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Terror attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi foiled; 2 policemen martyred
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Afghanistan
45 Taliban militants join peace process in Nangarhar province
[KhaamaPress] At least 45 Talibs including four of their commanders renounced violence and joined grinding of the peace processor, the local officials said Thursday.

Provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani said the forces of Evil joined grinding of the peace processor after they were persuaded the provincial intelligence, National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
, to renounce violence.

Khogyani further added that the forces of Evil were conducting insurgency in Momandara, Khogyani, Sherzad, Ghani Khel, Achin, and Nazian districts.

He said the forces of Evil renounced violence after reaching to a conclusion regarding the situation of the country as well as losing fighting the capabilities.

According to Khogyani, the forces of Evil also handed over five heavy weapons and 45 light weapons to the National Directorate of Security.

Speaking on behalf of the reconciled bad boys, Nabiullah and Islam said they have conducted insurgency and destructive activities for the past six years on instructions of the neighboring intelligence circles.

They also added that they were encouraged to join grinding of the peace processor after hearing to the Fatwas of the Ulemas as well as losing fighting capabilities.

The provincial government media office in a statement said nearly 300 forces of Evil have joined grinding of the peace processor due to the efforts of the National Directorate of Security during the recent months.
It’s winter, when good little Afghan jihadis go home in peace, only to pick up their weapons again in the spring.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Freezing temps have a similar impact on urban criminal activity. Per the in-line comment, we'll see them again in the spring.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/23/2018 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Roaches, ants and other pests like to come in from the cold as well. The trick is not being fooled into believing they'll leave voluntarily in the spring.
Posted by: jpal || 11/23/2018 10:50 Comments || Top||

#3  And here I thought they were dead...
Posted by: Glenmore || 11/23/2018 20:30 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Qatar to let Israelis attend 2022 soccer World Cup — report
Shocking that they would say so, less shocking if they change their mind when it comes time for the event.
[IsraelTimes] Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
will allow Israeli soccer fans to attend the 2022 FIFA World Cup with Israeli passports, Hadashot television news reports citing officials in Doha, where the mega sports event will be hosted.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Israel’s strategic affairs minister heads to Germany, Italy, aiming to curb BDS
[IsraelTimes] Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan, who is in charge of combating the boycott movement against Israel, heads to Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
for a diplomatic tour aimed at promoting the struggle against BDS.

Erdan will visit Germany and Italia and will meet diplomatic officials, leaders of local Jewish communities and representatives of pro-Israel organizations.

He will be the main speaker at Europe’s biggest pro-Israel conference and at other events, the Strategic Affairs Ministry says in a statement.

The statement says that while European countries do not formally boycott Israel, the continent is where BDS is most prominent, with countries funding such organizations either directly or indirectly.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under:


International-UN-NGOs
Lawfare: ICC prosecutor ordered to reexamine Gaza flotilla incident — for the third time
[IsraelTimes] Israeli official fumes over court’s repeated ’exploitation for political ends,’ as judges reject Fatou Bensouda’s decision to close case after five years

Judges at the International Criminal Court have ordered the court’s chief prosecutor to reopen for the third time her probe into the May 2010 flotilla incident, during which Israeli commandos killed 10 Ottoman Turkish citizens aboard a naval vessel that was aiming to break the Gazoo blockade.

Israel has reacted scornfully to the pre-trial chambers’s decision last week to require Fatou Bensouda to reconsider a case that she had repeatedly sought to close due to lack of gravity.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Time for some Israeli hacker to empty these peoples' numbered swiss accounts
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/23/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iraqi premier to reopen heavily fortified Green Zone Sunday, say sources
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi is planned to reopen the governmental district of Green Zone in central Baghdad next Sunday, sources close to him were quoted as saying on Thursday.

The announcement came just one day after the premier pledged at a press conference following a cabinet meeting to reopen the heavily fortified area very soon.

The move is expected to be warmly welcomed by the Iraqi people as the zone’s closure was seen as a symbol of the isolation of Iraq’s rulers from citizens.

The closure of the governmental area also caused considerable traffic disruption in the city of seven million people.

The 10-square-kilometer Green Zone on the bank of the Tigris River has been largely off limits to ordinary Iraqis due to security concerns since the 2003 U.S. invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

The zone is a home to several government buildings and foreign embassies, including that of the United States. Checkpoints and concrete barriers have for years blocked bridges and highways leading into the zone.

The government area has witnessed several protests over the past few years, demanding an end to widely-spread corruption and improvement of public services.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
While Israel’s Gulf ties soar, UAE and Abbas’s PA now bitterly at odds
[IsraelTimes] Abu Dhabi has embraced Abbas rival Mohammad Dahlan, and its donations to Paleostinian Authority have dried up; PA officials now accuse it of backing Trump peace plan.

For at least the past decade, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have slowly cultivated ties under the radar. In 2010, an Israeli minister attended a conference in Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed reportedly met in New York City in 2012. Israel opened a diplomatic mission to a United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
body in the Emirati capital in 2015, and the Israeli and Emirati air forces took part in the same exercises in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Interior minister bans senior Hamas operative from leaving the country
[IsraelTimes] Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Thursday signed an order banning senior Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, operative Muhammad Fawzi Suleiman Arnout from leaving the country for six months.

According to a statement issued by his ministry, Deri reviewed intelligence materials that stated that Arnout used trips abroad to promote terrorist activities.

The ministry said that Deri had therefore decided that allowing Arnout to leave the country constituted a threat to national security.

No further details of Arnout’s alleged activities were given in the statement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Netanyahu meets top IDF brass, says 500 terror attacks thwarted this year
[IsraelTimes] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets top IDF commanders at the military’s headquarters in Tel Aviv for the first time as defense minister.

On Gazoo, Netanyahu says "we are prepared to act and do everything needed to secure residents of the [Gazoo] envelope and southern communities."

In the West Bank, the premier says security forces have thwarted 500 terror attacks this year.

Efforts are continuing to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria and to hinder Hezbollah’s project for acquiring precision guided missiles, Netanyahu adds.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under:


France gave 'sensitive' intel to Palestinians during Second Intifada in 2000
[i24 News] France worked closely with Palestinian Authority during the late 1990's and 2000's, including during the Second Intifada ("uprising") against Israel, providing training and delivering "sensitive intelligence" to the PA's security services, a former officer in the French secret service told i24NEWS on Wednesday.

Speaking with i24NEWS defense correspondent Mattias Inbar on his French-language weekly Defense program, Pierre Martinet said that "France, via its secret service, trained Palestinian agents in France" and that the French government delivered "sensitive materials to the Palestinian administration via the diplomatic bag".

The diplomatic bag is an expression to describe a physical package that is used by a diplomatic mission to exchange correspondences with its home country. It cannot be officially scrutinized by another country’s border protection agencies and benefits from the same kind of diplomatic immunity as its owners.The ’bag’ can be anything, but is most often an actual suitcase.

"Unofficially we have collaborated with different [foreign] services, more notably with Palestine at different times. We worked with them on training and delivery of certain materials....through back-channel diplomacy," Martinet said.

The former secret service officer did not confirm who gave the orders to deliver the materials to the Palestinians, although he clarified that, according to the chain of command, this kind of operation had to implicate the highest levels of the French executive.

It is no secret that European powers including France, Italy, Germany, and the UK sought to strengthen Yasser Arafat during Second Intifada against Hamas, Inbar says.
In a sick, twisted way, I kind of miss Arafat.
In fact, secret diaries kept by Arafat and published earlier this year by the Italian L’Expresso magazine confirmed a long-rumored non-aggression pact between Italy and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), headed for decades by Arafat, protecting Rome from attacks by Palestinian terrorists in exchange for freedom of movement in the country for Palestinian terror factions.
Typical Europeans. All they care about is their own safety and they're willing to commit evil deeds to this end. Well, in 2000 there was hardly any Islamic terrorist threat in Europe. Appeasing Islamic terrorism certainly didn't work for them.
Martinet, who is today the director of London-based private security firm Wincorp, insisted the French dossiers were business-as-usual in international intelligence.

But he slammed the government's reliance on back channel diplomacy to prevent terrorist attacks at home as shortsighted.

"Direct prevention through counter-intelligence is crucial in stopping terrorist attacks. But in order to get faster results, we’ve relied on backchannel diplomacy. This leads to a very narrow, short-term kind of diplomacy, which will backfire," he said, drawing a direct link between terrorism in France and the actions of the French secret service in the 1990s.

Martinet revealed that "the French foreign service has a long tradition of taking different positions on and off the record," pointing as an example to French talks with Hezbollah just after the bombing of the Drakkar Army barracks in Beirut, in which 241 American and 58 French peacekeepers were killed.

"For many, it is difficult to understand that we can lead a military action on one side, and talk on the other -- it can seem almost surreal," Martinet said.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  So they object to President Trump’s positions because he takes them openly instead of being publicly hypocritical while taking those positions through the back channels?
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 21:31 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran waives visa-stamping rules in bid to bypass Trump measures, boost tourism
[IsraelTimes] Iranian media is reporting that the country has implemented a measure allowing officials to waive rules relating to stamping visas in foreigners’ passports.

The report by Seday-e Miras, a news website affiliated with the country’s tourism department, says the decision is aimed at increasing visits by tourists.

Since 2015, people that have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
have faced restrictions when applying for visas to visit the United States.

In June, former 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...
chief Javier Solana’s online application to enter the US was rejected for having previously traveled to Iran.

Other countries, including Israel, have applied similar measures.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  most of the tourists that come to Iran probably are there to visit one of the Shia shrines

there is also a significant number of people who left Iran who return to visit kinfolk

the no-stamp rule would be attractive to the latter
Posted by: lord garth || 11/23/2018 12:23 Comments || Top||

#2  It also allows in-country training of foreign terrorists without recording their visit
Posted by: Frank G || 11/23/2018 12:39 Comments || Top||


UN atomic watchdog says Tehran complying with nuclear deal
[IsraelTimes] The head of the ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has been complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, two weeks after US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
reimposed a second set of sanctions on Tehran having pulled out from the accord.

"Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," IAEA chief Yukiya Amano tells the UN atomic watchdog’s board of governors in a quarterly meeting, according to the Rooters news agency.

"It is essential that Iran continues to fully implement those commitments," Amano adds.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [198 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  UN atomic watchdog says

Anything about a deal on a Brooklyn bridge?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/23/2018 7:15 Comments || Top||

#2  UN atomic watchdog says Tehran complying with nuclear deal

(Except for the parts where they aren't.)
Posted by: gorb || 11/23/2018 10:20 Comments || Top||

#3  "It depends on what the meaning of 'is' is...", doesn't it?
Posted by: magpie || 11/23/2018 16:04 Comments || Top||

#4  "The fuse components aren't actually in"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/23/2018 17:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Of course they are!
Posted by: SR-71 || 11/23/2018 22:02 Comments || Top||


Iran Had Secret Plans to Build Five Nuclear Warheads
[FreeBeacon] New report stirring Iran hawks on Capitol Hill, Trump administration.

A new bombshell report based on a secret trove of seized Iranian nuclear documents shows the Islamic Theocratic Republic had concrete plans to manufacture and build at least five nuclear weapons and that it was much further along in this scheme than previously known by the international community.

Iran's contested nuclear weapons program was much further along than the international community thought, according to a report based on scores of secret Iranian plans seized by Israel and publicly disclosed for the first time earlier this year.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/23/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Only five?

Posted by: AlanC || 11/23/2018 15:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Had?
Posted by: gorb || 11/23/2018 21:19 Comments || Top||



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  Terror attack on Chinese Consulate in Karachi foiled; 2 policemen martyred
Thu 2018-11-22
  PA court sentences Palestinians to 15 years hard labor for selling land to Jews
Wed 2018-11-21
  US military says strikes killed over 30 suspected militants in Somalia
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  Daesh suffers devastating defeat as Syrian Army liberates entire Al-Safa region
Mon 2018-11-19
  Key Taliban commanders among 7 detained by Afghan Commandos in Takhar
Sun 2018-11-18
  43 civilians killed by anti-ISIS coalition strikes in east Syria
Sat 2018-11-17
  Taliban kill 30 policemen in Farah province
Fri 2018-11-16
  Saudi Arabia will BEHEAD Khashoggi killers
Thu 2018-11-15
  Maute brothers' teen cousin surrenders in Mindanao
Wed 2018-11-14
  Ceasefire Goes Into Effect In South Following Unprecedented Rocket Barrage
Tue 2018-11-13
  Gaza factions agree to cease fire if Israel halts attack - Palestinian official
Mon 2018-11-12
  IAF have begun air strikes on Gaza.
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  Yemeni forces 'seize Hodeidah's main hospital' amid air raids
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  Yemeni forces, Saudi-led coalition launch 'vast' Hodeidah push
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  One dead after Melbourne knife attack being treated as terrorism - ISIS claims actions of known wolf

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