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Afghanistan
Deal between U.S. and Taliban could cut number of American troops in Afghanistan to 8,000 - 9,000
Which sure makes it sound like no deal (the Taliban de facto position) means no troop reduction...
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Yeah, that will work.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/02/2019 14:27 Comments || Top||


Cost of Afghanistan war is $4 billion a month, claims Gabbard
Surely to be somewhat reduced now that the ghost soldiers are no longer being paid...
[KhaamaPress] An American political and Iraq veteran Tulsi Gabbard has claimed that the cost of Afghanistan is $4 billion a month.

Gabbard, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s second Congressional district made the remarks during Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate.

She vowed complete withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan if elected president, accusing President Trump of deceiving the American people in his pledge to quickly pull troops from Afghanistan.

"We were all lied to. This is the betrayal. ... The problem is that this current president continues to betray us," Gabbard was quoted as saying in a report by The Hill.

Gabbard further added that withdrawing from Afghanistan is "not about arbitrary deadlines, this is about leadership."

"The leadership I will bring to do the right thing to bring our troops home within the first year in office. We have to do the right thing and end the wasteful regime change wars and bring our troops home," she added.

She also said the cost of the Afghanistan war was $4 billion a month and claimed the continued use of such dollars is the reason Americans have become disenchanted with politics.

"Every single month we are spending $4 billion on a continuing war in Afghanistan, $4 billion dollars every single month, rather than ending that war, bringing our troops home and using those precious resources into serving the needs of the people here in this country."

Gabbard is not the only Democratic presidential candidate to pledge to withdraw troops from Afghanistan quickly, according to The Hill.

Around 14,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan who are serving both the framework of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
-led Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan forces as well as conducting counter-terrorism operations.

The remarks by Gabbard followed the statement by Secretary Mike Pompeo earlier this week in which he stated that President Trump considers reducing the U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 2020 Presidential elections.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  $ 3.75 billion actually, the reduction plans to bring it down to less than $ 3 billion, but even during and after pullout, it shall continue to cost nearly that. Till today, the 5-sided puzzle box states a $975 billion has been burnt in Afghanistan.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2019 3:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Anyone talk to her about the cost to America of NATO, the military welfare for first world countries? Racist!
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#3  The cost of the Afghan effort surpassed only by Pres. Johnson's 'War on Poverty.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2019 7:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Trump TRIED to end the war in Afghanistan. The DC establishment screamed in anger and overruled him.

You find lots of people who like wars and don't think they should ever end.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/02/2019 12:27 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Egypt calls for Palestinian state during Kushner visit
That’s nice.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egypt’s president has reiterated his support for the creation of a Paleostinian state during talks with White House envoy Jared Kushner.

Kushner is visiting the region to rally support for the administration’s efforts to resolve the Israeli-Paleostinian conflict. President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
’s administration has not endorsed a two-state solution, which has long been seen internationally as the only viable path to peace.

Egypt issued a statement Thursday saying President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi told Kushner that Egypt supports efforts aimed at resolving the conflict "on the basis of a two-state solution and the creation of Paleostinian State with East Jerusalem as its capital."
"We have to say this publicly...for the rubes"
Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, is promoting the economic component of a yet-unreleased peace plan.

The Paleostinians have cut ties with the White House, saying Trump’s policies are unfairly biased toward Israel.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: PLO


Arabia
Saudi Arabian women above 21 to obtain passports, renew them, travel freely without permission of a male guardian
[TWITTER] Saudi chicks now available for pickup, if you're into that sort of thing.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Great news for those who saved up that "run-away" fund.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2019 14:23 Comments || Top||


Europe
EU to work with Iran FM despite US sanctions
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union said Thursday it regrets the US decision to impose sanctions against Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and vowed to continue working with him.

The decision Wednesday was the latest blow by President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
to the 2015 international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, which Brussels has been trying to salvage.

"We regret this decision," said Carlos Martin Ruiz De Gordejuela, a front man for EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini.

"From our side, we will continue to work with Mr Zarif as Iran’s most senior diplomat and in view of the importance of maintaining diplomatic channels," Martin said.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Partial Dutch ban on face-covering clothing comes into force
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A new Dutch law has come into force banning face-covering clothing - including the burqa and niqab worn by conservative Moslem women - on public transport, in government buildings and at health and education institutions.

The Netherlands, long seen as a bastion of tolerance and religious freedom, is the latest Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an country to introduce such a ban, following the likes of La Belle France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and Denmark.

Moslem and rights groups have voiced opposition to the law - formally called the "partial ban on face-covering clothing" - and an Islamic political party in Rotterdam has said it will pay the 150-euro ($167) fines for anybody caught breaking it.

Very few women in the Netherlands wear a burqa or niqab and it is unclear how strenuously the law will be enforced.
The Times of Israel adds:
Between 200 and 400 women are estimated to wear a burqa or niqab in the country of 17 million people.

The Dutch legislation was passed in June 2018 after more than a decade of political debate on the subject. The far-right politician Geert Wilders had proposed the face-covering veil ban back in 2005.

"From now on the wearing of clothing which covers the face is banned in educational facilities, public institutions and buildings, as well as hospitals and public transport," the Dutch interior ministry said in a statement.

It added that it was important in such public places to be recognized and seen, which besides the burqa, also bans a face-covering helmet or hood.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  But how do you enforce such a ban ? Unless covering the face an offense for which you can be detained. Only that would work.

Okay, you can deny entry in malls, shops, etc. but you can't run up to women in public and rip their veils off can you ? I don't see how the cops are expected to do it. It should be supplemented by shuttering businesses that sell burqas.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2019 2:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Usually, comments on Rantburg are well thought out...
Posted by: Ebboluns Shong6204 || 08/02/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#3  The Netherlands, long afflicted with a surfeit of bearded "women"....etc
Posted by: Mercutio || 08/02/2019 12:30 Comments || Top||

#4  But how do you enforce such a ban ?

Stop them at the entrance and — it being the Netherlands — politely offer the choice of baring their face or leaving. Some spokesperson for hospitals and public transport has already announced they won’t be enforcing it, but for the rest it should be easily enough done.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 14:08 Comments || Top||

#5  I keep reverting to visualizing stuff in my own narrow societal context... Sigh ! I never factored in the studied politeness of western bureacracy.

Netherlands : "Mam ? Please remove the headgear/ No, mam, you're not coming in like that."

India : [runs up to lady and rips off veil] "This is NOT allowed. It is NOT, it is NOT, NOT allowed." [punctuates each NOT with a tight slap]
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2019 14:19 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
No-confidence vote: Other parties 'used' by Fazlur Rehman for his own politics, Faraz regrets
[DAWN] Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz, in the aftermath of the shocking outcome on Thursday of the no-trust motion against Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, said that he regrets that in all this brouhaha major political parties were taken advantage of by JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
"The opposition's movement has failed. We had said [this would happen] since day one and we met the leaders of the opposition and explained to them that what they are setting out to do is against the prestige of this institution, its stability and is destroying its spirit.

"We went to Maulana Fazlur Rehman's house as part of our cultural tradition of visiting other people's houses to discuss matters. He couldn't help himself and he went ahead and gave a statement which made it seem we had come to seek his help," said Faraz.

"He hasn't even been able to help his own self," he added.

"Despite having no political leverage, he used this no-confidence motion for his own politics and I regret that with this, other major political parties were used," said Faraz.

"They did not realise that what they are setting out to do will ultimately affect their own selves adversely," he said.

He said that the opposition parties undertook the campaign "to save their skins from accountability". He went on to say that Maulana Fazlur Rehman "uses Islam as a shield, whereas the other opposition parties hide from the accountability drive started by the prime minister".
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


International-UN-NGOs
Amid ethics probe, UN appoints acting UNRWA deputy chief
[IsraelTimes] UN Secretary-General António Guterres
...Portuguese politician and diplomat, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. He was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He served as President of the Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In both a 2012 and 2014 poll, the Portuguese public ranked him as the best Prime Minister of the previous 30 years...
appoints a new acting deputy head of the UN agency for Paleostinian refugees and their descendants, whose top management is under investigation by the UN’s internal watchdog over allegations of abusing their authority.

Deputy Commissioner General Sandra Mitchell of the United States resigned in July and denied all allegations in a confidential report by the ethics office of the UN Relief and Works Agency, known as UNRWA.

The report, made public this week by AFP, claims the agency’s top management, including Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl, "have engaged in sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority."

UN front man Stephane Dujarric says Guterres decided in coordination with Krahenbuhl to appoint Assistant Secretary-General Christian Saunders of the United Kingdom as the agency’s acting deputy commissioner general "to support UNRWA and ensure operational continuity."

The UN Office of Internal Oversight Services is currently investigating allegations of misconduct in UNRWA, Dujarric says, and "the secretary-general is committed to acting, as appropriate, once he receives the findings and recommendations."
Another Times of Israel article adds:
Saunders, the agency’s new acting deputy commissioner general, began his UN career in 1989 with UNRWA in Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Dujarric said he brings over 30 years of experience in humanitarian and international affairs to the job, including in senior management positions. He is currently UN assistant secretary general for supply chain management and previously served as assistant secretary general for the Office of Central Support Services.
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Iraq
Israel to conduct new offensives in Iraq soon: Newspaper
Oh noze! Hide under the beds, boys, it’s about to get humiliating!
(IraqiNews) Israel will conduct new offensive on a number of areas in Iraq to thwart plans threatening its security, al-Sharq al-Awsat Newspaper reported on Thursday.

The newspaper quoted security sources in Tel Aviv as saying, "Israel has expanded its area of ​​control against the Iranian presence in Syria, Leb and Iraq," while indicated that it will conduct further strikes soon on Iranian sites in Iraq.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, the enormous newt was trying to decide if Gloria was edible...
a security source told Israel Hayom Newspaper, "The Iranians’ insistence on achieving their goal against Israel has made us more determined to abort their plan, so what started in Syria will extend to Iraq."

The military activity was and will remain classified and we will not declare our responsibility, but we will act in a way that allows to have a wide range of activity without getting involved in an undesirable escalation, he further added.

Last month, Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth Newspaper mentioned that an Israeli F-35 fighter bombarded some areas in Iraq. The news comes a day after Iraqi sources denied the authenticity of the media reports that mentioned that an Israeli aircraft bombed a camp, east of the capital Baghdad.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  probably a number of Iraqi military units are providing intel to the IDF

ha ha
Posted by: lord garth || 08/02/2019 0:59 Comments || Top||

#2  When you allow pestilence in, don't be surprised when you get de-loused
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2019 6:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Thank you TW, for bringing me the first laugh of the day.
Posted by: brujotejano || 08/02/2019 12:22 Comments || Top||

#4  :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 13:11 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Lawfare: PA ordered to pay $12.5 million to orphans of terror victim
[IsraelTimes] The Jerusalem District Court orders the Paleostinian Authority to pay NIS 44 million ($12.5 million) as compensation to the orphans of a terror victim killed in the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip 19 years ago.

Miri Amitai, a teacher, was one of two people killed when a bomb went kaboom! next to a school bus near Kfar Darom in the Gush Katif area, which was evacuated and cleared of Jewish presence in the 2005 disengagement.

The court ruled that the terror attack was committed by PA operatives, after Yair Naveh, the deputy IDF chief of staff at the time, testified in court.

Judge Moshe Drori, in his last ruling before retiring, accepted the requested compensation amount, saying that he would have likely even accepted a higher sum had it been requested.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Israel approves homes for Palestinians, settlers
[DAWN] Israel has given rare approval to Paleostinian homes in the part of the occupied West Bank it fully controls while also backing a large settlement expansion before a visit by the White House’s Jared Kushner.

An Israeli official confirmed the approval by the country’s security cabinet the previous day with US President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
’s son-in-law and senior adviser expected to visit this week.

The approval is for 700 Paleostinian homes and 6,000 for Israeli settlers.

It was not immediately clear if all of the homes will be new construction or if some already exist and are receiving retroactive approval.

The plan for Paleostinians, though relatively small and far outweighed by the number of settlement homes, could allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to argue he is making efforts in favour of Kushner’s long-awaited peace plan.

Details on Kushner’s visit as part of a Middle East tour were not yet made available.

He has said his plan will not mention a two-state solution because "it means one thing to the Israelis, it means one thing to the Paleostinians." US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, who has been a backer of Israeli settlements, reiterated that stance in an interview with CNN late on Tuesday.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: PLO


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Israeli Islamic State fighter captured in Syria asks Netanyahu to bring him home
See also this.
Chutzpah in action — lacking only the appeal for sympathy due to an orphan, and that’s because his parents are alive and well, thanks to Israel’s outstanding doctors.
[IsraelTimes] Speaking Hebrew, Sayyaf Sharif Daoud requests PM’s intervention, noting that Jerusalem works to secure release of IDF soldiers held in captivity.
Yes, but those are Israeli soldiers held captive by Israel’s enemies. You, my dear sir, are an ISIS soldier — avowed enemy of Israel, though they haven’t got round to doing anything about it directly yet — being held captive by the Kurds, who are sympathetic to Israel and vice versa.
An Israeli citizen captured in Syria while fighting with 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....
terror group asked to return home this week, telling news outlet Al Arabiya that he wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to repatriate him.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  tough shit
Posted by: chris || 08/02/2019 7:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Either at your feet or at your throat. For Daoud it's boot licking time.
Posted by: Glomosh Munster6010 || 08/02/2019 8:07 Comments || Top||

#3  "Sorry, we're busy. Call back at a more convenient time? Like 2030?"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Bringing him home in a pine box is still bringing him home, right?
Posted by: Raj || 08/02/2019 9:33 Comments || Top||

#5  " But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

Because he has despised the word of the LORD and has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt will be on him."


- GAWD to Moses, BOOK OF NUMBERS
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2019 10:19 Comments || Top||


US Renews Waivers for Iran Civil Nuclear Projects
[AnNahar] The United States said Wednesday it was extending waivers for three civilian nuclear projects in Iran, despite Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement.

"This is a short 90 day extension," said White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, a champion of the hawkish policy towards Tehran.

"We are watching those nuclear activities very, very closely, they remain under daily scrutiny," he told Fox Business.

The projects include the Bushehr nuclear power plant, the Arak heavy water reactor, which has been modified under the supervision of the international community to render it impossible to produce plutonium for military use, and the Fordow fuel enrichment plant.

The State Department downplayed the move, as it did when it last granted an extension in May, describing the waivers as "continued restrictions on the Iranian regime's nuclear program".

"The action today will help preserve oversight of Iran's civil nuclear program, reduce proliferation risks, constrain Iran's ability to shorten its 'breakout time' to a nuclear weapon, and prevent the regime from reconstituting sites for proliferation-sensitive purposes," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

In reality, the move extends exemptions for the three Iranian civil nuclear projects, the State Department confirmed to AFP.

There was debate in President Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
's administration about these exemptions, with hawks saying that after Washington's withdrawal from the 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 (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
nuclear deal in 2018, it would have been logical to stop them in order to further increase the pressure on Tehran.

But the more moderate line has prevailed for the moment, so as not to upset the other signatories to the 2015 deal -- China, Russia, Germany, La Belle France and Britannia -- amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran.

The 2015 agreement promised that world powers would assist Iran in developing civilian nuclear energy -- the holy manal regime's stated goal for its atomic program.

The waiver announcement came as Washington imposed sanctions Wednesday on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  WTF?
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/02/2019 9:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Just giving them some rope, and appeasing some 'allies'.

Hopefully gets tugged hard before they decide to go live.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/02/2019 10:02 Comments || Top||


Rouhani says Iran is ready for the worst in efforts to salvage the nuclear deal
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


UN to investigate attacks on UN-supported facilities in Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
will investigate attacks on UN-supported facilities in northwest Syria, Secretary-General António Guterres
...Portuguese politician and diplomat, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. He was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He served as President of the Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In both a 2012 and 2014 poll, the Portuguese public ranked him as the best Prime Minister of the previous 30 years...
announced on Thursday, two days after two-thirds of the Security Council pushed for such an inquiry.

Britannia, La Belle France, the United States, Germany, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Kuwait, the Dominican Republic and Indonesia delivered a demarche - a formal diplomatic petition - to Guterres on Tuesday over the lack of an inquiry into attacks on some 14 locations.The United Nations will investigate attacks on UN-supported facilities in northwest Syria, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says, two days after two-thirds of the Security Council pushed for such an inquiry.

"The investigation will cover destruction of, or damage to facilities on the de-confliction list and UN-supported facilities in the area," UN front man Stephane Dujarric said in a statement, adding that it will "ascertain the facts of these incidents and report to the Secretary-General."

"The Secretary-General urges all parties concerned to cooperate with the board once it has been established," Dujarric said.

The locations of the UN supported facilities and other humanitarian sites like hospitals and health centers had been shared with the warring parties in a bid to protect them. However,
women are made to be loved, not understood...
the United Nations has questioned whether it made them a target.

Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Scourge of Qusayr...
’s forces, backed by Russia, began an offensive on the last major holy warrior stronghold three months ago that the United Nations says has killed at least 450 civilians and displaced more than 440,000 people.

Russia and Syria have said their forces are not targeting civilians or civilian infrastructure and questioned the sources used by the United Nations to verify attacks. Syria has also told the United Nations that more than a 100 sites "have been out of commission since being taken over by terrorist groups."

An array of bully boyz have a foothold in northwestern Syria. The most powerful is the murderous Moslem Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
, the latest incarnation of the former Nusra Front which was part of al Qaeda until 2016.

The Security Council has been deadlocked on Syria with Russia and China - two of the body’s five veto powers along with Britannia, La Belle France and the United States - shielding Assad’s government from any action during eight years of war.

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:


Al Arabiya series on ISIS sleeper cells in Syria
[TWITTER]
The first interview is with “The Israeli”, whom they name Sayyaf. I think this is Sayyaf Sharif Daoud, whose interview we also have separately here. The other article does not mention that he took a Syrian wife while with ISIS, and had two children with her.
Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US has now repatriated a total of 8 adults from #Syria & #Iraq, 6 of whom have been charged with terror-related crimes
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Terror Networks
ISIS has 15,000 fighters across Iraq and Syria: US envoy Jeffrey
[Rudaw] 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....
group (ISIS) still has roughly 15,000 fighters active across Iraq and Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey, the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement, told a press briefing in Washington on Thursday.

"In terms of the ISIS numbers. Between Iraq and Syria. And this is only a guesstimate. I would say 15,000 with a standard deviation of significant thousands in either direction," Jeffrey said, taking questions from news hounds.
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US warns countries - leaving your #ISIS #foreignfighters in #Syria may not be safe
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Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Aaaaaannnnnnd... The countries involved don't care as long as the individuals in question don't try to return home. A gamble in some cases, but not all.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2019 11:38 Comments || Top||


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Trump Orders Revoke of Achievement Medals From Prosecutors in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher's Case
[EpochTimes] President Donald Trump ordered the Navy to revoke the achievement medals from the prosecutors in Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s case on July 31, almost a month after he was found not guilty of war crimes in Iraq.

Gallagher, 40 was found not guilty of murdering an ISIS prisoner by a military jury in California on July 2. He had been accused of killing the prisoner, who was wounded by an airstrike.

The jury found Gallagher not guilty of all counts except for the violation of posing for photographs with a dead war casualty.

Even after losing the case, the members of the team that prosecuted Gallagher that included four attorneys and four legal support staff were awarded medals.

"The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal," Trump said in a message on Twitter.

"Not only did they lose the case, they had difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion. I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer & Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards," wrote the President.
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#1  No letter questioning the 'special trust and confidence' in the officer awarding the medals to be placed in the aforementioned's personnel file? Or recommending early retirement as of yesterday?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2019 7:50 Comments || Top||

#2  And to henceforth address each of the eight as 'Mud'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/02/2019 8:28 Comments || Top||

#3  CNO has ordered a review of JAG
Posted by: Frank G || 08/02/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Fine. Now charge them with obstruction.

As opposed to Osama bin Obama who would have made them all White House staff.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/02/2019 9:12 Comments || Top||

#5  I've been out of the Navy for over 30 years, does anyone know if they give points (towards advancement) for the Achievement Medal now? It's only an attendance medal anyway.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/02/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Why are these guys being given an award for losing a case? I suppose on the plus side no ships colluded. Oh, Navy!
Posted by: SteveS || 08/02/2019 10:54 Comments || Top||

#7  Because there are anti-American radical leftists in the military.
Posted by: Angairong Flavigum3253 || 08/02/2019 11:13 Comments || Top||

#8  This seems odd. Officers typically receive Commendation Medals, enlisted get Achievement Medals. Only E5 and below get points towards advancement.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 08/02/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#9  CNO has ordered a review of JAG

That should become interesting for all involved...
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2019 13:19 Comments || Top||



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