[ToloNews] A new report by the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General has found that the Afghan ground controllers trained by the US and 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... cannot appropriately direct airdrops and lack the ability to properly coordinate attack missions by the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and the issue has increased the risk of civilian casualties and fratricide.
The Defense Department Inspector General, in an Aug. 12 report, stated that the Afghans’ inability to coordinate airdrops "increases the risk that Afghan National Defense and Security Forces] units operating in areas without airfields or helicopter landing zones will not receive critical supplies."
Additionally, the inability of air liaison officers to coordinate strikes "could result in an increase in unsuccessful air-to-ground missions, as well as an increased risk of civilian casualties and fratricide," the report said.
But the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) reiterated that the Air Force has grown well and are playing a key role on the battlefields.
"They are in a better position as compared to the past and these forces have been very authentic and accurate in their operations in the battlefields," said MoD front man Rohullah Ahmadzai.
"Most of the times the bombs hit residential areas and people’s houses and also NATO shipments. I think both the Afghan government and donor countries should come up with more seriousness when it comes to the training of the Afghan forces," said MP Daud Kalakani.
Last month, the UN mission in Afghanistan said in a report that civilian casualties caused by the Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s had increased in the first six months of the current year.
During the first six months of 2019, UNAMA attributed 1,397 civilian casualties (717 deaths and 680 injured) to pro-government forces, a 31 percent increase from the corresponding period in 2018.
Pro-government forces caused 37 percent of all civilian casualties in the first half of 2019 (18 percent by Afghan national security forces, 12 percent by International Military Forces, 2 percent by Pro-Government gangs and the remainder to undetermined or multiple pro-government forces).
The report says that UNAMA continues to express concern about the rising level of civilian harm as a result of aerial operations, particularly those conducted in support of Afghan forces on the ground and strikes on civilian structures.
UNAMA attributed 83 percent of the civilian casualties resulting from aerial operations to International Military Forces, nine percent to the Afghan Air Force, and the remaining eight percent to undetermined pro-government forces, the report says.
Funny thing.... The USAF position in the past was that NCOs, i.e. "not officer pilots", in the Army and Marines also "...cannot appropriately direct airdrops and lack the ability to properly coordinate attack missions..."
[DAWN] The United Nations ...boodling on the grand scale... said on Wednesday it was gravely concerned about reports indicating 11 civilians had been killed in an Afghan security force operation in an eastern province near the border with Pakistain.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan have been increasing, despite attempts by the United States and the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... to negotiate an agreement to end the 18-year war.
The government’s main security agency, the National Directorate of Security ...the Afghan national intel agency... ’(NDS), said the operation in Paktia province had targeted a Taliban hideout and among the 11 dead turbans were two commanders.
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said it was gravely concerned at the killings during a search operation and a human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. team was investigating. "Accountability essential. Harm to civilians must stop," the agency said in a post on Twitter.
A politician in the area said the government forces attacked a student gathering over the Eidul Azha holiday.
"A university student had invited his classmates for dinner," said Allah Mir Khan Bahramzoi, a provincial council member in Paktia.
"Late in the evening, security forces surrounded the house, brought out the victims from the guesthouse and shot them one by one," he said by telephone from the province.
The NDS said weapons and ammunition were seized in the raid.
"This operation was conducted based on operative information on a Taliban hideout/centre and it left no civilian casualties," the agency said in a statement.
[PULSE.NG] The holy man had earlier raised the alarm that the situation in India was worse than what he and his wife experienced in Nigeria.
Three days after the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem El-Zakzaky embarked on a medical trip to India, the Shiites leader is said to be on his way back to Nigeria.
According to TheCable, a source close to the IMN leader disclosed that the holy man was on his way to the country.
The front man of the movement, Ibrahim Musa confirmed the development in a statement on Thursday, August 15, 2019, and also accused the Federal Government of frustrating El-Zakzaky’s treatment in India.
The statement reads: "Following lack of a breakthrough in the impasse that ensued in the treatment in New Delhi of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, it is now confirmed that the Sheikh is on his way back to Abuja."
"In a video message sent through his office, the Sheikh said it was decided that they will be taken to the airport to be flown back to Nigeria. He has left Delhi by 17:00 Nigerian time. He prayed that may that be the best option in the circumstances.
"The Nigerian government’s interference and scuttling of the whole process rather than supervision as ordered by the court is the direct cause of the impasse. The government never wanted the medical leave in the first place, and did whatever to stop it by all means possible."
Posted by: Fred ||
08/16/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies
The doctors were as nice and professional as they could be. The protocol of hospitals is often restrictive but the nurses and orderlies tried leniency. It was the constant chimping out that forced even the angels of mercy to say 'FOAD'. He was expecting minimal security and maybe a chance to slip away.
He stomped his feet and his whole posse with him until he was told to behave and the posse was ejected from the premises. When he couldn't have his way, they all ululated curses some more. They were summarily asked to get the fuck out of India within 24 hours.
Whining about what a great ally India had this day lost, the future Islamic Republic of Niggeria they were diplomatically deported.
[ALMASDARNEWS] Bahrain has agreed to buy the US-built Patriot anti-aircraft and missile interceptor system, the Raytheon Company said in a blurb.
"Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon’s... Patriot air and missile defense system from the US Army", the release said. "This letter of offer and acceptance allows the US government to begin contract negotiations with Raytheon for... an undisclosed quantity of systems and missiles".
The release said that the venerable Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defence System was designed to defend against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and manned and unmanned aircraft.
"Patriot is continually modernized, enhanced and upgraded, through this 17-nation community, to ensure it outpaces the evolving threats for years to come", Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems President Ralph Acaba said in the release.
Bahrain hosts a US Navy base, US Naval Forces Central Command and the US Fifth Fleet.
In May, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a blurb that Bahrain specifically purchased 60 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, 36 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missiles with canisters, nine M903 Launching Stations, five Antenna Mast Groups, three Electrical Power Plants, two AN/MPQ-65 Radar Sets, and two AN/MSQ-132 Engagement Control Stations.
[PULSE.NG] A joint Saudi-Emirati military delegation travelled to Aden on Thursday to discuss demands for a pullout of UAE-backed southern separatists from positions they captured in Yemen ...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of... 's interim capital, government and separatist sources said.
The visit comes after deadly festivities last week in the southern port city that reflected a rift between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, the main partners in a pro-government coalition fighting Iran-aligned Shiite Iran's Houthi sock puppets
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Posted by: Fred ||
08/16/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia
[Aljazeera] Private contractor Serco reportedly locking asylum seekers out of accommodation in Scottish city, angering campaigners.
Glasgow, Scotland - Signs reading People Make Glasgow may dominate Scotland's largest metropolis, but not every visitor has enjoyed the hospitality of what has often been called a friendly city.
Some 300 asylum seekers who live in apartments - often several people to a room - in some of the most deprived areas of Glasgow are living under the threat of eviction, having been told by the Home Office that they cannot stay in the United Kingdom.
Mourad Khelfane, an Algerian engineer, is among them. He arrived in Britain in 2015 and has spent the better part of two years in the Scottish city.
Months ago, the Home Office declined his application for leave to remain, a move that deprived him of state support.
He soon received a letter warning he would be evicted as part of a lock-changing programme, in which fixtures on doors are being changed to lock asylum seekers out of their accommodation.
These efforts have, according to reports, already made three people homeless.
The letter to Khelfane was signed by Serco, a private company contracted by the British government to provide social housing in Scotland.
"I don't feel good and I can't even sleep," said the 29-year-old, who still lives at his accommodation but worries he too will soon lose his home.
how wonderfully passive-aggressive. instead of dealing with the problem, change the locks.
then the problem magically becomes the problem of some other bureaucrat.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 ||
08/16/2019 8:57 Comments ||
The Jihadi's living in the European countries are sooner or later, in the process of attacking overseas targets, are going to get an act of reprisal, like a nuke. Collateral damage will be shrugged off as " You tolerated them, it is on you. "
You know in America, you don't pay your property taxes for a couple of years and you too can come home some day and find new locks on the place. Usually installed by a new owner who paid the multiple years past due taxes through a sheriff's sale or court proceedings (multiple years is taken as a abandonment of the property by the courts).
[PULSE.NG] Six EU countries have agreed to take in some of the 147 migrants colonists currently stranded on a rescue ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa, Rome announced Thursday, in a welcome development for embattled far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini.
Both Italia and Malta have refused Open Arms permission to dock and unload its passengers
"La Belle France, Germany, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Luxembourg have told me that they are ready to welcome the migrants colonists," Italian premier Giuseppe Conte said in an open letter addressed to Salvini, who has sought to ban the Open Arms rescue vessel from entering Italian waters.
"Once again, my Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... an counterparts are offering us a helping hand," Conte wrote, while slamming Salvini who has been calling since last Thursday for the PM to step down.
Salvini has taken a hard line against migrants colonists rescued at sea being brought to Italia, which he says bears an unfair burden in the crisis.
Responding to Conte's announcement, Salvini wrote on Facebook: "It is clear that without (my) resolve, the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... would never have lifted a finger, leaving Italia and the Italians on their own like (previous governments) did for years."
Salvini, head of the anti-immigration League party, broke with his coalition partner the Five Star Movement (M5S) last week, hoping for a no-confidence vote that would topple the 14-month-old government.
But his gamble failed, and his abandoned partner found an unexpected ally in the opposition Democratic Party (PD).
Both M5S and PD on Tuesday voted against Salvini despite his last-minute offer to back a plan to slash the number of the country's politicians.
The fate of the scores of migrants colonists aboard the Open Arms, operated by Spanish charity Proactiva, found itself at the centre of the political crisis in Rome.
Earlier this month Salvini, who is also deputy PM, signed a decree banning the Open Arms from Italian waters, saying it was needed to protect public order.
[DAWN] Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India’s government moved to strip the Indian-occupied sector of Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Moslem-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the internet.
This muted response is underpinned by more than $100 billion in annual trade with India that makes it one of the Arabian Peninsula’s most prized economic partners.
Regional heavyweight 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... urged restraint and expressed concern over the brewing crisis. Other Gulf countries ‐ Kuwait, 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... , Bahrain and Oman ‐ do not appear to have issued any statements. The United Arab Emirates has gone a step further by apparently siding with India, calling the decision to downgrade occupied Kashmir’s status an internal matter.
Saudi Arabia’s response to the Kashmir situation is complicated by its close ties with both India and Pakistain, which have fought two wars over the disputed Himalayan region, as well as its ideological rivalry with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... and 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 JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... for supremacy in the Islamic world.
Prime Minister Imran Khan ...aka The Great Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight... has reached out to leaders in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in recent days to discuss India’s actions in Kashmir, but it’s unclear whether he would find Arab backing if he took his concerns to the United Nations ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships... Security Council.
The brief Saudi statement on the Kashmir events said the kingdom "is following up on the current situation" and called for a "peaceful settlement" in line with international resolutions.
Gulf Arab states are home to more than 7 million Indian expatriates who help drive the region’s economy and keep its cities teeming with doctors, engineers, teachers, drivers, construction workers and other laborers.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/16/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan
I remember talking to a Pakistani and he said the Pakistani's are addicted to the Bollywood movies. One movie last for hours, have a mixture of everything, music, comedy, pathos, etc. So you can kill an afternoon for not much money. They'll pirate those movies to multiple tape, with adds probably added.
[Rudaw] Iraq on Thursday banned unauthorized flights and ordered all military camps and munitions warehouses to be moved outside Iraqi cities following a massive explosion at a munitions depot southwest of Baghdad that killed one civilian and maimed 13 earlier this week.
The exact cause of Monday night’s explosion at the al-Saqr military base is still unknown. The blast shook the Iraqi capital and sent explosives and mortar shells shooting into the sky, damaging nearby homes and terrifying residents who ran into the streets with their cellphones. Black smoke billowed over the city for hours afterward.
The federal police base houses a weapons depot belonging to a militia group under the umbrella of the mainly Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. The state-sanctioned PMF militias have fought alongside Iraq’s regular armed forces against 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.
Some officials blamed the earth-shattering kaboom at the base, also known as Falcon Camp, on faulty storage that caused overheating amid typically high temperatures in Baghdad. But the blast has also given rise to a host of theories, including that Israel may have conducted an Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... Israel has struck Iranian bases in neighboring Syria on numerous occasions, and there has been speculation that it might be expanding its campaign to target Iranian bases to Iraq. However, a lie repeated often enough remains a lie... neither the Iraqi government nor Israel have addressed the reports.
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi ordered a "thorough investigation" into the incident, ordering the investigation be concluded within a week.
In a statement issued Thursday following a national security meeting, Abdul-Mahdi ordered the cancellation of all aviation approvals for flights throughout the country, unless authorized by the commander of the armed forces. The statement did not specify military or civilian flights but specifically cited reconnaissance, fighter jets and helicopters and drones of all kinds.
It said the directives applied to "Iraqi and non-Iraqi parties." Iraq hosts American troops and forces belonging to the coalition fighting the Islamic State group, which sometimes conduct operations and airstrikes in the country.
The statement urged all parties to abide by the directives, stating that any other flight activity "will be considered (an) enemy flight and dealt with from our air defenses immediately."
The statement called for the transfer of warehouses and camps belonging to the defense and interior ministries and the PMF and other factions that participated in fighting IS to be moved outside the cities. It said violators will be "considered an irregular presence and dealt with in accordance with the law and order."
Abdul-Mahdi also ordered that citizens who suffered human and material damage from the earth-shattering kaboom be compensated.
A PMF official said their initial investigation showed a dronezap was responsible for Monday’s blast, adding that blaming it on faulty storage was a way to avoid embarrassing the government. He estimated the losses to be in the millions and spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.
Abu Alaa al-Walae, a PMF commander, described in a tweet Abdul-Mahdi’s "decision to ban American drones in Iraqi airspace" as brave.
Monday’s blast is the latest of several mysterious explosions that have taken place recently at PMF bases in Iraq. Last month, a kaboom took place at a base in Amirli, in Iraq’s northern Salaheddin province, killing two Iranians and causing a huge fire.
That attack was blamed on an unmanned drone that dropped explosives, with some Shiite militias blaming it on the Islamic State group.
[Jpost] Israel will not allow US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar ...Somali-American Dem representative from Minnesota. She is apparently married to her brother and may be her own grandmaw on her mother's side... (D-Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) into the country because of their vocal BDS advocacy, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday.
Netanyahu issued a statement saying that no country in the world respects the US Congress more than Israel, but that Isaeli law prohibits entry to those calling for a boycott of the country. He said that other countries as well ‐ including the US ‐ bar entry to those who are perceived to want to harm them.
He said that Israel is a "vibrant and free democracy" that is open to all criticism, with the exception of a call for boycotts.
"Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar are leading activists in promoting boycott legislation against Israel in the US Congress," Netanyahu said.
He said that Israel received their itinerary only a few days ago, and it became clear that they were "planning a campaign whose sole purpose was to strengthen the boycott and to undermine Israel's legitimacy."
He pointed out that they referred to the visit as a visit to "Paleostine," and not to Israel, and ‐ as opposed to all other Democratic and Republican representatives in the past ‐ did not request any meeting with official Israeli representatives, either from the government or the opposition.
Netanyahu said that the NGO that is sponsoring the trip ‐ Miftah ‐ is a fervent advocate of BDS and includes members who have supported terrorism against Israel.
The prime minister said that the decision to bar entry was made by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, and that he supports the decision.
Legislator cites ‘humiliating’ terms for family trip, which she’d requested after being denied formal visit with Omar; she’d been blasted by Palestinians for ‘surrender’ to Israel
The whole thing is nonsense anyway. If they wanted anything other than a propaganda opportunity, they would have come a few days earlier with the official bipartisan Congressional delegation — 41 Democrats and 31 Republicans.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The U.S. has donated 150 Humvees to the Lebanese Army, the military said in a communique on Wednesday evening.
The Lebanese Army said the U.S. also provided them with more than 5 million rounds of ammunition, along with night vision goggles and radios.
This latest transfer of military equipment to Leb comes months after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to halt the transfer of weapons to the Levantine state because of Hezbollah’s presence.
Since 2006, the U.S. has provided Leb with more than $2 billion in military assistance. Leb receives most of their weapons and military equipment from the U.S. and several Western nations.
[PULSE.NG] Gibraltar's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favour of releasing an Iranian supertanker seized on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of international sanctions, in a blow to the US which had tried to block the vessel's departure.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.