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-War on Police-
MO Gov Signs 'Blue Alert' Bill
[INSIDER.FOXNEWS] Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) last week signed into law the so-called "Blue Alert" bill, which creates a system similar to Amber Alerts that let law enforcement agencies and the public know when an officer has been assaulted.

It also increases the penalties for assaults on law enforcement officers.

Flanked by officers and politicians at the St. Louis Municipal Police Academy on Thursday, Greitens said more has to be done to protect the men and women who put their lives on the line for the public every shift.

Missouri becomes the 28th state to adopt the alert system.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [368 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now adopt the "serious boot" approach to BLM terrorists - because that's what they are.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2017 3:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Could that become the new 'Bat Signal' whereby those supporting the LEOs will come to their aid and perhaps inflict hurt upon the miscreants?
The beginnings of our own US of A version of a 'Crossfire?"
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/11/2017 15:07 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Hundreds rally against Iranian President in Helmand
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Hundreds of people rallied against the Iranian President in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, slamming the Iranian leader for his remarks regarding the construction of water dams in Afghanistan.
It's safer there.
The demonstration was organized on Friday and several civil society activists, youths, and local elders had participated in the rally.
On the other hand, it's more people than rallied against violence in New Jersey, so we shouldn't bitch.
They condemned the Iranian President’s remarks regarding the construction of water dams and said such remarks reflect the direct interference of the country in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [268 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Taliban to be designated as global terrorists if pursues violence: Ghani
[Khaama (Afghanistan)]

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
once again called on the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
group to join grinding of the peace processor, warning that the group will be designated as global bandidos holy warriors if its pursues violence.
What's it been pursuing all these years, I wonder?
Speaking during a conference in Kabul, President Ghani said the Taliban group should understand that time is not waiting for them.

"They should wholeheartedly accept the grinding of the peace processor or they should get ready to be included in the international list of the globally designated terrorists," President Ghani said.

President Ghani further added that the government of national unity has a crystal clear approach and policy towards grinding of the peace processor since the beginning of its formation.

He said the Afghan government will continue to pursue its policies for peace and reconciliation although it has not been successful so far but the government is ready to achieve it at the cost of lives and finances.

The Afghan president also added that it is the time that the international community should understand and ask themselves that what is the solution when the Death Eaters are even attacking embassies and consulates.

According to President Ghani, the Afghan government and nation is in the frontline in the fight against terrorism and for Afghanistan and global security.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [226 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


NATO reacts at ISIS Khurasan’s claims of killing US soldiers in East of Afghanistan
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan (RSM) reacted at the claims 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’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, regarding the killing of two US soldiers.

Rejecting the claims as baseless, the Resolute Support mission, said only two US soldiers were maimed 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.

NATO front man in Afghanistan, U.S. Navy Captain William K. Salvin, said "As is usually the case, the ISIS-K claim of killing 2 U.S. Soldiers in Nangarhar Province over the weekend is false. Two service members were maimed on July 7th and were medically evacuated out of theater for treatment."

This comes as the Afghan forces are busy conducting counter-terrorism and clearance operations in some restive districts of Nangarhar as the ISIS loyalists have been attempting to expand their foothold and activities in certain districts of the during the recent years.

The US forces based in Afghanistan have stepped up Arclight airstrikes against the anti-government armed bully boyz in Afghanistan.

The Arclight airstrikes were increased particularly after the former US administration granted broader role to the US forces to resume counter-terrorism operations, a step that was taken after growing instability in the country, mainly due to the insurgency led by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and ISIS holy warriors.

The US forces based in Afghanistan also used one of the largest non-nuclear bombs on ISIS loyalists in April this year, leaving more than 100 bully boyz dead and sanctuaries and networks of the tunnels destroyed.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [240 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Africa North
Egypt's PM renews curfew in designated areas of North Sinai
[AlAhram] Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has renewed a nighttime curfew in designated areas of North Sinai just days after a deadly attack that killed dozens of army personnel.

According to state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
MENA, the curfew runs from Tal Rafah in the eastern part of Sinai to the international border at Rafah, and from Halal Mountain until Ouga on the border.

An announcement in the Official Gazette stated that the curfew runs from 7 pm until 6 am the following day, except in al-Arish city and on the international road, where it runs from 1 am to 5 am, or until further notice.

The decision by Ismail comes just a few days after Egypt’s parliament approved an extension of a nationwide state of emergency for three months starting July 10.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)


Arabia
Houthis paying off tribes with tribute money
Jeddah- Insurgents in Yemen plan to buy the loyalty of as many tribal sheikhs as possible, using the money of the people in which they have taken by force after transferring the revenues of the areas under their control to what they call the “war effort.”

Houthi and Saleh militias are working on fragmenting the national and social fabric and have prioritized changing the sheikhs and rebelling against them, especially in the outskirts of Sana’a, according to Yemeni sources.

Sources stressed that the coup militias will issue resolutions that convict these sheikhs of treason in order to get fighters to continue their coup against the legitimate authority.

The coup militia has earlier established the so-called “Tribal Cohesion Council” and appointed a loyal sheikh as its president, taking advantage of the policy of some countries that support terrorism.

Houthis have forced the tribal heads in Yemen to choose between two options, either being loyal to them or ousting the unqualified sheikh and appointing another one to fill his place.

“Tribes in Yemen are the basis of the social component, and any political force can not but to activate its presence in the tribes and receive their consent, which is what Houthis are doing,” Mohammed bin Naji al-Shayef, Leader of the Bakil tribe told Asharq al-Awsat.

Shayef attributed Houthis’ penetration in the Yemeni tribes and their keenness to deepen their relations with their sheikhs to the aim of controlling their children intellectually and militarily, pointing out that the Yemeni tribes constitute the largest proportion of society and gaining their consent leads to achieving many political and military goals.

He expected the failure of the council that was established by Houthis because he believes that the tribal councils can not agree or continue since each tribe has its own independent council.

Speeding up the failure of this council could be done by the legitimate government and the coalition forces that can communicate with the leaders of the Yemeni tribes and activate their roles, he added.

Shayef confirmed that tribes in Tawq Sana’a are considered a major target for Houthi militias to keep the city and the rest of the provinces under their control.

Taking care of them, forming alliance with them and gaining support of the poor ones in these tribes by giving them money and appointing them in major posts in their institutions are the means taken by the coupists Yemen to earn their loyalty, achieve their goals through them, and adding as many fighters as possible to their ranks.
Posted by: badanov || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [281 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  In other words, 'business as usual' to resume in Yemen.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/11/2017 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Houthis paying off tribes with tribute money

Lifted that one right off the Donk playbook.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/11/2017 9:16 Comments || Top||


Saudis Block Israeli Arab Website For Coverage Of 'Normalization' With Israel
[Jpost] 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...
has blocked access to a popular Israeli Arab website after it posted articles about alleged Saudi plans to normalize relations with Israel and cited reports from the Hebrew press that Israeli officials were pleased with King Salman
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Cutodian of the Two Holy Mosquesand Lord of Most of the Arabians....
's designation of his son, Mohammed Bin Salman, as crown prince.

The Arab48 website, whose coverage is sympathetic to the hard-line anti-Zionist Balad party and sharply criticizes Israeli policies, was blocked in Saudi Arabia beginning July 6, according to its editor-in-chief, Rami Mansour. That was four days after it published an article titled "Israel is betting on Saudi Arabia for normalization with the Arab world."

"It seems we have been blocked because of articles about the relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel and about Mohammed Bin Salman," Mansour said."The Saudis are simply isolating their citizens from the outside world." He said it was the first time anyone had blocked the site since it was established in 1999.

Blocking websites is common in Saudi Arabia, according to Freedom House, an American watchdog group that rated the kingdom as "not free" in its 2016 report on freedom on the interpretation of Islam."

The article which apparently inspired Saudi Arabia to block the Arab48 site was published July 2 and described a recent Yediot Ahronoth article by Smadar Perry that focused on Anwar Eshki, a Saudi former major-general who heads the Saudi-based Center for Middle East Strategic Studies and led a delegation of academics and businessmen on an unprecedented visit to Israel a year ago.

"Perry finds in him a model and a trial balloon that the Saudis released to normalize relations with Israel and define their future strategies concerning diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv," the article said.

"Perry sees in the major-general that he is a character of experience and he doesn't have any aspiration to freeze or obstruct any attempts to make a dialogue with Israel. She is sure that Saudi Arabia, which is a closed country, would not allow him to have his positions without a green light from other circles in Riyadh."

The article said that Perry had suggested that King Salman's appointing Mohammed Bin Salman last month as crown prince in place of Mohammed Bin Nayef was among several developments linked to normalization with Israel, provided Israel agrees to make progress on the Paleostinian issue.

It added that Perry had written that Saudi Arabia is willing to make compromises on its 2002 peace initiative so that negotiations with Israel "will not explode."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [300 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Taquia, it's all taquia.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2017 3:45 Comments || Top||


Europe
Block on Turkish minister's visit shows Austria not sincere: Ministry
The de-NATOization of neo-Ottoman Turkey proceeds apace.
[AlAhram] Austria's block on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's economy minister entering the country for an event marking the anniversary of last year's coup shows Vienna is not sincere in protecting democratic values, the Ottoman Turkish foreign ministry front man said on Monday.

Earlier, the Ottoman Turkish economy ministry said Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci did not request to stage an event in Austria as media reported and that while there had been plans for talks with Austrian officials, there had not been a firm request in this regard.
Ynet adds:
The decision followed a similar move by the Netherlands, which said on Friday Ottoman Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Tugrul Turkes was not welcome to visit for a ceremony among Ottoman Turkish expatriates to commemorate the anniversary.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [221 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Austria double-murder suspect was IS supporter: Police
In which the movement of goalposts is made explicit.
[AlAhram] A Tunisian man accused of brutally murdering an elderly couple in their Austrian home last month was a supporter 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....
jihadist group, police said Monday.

But police front man David Furtner told AFP the case was being treated as a "double murder" and not a jihadist killing.

"We currently don't believe that it was an IS-motivated murder or terror attack," Furtner said.

"It seems the man radicalised himself but there is no third party who ordered him to carry out the killings and IS has not grabbed credit."

The suspect attacked the couple in the northern city of Linz on June 30, slitting the 85-year-old woman's throat before stabbing and beating her 87-year-old husband to death.

The brutal nature of the killings shocked many in the country.

Police said the man knew the victims, having regularly delivered their groceries from a shop run by his wife, and believed the elderly couple had links to the far right.

The latest investigations show that he became increasingly radicalised last year and recently swore allegiance on his Facebook page to IS leader His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murder to the rest of us...
It's been a while since we called it Sudden Jihad Syndrome, but the overt pledge of allegiance is surely a marker of the moment the jihad-curious becomes jihad-serious, as it were.
While Austria has been spared the major attacks that have hit other European countries including La Belle France, Britannia and Germany, a relatively high number of Austrians have left to wage jihad abroad.

The interior ministry estimates that 300 have left or tried to leave to fight in Syria or Iraq -- a figure that is proportionately high in a population of 8.7 million.

Most of those accused of jihadist links in Austria have been of Chechen or Bosnian origin.
Good to know.
There is no indication that the man suspected of murdering the couple had travelled abroad to fight alongside murderous Moslem groups.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [222 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Turkey orders 72 university staff detained in coup-related probe - Anadolu
[AlAhram] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
issued arrest warrants for 72 university staff, state media said on Monday, including a former adviser to the main opposition leader who staged a mass rally on Sunday to protest a crackdown since a failed military coup last year.

The warrants were issued under an investigation into the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic holy man Fethullah Gulen
... a Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania whom the current govt of Turkey considers responsible for all the ills afflicting Turkey and possibly the entire world...
, who is accused of orchestrating the attempted coup on July 15, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the secularist CHP, told a huge crowd on Sunday Turkey was living under dictatorship and pledged to keep challenging the government after completing a 25-day protest march from Ankara to Istanbul.

Police have so far detained 42 of the staff from Istanbul's prestigious Bogazici University and Medeniyet University, which is based on the Asian side of the country's largest city, Anadolu said.

It said eight of the 72 were from Bogazici, including well-known academic Koray Caliskan, who worked in the past as a voluntary adviser to Kilicdaroglu, according to a CHP official.

The other 64 people being detained were from Medeniyet University, 19 of whom were medical faculty professors, Anadolu said. All were suspected users of ByLock, an encrypted messaging app the government says was used by Gulen's followers.

About 50,000 people have been nabbed
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
and 150,000 state workers including teachers, judges and soldiers, have been suspended in the crackdown under emergency rule which was imposed soon after the attempted military takeover.
An Nahar adds:
Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, another bullet hole appeared in Butch's hat......
the Ankara chief public prosecutor issued arrest warrants for 43 people including six staff currently working at the prime minister's office and related institutions, Anadolu reported Monday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  They are getting about as much mileage out of this 'coup' crap as Hillary is out of her daily 'why I lost' babble.

And both are sh!t.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/11/2017 15:09 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Mosul Victory Marks Win for Pentagon Training Plan
[AnNahar] The Iraqi military's hard-fought victory over 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....
group in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
marks a defining moment not just for them. It is also a key win for the U.S. doctrine behind it.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [509 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  This is a big win for the Iraqi Special Ops, our Air Power, munitions and weapons provided, and the will of the Iraqi soldier and police officer. Many units suffered close to 40% casualties - stunning that they didn't fall apart. They have won the battle - now can they hold what they have paid so dear a price for?

Posted by: Tennessee || 07/11/2017 1:29 Comments || Top||

#2  They have won the battle - now can they hold what they have paid so dear a price for?

And...where will they go from here?
Posted by: jvalentour || 07/11/2017 1:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, big win. Took 8 months to free 1 city.
Posted by: chris || 07/11/2017 2:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Actually, it is a success for "Pentagon Training Plan". The old approach "we can train Iraqi military to perform to American standards". The new approach "these are f*cking baboons - lets deploy them accordingly".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2017 3:43 Comments || Top||

#5  More like 'the real thing' quickly separates out those who can adapt from those who can not. Nature's own Go-No Go check point.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/11/2017 7:56 Comments || Top||

#6  Whahhaha. Yes indeed. If you get a no-go, no worries about the re-test or posting it to the job book.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/11/2017 7:59 Comments || Top||

#7  The Iraqi army has become surprisingly effective. There are actually troops sacrificing themselves for their fellow soldiers by raming suicide bombers with their cars, or standing and fighting while surrounded and other feats of heroism. Very unlike typical Arab armies.

The question is how long it will last when the advisers leave and the old habits of corruption and power hoarding pop back into being.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/11/2017 8:58 Comments || Top||

#8  The question is how long it will last when the advisers leave and the old habits of corruption and power hoarding pop back into being

Depends on when the State Department takes over from the Pentagon.
Posted by: Pappy || 07/11/2017 10:23 Comments || Top||

#9  Depends on when the State Department takes over from the Pentagon

Ah, remembering 2003 Iraq.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/11/2017 11:06 Comments || Top||

#10  They won't keep their gains. There's still no will to overwhelmingly crush the stupid-side of Islam because there is no will to acknowledge that Islam itself provides the stupid in its very own "holy" texts.

They can re-take it again in a year or two...and a year or two after that...
Posted by: Crusader || 07/11/2017 13:09 Comments || Top||

#11  Crusader, that all depends on how successful the next Caliph or Sultan is at keeping the war-lords in line. The Ottomans wrote the book on that.
Posted by: AlanC || 07/11/2017 15:28 Comments || Top||


India Begins Search for Missing Citizens after Mosul Victory
[AnNahar] India on Monday announced it will send a top minister to Iraq in an effort locate dozens of its missing citizens after djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
was all but recaptured from 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....
group.

Thirty-nine Indian laborers have been missing, believed taken hostage by IS, since the holy warrior outfit overran Iraq's second largest city in 2014.

There has been no word on their fate since but New Delhi has insisted that without information otherwise, the Indian construction workers are still considered alive.

An Indian foreign ministry front man said all possible avenues for locating the missing nationals would be explored now that the city had been liberated by Iraqi forces.

Iraq has declared victory in Mosul, with its forces fighting to eliminate the last pockets of IS resistance after months of difficult battles that have left much of the key northern city in ruins.

The Indian front man said junior foreign minister V K Singh would travel to the Kurdish city of Erbil to coordinate the search efforts.

"The Ambassador of India to Iraq and our Consul General in Erbil have been instructed to continue the efforts to locate them on priority," he said in a statement.

Iraqi authorities had extended their cooperation to help find the missing workers, the front man added.

The Indians laborers were employed by the Baghdad-based Tariq Noor al-Huda construction company.

The workers were trying to leave battle-ravaged Mosul when they were intercepted by Lions of Islam soon after they stormed the city in June 2014, reported Indian media.

More than 10,000 Indians fled Iraq amid the upsurge in violence in 2014, including dozens of nurses who were held briefly by suspected IS bandidos Lions of Islam in Tikrit and Mosul before being allowed to return home.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday announced that his forces had retaken Mosul from IS after a months-long battle that killed thousands of civilians and forced nearly a million people from their homes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
In deal with Israel, PA takes ‘historic’ step toward energy independence
[IsraelTimes] Turning on first completely Paleostinian-owned and -managed substation, Israeli energy ministry and PA premier hail cooperation.

High-ranking Paleostinian and Israeli officials gathered in a field outside the West Bank city of Jenin on Monday to turn on the first-ever piece of Paleostinian-owned electricity infrastructure and ink a new electricity agreement between the two sides.

The deal, hailed as "historic" by signatories, will for the first time set parameters for the supply of power between Israel and the Paleostinian Authority, which for years has seen the PA default on billions of shekels of debt and Israel subsequently withhold electricity.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [380 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Long past overdue - let them manage their own feeding and care.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2017 3:46 Comments || Top||

#2  maintaining an electrical transmission line may be a step toward energy independence but its a really really small step, especially since the electricity is generated in Israel

and the next step of having a generator use gas from Israel is also a really small step also
Posted by: lord garth || 07/11/2017 7:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Infrastructure be hard.

Wonder how long it will take to go the way of the greenhouses and synagogues?

And inshallah maintenance.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/11/2017 9:07 Comments || Top||

#4  how long before the PA shop equipment for repairs are cranking out Carl Gustavs?
Posted by: Frank G || 07/11/2017 11:24 Comments || Top||

#5  How long before all of the spare parts and the repair budget walks out the back door?
Posted by: magpie || 07/11/2017 16:04 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian rebels create wimmins battalion
Soon to be mine clearing operations
[ARA News] The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Monday the creation of an Arab women battalion under the name Battalion of Martyr Amara for Arab women, which aims to fight ISIS and protect women’s rights.

“Attacks by extremist terrorist groups in the region have seriously damaged the social structure of the region and women have suffered the most due to this war and the brutal attacks that have devastated the country,” the SDF said, in reference to the ongoing war in Syria.

The group said that a women’s force of Kurdish, Arab and Christian women emerged to resist terrorism in Syria.

“As Arab women, we have suffered from the oppression of society and the oppressive practices and masculine mentality of extremist groups. We took up arms like [Kurdish] Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and fought for liberation from terrorism,” the newly formed force said in a statement on Monday.

The SDF-led Euphrates Wrath campaign has the primary aim to liberate women, according to the battalion’s leadership.

“After our numbers increased and our organization grew, we saw it would be better to form a military battalion within the Syrian Democratic Forces, for women. The Battalion of Martyr Amara for Arab women is the first group of Arab women that is fighting in the Deir ez-Zor province [easter Syria],” it said.

“We are confident that this will be the beginning of the formation of women’s battalions in all areas in Syria to fight terrorism and strive for the liberation of women and society, and build a system based on democracy, justice and freedom,” the group said.
Posted by: badanov || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under:


Syrians Displaced to the Coast Trickle Back to Aleppo
AnNahar] For years as fighting raged in Syria's Aleppo, property agent Saer Daqaq had fleeing residents knocking at the door of his beachside offices, seeking refuge in his flats in coastal Latakia.

A popular seaside resort largely untouched by the country's six-year civil war, Latakia became a haven for those escaping Syria's second city, so much so that part of it was even dubbed "Aleppo Beach".

But since fighting for Aleppo ended last year, Daqaq's offices just steps from the waters of the Mediterranean have been much quieter. With the army's recapture of Aleppo in December, many displaced residents are now finally heading home after years away, though others who have set up businesses or whose homes are destroyed are staying put for now.
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Report: senior Russian military official meets with Nasrallah
Israel sees you when you're sleeping,
They know when you're awake,
They know if you've been bad or good,
So you better be good for goodness sake!
[Ynet] Lebanese news report says high-ranking military official met with Hezbollah's leader to convey a message from the Kremlin that his terror group may soon be called upon to play a role in the conflict raging in Syria.

A high-ranking Russian military official recently visited a southern suburb in Beirut where he met with Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah along with other senior military activists from the terror group, a Lebanese news site reported Monday.

According to the report, the Russian official paid the visit in order to deliver a message from his bosses in the Kremlin that Hezbollah may be called upon to play a role in the conflict raging in the country in the near future. In all likelihood, that role would require actions in support of the Assad regime, which is being propped up by Moscow.

The relationship between Russia and Hezbollah is well known, with some even positing that Russia supplies the Shiite turban group with advanced weaponry. But the claims are inconsistent with numerous Russian promises to Israel that Russian weaponry would not fall into the hands of the group.

Israel has carried out a number of attacks on weapons caches being transported to Hezbollah. Against the backdrop of these attacks, Moscow has denied sanctioning Israeli strikes in Syrian air space against Hezbollah.

Amid rumors of the alleged meeting between Nasrallah and the Russian military, the current ceasefire in south Syria agreed upon by the United States and Russia has continued to hold.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday that Russia is only interested in strengthening the ceasefire and is searching for possibilities to widen the cooperation with the Trump administration to bring about an end to the crisis in Syria which has claimed untold numbers of lives.

"We are in constant contact with the American officials and are interested in promoting a ceasefire in other areas in Syria," Lavrov said during a presser.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/11/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [411 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Amid rumors of the alleged meeting between Nasrallah and the Russian military, the current ceasefire hudna in south Syria agreed upon by the United States and Russia has continued to hold.
What is the Over/Under Estimate by the Rantburg Crew for how long it will take the Syrian Army/Hezbollah to rearm for the next push? Two weeks?
Posted by: magpie || 07/11/2017 12:07 Comments || Top||

#2  there is more for Russia to discuss than this

Hezbollah troops have not carried out some of the assignments that Russia wanted them to do

no doubt Hezbollah had their reasons

but also Russia had their reasons for wanting the work done
Posted by: lord garth || 07/11/2017 16:04 Comments || Top||

#3  A high-ranking Russian military official recently visited a southern suburb in Beirut where he met with Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah

"This is ridiculous! I can't talk to you like this. Come out from under your daughter's bed. And, really. Who buys Little Mermaid stuff anymore? It's all Frozen with little girls right now!"
Posted by: Frank G || 07/11/2017 20:39 Comments || Top||



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