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At least 95 killed in central Mali village attack
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Afghanistan
ISIS is a bigger threat than the Taliban in Afghanistan and is using attacks in Kabul as 'practice runs' for bigger attacks in Europe and the US, American intelligence services warn
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 07:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Isn't that why we need a Muslim travel ban?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/11/2019 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Imagine an Afgh with Iran occupied, ISIS dominated, Taliban dominated, Al Q dominated and isolated Kabul. The various factions would be in continual conflict.

The population would suffer but it would be a winner for the west.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/11/2019 12:46 Comments || Top||

#3  If the west can insulate itself and protect their borders, isolating these countries with a complete travel ban and trade sanctions, yes. Also, keep their good intentions focused on domestic issues and strengthening executive control.

Let 'em all fester. It would be so much better to carpet bomb a place later, knowing that there's no one down there worth saving.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2019 13:33 Comments || Top||

#4  You would have to ban travel from the surrounding 'stans and Iran as well to keep them isolated. Pakistan would be funding half the factions, Iran another half, the Saudis a third half, and the McCain family a fourth half.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 06/11/2019 22:52 Comments || Top||


Daesh Wants 'To Attack The West From Afghanistan'
[ToloNews] The ISIS Death Eater group is looking to expand its reach in Afghanistan’s north and east and has increased its recruitment activities in the country to stage an attack on the US and the western countries, The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported, quoting some Afghan and American officials.

A US intelligence official based in Afghanistan said as quoted by The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that a recent wave of attacks in the capital, Kabul, is "practice runs" for even bigger attacks in Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
and the United States.

"The bad news is their acquisition of key terrain, height concealment, where they can have easy access to money, weapons, equipment . . .and from where they can plan, train, stage, facilitate and expedite attacks," said the US intelligence official. "I think expansion of territory in eastern Afghanistan is their number one military objective," with the goal of eventually encircling Jalalabad, he told News Agency that Dare Not be Named.

"This group is the most near-term threat to our homelands from Afghanistan," the official said on condition of anonymity to preserve his operational security. "The IS core mandate is: You will conduct external attacks" in the US and Europe. "That is their goal. It’s just a matter of time," he said. "It is very scary."

"ISIS has not been eliminated. ISIS has expanded. The group is trying to supply itself and move towards other districts," said Ajmal Omar, a member of 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..
provincial council in eastern Afghanistan where ISIS’s footprint initially surfaced.

Reports say that ISIS outfits are currently operating in the eastern province of Nangarhar and Kunar and the group occasionally engage in armed encounters with the Afghan cops and the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
offshoots. However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
the battles between ISIS and Taliban have displaced thousands in the east.

"Right now in Kunar, the right side of the road is captured by the Taliban, the left side is controlled by ISIS and the government is in the middle," said Farmanullah Shirzad, a resident of Kunar, who is displaced now due to conflicts.

"When they began operating in Afghanistan, they were maybe 150 ISIS members, but today, there are thousands and thousands," he said.

"ISIS has brought nothing for Afghanistan except destruction. We in the system of Afghanistan will prevent the activities of this group," said Safiullah Amarkhel, Nangarhar police commander.

Based on the statistics of Afghan security agencies, hundreds of ISIS fighters have been killed as a result of special operations and air strikes over the past two years. But there are serious concerns that recruitment among Chechen, Uzbek, Bangladesh, Indian and Chinese nationals could further empower ISIS’s war machine.

"ISIS has announced its presence in Qosh Tapa of Jawzjan and some of its fighters have gone there from Faryab. Those who are alongside ISIS in these areas said to be with ISIS criminal mastermind Aminuddin who is present in Dasht-e-Archi of Kunduz. The threat is serious," Faryab governor Naqibullah Fayiq said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Smashed out of every bolt hole except Afghanistan so naturally that's where they want to attack from now.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/11/2019 15:16 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Houthi guerilla warfare tactics foil Saudi Coalition offensive along Yemeni border
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Saudi-led Arab Coalition launched an offensive on Sunday to capture the Sudais border region inside the Najran
a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia near the border with Yemen. It is the capital of Najran Province and a favored target of Houthirocket forces....
Province of southern 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...
Backed by heavy Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s, the Saudi Coalition attempted to retake the sites they recently lost to the Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...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 legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. 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 They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements...
(var. Ansarallah) forces at the Sudais border region.

Despite the air supremacy and technologically advanced weapons, the Saudi-led Coalition was unable to crack the Houthi lines in Sudais.

According to the official media wing of the Houthi forces, their troops were able to inflict heavy losses in the ranks of the Saudi-led Coalition while also driving them away from the initial battle area.

The Saudi-led Coalition has been trying to expel the Houthi forces from the Sudais region for much of the war, but they have been unable to find an answer to the Yemeni group’s guerilla warfare tactics.

These tactics, which can range from hit-and-run attacks to roadside kaboomings, have been difficult to counter and often result in Saudi-led Coalition airstrikes that do little to hurt the Houthi resolve.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1 
We've been training these troops for a long time.
Posted by: Sneans Bumble9569 || 06/11/2019 12:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Which side? I'm guessing both.
Posted by: jpal || 06/11/2019 15:44 Comments || Top||


Britain
BBC bosses accused of 'sanitising' Islamist attacks after it emerges reporters will be told to stop using the word 'terror' unless quoting someone else
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 07:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Shades of Minneapolis fraud news stations.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/11/2019 13:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm sure this will work out well. Everyone will be totally fooled. Like how in US news reports, if they don't mention the race of the, uh, participants, it always turns out to be you-know-who.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/11/2019 17:50 Comments || Top||

#3  it always turns out to be you-know-who.

Amish?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 18:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Amish?

Exactly!
Posted by: SteveS || 06/11/2019 21:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Tut tut. Amish is not a race. Too Uncle Tommish. "Say what?" clop clop clop bang bang bang clop clop clop
Posted by: Slamp the Flatulent3225 || 06/11/2019 22:17 Comments || Top||


How MI5 and police spies foiled London bomb factory plot
More on this story from yesterday.
[Telegraph] TERRORISTS linked to Iran were caught stockpiling tonnes of explosive materials on the outskirts of London in a secret British bomb factory, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.

Radicals linked to Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group, stashed thousands of disposable ice packs containing ammonium nitrate ‐ a common ingredient in homemade bombs.

The plot was uncovered by MI5 and the Metropolitan Police in the autumn of 2015, just months after the UK signed up to the Iran nuclear deal.

Three tonnes of ammonium nitrate were discovered ‐ more than were used in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people and damaged hundreds of buildings. Police raided four properties in north-west London ‐ three businesses and a home ‐ and a man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of plotting terrorism.

The man was eventually released without charge. Well-placed sources said the plot had been disrupted by a covert intelligence operation rather than in seeking a prosecution.

The discovery was so serious that David Cameron and Theresa May, then the prime minister and home secretary, were personally briefed on what had been found.

Yet for years it was kept hidden from the public ‐ including MPs who were debating whether to fully ban Hizbollah ‐ until today.

It raises questions about whether senior UK government figures chose not to reveal the plot in part because they were invested in keeping the Iran nuclear deal afloat.

The disclosure follows a three-month investigation by this newspaper in which more than 30 current and former officials in Britain, America and Cyprus were approached and court documents were obtained.

A well-placed source described the plot as "proper organised terrorism", while another said enough explosive materials were stored to do "a lot of damage". Ben Wallace, the security minister, said: "The Security Service and police work tirelessly to keep the public safe from a host of national security threats. Necessarily, their efforts and success will often go unseen."

Mossad tipped off UK on Hezbollah bomb plot in London in 2015 – report

[IsraelTimes] Israel’s Mossad spy agency was responsible for providing British authorities with information that helped foil Hezbollah’s efforts to stockpile explosives in London in 2015, a senior Israeli official told the Kan public broadcaster Monday.

The report said Hezbollah later attempted to move its operations to other countries, which were also notified by Mossad, and that the two organizations were for some time engaged in a game of cat and mouse, as the Iran-backed group sought to realize its plans.

According to a report Sunday by The Daily Telegraph, the Hezbollah plot was part of a wider plan to lay the groundwork for future attacks. It noted foiled Hezbollah operations in Thailand, Cyprus, and New York. All those plots were believed to have targeted Israeli interests around the world.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  The Juice. Always spoiling the fun.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 06/11/2019 6:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Yet for years it was kept hidden from the public ‐ including MPs who were debating whether to fully ban Hizbollah ‐ until today.

Seems prudent to ban the Iran-supported Hezbullies as a terrorist group. No brainer; why not sooner?

It raises questions about whether senior UK government figures chose not to reveal the plot in part because they were invested in keeping the Iran nuclear deal afloat.

Starting to get buyer's remorse for signing on to the really bad Kerry-Obama deal?
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/11/2019 11:09 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican Authorities Begin Arresting Illegals Riding ‘The Beast’ Train to US
[THEGATEWAYPUNDIT] Mexican military deployed throughout the country as part of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s vow to do more to apprehend migrants colonists headed to the United States, have officially begun targeting foreigners who have hitched rides aboard a freight train known as "The Beast" to get to the U.S.-Mexico border, local media reported Sunday.

Mexican National Guard held up the "La Bestia" train in an unpopulated area near Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, a city north of the Mexico-Guatemala border, where migrants colonists have been crossing into the country.

The operation marked the first of its kind since López Obrador and President Trump reached a deal late Friday, in which the U.S. would hold off on tariffs against Mexican imports if the government did more to prevent people from traveling through the country.
Posted by: Fred || 06/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mexico 'has 45 days to curb migrant flow to US'
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 6:12 Comments || Top||


Cyber
Hackers steal 'tens of thousands' of traveler photos and license plate images taken at points of entry into America in a 'major' data breach
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 06:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Who is/are the hacker(s) and to what purpose?
Perceptics has some data-handling and security problems.
Posted by: JohnQC || 06/11/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||

#2  They shouldn't have to steal that data anyway. Maybe someone wants to do DHS' work for them ? Or prove that something is amiss ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2019 13:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Who is/are the hacker(s) and to what purpose?

On its website, the agency says that it routinely uses cameras and video recordings of people and vehicles seen at land border crossings and airports to form a growing agency facial-recognition program designed to track the identity of people entering and leaving the country.

To identify which of it's operatives Perceptics may have compromised.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 18:22 Comments || Top||


Europe
German media report increase in EU asylum applications
[DW] The number of applications for asylum in the EU is back up. About 206,500 applications were submitted during the first four months of 2019, compared with 179,000 in 2019, according to the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Asylum Support Office.

After several years in decline, the number of first-time asylum applications lodged in European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
countries is growing again, German media reported on Tuesday, citing figures from the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

The EASO tabulated about 206,500 applications in EU countries during the first four months of the year, according to a report in Funke media group newspapers ‐ up 15% from the 179,000 lodged during the same period in 2018.

First-time applicants from Syrians were down 8% from 2018 to 20,392, according to the report. Venezuela came in second, with 14,257 citizens seeking asylum in the European Union, Funke reported.

Afghanistan was in third place, with the number of citizens lodging first applications for asylum in the EU up 36% to 14,042, according to Funke. The number of Colombians was up 156% to 8,097.

First-time applications from West Balkan countries such as Albania and Caucuses nations such as Georgia were up, according to the report. The proportion of applications from people from countries whose citizens don't require a visa to travel in the Schengen zone reportedly increased from roughly 20% to about 25%.

GERMANY'S AFGHANISTAN PROBLEM
As the number of asylum applications within the European Union grows, so will the number of deportations from EU countries ‐ especially Germany.

Dominik Bartsch, the representative for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Germany, criticized the long-running practice of sending displaced people back to Afghanistan, calling the shipping of civilians to a war zone "unrealistic" and recommending that it be done only "as an exception."

Bartsch said the UNHCR did not completely reject the practice, but added that the deciding factor must be "to what type of land these people are being brought" and pointed out that Afghanistan is currently a country in which noncombatants are at acute risk of injury or death in frequent terror attacks or combat.

On Monday, Pro Asyl, an organization that supports and advocates for displaced people in Germany, called for a complete halt of deportations to Afghanistan and Sudan ahead of the start of Wednesday's state interior minister meetings. Pro Asyl has also urged the German government not to deport people to Syria or Iraq.

The states of Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria and Saxony are petitioning for the German government to permit deportations to Syria should conditions in the country improve despite the eight-year civil war and for people who have been convicted of serious crimes or are deemed terror threats by authorities.

Through April, Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) denied 145 appeals from people who had sought refuge in churches to avoid deportation, the EPD news agency reported, citing a request for information presented to the agency by the Left party. Two people were allowed to lodge asylum applications within Germany. That makes for a success rate of just 1.4% ‐ down from nearly 12% in 2018, when 77 of 647 appeals were granted.

The Left party has accused BAMF of having an obsession with deportations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2019 00:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


France, Netherlands receiving 14 children from anti-ISIS forces in Syria
[Rudaw] Children of 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....
(ISIS) members living in al-Hol camp are to be repatriated to Europe
...also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
at the request of the governments of La Belle France and the Netherlands.

"At the request of the French government, the self-administration of North and East Syria [NES] handed over on June 9, 2019, 12 orphaned French children from ISIS families to a delegation from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the town of Ain Issa," Abdulkarim Omar, co-chair of the NES Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted Monday.

Among the 12 French children are the son and daughter of Yassine Sakkam ‐ one of the French ISIS fighters recently condemned to death by an Iraqi court.

Their mother, who is being held by Kurdish authorities in Syria, has given her permission for the children to be repatriated to La Belle France, according to Le Gay Pareeien.

The other 10 children are orphans.

Later, Omar announced the Netherlands is also taking steps to repatriate two children.

"At the request of the Dutch Government, the self-administration of North and East Syria handed over on June 9, 2019, two orphaned Dutch children from ISIS families to a delegation from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the town of Ain Issa," he added.

The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in a statement on Monday that two "very young" Dutch children were also on the plane to Vélizy-Villacoublay military air base, 13 kilometers from Gay Paree, who will be sent to the Netherlands.

The NES is the self-administrated region in northeast Syria known to Kurds as Rojava.

La Belle France previously has said it would not carry out a general repatriation of the estimated 500 children born to French parents.

However,
a woman is only as old as she admits...
close to 100 children of ISIS prisoners have been returned to La Belle France since 2014, with decisions taken on "a case-by-case basis", a government source told Le Gay Pareeien.

Upon landing, the children are to receive medical checks and be handed over to social care workers before efforts to find them host families begin.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Young religious Turks growing skeptical of Islam - Report
Golly — just like they’ve been doing in the Mad Mullah’s Iran.
[Jpost] Young religious people in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
are growing skeptical about Islam, according to the BBC.

Since 2003, when current Ottoman Turkish president Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
was elected prime minister for the first time, the number of religious schools in the country has grown ten times. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
according to the report, it has become more common for young Turks to question their faith and beliefs, even though no data about the phenomenon is available.

"Until recently, I would not even shake hands with men," Merve, a religion elementary school teacher told the BBC. "But now I do not know whether there is a God or not, and I really do not care."

Merve explained to the news hound that she used to be a radical believer until she suddenly started to doubt God's existence.

"I thought I would either go crazy or kill myself," she said. "The next day, I realized I had lost my faith."

According to the British public service broadcaster, political and religious leaders in Turkey have recently been debating whether the pious young are moving away from Islam.

"Until recently, I was a sympathizer of radical groups such as 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....
or Al Qaeda. Today, I am an atheist," Bekir, a theology student, told the BBC.

"I initially wanted to find some logic in Islam, but I could not. Then I started questioning God too. I used to support the Islamist government here. But oppression breeds revolution. They wanted to oppress us and we started to react," he added.

Anecdotally, many of those who are doubting their faith become atheists, but some are finding new meaning in different philosophical beliefs, such as deism, which maintains the existence of a non-interventionist creator who permits the world to run following natural laws.

"One day, as I was going down the road to the market, I took my headscarf off and never put it back again," Leyla, a college student, said speaking to the BBC.

"My father does not know I am a deist. If he knew, I fear he might prevent my little sister from having a graduate degree. 'Your sister went to university, and this is what happened to her,' he might say. I didn't ask God to create me, so God cannot ask anything from me in return. I have a right to live as free as a bird," she further pointed out.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
Ottoman Turkish authorities, including Education Minister Ismet Yilmaz, are formally denying any crisis of faith in the younger generation of conservative Turks, the BBC reported.

"No member of our nation would ever adhere to a such a deviant and void concept," Turkey's top religious holy man, the head of Religious Affairs Directorate Ali Erbas said, referring to atheism and deism.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  I would think the massive success of nearly every other religion compared to levels of failure in Islamic nations (more Islamic fervor the worse things are) would be a give away. Add to that the endless attacks on the west do not seem to have uplifted Islamic states so perhaps that's not actually what Allah wants.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 06/11/2019 9:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Thaaaat's right... bring that fancy snooty atheism to them. Make 'em tear their korans and debate and protest in their own madarsas. Bribe, honey-trap their preachers and ulemas to toe a progressive line.

Gay nikaah, transgender scholars, inclusivity and gender equality, abortions... fuck it all up from within.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2019 14:31 Comments || Top||


Iraq
New Zealand says to withdraw all troops from Iraq by June
WELLINGTON (IraqiNews.com) ‐ New Zealand announced on Monday that it would withdraw all of its troops from Iraq by next June following the defeat 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....
bad boy group.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the number of New Zealand troops will be reduced to 75 by July and then to 45 by January before all the troops all withdrawn, FOX News reported.

Ardern also announced New Zealand will reduce the number of defense force personnel it has posted in Afghanistan from 13 to 11.

The South Pacific nation has a small contingent of 95 so-called noncombat personnel deployed at the Taji Military Complex northwest of Baghdad, where they are tasked with training Iraqi security forces.

The training mission is a joint operation with Australia, which has about 300 troops stationed at Taji. Australia has not made any announcement about its long-term plans at the base.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Why is anybody still there? The active fighting is down to a half a dozen combat deaths a week at the very most. What fighting is still happening is in Syria and has mostly devolved into bitter village hopping by a much larger force (acting on the behalf of Iran) that will inevitably win if they don't act like total idiots. Doesn't make sense that the West still has soldiers there. Spies and diplomats yes, but not soldiers.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 06/11/2019 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Why is anybody still there?

Practice:
Processing/Interpreting shared field Intel.
Mission planning and force coordination.
Snatch/Kill team training, engagement, debrief.
Comms with transport and rear echelon.

Better integration with allied forces leads to smaller specialty teams.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Ardern also announced New Zealand will reduce the number of defense force personnel it has posted in Afghanistan from 13 to 11.

This interesting tidbit suggests that two people in AFG are/were C2 associated with the team(s) in IRQ.

Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 11:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Why is anybody still there?

Remember what happened the last time we pulled out? Do you trust that the Arab Iraqi forces will not panic and completely desert their posts again when there are no Westerners there to stiffen their spines?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/11/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||

#5  when there are no Westerners there to stiffen their spines?

Hope that's not an euphemism.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 18:28 Comments || Top||

#6  New Zealand says to withdraw all troops from Iraq by June

All three of them?!?
Posted by: Vernal Bluetooth2853 || 06/11/2019 18:32 Comments || Top||


IS danger recently increased in some Iraqi Provinces
Baghdad (IraqiNews) An Arab newspaper reported, on Sunday, that the danger 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....
has recently started to increase in the vicinity of some Iraqi provinces. It also affirmed the need to boost the intelligence efforts.

The newspaper quoted an official source as saying that the danger of the Islamic State
organization has begun to increase recently in the vicinity and within some cities in Baghdad, Nineveh, Kirkuk and Salahuddin.

He also added that this danger requires a quick review of the plans made for the areas that witness security deterioration, especially Baghdad, south and west of Nineveh and south of Kirkuk.

Furthermore, the source affirmed the need to boost the Iraqi intelligence efforts, in addition to conducting wide-scale military operations, in order to destroy the hideouts of the IS Death Eaters.

Rapid action has been taken to prevent the expansion of the terrorist organization in the liberated areas again, he explained.

It is noteworthy that Leader of the National Coalition, Iyad Allawi
... Iraqi politician, interim Prime Minister prior to Iraq's 2005 legislative elections. A former Ba'athist, Allawi helped found the Iraqi National Accord, which today is an active political party. He survived assassination attempts in 1978, in 2004, and on April 20, 2005. One of these days he won't...
called, on Friday, to find real solutions and strategies to confront what he called the "third generation of terrorism."
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Lawfare: 30 financial accounts associated with BDS-promoting NGOs shut down
[Jpost] Thirty financial accounts associated with BDS-promoting nonprofits with ties to terrorism or terror operatives have been closed in the last two years, according to a report by the Strategic Affairs Ministry. The data – results of an undisclosed economic campaign by the ministry and pro-Israel organizations – were revealed for the first time on Monday.

Ten of the closed accounts were in the United States, while 20 were in Europe.

According to the ministry, these closures have “significantly curtailed the influx of funds” received by these organizations.
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#1  Good work!
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 06/11/2019 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  30 accounts in 2 years, 15/yr, 1 a month.
Mine was shut down twice last year for moving too much cash between accounts.

Slow roll payoffs, I think.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 18:26 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Syrian opposition documents Iranian missile caches in country - report
[Jpost] Syrian opposition officers have documented the site of several Iranian missile caches in the country, including in areas Israel has demanded that Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung, the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of Shah, and they hate Jews Zionists. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
vacate.

According to a report in the London-based Asharq al-Awsat, the National Liberation Front
...the Turkic paramilitaries intended to replace with their native jihadi ferocity all the highly trained Turkish soldiers Sultan Erdogan I the much beloved has jailed in the last few years for not worshipping the ground he walks upon. The Uighurs and so forth who did not join Al Nusra or ISIS seem to have ended up here...
, which is made up of 150 dissident officers, documented the presence of Iranian Fateh-110 and Zulfiqar short-range ballistic missiles and Russian-made Scud missiles.

The group also found that Toophan-1 anti-tank missiles are being stored in the strategic T-4 airport in Syria’s Homs province with other rocket caches in Jubb el-Jarah east of Homs, in Aleppo’s al-Safira, and south of Damascus.

In the early 1990s, Iran began developing the Fateh-110, a mobile short-range ballistic missile reportedly capable of carrying nuclear or biological warheads, and has since developed five variants with various ranges and payloads.

The Fateh-110/I can carry a 650 kg. payload to a maximum range of 200 km., the Fateh-110/II has a range of 250 km. and a payload of 450 kg., and the Fateh-110/III has a range of 300 km. and a payload of 650 kg., as does the Fateh-110/IV, allegedly along with a guidance system and precision targeting. Last year, Tehran announced another version of the Fateh, called the al-Mobeen or "The Divine Conquest," that has a range of 300-500 km.

The Zulfiqar, a variant of the Fateh-110, has a reported range of 750 km. and possesses a cluster-munition warhead. According to Iranian media, the missile has an accuracy within 10 meters.

According to the report, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps has also moved its leadership from Damascus to the mountains north of the capital because of repeated strikes by Israel.

Israel has warned repeatedly that it would not allow an Iranian presence in Syria, and has admitted to hundreds of air strikes to prevent the transfer of weapons ‐ ranging from ammunition to surface-to-air missile kits ‐ to Hezbollah in Leb and the entrenchment of its forces on the Golan.

It is estimated that Hezbollah has some 30,000 rockets with a range of 10 kilometers, another 40,000 with a range of 40 kilometers, some 200 rockets with a range of 300 kilometers, and about 10 rockets with a range of up to 500 kilometers.

Israel is concerned that Iran is not only trying to consolidate its grip in Syria, where it could establish a forward base to attack Israel, but that it is trying to build advanced weapons factories in Syria and Leb in order to manufacture GPS-guided missiles that could hit targets with greater accuracy.

Iran has been moving its assets from areas repeatedly struck by Israel to locations closer to the border with Iraq, specifically the T-4 air base strategically located between Homs and Palmyra.

The air base has been attacked repeatedly by alleged Israeli air strikes, most recently last week when an advanced weapons system was destroyed just days after two rockets were launched toward Israel’s Mount Hermon ski resort.
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#1  Can I expect secondary explosions in the offing?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/11/2019 6:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Always an optimist.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#3  So, to Alan's point, why haven't they been targeted?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 18:24 Comments || Top||


Ex-top IAEA official warns of clandestine Iranian nuke sites
[Jpost] Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung, the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of Shah, and they hate Jews Zionists. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
may be hiding as many as five underground clandestine nuclear sites from the IAEA, former deputy director-general for Safeguards at the ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency Olli Heinonen has told The Jerusalem Post.

Heinonen, one of the world’s leading nuclear experts, noted that it is known that some time ago Iran was considering 10 underground locations for new nuclear facilities, and that it had performed a more in-depth review of five of the locations.
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Report: Iran to hand U.S. resident accused of spying over to Hezbollah
[Ynet] Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung, the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of Shah, and they hate Jews Zionists. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
will hand over Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese citizen and holder of U.S. residency who was detained in 2015 for "collaborating against the state" to Leb's Hezbollah, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Monday, citing an unnamed source.
How very odd. Only a week ago it was reported that, “Zakka was pardoned at the request of Beirut as a gesture for this week’s Eid holidays marking the end of the Moslem holy month of Ramadan.”
"The move would take place in the next few hours.. This is done solely because of the respect for and dignity of Hassan Nasrallah," the source told Fars.

Zakka, an information technology expert who has permanent residency in the United States, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2016 and fined $4.2 million.
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What Countries are Doing to Repatriate IS Families
[AnNahar] Since the fall of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
's "caliphate" in March, the international community has been torn over what to do with the families of foreign jihadists captured or killed in Syria and Iraq.

Some 12,000 foreigners from as many as 40 countries -- 4,000 women and 8,000 children - are currently stranded, mainly in al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria.

The Kurdish authorities are pressing for them to be returned to their countries of origin.

Here are several examples of how countries around the world are dealing with the issue:

RUSSIA, KOSOVO, FIRST
Nearly 4,500 Russian citizens went abroad to fight alongside the IS and it was the first to organise returns over a year ago.

By February around 200 women and kiddies had returned, originating mainly from Russia's Islamic republics in the Caucasus. Moscow estimates that nearly 1,400 children are still stranded.

Kosovo, which is 90 percent Moslem, announced in April it is repatriating 110 nationals from Syria, almost all of them wives and children of jihadists.

LA BELLE FRANCE
AND BELGIUM: 'CASE BY CASE'
After months of hesitation amid hostile public opinion, 12 orphaned children of French jihadists were flown home from Syria on Monday.

La Belle France repatriated five orphans from Syria in mid-March, as well as a three-year-old girl whose mother was sentenced to life imprisonment in Iraq.

Gay Paree has said it is studying the files of all its citizens held in northeastern Syria on a case-by-case basis.

Like La Belle France, Belgium has been one of the biggest sources of imported muscle for IS.

The authorities recorded more than 400 travelling from 2012 while 160 children and adolescents have been born with at least one Belgian parent involved.

Belgium says it will help the repatriation of children younger than 10, as long as the link with a Belgian parent is proven. "For the others it is case by case," the government says.

GERMANY: CHILDREN REPATRIATED
A dozen children of jihadist fighters have been repatriated from Iraq to Germany since March.

The German authorities, while cautious, say that the children are "victims" and that they should be repatriated if they have family to take them in.

Children who have been radicalised will be placed in a special institution but will not be locked up.

DENMARK: STRIPPED OF NATIONALITY
The Danish government in late March drew up draft legislation under which children born abroad to jihadists will not have Danish nationality.

UNITED STATES
The United States has urged Western countries to take their nationals back and has started repatriating some of its own.

Two American women and six children from families of suspected IS members were repatriated in early June.

In July 2018 Washington brought home three IS fighters for prosecution and also repatriated one woman with her four children.

TUNISIA: NO REPATRIATION
Some 5,000 Tunisians have joined the IS in Syria and Libya, according to the UN in 2015 -- one of the biggest contingents.

No children have been brought home from Syria or Iraq, according to Human Rights Watch in February.

Tunisia's government worries that repatriating children will only accelerate the return of their jihadist parents, according to a local rights group, the Rescue Association of Tunisians Trapped Abroad.

TURKEY
In late May, Iraq repatriated to neighbouring The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
188 children of Turks accused of belonging to IS, a capital offence in Iraq.

TAJIKISTAN, UZBEKISTAN
Tajikistan, from where more than 1,000 travelled to fight for IS, said in May that 84 children had been brought back from Iraq, where their parents had been either enjugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
or killed in battle.

On May 30, Uzbekistan said it had repatriated 156 nationals, mostly women and kiddies.
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#1  I think the US has had it's fill.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 7:21 Comments || Top||

#2  i don't understand why the hell we are taking any back at all. no women or children no prosecution. let them stay where they are.
Posted by: chris || 06/11/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||


Iran has accelerated enrichment of uranium, IAEA chief says
[AlAhram] Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung., and they hate Jews Zionists...
has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said on Monday, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension.
Recent weeks have seen U.S.-Iranian confrontation sharply increase, a year after Washington abandoned an agreement between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of international financial sanctions.

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#1  You mean they are actually claiming to have potential WMDs ? After what happened with Iraq...
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/11/2019 14:33 Comments || Top||


Syria Kurds alarmed as fire ravages wheat near oil installations
[Rudaw] A Kurdish official in northeast Syria called for help from the US-backed coalition Monday as fires ravaged through vital wheat fields in the latest of such blazes nationwide.

Syria’s Kurds have led the fight against 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) in the north and east of the country, backed by a US-led military coalition.

As the eight-year civil war winds down, they are seeking to retain a degree of autonomy from the Damascus regime in a large cereal and oil-rich region their control in the northeast of the country.

"Fires today engulfed hundreds of hectares of wheat in Tirbespi and the fires are still raging," the head of the Kurdish agriculture authority Salman Bardo said, referring to the town named al-Qahtaniya in Arabic.

"It’s a huge danger for the region because the fire is close to oil wells and stations," he warned.

An AFP correspondent saw black smoke billow over golden fields scorched black, as men tried to put out flames with shovels just metres away from oil installations.

One man in a bulldozer was desperately trying to plough the earth to stop the fire from spreading.

"We ask the international coalition to intervene to extinguish the fires using special fire planes" we don’t have, Bardo said.

Abderrizq al-Mahmud, a 29-year-old wheat grower, said his family’s land had been destroyed.

"Forty-five hectares have gone up in flames, and I only have eight hectares left" after the fire roared in on Sunday, he said.

After years of drought and then civil war, Syria is expecting a bumper crop of wheat this year ‐ a large part of it in the northeast.

Fires have erupted in various parts of Syria in recent weeks, with all sides blaming each other for starting them.

In the Kurdish-run breadbasket province of Hasaka, of which al-Qahtaniya is part, ISIS has claimed several arson attacks on wheat fields.

But farmers have also blamed Dire Revenge attacks, low-quality fuel causing sparks, and even carelessness.

Both the Damascus government and the Kurdish authorities are competing to buy up the wheat produced this year in northeast Syria.

Analysts say wheat will be key to ensuring affordable bread and keeping the peace in various parts of Syria in the coming period.

The civil war has killed more than 370,000 people, made millions homeless, and devastated the country's economy since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.
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Terror Networks
Critical Threats Project: U.S. Counterterrorism Should Counter Jihadi Ideology
[Free Beacon] A recent report from the Critical Threats Project argues that U.S. counterterrorism strategy should be focused on separating vulnerable Sunni countries from the Salafi-jihadi movement.

"The center of gravity at the strategic level is the vanguard’s connection with local populations that transforms it from an isolated and ineffective elite into the leadership of a large and dangerous movement. The vanguard builds this relationship with Sunni communities by providing them with security, justice, basic goods, or services or through other means."

The Critical Threats Project was created by the American Enterprise Institute. The report was authored by AEI research fellow Katherine Zimmerman.

The report states that the Salafi-jihadi movement is "the collection of individuals, groups, and organizations operating in pursuit of shared overall goals. This ideology combines the Salafi trend within Islam‐the return of religious practices to the days of early Islam‐and a jihadi belief that the use of armed force is incumbent on Muslims to restore this practice within Muslim lands and then to spread it globally."

According to the report, current U.S. counterterrorism strategy has been "a global and unwinnable game of whack-a-mole," focused on the most prevalent terrorist threat at a given moment instead of targeting the ideology fueling the rise of each threat.

The report also states that this strategy focus does not call for massive American military deployment, noting that previous efforts "required a large American military force in Iraq, a smaller one in Afghanistan, and a very limited US footprint in Yemen. Progress against the vanguard in Somalia, although more limited, occurred with virtually no US boots on the ground."

According to the Associated Press, the Islamic State is expanding its reach in Afghanistan despite losing its caliphate.
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#1  According to the report, current U.S. counterterrorism strategy has been "a global and unwinnable game of whack-a-mole,"

Whack-a-male strategy a failure? Who knew ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/11/2019 5:35 Comments || Top||

#2  jihadis are the fruit of a poisonous tree. better to tear it out root and branch.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 06/11/2019 7:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Best historical model would be Spain circa 1492 for dealing with this specific issue.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/11/2019 16:09 Comments || Top||

#4  better to tear it out root and branch.

Or sterilize the pollen bearers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/11/2019 18:23 Comments || Top||



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