[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The loyalists of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group who are fighting in Afghanistan are mostly the residents of Orakzai Agency ... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers... of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistain.
According to the local officials in 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.. province, the documents recovered from the ISIS loyalists reveal that they have came from Pakistain to fight under the name of ISIS terrorist group.
In the meantime, some officials in Nangarhar believe that the ISIS loyalists are directly operating under the command of Pakistain’s military intelligence, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).
Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani has said the documents obtained from the dead bodies and those tossed in the clink Please don't kill me! during the operations in Achin, Kot, Haska Mina and other parts of Nangarhar, reveal that they are originally residents of Orakzai Agency.
Khogyani further added that the intelligence information gathered by the government also reveal that the ISIS loyalists are mostly comprised of Pak nationals.
According to Khogyani, the residents of Tajikistan are also fighting alongside the Pak nationals for ISIS terrorist group who are mainly deployed after completing training in Pakistain.
This comes as reports suggest at least 30 percent of Kot district is under the control of the loyalists of ISIS terrorist group.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pound, the little lost dog backed into the corner and showed its teeth. And what big teeth they were!... the Afghan forces as well as the US forces in Afghanistan have increased raids against the loyalists of the terror group in Nangarhar during the recent months.
Both the Afghan and US forces conduct regular Arclight airstrikes to eliminate the supporters of the terror group amid fears they are attempting to expand foothold in the country.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/19/2016 00:00 ||
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[Al Ahram] Azerbaijan on Tuesday shut down a private television channel over plans to broadcast an interview with Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara accuses of being behind the failed coup in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... Baku is an ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him... , who has furiously pointed blame at his arch-enemy Gulen for the weekend's botched military takeover. The US-based preacher denies any involvement.
Azerbaijan's National Television and Radio Council said in a statement that it has "ordered temporary suspension of broadcasting by the ANS TV channel in order to avoid provocations aimed at damaging the strategic partnership between Turkey and Azerbaijan and to prevent obvious promotion of terrorism."
Erdogan wants Washington to extradite Gulen to Turkey, but US Secretary of State John F. I was in Vietnam, you know Kerry Former Senator-for-Life from Massachussetts, self-defined war hero, speaker of French, owner of a lucky hat, conqueror of Cambodia, and current Secretary of State... has said that Ankara must produce evidence to support the extradition request.
The reclusive Moslemholy man lives in self-imposed exile in a mountain town in Pennsylvania. His Hizmet movement has a powerful presence in Turkish society, including the media, police and judiciary.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/19/2016 00:00 ||
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A woman and her three daughters have been stabbed in a French resort for being 'scantily dressed'. Should have been wearing her barbeque cover?
An eight-year-old girl was left fighting for her life after the attack in the Garde-Colombe in the Hautes-Alpes region of Southern France.
The brave lion of Islam man is believed to have attacked the three girls outside the family's apartment before entering the building and attacking the mother.
Jean-Marc Duprat, a deputy mayor for the town of Laragne-Monteglin in the Hautes-Alpes region said the suspect, who is not related to them, was upset they were wearing shorts and T-shirts. And he figured since he had impure thoughts about the eight year old that his only way of getting into paradise was the SJS route.
He's believed to have met the family earlier in the week and was staying next door.
The girls are believed to be aged eight, 12 and 14 while their mother is 46. The knifeman is alleged to have fled the scene by car before being arrested. Are you sure he didn't just run away and get caught after he blew out a sandal?
Amaury Navarranne from the regional council said: 'The religious motive of the attack is in no doubt. I guess you have to admit that since people are kinda onto what's going on and you'd look like an idiot if you denied it.
Meanwhile prosecutors said authorities were still trying to figure out how to hide what really happened details were still 'very vague' and investigations were continuing.
The mayor of the town Edmond Francou said: 'I was called around 9.45am to the holiday village next to the town hall because there had been a fight between two tenants in neighbouring apartments.
'There was a crowd. That's when I found a lady with three daughters who had stab injuries. They were lying on chairs'
French media says that the man is of Moroccan descent and is 37 years old. It is also reported that he is known by police for previous crimes. So, where was he born?
Mr Francou, said the girl had suffered a perforated lung and is being treated at Grenoble
Police said they had a 37-year-old man in custody. Remember that dungeon scene in Pulp Fiction? Imagine that but with more of a happy ending.
The top diplomats of Turkey and the U.S. are expected to meet in Washington this week to continue discussions on the extradition of self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, believed to be the mastermind behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey that cost the lives of at least 208 people.
The face-to-face talk between Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was expected to take place on the sidelines of an international meeting on the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on July 20 and 21. Along with Çavuşoğlu and Kerry, the foreign ministers of some of the other anti-ISIL coalition countries will also be present in Washington.
The foreign ministers will discuss the current situation in the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria and the next steps in efforts to degrade and defeat the jihadists.
However, the meeting will also be an important opportunity for the Turkish foreign minister to exchange views on developments in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt.
Çavuşoğlu was expected to inform his counterparts on the coup attempt and its perpetrators during his bilateral meetings with the participant countries. The meetings will come after the EU and European countries urged Turkey to stay within the boundaries of law while investigating the mutiny.
In this context, Çavuşoğlu’s meeting with host Kerry will be an important one, especially with regards to the ongoing quarrel over the role of Gülen and his organization in staging the coup attempt on July 15. Turkish leadership has become more vocal in its demand from the U.S. for the extradition of Gülen, who has been living in Pennsylvania since 1999.
Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım reiterated Turkey’s call to Washington on July 18 after a cabinet meeting, saying “Turkey may question its friendship with the U.S.” should Turkey’s demand not be addressed.
We're beginning to question it ourselves...
“Even questioning our friendship may be brought to the agenda here. Nonetheless, our Justice Ministry is conducting the necessary work,” Yıldırım said.
Despite insistent statements from Turkish officials on Gülen’s extradition, Kerry said on July 18 he had made clear to Turkey that it must provide genuine evidence able to withstand scrutiny when requesting the extradition of Gülen. “The U.S. has a formal process for dealing with extradition requests; Turkey must send evidence, not allegations,” Kerry told a news conference in Brussels.
Not clear who posted this. I'm letting it through so that one can read the pearl-clutching of the NewYorker. I have no way of verifying the claims made by the author; perhaps some of our readers with more insight can comment (without giving away the nuclear football, of course). But a big dash of salt is required, I think.
Although Incirlik probably has more nuclear weapons than any other nato base, it does not have any American or Turkish aircraft equipped to deliver them. The bombs simply sit at the base, underground, waiting to be used or misused.
I think that unlikely. And wikipedia confirms that Turkey has F15s which can deliver it. What Turkey doesn't have is longer range bombers.
Got into a dust up with the Turkish Army over those things.
Turkey and Cyprus got into it in 1974 (I think, its been awhile), and I was sent in with an ADM team to evacuate the really nifty stuff, the tactical nukes that were easily transportable. Seems our intell guys were afraid the Turks wanted to up the ante on Cyprus and we didn't want a "made in USA' label on whatever happened.
I'm surprised we didn't get those things out of there years ago. The Turks would love to make a donation to the cause.
#4 ...did they tell you what happened in Greece at that time?
Posted by: Procopius2k 2016-07-19 16:14
I had friends at Araxos. I heard a couple variations on that theme.
8 TFW ADM team 84-85 here.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski ||
07/19/2016 17:45 Comments ||
My Recon Platoon (HHC 8ID) had security responsibilities for the 549 ADM company, 130 Engr Bde.
The Turks did not want us taking the tactical stuff away and they were even more pissed that we came uninviting making a near tactical air mobile assault on the weapons storage area. They had tanks, we had laws, they had M2s we had M60s, we were out gunned and out numbered but cooler heads prevailed when a Turkish General that spoke good English arrived on the scene and sent the Turkish tanks home. I really thought I was a dead man. My little platoon was TOE to scout, recon, ambush, and harass not stand and fight...
Posted by: Bill Clinton ||
07/19/2016 23:17 Comments ||
[CNN] Exclusive: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him... , speaking to CNN's Becky Anderson on Monday through his translator, said he would approve reinstating the death penalty if politicians approved the measure in parliament and called the attempted coup on Friday a "clear crime of treason."
Who in parliament is going to vote 'no'?
Just days after a failed military coup that broke out into deadly violence, talks of reintroducing the death penalty have revived, more than 7,000 people have been tossed in the clink Into the paddy wagon wit' yez! and some of the very institutions responsible for the country's security have been gutted.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/19/2016 00:00 ||
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[DAWN] LAHORE: Politicians belonging to the ruling and opposition parties have strongly condemned Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf ...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations.... (PTI) chief's statement regarding the people of Pakistain people welcoming a military takeover.
Comparing the coup attempt in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire.... with the situation in Pakistain, Imran Khan ... aka Taliban Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight... on Sunday had said people of Pakistain will celebrate and distribute sweets if the army takes over the country.
"Democracy in Pakistain is threatened by Nawaz's monarchy and the people will celebrate and distribute sweets if the army takes over," Imran had said while addressing a public rally in Azad Kashmire.
"Imran Khan is the 12th man of Pak politics. Awaiting a mishap to happen, so that he is asked to play. Otherwise he sits on the sidelines and sulks," Defence Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted, minutes after Imran's speech.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/19/2016 00:00 ||
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[INDIATIMES] At a Chennai event in 2002, controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik was asked a question by about the Taliban's fatwa to destroy Bamiyan Buddhas after they termed the status "un-Islamic".
The Taliban dynamited and destroyed these iconic 6th century statues in March 2001 as part of a campaign to remove all non-Islamic art from Afghanistan.
Zakir Naik began his explanation by stating that this act by the Taliban was "educating the Buddhists". Claiming to have read Buddhist scriptures, Naik said that Buddha had never asked for statues of himself.
Naik did admit that this act, of the Taliban did cause grief among million of Buddhists around the world.
However, it was what he said next that was disturbing - he compared statues, a manifestation of Buddhist faith to expensive drugs.
How many Muslims in Afghanistan and beyond use opium? How many in the Horn of Africa chew khat? How many in the Arab world do pills for fun and profit? Like so many forms of Muslim jihad, the majority of victims are other Muslims. Statues are a good deal less harmful.
"For millions of human beings in the world, drug is god for them". He also called Afghanistan, and its Buddhist statues the "property" of the Taliban. "Who are we to object?"
How fortunate that they -- and Afghanistan -- were only briefly Taliban-owned, though really the preacher is talking of the higher ownership that means all unbelievers merely hold their property as a trust for the next Muslim walking by to stretch out his hand and take.
The statues were among the most famous cultural landmarks of the region, and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley.
Well, it might upset Naik to know that 15 years after Taliban dynamited the world-famous Buddhas of Bamiyan, the giant statues were resurrected with 3D light projection technology in the empty cavities where they once stood in Afghanistan!
Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues. Both Standing Buddhas - 115 ft and 174 ft tall - were carved out of sandstone cliffs and stood at one point painted and gilded. They managed to survive for more than 1500 years, before the Taliban's 1996-2001 reign, in which they committed this act of "cultural terrorism".
Posted by: Fred ||
07/19/2016 00:00 ||
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Powerful Shiite Moslemholy manMoqtada Tater al-Sadr ... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah... instructed his followers on Sunday to target US troops deploying to Iraq as part of the military campaign against ISIS.
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday the Pentagon would dispatch 560 additional troops to help Iraqi forces retake the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul ... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn... in an offensive planned for later this year.
Sadr, who rose to prominence when his Mahdi Army battled US troops after the 2003 invasion, posted the comments on his official website after a follower asked for his response to the announcement.
"They are a target for us," Sadr said, without offering details.
The Mahdi Army was disbanded in 2008, replaced by the Peace Brigades, which helped push back Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems.... from near Baghdad in 2014 under a government-run umbrella, and maintains a presence in the capital and several other cities.
Sadr, who commands the loyalty of tens of thousands of supporters, is also leading a protest movement that saw demonstrators storm Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone government district twice this year, hampering parliament for weeks.
The new troop deployment, which is expected to happen within weeks, would raise the number of US forces in Iraq to around 4,650, far below the peak of about 170,000 reached during the nearly nine-year occupation.
Other Shiite militias, particularly those backed by Iran, have made similar pledges to attack US soldiers in the past year, but the only casualties since American forces returned to Iraq to battle ISIS two years ago have come at the hands of the Sunni bad boy group.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/19/2016 00:00 ||
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Iran says to cooperate with France on nuclear project
Iran and France have agreed to cooperate on the multi-national nuclear fusion project known as ITER, the spokesman of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation said on Tuesday.
The announcement comes a year after Iran struck a nuclear deal with six world powers led by the United States to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
Behrouz Kamalvandi told Mehr and Fars news agencies that Iranian officials have "reached a general understanding with the French side for joint cooperation" on the project.
Mehr and Fars said that Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, visited the headquarters of ITER at the end of June.
Salehi was one of Iran's key negotiators in the nuclear deal with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States on July 14 last year.
ITER, which means "the way" in Latin, is the acronym for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor which is being built in the south of France.
The unique project was launched in 1985 with dozens of countries collaborating with France "on the first fusion device to produce net energy" according to ITER's website.
It said that other project members include China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.
Posted by: 3dc ||
07/19/2016 00:20 ||
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Follow the money. Have you ever heard of a Frenchman being charged for offering or accepting a bribe? On the other hand, could it be a sucker play? After all, how long has the Fermi Lab in the US been working (and spending Uncle Sugar's funds) on nuclear fusion? Fifty years?
Wikipedia has a list of French political scandals here, dear Whavise Wheque2596. It's a long one, and more than one was about bribes given and taken. As for nuclear fusion, Fermi Labs is not the only basic research outfit working on it, because it turns out to be an awful lot harder than originally thought -- unlike engineering, basic research often turns out to be in unknown unknowns territory, which is why so many scientists are sceptical about the claims of the manmade global warming crowd. Nor is fusion the only area Fermi scientists have been researching. See here for some practical benefits of particle physics research.
No worries -- the French know what they're doing when it comes to the Muslim world. That's why they enjoy such peace and prosperity during these volatile times.
Posted by: regular joe ||
07/19/2016 11:59 Comments ||
Yes many people charged, many scandals -- putative and real. But tell me trailing wife, does anyone serve hard time? French participants made millions in the Iraq food for oil scandal but all got off. Then there was the Mitterand family payoff by the Sudan, and the continuous gemstone scandal in the Central African Republic. It is a well known fact that the French Foreign Ministry has carved out the Middle East and Asia as its lucrative domain, while the Military controls the "vig" from Africa. p.s. and can you tell me who takes a cut from Niger sales of yellow cake?
p.s. and can you tell me who takes a cut from Niger sales of yellow cake?
Not a clue, I'm afraid, but it sounds like the answer should have a French name. I didn't know about the lucrative French foreign ministry activities, either. I'm willing to believe you, it's just another of my many areas of ignorance. Pax?
[Ynet] Russia has delivered the missile part of S-300 surface-to-air defence system to Iran, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, moving to finish the delivery of all divisions of the system to Tehran by the end of this year.
"The first shipment of missiles of S-300 missile system has recently entered Iran that shows Iran's determination to equip its air defence circle with this system," Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported.
Russia's agreement to provide Iran with S-300 has sparked concern in Israel, whose government Iran has said it aims to destroy.
The Iranian Tasnim news agency reported on Monday the missiles indicate that Moscow is supplying Tehran with the advanced S-300 PMU2 system rather than the PMU1, information it said has been kept under wraps.
The Russian-made missile defense system is one of the most advanced of its kind in the world, offering long-range protection against both airplanes and missiles.
Key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran's ability to build a bomb even before the end the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press.
The document is the only text linked to last year's deal between Iran and six foreign powers that hasn't been made public, although U.S. officials say members of Congress have been able to see it. It was given to the AP by a diplomat whose work has focused on Iran's nuclear program for more than a decade, and its authenticity was confirmed by another diplomat who possesses the same document.
So the Iranians, our Executive branch, our Congress, and various diplomats can see the document. But we can't...
The diplomat who shared the document with the AP described it as an add-on agreement to the nuclear deal. But while formally separate from that accord, he said that it was in effect an integral part of the deal and had been approved by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, the six powers that negotiated the deal with Tehran.
And then made secret so as not to upset anyone in those six countries...
Details published earlier outline most restraints on Iran's nuclear program meant to reduce the threat that Tehran will turn nuclear activities it says are peaceful to making weapons.
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[Haaretz] Here is a look at senior Hezbollah figures killed in Syria:
-- Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah's top military commander, was killed in a blast in the Syrian capital of Damascus. Hezbollah, which announced his death on May 13, says he was killed by rebel shelling near Damascus.
-- Ali Fayyadh, better known as Abu Alaa Bosna, who led some of Hezbollah's military operations in Leb, Syria, Iraq and Bosnia, was killed in February during battles with ISIS near the town of Khanaser in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo.
-- Samir Kantar, who spent 30 years in an Israeli prison for the 1979 killing of an Israeli man, his daughter and a policeman, was killed in December along with eight others in a suspected Israeli Arclight airstrike on a residential building in Jaramana, a Damascus suburb.
-- Hassan Hussein al-Haj, a top Hezbollah commander, was killed in October while fighting Al-Qaeda-linked turbans in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib. A week later, his replacement, Mahdi Hassan Obeid, was killed during fighting in the same province.
-- Jihad Mughniyeh, killed by an Israeli Arclight airstrike in southern Syria along with five other Hezbollah fighters in January. Mughniyeh, the son of slain Hezbollah military chief Imad Mughniyeh, was apparently in charge of operations in the Golan Heights. Mughniyeh senior, who was one of the world's most elusive bad boys, was killed in February 2008 when a bomb planted in his car went kaboom! in Damascus. Hezbollah blamed his killing on Israel.
Posted by: Fred ||
07/19/2016 00:00 ||
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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.