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Africa Horn
Sudan army says protest site a threat, closes Al Jazeera office
[Al Jazeera] Military rulers warn action to be taken against 'unruly elements' at Khartoum sit-in, main point of protest movement.

Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

Somali Police Vowed To Beef Up Mogadishu Security
[RADIOSHABELLE] The deputy Somali police commissioner, Zakia Hussein has announced a plan to beef up the entire security of the capital, Mogadishu ahead of the Eid al-Fitr.

Hussein has urged the public to collaborate with the law enforcement agencies.

Speaking at a presser, the deputy police boss said the security forces have tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
three people during an anti-drug operation in the city.

Somali police stepped up operations in the capital since the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan to avert al-Shabaab
... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...

Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

Saudi Arabia seeks Arab unity over Iran after attacks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Arab leaders began arriving 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...
on Thursday for emergency summits that Riyadh hopes will deliver a strong message to Iran that regional powers will defend their interests against any threat after attacks on Gulf oil assets this month.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have said they want to avoid war after dronezaps on oil pumping stations in the Kingdom and the sabotage of oil tankers off the UAE coast.

Riyadh accused Tehran of ordering the dronezaps, which were claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
group. A top US security official said Iranian mines were "almost certainly" used in the tanker operation. Tehran denies any involvement.

Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf told a gathering of his counterparts in Jeddah ahead of the summits that the attacks must be addressed with "strength and firmness."

"While summit leaders are likely to discuss how best to avoid a war, King Salman
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Lord of Most of the Arabians....
is equally determined to defend Saudi and Arab interests amid increasing tensions between the US and Iran," Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief and envoy, wrote in an opinion piece for Al Arabiya.

He said the meetings of Sunni Moslem Gulf leaders and Arab leaders in Mecca, both due for late night, would discuss Iran’s "interference" in Arab affairs.

Tensions have risen between the United States and Iran after Washington quit a multinational nuclear deal with Iran, re-imposed sanctions and boosted its military presence in the Gulf.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday that the attack near a UAE bunkering hub was connected to the strike on pumping stations on the Kingdom’s East-West pipeline -- both alternative oil shipping routes to the Strait of Hormuz -- and a rocket attack on Baghdad’s Green Zone.

"There is no doubt in anybody’s mind in Washington who is responsible for this and I think it’s important that the leadership in Iran know that we know," Bolton said.

He said the United States was trying to take a "prudent and responsible" approach but warned Tehran against any new attacks.

An Iranian official dismissed Bolton’s remarks as "a ludicrous claim." The Islamic Theocratic Republic has said it would defend itself against any military or economic aggression.

During the US adviser’s visit to Abu Dhabi, officials activated a defense cooperation agreement signed earlier this year between the United States and the UAE, which hosts a US airbase.

Iraq and Oman, which have good ties with Tehran and Washington, have said they are working to reduce tensions. Doha, which shares a giant gas field with Iran, has offered to help.

Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

Down Under
Far-right Islamists attack Australian Muslim doctor for working with Jews in multi-faith charity to save sick Palestinian children
  • Far-right Islamists attack Sydney Muslim doctor for charity work with Jews

  • Project Rozana, a multi-faith Australian charity takes critically ill Palestinian children to hospitals

  • Dr Jamal Rifi called a 'Zionist' and reported to a Lebanese military court

  • The report calls for his imprisonment if he returns to visit Lebanon

  • Hate campaign launched this month by Al Akhbar, a Hezbollah media outlet

  • 'This is a death sentence' - Dr Rifi has been advised to change his routine
Posted by: Anon1 || 05/31/2019 05:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  This is what you get when born, bred and baptized of hate.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/31/2019 7:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Thank you for posting this, Anon1. I’ve moved it to your part of the world, because that’s where the action is on this one, and to Page 2: WoT Background, because this is serious. And tagged it with Hezbollah, because they are involved.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 8:05 Comments || Top||

#3  "Far-Right"? How about "Extremist" Islamists
Posted by: Frank G || 05/31/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Right Frank, it's the DailyMail. This is a recent trend by the PMSMSM to group all terrorism with conservatives.

Facebroke banned Louis Farrakhan claiming he was "far right" rather than a racist black islamic supremacist.

Why. Because the self loathing Christophobic Dhimmi fraud media has to make up some new liar way to explain stories like this one.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/31/2019 10:33 Comments || Top||

"Far-Right"? How about "Extremist" Islamists

How about just "Muslims"?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/31/2019 18:11 Comments || Top||

#6  ^
True Dat
Posted by: Frank G || 05/31/2019 19:36 Comments || Top||

#7  I would call them far left, but whatever.
Posted by: gorb || 05/31/2019 21:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Hive-minded collectivist colonists,
All in, and more lethal than Stalinists,
And each lives in thrall
To the will of them all,
A cabal: International Allahnists.
Posted by: Snineque Creregum6750 || 05/31/2019 23:46 Comments || Top||

Civil society weighs in as Iraq vows to execute French citizens
[Al Jazeera] Activists and lawyers have pleaded with the French government to recognise flaws in Iraq's justice system after two more of its citizens accused of ISIS membership were given the death penalty
, bringing the total to six.

The executions could be carried out at the end of the week.

"We have information from Iraqi lawyers who do not want to take on these cases on because it's too dangerous for them," Raphael Chenuil-Hazan, Executive Director of the French NGO Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) told Al Jazeera.

Human rights groups accuse the Iraqi government of conducting thousands of unfair trials against those suspected to be members 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 the Levant (ISIS or ISIS).

A report from Human Rights Watch said the trials are based on limited criminal evidence, often relying solely on a defendant's forced confession.

Defence lawyers have reported threats to them and their families for providing legal aid to ISIS suspects.

Iraq's justice system aside, Chenuil-Hazan said the French government has a responsibility to protect its citizens from the death penalty, which has been outlawed in La Belle France since 1981.

"Whatever they have done and whatever they have been accused of, La Belle France has a responsibility to support its citizens ... especially when they face the death penalty in another part of the world," said Chenuil-Hazan.

Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian told French radio on Tuesday that he had been in contact with Iraqi President Barham Salih, and that the government was "multiplying efforts to avoid the death penalty."

"We are absolutely against the death penalty," Le Drian told French radio station La Belle France Inter. But, he added, "These murderous Moslems ... need to be tried where they committed their crimes. It's the Iraqi justice system that will decide on them."

Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [262 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Guillotine. With a dull blade.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/31/2019 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  Hanging is too good for them.
Posted by: Scooby || 05/31/2019 0:48 Comments || Top||

#3  I am with Iraq. One of the only countries (Gawd, I never thought I'd say this in my lifetime !) with some sense.

Death penalties should be swiftly carried out, en masse if necessary. The lollygagging around due process in 'civil' countries will one day make countries like Iraq 'sentencing destinations' and adjudication for heinous crimes will become a major export. Think of it. An A+ idea for a movie script.☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/31/2019 6:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Did ol' Herb blame this on 'us' yet? The day is young...
Posted by: Raj || 05/31/2019 7:13 Comments || Top||

#5  He doesn't use 'us' or 'we' anymore. It's more 'they' and 'them'. You know, those 'others'? The 'not Herbs' ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/31/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#6  NeoCons™
Posted by: Frank G || 05/31/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#7  pleaded with the French government to recognise flaws differences in Iraq's justice system
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/31/2019 13:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Are they going to try the Princess Bride(1987) defense: "We are innocent because... We are but poor, lost circus performers. Is there a village nearby?"

Posted by: magpie || 05/31/2019 20:20 Comments || Top||

Babies Among 150 Saved from Libya Clashes in Airlift to Rome
[AnNahar] Nearly 150 migrants colonists from East Africa, including 65 minors and 13 babies under one, were rescued from conflict-torn Libya and airlifted to Rome on Thursday by the U.N. refugee agency.

"Due to the violent festivities and deteriorating security conditions in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
, 149 refugees and vulnerable asylum seekers were evacuated and transferred to Rome," the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.

Those airlifted to safety -- including a two-month-old infant -- came from Eritrea
...is run by the People's Front for Democracy and Justice (PFDJ), with about the amounts of democracy and justice you'd expect from a party with that name. National elections have been periodically scheduled and cancelled; none have ever been held in the country. The president, Isaias Afewerki, has been in office since independence in 1993 and will probably die there of old age...
, Somalia, Sudan and Æthiopia, it said.

"After months spent in desperate conditions in detention centres", and trapped by renewed fighting in the North African country, many were suffering from malnutrition or needed medical attention, UNHCR said.

"Other evacuation operations are needed," the UNHCR mission head in Libya, Jean-Paul Cavalieri, was quoted as saying.

"These operations represent a lifeline for refugees, for whom the only way to escape is to entrust their lives to unscrupulous traffickers in order to cross the Mediterranean," he said.

Earlier this week, 62 people from Syria, Sudan and Somalia were evacuated from Tripoli to the UNHCR Emergency Transit Centre in Timisoara, Romania, where they were to receive medical care before going on to Norway.

The U.N. agency said it was grateful to states that have offered evacuation opportunities, but warned that "at present the number of new detainees is increasing much faster than the number of those being evacuated."

Nearly 1,000 people have been evacuated from Libya or resettled so far in 2019, while in May alone more than 1,200 people were returned by the Libyan coasties after being intercepted trying to cross the Mediterranean, it said.

Clashes between rival forces in Libya and heavy bombardments have forced more than 83,000 Libyans to flee their homes since the start of April, according to the U.N.

More than 2,400 have also been maimed, while 100,000 people are feared trapped by the festivities raging on the outskirts of Tripoli, according to the World Health Organization.

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
, who is leading a military offensive against the U.N.-recognized government in Tripoli, said Sunday he will continue fighting until militias in the city laid down their arms.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

Italy, Malta Rescue 165 Migrants in Mediterranean
[AnNahar] The Italian navy rescued 90 migrants colonists stranded in the Mediterranean on Thursday, as 75 other migrants colonists found clinging to a tuna pen were taken to Malta, officials said.

The Italian vessel rescued the migrants colonists, including 15 children, after they sent an SOS signal to Alarm Phone, a volunteer-run Mediterranean rescue hotline, saying that they were taking on water.

The Italian navy confirmed to AFP that the rescue operation was under way but could not immediately provide any further details.

The migrants colonists told Alarm Phone that a five-year-old girl on board had died, although this could not be independently confirmed.

Alarm Phone, which is operated by German association Watch the Med, said the Italian vessel could have rescued the stricken migrants colonists "nearly a day ago".

The Maltese navy said earlier that it had rescued 75 migrants colonists found clinging to a tuna pen while trying to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.

The Maltese military said in a statement that it had coordinated multiple joint rescue operations in conjunction with the Italian coastguard and "in support of the Libyan coastguard".

The UN refugee agency said it spoke to the refugees and migrants colonists when they arrived in Malta "exhausted, hungry, and extremely relieved to be on land after three days at sea."

Malta has appealed to the EU for help in dealing with the flow of migrants colonists, which its much larger neighbour Italia has begun to turn away.

The island of 450,000 people is a common destination for migrants colonists trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa, and a hardline stance from Italia has increased pressure on it.

In Italia, the UNHCR said that two boats carrying a total of 103 migrants colonists arrived on the island of Lampedusa having left Libya three days ago.

The UNHCR said that they were "exhausted and cold".

International Organization for Migration figures show 24,687 migrants colonists have reached Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
so far this year, well below the record of around one million in 2015, and 144,000 last year.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under:

French Parcel Bomb Suspect Pledged Allegiance to IS
A photo of the nasty little miscreant can be seen at the link.
[AnNahar] An Algerian suspected of setting off a package bomb in southeast La Belle France last week has told Sherlocks that he pledged allegiance to 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, a judicial source said Thursday.

The 24-year-old man, identified as Mohammed Hichem M., was tossed in the slammer
Drop the rosco, Muggsy, or you're one with the ages!
Monday after an extensive manhunt since Friday, when 13 people were maimed by the kaboom on a busy pedestrian street in Lyon.

Sources close to the case said that after initially refusing to talk, the suspect admitted Wednesday to planting the bomb, packed with screws and ball bearings and a relatively small amount of acetone peroxide, or APEX.

It was the same volatile compound used in the deadly Gay Paree terror attacks of November 13, 2015, which prompted a wave of jihadist attacks in La Belle France that have killed more than 250 people.

The Islamic State group has been behind several of the attacks, though police had said no one had claimed the Lyon blast.

The suspect's brother was also arrested and is still being held for questioning by anti-terror Sherlocks in Gay Paree, although their parents were released from custody on Thursday.

A search of the man's home had already turned up "elements likely to be used for making APEX," one source told AFP, and searches of his computers pointed to internet searches related to jihadism and bomb-building.

Thirteen people were maimed in the blast -- eight women, four men and a 10-year-old girl.

The package was placed in front of a bakery near the corner of two crowded pedestrian streets in the historic heart of Lyon at around 17:30 pm (1530 GMT) last Friday.

Video surveillance cameras led police to identify the man after he expeditiously departed at a goodly pace on a bicycle.

He was arrested while getting off a bus in a suburb just south of the city.

Lyon Mayor Gerard Collomb said this week that the suspect had not been known to the police.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

The Grand Turk
US says ‘consequences’ for Turkey over S-400 purchase very serious, real
[Rudaw] If The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....

proceeds with its purchase of Russian S-400 defense system, it will face negative repercussions at the hands of the United States.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Forget this.
Turkey is Fuqed. Pull Our shit OUT.

The sick man may be used and fucked by Russia or whatever.

But to need Him at this point is a failure in our imaginations.

Tell Erdogan to get bent.
Posted by: newc || 05/31/2019 2:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Right there with ya, newc.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/31/2019 9:40 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Imam tied to Holy Land case to be at American Jewish Committee forum
[Jpost] Mohammed Magid is scheduled to be part of the "Rabbis Roundtable Breakfast" in a discussion titled "Building a Golden Age of Moslem-Jewish Relations: Overcoming Challenges and Seizing Opportunities."

An imam of an organization affiliated with an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror case is scheduled to be part of a roundtable discussion at the American Jewish Committee’s annual global forum in Washington, D.C., which will take place from June 2 to June 4.

Mohammed Magid, born in Sudan in 1965 and who arrived in the United States in 1987 after studying in Soddy Arabia
...a resume to inspire confidence in his broad mindedness...
...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 the current iman of the Virginia-based All Dulles Area Moslem Society Center (ADAMS), which is affiliated with the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terror case that proved HLF’s connections to the terrorist group Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, and other radical Islamic entities.

ADAMS is a network of mosques and Islamic community centers in Washington area.

The United States designated HLF as a terrorist group in 2001 and became defunct. The case resulted in 108 guilty verdicts and several years later, five of its leaders were convicted and sentenced to decades in federal prison.
Know the connections:
Magid was ISNA’s East Zone representative, then as vice president, and finally as president. The U.S. government listed ISNA in the HLF case as among "individuals/entities who are and/or were members of the U.S. Moslem Brüderbund."

He was "the B.O. regime’s go-to guy for Moslem outreach and advised on international affairs and counterterrorism."
Of course he was.
He was "a regular visitor to the White House (even when the administration wants to conceal it)" and involved in other aspects of the administration, such as playing a crucial role in the Department of Homeland Security, according to PJ Media.

Magid is scheduled to be part of the "Rabbis Roundtable Breakfast" on Monday in a discussion titled "Building a Golden Age of Moslem-Jewish Relations: Overcoming Challenges and Seizing Opportunities."

The session is only open to rabbinic participants at the conference.

AJC spokesperson Kenneth Bandler appeared to dismiss the allegations against Magid, telling JNS, "We know Imam Majid. He is a member of the Moslem Jewish Advisory Council."
Seriously: idiots.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 01:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [176 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  This is leftism in a nutshell: the rattlesnake, the scorpion and the black widow spider have every bit as much right to be in the crib as the baby. Thus "our" completely insane come-one-come-all illegal immigrant fiasco here in the US.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/31/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Makes sense, to no one.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/31/2019 10:37 Comments || Top||

Modi sworn in for second term as Indian prime minister
Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And everyone but Pak PM invited.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/31/2019 6:19 Comments || Top||

Maldives ex-president elected parliament speaker
[DAWN] The Maldives’ parliament has overwhelmingly voted the country’s first democratically-elected president as the speaker of the house. Mohammed Nasheed received 67 votes from among 87 members. His rival received 17 votes past midnight on Tuesday.

The speaker also has a role in the Judicial Services Commission that regulates the Supreme Court, and is third in line should the positions of the president and vice president become vacant.

President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih’s Maldivian Democratic Party has swept the parliamentary elections, winning 65 out of 87 seats. Last year, Solih defeated strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom in the presidential vote.

The elections paved the way for Nasheed’s return home after years in exile. Nasheed, a former pro-democracy activist was elected president of the Indian Ocean archipelago in 2008, ending a 30-year autocratic government. He resigned in 2012 amid public upheaval over his decision to arrest a senior judge.

He lost the 2013 presidential election to Yameen, and was later locked away
Drop the gat, Rocky, or you're a dead 'un!
over the judge’s arrest following a trial criticised for due process violations.

Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under:

Pakistan's Financial Monitoring Unit signs deal with UK to counter money laundering, terror financing
[DAWN] The Pak and British governments on Thursday signed an agreement to enhance financial intelligence sharing in order to counter money laundering and terror financing.

A delegation headed by FMU Director General Mansoor Siddiqui signed the agreement with the United Kingdom's Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) while on a visit to the UK.

A blurb issued on the occasion stated that the FMU in Pakistain and the FIU in the UK had signed an MoU for the establishment of a channel facilitating the efficient exchange of financial intelligence.

The delegation held meetings with British law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and discussed how to enhance coordination between the FIU and LEAs. The team also familiarised itself with the workings of the FIU, the blurb stated.

As a result of the visit, LEAs on both sides will now have the opportunity to exchange information and carry out more effective investigations.

The FMU has already signed MoUs with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the most dubious 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...

, Sri Lanka, Iran, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan, while agreements with China, the United Arab Emirates, 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...
and Malawi are being finalised and are expected to be signed soon.

Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Islamic Jihad releases footage claiming to be drone attack on IDF tank
Video with very dramatic Western-style music can be seen at the link.
[IsraelTimes] Video shows makeshift incendiary bombs being dropped on armored vehicle operating on Gazoo-Israel border during a recent escalation in fighting.

The Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
terrorist group released footage on Thursday purporting to show a drone controlled by its operatives dropping makeshift incendiary bombs on an Israel Defense Forces tank stationed on the border with Israel.

The footage, which the group released via its social media channels, is filmed from a camera mounted to the drone as well as a long-range lens on the ground in Gazoo filming the tank.

As small kabooms can be seen on and next to the tank, an Arabic caption appears declaring: "Your defenses are nothing to us."

The tank appears unscathed by the relatively small blasts.

The army declined to comment on the video.

The incident apparently occurred during the last flare-up in fighting between Israel and the Gazoo terror groups.

Last month, Israel announced that it had foiled an attempt to smuggle 172 mailed packages containing military equipment into the Gazoo Strip via the Erez Crossing from Israel. The equipment reportedly included drones, digital microscopes, weapons sights, flashlights and holsters for weapons, field phones, hidden cameras, communications equipment, diving lights and military boots.

Also last month, a Paleostinian Islamic Jihad cell attempted to down an Israeli military helicopter.

Just before the Islamic Jihad operatives could launch a shoulder-mounted missile at the chopper, which was operating near Gazoo City in the northern Strip, they were spotted by an Israeli jet and destroyed from the air, according to a report in the Jerusalem-based Paleostinian newspaper al-Quds, citing unnamed officials from Gazoo-based terror groups as its sources.

The Iran-backed Islamic Jihad later confirmed that it attempted to carry out the attack, identifying one of the operatives who was killed as he aimed the missile at the helicopter as Bilal al-Bina, a senior officer in the group’s air defense unit.

That reported incident took place during a two-day escalation in Gazoo that saw terror groups in the Strip fire nearly 700 rockets and missiles, mostly aiming for Israeli population centers. Four Israelis were killed in the barrages.

In response, the IDF carried out some 350 Arclight airstrikes on Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, and Islamic Jihad targets in the Paleostinian territory. Twenty-five Paleostinians were reported killed, many of them acknowledged members of terror groups.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 01:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Islamic Jihad (Palestian)

IDF destroys Hezbollah ‘flagship’ attack tunnel after studying it
There’s a brief but highly amusing video at the link of the Israelis pumping cement into the tunnel. Enjoy, dear Reader, enjoy.
[IsraelTimes] Military fills underground passage with cement, ensuring it can’t be used, says it’s deprived Lebanese terror group of central aspect of attack plans.

The Israeli military on Thursday completed the destruction of a cross-border Hezbollah attack tunnel from Leb, which the army said was the largest and most technically advanced passage dug by the Iran-backed terror group, after it was located this past winter and studied over the past few months.

The tunnel, which began in the Lebanese border town of Ramyeh, was closed off with concrete and other sealants, "after an intelligence-operations investigation throughout the tunnel was performed in recent months," the army said in a statement.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, this was Hezbollah’s "flagship" tunnel ‐ longer, dug deeper, and with more advanced components than the other five cross-border attack tunnels that the military said it found in Operation Northern Shield, an effort to find and destroy these passages in December and January.

"This tunnel was the Hezbollah terror group’s flagship tunnel, in which Hezbollah invested a lot of resources and efforts, in which infrastructure was installed to allow bully boyz to remain inside it for an extended period and an efficient excavation capability, as well as mobility for the terrorist operatives," the army said.

IDF reveals what it says is the longest cross-border attack tunnel dug by Hezbollah from Leb into Israel, May 29, 2019. (Israel Defense Forces)
The IDF believes that this tunnel, along with the five others found this winter, was built with the specific purpose of allowing thousands of Hezbollah bully boyz to stage an infiltration attack on military and civilian targets in northern Israel as a surprise opening maneuver in a future war.

"With [Operation Northern Shield], the IDF took away the central aspect of this attack plan, which [Hezbollah] built over the course of several years and was in the stages of its excavation being completed," the military said.

The passage has been under constant surveillance and was boobytrapped following its discovery on January 13. A small portion of the tunnel inside Israeli territory will remain open to allow people to visit the site and look inside, an army official said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

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As EU nationalists win big, Pope Francis sounds racism alarm
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Pope Francis warned Monday against a rise of intolerance and racism as far-right nationalists and Eurosceptic parties made historic gains in European elections.

"The signs of meanness we see around us heighten our fear of ’the other’, the unknown, the marginalized, the foreigner," he said in a message for the World Day of Moslem colonists Migrants and Refugees.

"It is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family. "Moslem colonists Migrants, especially those who are most vulnerable, help us to read the ’signs of the times’," he said.

Nationalist forces from Marine Le Pen in La Belle France to Matteo Salvini in Italia and Nigel Farage in Britannia boasted significant gains in the EU parliament elections, which wound up on Sunday.

Salvini’s far-right League party did particularly well in Italia in centers seen as migrant "hot spots", including a town held up by the left as a model of tolerance and integration.

Francis acknowledged the "fear" in many societies towards migrants colonists and refugees arriving in search of protection or a better future.

"To some extent, the fear is legitimate, also because the preparation for this encounter is lacking," he said, alluding to often piecemeal and inadequate approaches to refugee integration.

"But the problem is not that we have doubts and fears. The problem is when they condition our way of thinking and acting to the point of making us intolerant, closed and perhaps even ‐ without realizing it ‐ racist," he added.

"Today’s world is increasingly becoming more elitist and cruel towards the excluded," the Argentinian said in his message titled "It is not just about migrants colonists".

"Wars only affect some regions of the world, yet weapons of war are produced and sold in other regions which are then unwilling to take in the refugees produced by these conflicts," he added.

The next World Day of Moslem colonists Migrants and Refugees is not until September 29, but the Vatican sends out papal messages on such subjects well in advance to provide guidance to pastors around the world.

Posted by: Fred || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never a word of love for Europeans. Only scolding that they do not welcome hostile foreigners who wish to destroy their societies.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/31/2019 1:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Never a word of love for Europeans Eurines.

Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/31/2019 2:35 Comments || Top||

#3  A whitened sepulchre for actual Christians.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/31/2019 6:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Shut the fuck up boy diddler.
Posted by: DarthVader || 05/31/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#5  When they run out of reason, the left always cries R*CIST!.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 05/31/2019 9:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Who gives a Poop. Franny fanny Tommy boy bugger is the head of the Catholics and no inner Church group has the balls to demand he step down.
Posted by: Woodrow || 05/31/2019 10:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Who gives a Poop.

Who gives a pope, indeed! Not a member of the tribe but I've always regarded the Pope as a moral authority and someone who was at least worth listening to. But that was then...
Posted by: SteveS || 05/31/2019 10:55 Comments || Top||

Iran tried to drive up oil prices by attacking tankers: Pompeo
[Washington Examiner] Four oil tankers damaged earlier this month were targeted by Iran in an attempt to drive up international oil prices, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"These were efforts by the Iranians to raise the price of crude oil throughout the world," Pompeo told reporters Thursday.

That assessment previews a two-pronged effort to take place over the next week, driven chiefly by the top U.S. envoy and White House national security adviser John Bolton. Pompeo is headed to Europe for a diplomatic swing through two of the Western European countries that remain a party to the nuclear agreement with Iran that President Trump decided to exit last year. And Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations, is preparing to brief the Security Council on evidence of Iran’s responsibility for the heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf.

"I don't think anybody who is familiar with the situation in the region, whether they have examined the evidence or not, has come to any conclusion other than that these attacks were carried out by Iran or their surrogates," Bolton told reporters in London earlier Thursday.

Trump’s team and Iranian officials have been rattling sabers for weeks, as Trump’s team revoked the waivers that exempted a handful of nations from U.S. sanctions designed to put a severe crimp in Iran’s ability to sell oil abroad. Trump also renewed sanctions that tighten restrictions on Iran’s right to stockpile low-enriched uranium and heavy water, which prompted the regime to announce that it would no longer honor the caps set by the nuclear deal on its caches of the key nuclear materials.
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#1  Or else it was a false flag just like the Gulf of Tonkin and Gleiwitz.

Boy, you just couldn't ask for better timing than that. Just when they needed an excuse to go to war, poof it was right there. It's like it was planned.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 05/31/2019 1:55 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't think we need an excuse too go too war with Iran, they have more than justified over the last 40 years enough reasons too kick the shit out of them. Also, you sure seem too be stuck on the gulf of tonkin.
Posted by: chris || 05/31/2019 6:35 Comments || Top||

#3  ...Interestingly, though...it failed. In the past we would have seen a sharp spike in prices because OH NOES WAR IN THE GULF. Within the few days following, though, gas prices actually went down a few cents.

This, I think is the greatest benefit from the US becoming the number one oil producer on earth - when others can't manipulate the price anymore, a lot of people are going to find themselves shafted and shafted hard. Like, for instance, Iran. The problem now is that since the forty-year old playbook no longer works, they might be driven to a desperation play...

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/31/2019 6:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Herb's stuck on a lot of things, chris, especially when 'we' can be blamed for it.
Posted by: Raj || 05/31/2019 7:06 Comments || Top||

#5  They, Herb ?

Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/31/2019 7:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Is it that far gone ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 05/31/2019 7:14 Comments || Top||

#7  Herb: "Never miss a chance to blame America and excuse the enemy"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/31/2019 8:35 Comments || Top||

#8  Truly either a deranged fool or enemy agitprop purveyor. Why not both?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/31/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||

Dissenting opinions should be welcome on this site, despite their redundancy.
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 05/31/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||

#10  welcome, but not free from criticism
Posted by: Frank G || 05/31/2019 10:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Welcome, when they have more grit than wind.
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/31/2019 12:59 Comments || Top||

#12  Excellent points Mike.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 05/31/2019 14:39 Comments || Top||

#13  The mind-numbing drone of the "just"
Is a buzz that I frankly mistrust.
I abuse it myself --
It just jumps off the shelf! --
When I'm stuck in self-doubt or disgust,
But I generally wish I'd just cussed.
Posted by: Betty de Medici2153 || 05/31/2019 15:16 Comments || Top||

#14  I have no objection to dissenting opinions. I do object to being deliberately insulted.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 15:19 Comments || Top||

#15  Or fixed it with something robust --
Less crusty or gusty
Or rusty or dusty...
More thrusty -- to lessen the lust
Till "just" sleeps the sleep of... aw, jeez, I just can't do it. I thought I could, but I can't. Sorry.
Posted by: Betty de Medici2153 || 05/31/2019 15:22 Comments || Top||

#16  Poor Zenobia F — you do suffer, my dear.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 15:38 Comments || Top||

#17  Dissent is one thing. Open hatred is a different matter.

Iran started its war with the US. We've never really responded appropriately -- and all that's gotten is an ever bolder Iran.

But, Herb, if you want to be Valerie Jerret's useful idiot, go for it.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/31/2019 18:14 Comments || Top||

#18  suffer

Heh. A legitimate beef or tragedy here and there, but overall it's almost entirely self-inflicted. Projection's a helluva drug. And I possibly exaggerate just a little.
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 05/31/2019 23:56 Comments || Top||

Syria Kurds repatriate 148 Uzbek ISIS women and children
The Uzbek side of the story can be read here.
[Rudaw] Uzbekistan on Wednesday took back 148 women and kiddies linked to 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 (ISIS) who had been living in the overcrowded al-Hol camp since the jihadists were territorially defeated in March.

The 66 women and 88 children were handed over to Uzbek authorities in the presence of Uzbekistan’s Consul General to Dubai Alisher Salomov, a delegation of Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and women’s rights activists in al-Jazeera canton, northern Syria, Hawar reports.

Their repatriation came at the official request of the Uzbek government, according to Kammal Akif, the Kurdish-led authority’s foreign affairs spokesperson.

The women had asked for their children to be removed from the turban environment, Akif added.

The Uzbek Consul General thanked the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for safely extracting the women and kiddies from the last ISIS holdout of Baghouz, Deir ez-Zor province.

Earlier on Wednesday, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
also took back 188 of its own children with suspected ties to ISIS from Iraq.

Uzbekistan and Turkey are not the only countries to repatriate nationals born to ISIS members.

La Belle France and Germany, Sweden, Tajikistan, Chechnya, Kosovo, and Russia, have all taken back some of their women and kiddies.

Britannia and the United States have refused to take back their nationals.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Iran oil exports slump to 400,000 bpd
[Rudaw] Iranian oil exports fell to 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May, half the amount it exported in April, indicating the US ’maximum pressure’ campaign to drive down Tehran’s main source of revenue is succeeding.

Washington reimposed economic sanctions on Iran in November last year after pulling out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal in May 2018.

US President Donald Trump
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Top US security aide: Iranian threat is deterred for now
[Rudaw] Quick action by the United States deterred an escalation in tensions between Washington and Tehran, argued US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Thursday.

"I don’t think this threat is over, but I do think you can make at least a conditional claim that the quick response and the deployment and other steps that we took did serve as a deterrent," Bolton told news hounds during a visit to London.

He hinted that the United States may present evidence to the UN Security Council proving Iran was behind this month's oil infrastructure attacks in the Persian Gulf.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 05/31/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

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