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[Dhaka Tribune] The families of Shafiqul Islam Ujjal and Khairul Islam Payel, the two young men from Bogra who carried out the Gulshan terrorist attack, are waiting to bury their sons.
"I ask forgiveness from everyone for my son’s actions. I struggled hard to put him through school. I never imagined in my dreams that he would become a terrorist," Ujjal’s mother Asia Begum told news hounds at her home in Dhunat’s Baniajan Chalishpara village yesterday.
"And I beg for my son’s dead body," she added.
Ujjal and Payel are among the five bandidosmurderous Moslems identified by police as attackers who took part in the Holey Artisan Bakery attack on July 1, slaughtering 20 people and holding 13 others hostage for around 12 hours.
Ujjal’s neighbours described him as a religious, honest and talented boy and said they were shocked by his violent actions.
The family had no idea how he had turned into an hard boy. A family member said Ujjal was the youngest of local farmer Badiuzzaman’s three sons. He graduated from Gosaibari Degree College in 2011 and began working at a kindergarten school in Ashulia, Dhaka.
He used to send money to the family every month and used to preach religion whenever he came home.
Asia Begum said Ujjal left home six months ago to attend a Chilla (a religious gathering) and then did not contact them again. On the morning of July 4, she recognised him from photos being shown on the TV. In the afternoon police took her elder son and husband to Dhaka to identify the body.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened... police officials said DNA samples had been collected from Ujjal’s father Badiuzzaman, brother Asadul Islam and Payel’s parents Abul Hossain and Piyara Begum.
Abul and Piyara were picked up by detective police from their home in Brikushtia Dakkhinpara village on July 3.
Dhunat Police Station Officer-in-Charge Mizanur Rahman said both families returned to Bogra from Dhaka before Eid.
On July 6, Bogra police identified one of the bandidosmurderous Moslems involved in the Gulshan attack as Khairul Islam Payel, 20, a listed terrorist the police had been looking for. One of his known associates, JMB member Abdul Momin, was locked away Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try! in April with an AK-22 rifle, the same weapon used in the Gulshan attack.
Payel passed his Dakhil exams in 2014 from Bihigram DU Central Fazil Madrasa. Ujjal on the other hand graduated from a local degree college and was teaching at a school.
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Some Muslim parents would not speak out if their children went to Syria to fight with terrorists, according to a new study conducted in Birmingham.
Muslim parents told academics they feared police would arrest family members who traveled to Syria. The academics who conducted the study said the results indicated historical levels of mistrust between the police and Muslim communities.
Focus groups were conducted by Dr. Imran Awan and Dr. Surinder Guru with Muslim parents, to explore how they view West Midlands Police counter-terrorism strategies.
Dr. Awan, Associate Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University, said: "Muslim community members are increasingly finding the partnership with the police service problematic.
"The parents we spoke to were worried about the lack of support for Muslim families and they feared that anyone who had gone to Syria would be arrested and have their citizenship removed if they spoke out."
Muslim mothers and fathers from different areas of Birmingham were split into different focus groups. All of the participants had children between the ages of 14 and 23, the Birmingham Mail reported.
Comments from parents taking part in the focus groups included: "I don't trust the police so I would not tell them."
Other parents feared informing the authorities: "If I told the police they would then arrest me and my children." Another comment said: "I would not report them to the police, because that's not what bad parents do."
Dr. Guru, Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Birmingham, lamented the distrust between West Midlands Police and Muslim families he found in his report.
"The central contradiction appears to be that parents are implicitly held to be responsible for the actions of their children by the police, yet the parents are adamant that the responsibility is not theirs and that they are relatively powerless," Dr. Guru said.
"In circumstances where the community lacks trust and confidence in the police, community policing is likely to be ineffective because it is viewed with suspicion."
Chief Officer lead for the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU), Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, welcomed the report and sought to reassure Muslim communities.
"Local independent research is always useful and assists us in gaining an insight into how communities feel and how programmes of work are being received.
"WMCTU have carried out extensive engagement with women and young people over the last 12 months under the banner of the National Prevent Tragedies campaign.
"This engagement has focused on building personal resilience to those seeking to radicalise family members and to deter travel to Syria. We have received positive feedback from attendees at the events, but acknowledge there is always more that can be done to build trust.
"We have received several referrals over the past year, directly from concerned family members. In some cases the referral is too late and a loved one has already travelled, only then to lose their life in combat.
"Where we can intervene early we have been able to support both the family and their relatives through multi-agency programmes such as Channel, in very few cases these have led to criminal investigations," Assistant Chief Constable Beale said.
North Korea said on Monday it has told the United States it will sever the only channel of communication between them, at the United Nations in New York, after Washington blacklisted leader Kim Jong Un last week for human rights abuses.
All matters related to the United States, including the handling of American citizens detained by Pyongyang, will be conducted under its "wartime law," the North's official KCNA news agency said.
The move is the latest escalation of tension with the isolated country, which earlier on Monday threatened a "physical response" after the United States and South Korea said they would deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea.
"As the United States will not accept our demand for the immediate withdrawal of the sanctions measure, we will be taking corresponding actions in steps," KCNA said.
"As the first step, we have notified that the New York contact channel that has been the only existing channel of contact will be completely severed," it said.
"The Republic will handle all matters arising between us and the United States from now on under our wartime laws, and the matters of Americans detained are no exception to this."
It was not clear how "wartime laws" would affect the handling of the two Americans detained. But North Korea has indicated in the past that wartime laws would mean that detainees will not be released on humanitarian grounds.
The North and the United States remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean War, in which Washington sided with the South, ended only with a truce.
The two Americans known to be detained in North Korea include Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in March for trying to steal an item with a propaganda slogan, according to North Korean state media. The other, Korean-American Kim Dong Chul, is serving a 10 year sentence for espionage, state media said.
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07/11/2016 10:25 Comments ||
I think it's about time to make a sequel to The Interview movie . . . .
BLM = NORTH KOREA MATTERS??? SOrry, but the acronyms don't match.
My $$$ is still on a Sino-Nippon limited war for strategic access + sphere of influence between [US-style/par] OWG Global Co-Superpower China + wannabe Japan between now + middle of the first term of Obama's successor - IMO CHINA'S NOT GONNA WAIT AROUND UNTIL 2030 OR 2050.
The USDOD or USAF must think so as well because extra or big heavies have been flying into Andersen AFB of late, + I don't think its due to RIMPAC???
At first, there was complete silence from officials. As rumors spread on social media, police had nothing to say about allegations of mass sexual assaults and other crimes carried out on New Year's Eve in the German city of Cologne.
It was only days later that officials reported that hundreds of women were victims of assault in Cologne, Hamburg and other German cities.
But numbers that are now emerging are likely to shock a country still coming to terms with what happened in Cologne more than half a year ago. According to a leaked police document, published by Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and broadcasters NDR and WDR, the previous estimates have to be dramatically revised -- upward.
Authorities now think that on New Year's Eve, more than 1,200 women were sexually assaulted in various German cities, including more than 600 in Cologne and about 400 in Hamburg.
More than 2,000 men were allegedly involved, and 120 suspects -- many of them foreign nationals -- have been identified.
Only four have been convicted, but more trials are underway.
On Thursday, a court in Cologne sentenced two men in the New Year's Eve assaults. Hussein A., a 21-year-old Iraqi, and Hassan T., a 26-year-old Algerian, were handed suspended one-year sentences. Both arrived in Germany in the past two years, a court spokesman said. He declined to specify whether the two had sought asylum.
Officials have linked the sexual assaults to the influx of refugees. "There is a connection between the emergence of this phenomenon and the rapid migration in 2015," Holger Munch, president of the German Federal Crime Police Office, told Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Gesundheit.
He also predicted that many of the New Year's Eve perpetrators will never be convicted. "We have to presume that many of those crimes will never be fully investigated." Germany has relatively low CCTV coverage, which makes it more difficult for investigators to identify suspects.
Although it is not expected that significantly more CCTV cameras will be installed in the foreseeable future, other measures have been taken. Germany's Parliament passed a stricter sexual-assault law last week that will make it easier for courts to sentence those who facilitate or are involved in assaults. Maybe the solution is to love them more. Until you win.
Lawmakers were facing intense pressure to pass such a law, particularly in the wake of the Cologne assaults. Most of the perpetrators in that city stand accused of groping and facilitating sex assaults as part of a group -- accusations that were difficult to prosecute.
The stricter law is also supposed to make it easier for refugees to be deported if they are convicted in sex-assault cases -- an aspect of the new law that activists and advocates for refugees have harshly criticized.
Halina Wawzyniak, a lawmaker from the Left Party, told The Washington Post last week that immigration issues and sexual-assault cases should not be linked, as refugees could end up facing a "double punishment" by being deported. "The debate used to be about 'no means no' -- now all that is being talked about in social networks are foreigners again," she said.
Lawyers filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging it allowed the Palestinian militant Hamas group to use the platform to plot attacks that killed four Americans and wounded one in Israel, the West Bank and Jerusalem.
"Facebook has knowingly provided material support and resources to Hamas in the form of Facebook's online social network platform and communication services," making it liable for the violence against the five Americans, according to the lawsuit sent to Bloomberg by the office of the Israeli lawyer on the case, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.
"Simply put, Hamas uses Facebook as a tool for engaging in terrorism," it said. Not just Hamas.
Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., European Union and Israel. The suit said the group used Facebook to share operational and tactical information with members and followers, posting notices of upcoming demonstrations, road closures, Israeli military actions and instructions to operatives to carry out the attacks.
Mushir al-Masri, a senior Hamas leader, said by phone that "suing Facebook clearly shows the American policy of fighting freedom of the press and expression" and is evidence of U.S. prejudice against the group and "its just cause." That might be true if FB didn't suppress the opposing side of things.
Facebook in March took down a page promoting a new Palestinian uprising against Israel because it made "direct calls for violence," in violation of company polices. It declined to comment on the legal proceedings. Whereas indicating where terrorists should strike should they happen to have free time in their busy schedules between the kids' soccer matches and tunneling competitions is an entirely different matter.
Gabriel Weimann, an expert on terrorism on the internet at Haifa University, said technology would be more effective than litigation in discouraging the use of social media for violent purposes. The focus should be on developing faster ways to detect problematic messages so they can be blocked immediately before they go viral, he said.
"Facebook isn't the only platform," he said. "There are plenty of others. What will you do? Sue them all?" That could be arranged.
The suit was submitted to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on July 10. Plaintiffs include the families of Yaakov Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old abducted and murdered in June 2014 after hitching a ride in the West Bank, and 3-year-old Chaya Braun, whose stroller was struck intentionally by a Palestinian driver in October 2014 at a train station in Jerusalem.
In February 2015, a jury at the same court concluded that the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization aided in six attacks on Americans in Israel more than a decade ago, and ordered them to pay $218.5 million to the victims and their families. The damages were tripled under a U.S. anti-terrorism law.
The Palestinian bodies claimed they weren't responsible for the unapproved acts of low-level employees who participated in the attacks.
[DAWN] Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf... too condemned the killing of Burhan Wani and other civilians at the hands of Indian forces in India-held Kashmire.
"It is deplorable that excessive and unlawful force was used against the civilians who were protesting against the killing of Burhan Wani. Oppressive measures cannot deter the valiant people of Jammu and Kashmire from their demand of exercising their right to self determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions," Nawaz Sharif said in a statement released from his office.
The PM also expressed serious concern over the continued detention of the Kashmiri leadership in India-held Kashmire and called upon the Indian government to fulfill its human rights When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much... obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations ...the Oyster Bay money pit... Security Council Resolutions.
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The New York University chapter of Palestinian group Students for Justice in Palestine has accused Israel of complicity in recent shootings of African-Americans by U.S. police.
Following the shootings, the group linked Israel to the incidents on its Facebook page: "We must remember that many US police departments train with the #IsraeliDefenseForces. The same forces behind the genocide of black people in America are behind the genocide of Palestinians." Finally!
Supporters of Elor Azariya, the soldier accused of manslaughter after shooting a neutralized Arab terrorist to death in Hevron, scored a major victory on Monday, easily raising more than enough money to continue to fund Azariya's legal defense.
The fundraising campaign, which sought to raise 400,000 ($105,000) within 30 days ended up netting 406,664 shekels in just 12 hours.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] French President Francois Hollande ...the Socialist president of La Belle France, an economic bad joke for la Belle France but seemingly a foreign policy realist... called Saturday for international action against an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, warning that the recent losses sustained by ISIS could embolden other hard boy groups.
"ISIS (the Arabic acronym for ISIS) is in retreat, that is beyond dispute," Hollande said after a meeting with the leaders of the United States, Germany, Britannia, Italia and Ukraine on the sidelines of a NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions... summit in Warsaw.
But, Hollande added, "We must also avoid a situation whereby as ISIS becomes weaker, other groups become stronger."
Hollande singled out al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ... Front as particularly standing to benefit from the US-led military campaign against its arch-rival ISIS.
Faced with a barrage of Arclight airstrikes and ground offensives by local forces, ISIS has lost territory in both Syria and Iraq in recent months.
"We must coordinate among ourselves to continue actions against ISIS but also... take effective action against al-Nusra," Hollande said, directing his appeal at Russia and the US.
On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama We're gonna punish our enemies and we're gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us... and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin ...Second and fourth President and sixth of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from polonium poisoning. 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 Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead... agreed in a telephone call to "intensify" military coordination between their two countries in Syria.
Russia had in May proposed joint air strikes with the US against jihadist targets in Syria - a suggestion that was rebuffed by Washington.
The White House reported that the two leaders, in their call this week, "confirmed their commitment to defeating ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front."
The two groups are excluded from a broader truce brokered by Moscow and Washington in February.
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07/11/2016 00:00 ||
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[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] An informed source at the Foreign Ministry said that Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... is using bandidosfaceless myrmidons as a tool for developing its plans against Moslem nations in the region.
The source, who talked under the condition of anonymity, made the remarks while commenting on an anti-Iran gathering held on Saturday in Gay Paree, La Belle France, by a number of the rented and 'bankrupt terrorists' affiliated to the terrorist group of Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) and their Western and Saudi supporters to protest against Iran.
Referring to the presence of former Saudi security official Turki al-Faisal among the so-called protIran: Terrorists, Tools for Furtherance of Saudi Plans against Moslem Countries
estors in Gay Paree, the source said Faisal's presence in the gathering of 'bankrupt terrorists' has indicated, once more, Riyadh's 'political foolishness.'
In an indirect reference to Riyadh, the source added that Turki al-Faisal's presence has also indicated frustration of the 'father of Taliban and Al-Qaeda and the partner of Zionists' in dealing with Iran.
Tehran-Riyadh diplomatic relations have been soured following the Hajj tragedy on September 24, 2015 in Mina where over 8,000 pilgrims, including 461 Iranians, were killed in a stampede. Many believe that the incompetence and mismanagement of the Saudi officials caused the tragedy.
"Turki al-Faisal's presence among the MKO protestors in Gay Paree and his anti-Iran remarks showed that the Saudis have resorted to bandidosfaceless myrmidons as they had already done so in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, to achieve their goals against Moslem nations in the region," the Foreign Ministry source told IRNA.
He described Saturday's anti-Iran rally as a 'street show' made by bandidosfaceless myrmidons affiliated to MKO and its Saudi and Western supporters adding, the so-called anti-Iran protestors and their 'overt and covert supporters have come together to comfort each other.'
The MKO has carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Iranian civilians and government officials over the past three decades. Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist attacks since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.
Washington and the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... have removed the MKO from their list of terrorist organizations and the group currently enjoys freedom of movement and activity in the US and Europe, including regular meetings with American and European politicians.
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07/11/2016 00:00 ||
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[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Scourge of Qusayr... blamed some Western leaders for the terrorism and refugee problems facing Europe.
During a meeting on Sunday with the visiting delegation of the European Parliament headed by Vice-President of the Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs Javier Couso, the President discussed the situation in Syria, the terrorist war waged on it and the growing destructive impacts of the spread of terror to world regions.
Assad said that what is happening in Syria and the Arab region would greatly affect Europe given the geographical vicinity of the two regions and the cross-cultural communication.
He held the leaders of some Western states responsible for the problems of terrorism and extremism and the refugee flows currently facing Europe for having adopted policies that are against the interests of the peoples of these states.
The President slammed those Western leaders for providing the political cover and support to the terrorist organizations in Syria.
Striking a relevant note, President al-Assad said the European parliamentarians could play a significant role to correct the wrong policies of their governments that have caused terrorism to spread and led to worsening the living conditions of the Syrian people due to the economic blockade they imposed on them, forcing many Syrians to leave their country and seek refuge in other states.
For their part, the European delegation members said their visit to Syria and the suffering of the Syrian people they have seen firsthand would make them put effort to the effect of correcting the policies of the European governments and pressuring them into lifting the sanctions.
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07/11/2016 00:00 ||
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Iran plans to expand the oil pipelines network and storage capacity significantly by March 2021, according an official document seen by Trend. The document, prepared by Oil Ministry, says that the length of current oil pipeline network stood at 9,793 km during the last fiscal year that ended on March 20, while the storage capacity reached 2.54 million barrels per day (mbpd).
According to the statistics, included in the document, Iran’s gasoline storage capacity will increase by 13 percent to 4.33 billion liters by 2021, while the figure for oil gas will increase by 31 percent to 5.39 billion liters.
That'll keep pressure on oil prices. Tough luck for the Russians, Saudis and Venezuelans...
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For years, Iran covered up its military activities in Syria and Iraq, so the government could deny any official involvement on the ground.
No longer. Now every Iranian killed in action is named, his picture published, his valor lauded in elaborate tributes in the hard-line news media and on Instagram accounts dedicated to the fighters.
The Revolutionary Guards see publicizing the sacrifices of the fallen as a way to build domestic support for the current Syria policy and squelch any talk of compromise. The Instagram accounts have attracted tens of thousands of followers, most of them supporting the military effort.
"By being open about our role, we can prevent a diplomatic [non Alawite/Shiite Hegemony] solution in Syria," said Hamidreza Taraghi, a hard-line political analyst close to Iran's leaders. "First, we must defeat all terrorists in the battlefield. Only after that can we negotiate with them."
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One of the more prominent Instagram accounts is run by a reporter for Iranian state television, Hassan Shemshadi, who honors Iranian fighters and Afghans in the Iran-backed Fatemiyoun brigade... Since he started posting news of soldiers’ deaths in 2015, he has published a total of 346 mini-obituaries of Iranians and Iranian-backed Afghans in Syria and Iraq. That is a large majority of the 400 or so Iranian and Afghan soldiers thought to have died so far in the conflicts there.
[IsraelTimes] Al-Qaeda scion warns Americans of ’punishment’ coming for the ’sinful crime’ of killing his father in 2011
Al-Qaeda’s media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaeda leader the late Osama bin Laden ... who used to be alive but now he's not... threatens Dire Revenge against the US for assassinating his father.
...the youngest of the formerly living Osama bin Laden's eighteen sons was reportedly groomed to replace him. He pops up periodically to speak threatening words like this...
tells Americans that they are accountable for the decisions of their leaders. He says al-Qaeda will continue waging jihad, or holy war, against the US in response to its "oppression" of Moslems.
"If you think that your sinful crime that you committed in Abbottabad ... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden.... has passed without punishment, then you thought wrong," he says.
Perhaps the young gentleman has confused his verb tenses, and means the punishment is yet to come.
Bin Laden was killed in a May 2011 US raid at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistain. His son’s whereabouts are not known. Analysts speculate that he may be preparing to take over leadership of al-Qaeda.
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.