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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Six illegal immigrants who 'stabbed a Maryland man to death' are identified by ICE as MS-13 gang members
Follow up to this report from a few days ago.
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Daniel Alejandro Alvarado Cuellar, 21, was stabbed to death in July, police said

  • Jonathan Escobar-Hernandez, 20, Marlon Fabian-Flores, 20, and Edwin Edgardo Garcia-Martir, 18, were arrested in connection to Cuellar's death

  • Hugo Portillo-Chavez, 31, Jose Fausto Rivera-Coreas, 19, and 20-year-old Odaliz Rosas-Yanez were also arrested and charged with first-degree murder

  • Detectives said they also arrested Leonel Alexander Velasquez-Hernadez, 16, who has been charged as an adult, over Cuellar's murder

  • Six were identified as illegal immigrants and MS-13 members, ICE officials said

  • Motive for Cuellar's murder is under investigation but police believe victim was killed due to a war between rival Latino street gangs, the 18th Street and MS-13

Posted by: trailing wife || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [354 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Can you feel the cultural enrichment?
Posted by: Lumpy Gletle1053 || 09/10/2019 2:33 Comments || Top||

#2  well this was in Baltimore so it is basically a pebble in the pile of local homicide victims
Posted by: lord garth || 09/10/2019 5:34 Comments || Top||

#3  Nancy's Children(tm)
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/10/2019 7:55 Comments || Top||

#4  BINASH.
Posted by: gorb || 09/10/2019 8:09 Comments || Top||

#5  BINASH???
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 8:11 Comments || Top||

#6  But It's Not A Sh*t Hole
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/10/2019 8:49 Comments || Top||

#7  Thanks.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 9:02 Comments || Top||

#8  Well, as long as the stabee was one of them...
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 9:52 Comments || Top||

#9  Illegal Immigrants Make Americans Dead Stronger
Posted by: Lex || 09/10/2019 12:04 Comments || Top||

#10  BINASH

Biden Is Not A Shit Head.

Barack Is Not A Sissy Homo.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 15:36 Comments || Top||

#11  I think I'll go with Mullah Richard, Skid
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 15:49 Comments || Top||

#12  Some call ABS the anti-skid braking system, others the anti-brake skidding system.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 18:31 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
U.S. forces hit enemy harder over the last 4 days in Afghanistan than any time in last 10 years: Trump
[KhaamaPress] The U.S. President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
said the U.S. forces in Afghanistan have been hitting the enemy in Afghanistan harder over the past four days than at any time in the last ten years.

President Trump said in a Twitter post "We have been serving as coppers in Afghanistan, and that was not meant to be the job of our Great Soldiers, the finest on earth."

However,
a clean conscience makes a soft pillow...
he said "Over the last four days, we have been hitting our Enemy harder than at any time in the last ten years!"

President Trump on Sunday announced that he is called off peace negotiations with the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
group.

He said in a Twitter post on Sunday "Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday."

Furthermore, Trump said "They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers, and 11 other people."

He also added "I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?"
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/10/2019 06:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, but until you turn, Pakland, their base of operation into a parking lot they'll just keep coming.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/10/2019 7:53 Comments || Top||

#2  The deliberative, inward obsessed polity of India is to blame for that. If say, Trump were to pressure India to involve ourselves overtly, a nuke on Quetta would be the inevitable result. Naturally large parts of the Pakhtunkhwa would also have to be carpet bombed later. There would be collateral too. But Islamabad would be finished. Pakistan would divide without leadership, into four warring tribal nations. It's easy if a little courage is shown by India. This is the time for such a move.

He's right in saying that if the country to which Pak is the biggest nuisance doesn't bother fighting, why should American troops be killing themselves in the desert for a thankless job.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Timing is everything Dron66046.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#4  the Taliban have lost huge numbers

any conventional army would have been destroyed by now

as procopius notes, the Taliban keep getting new recruits from Pakistan but the Taliban also keep getting new recruits from inside Afghanistan itself -- the recruiting is done by religious schools and religious institutions using the Koran and Haditha and various other parts of the Takfiri indoctrination system
Posted by: lord garth || 09/10/2019 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  You cannot defeat a transnational, fanatically idealogical enemy with traditional, nation state strategies. You cannot succeed by killing in numbers that would render traditional units destroyed or incapacitated. You have to kill in such numbers and remorselessly so until even they begin to grasp that route will never work for them or you have simply weeded out the most aggressive.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/10/2019 9:00 Comments || Top||

#6  I agree, Lord Garth. About the recruitment from with the Afghan tribes. The numbers ... iffy. I would just say you're not getting enough bang for the buck.

Interestingly, the term 'takfiri indoctrination' is an entry from the legal islamist dictionary. I just thought to share the following for everyone's benefit.

The word takfiri means 'denouncer'. One who accuses others of being takfir (apostate). Conversely, it has now come to be used to describe hypocrites within the 'religion of peace' that veer to extremist practices.

Rooted in the islamic ideology of Takfir wal Hijra, preached by Sayyid Qutb Ibrahim Husayn Shadhil in Egypt, takfiris instigated mass killings of muslims by muslims in the early 60s. One of the adherents was Shukri Mustafa, a mohammed wannabe who first began to declare fatwas against 'muslims who were technically apostates' because they sided with the kafirs, or lived like them. You can guess how valuable it was to demagogues during the Arab spring.

It became a kind of theo-fascism within the islamic world, rallying the violent and the unruly to prey upon their fellow muslims who had too much money, wore western dresses, learnt english, danced or flossed. Religious warlords and hoodlums everywhere adopted the self-assumed authority to declare people as takfirs (apostates). Also, back then it was easy only to kill muslims, and maybe the occasional jewish tourist.

As a result they came to be known as takfiris.

Mind you, it is probable for a takfiri to be a wahabi. But every wahabi may not be a takfiri. There are wahabis who do not take up weapons, meaning not takfiris, but use Lawfare instead. They claim to be moderates and will call terrorists takfiris.

Among the 'Moderate Muslims', a takfiri is the equivalent of a school shooter. At least that is the claim. And this is where the islamists try to replace every term like 'islamic extremism' with what's palatable to muslims and those who believe there is a 'good islam' and 'bad islam' with words like 'Takfiri Indoctrination'.

It suggests that an otherwise good and kind fellow like Abu, falls in with the crazed crowd and becomes an extremist, because of a splinter faction of islam, the religion of peace.

Introduced into newspeak and intelligence dossiers of western analysts by their 'muslim allies against terrorism', it is a term that muslims still use to describe 'the aberrant doctrines, not really islam, extremist teaching', distancing themselves from it as 'moderates.

Just thought I'd share.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Man, I cam ramble about trifles !
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 10:07 Comments || Top||

#8  Dron, I really appreciate your insights.

I've long commented that the majority of victims of Islamic terrorism are other Muslims. You help explain why.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 09/10/2019 10:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Thanks, Rambler.

Before finding Rantburg, I worried I'll die with a lot of useful information no one wants. ☺

Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 10:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Dronn,

Your thoughts travel far here. CIA in Virginia lurks here. I also understand there are retired mil and intel people posting and commenting here.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 09/10/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#11  At one point we had a poster from the State Department, and yes, the CIA does appear to look in on us from time to time. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld had been told about us (that was True German Ally’s doing before the dear man died), though there is no way of knowing whether he took an interest. But then the site owner, Fred Pruitt, comes out of military intelligence, so the connections are natural.

Before finding Rantburg, I worried I'll die with a lot of useful information no one wants. ☺

Rantburg is definitely where you belong, dear Dron66046.

A good many of the Pakistani madrassas feed their less illustrious graduates straight into the warring parties in Afghanistan — literally, according to some articles published here over the years, the lads are told to pack up their kit, loaded onto busses or trucks, and driven across the border to wherever the action is, at which point they are handed guns and pointed at the target. The parents are informed of their demise afterward, madrassah boys being scions of families who want their lads educated or at least fed, but lack the wherewithal to pay proper state or public (in the English sense) school fees.

The soft jihad of the law versus the hard jihad of the sword is how I’ve seen it described. We have also seen, particularly in Europe and Britain, Pakistan, ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and occasionally in Israel, the fun jihad of seduction and/or r4pe...
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/10/2019 13:43 Comments || Top||

#12  I don't always agree with every opinion posted here but Rantburg definitely is a one stop site for everything WOT, islamism and general madness of the world.

And yes, it is a great forum for civil debate.

Posted by: European Conservative || 09/10/2019 13:57 Comments || Top||

#13  Although everyone on Rantburg seems to be actively pro-American conservative, I don't think we have anything in common with the career alphabeteers as they are now. I think Langley would relegate Rantburg to the list of 'Neocon chat groups', just the usual NSA crawlers reporting blips of text here and there.

I imagine the most alarms go off on Skidmark's rad news posts.☺ And someone somewhere re-arrives at the conclusion that 'these neocons are crazy'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 14:14 Comments || Top||

#14  It's not called Rantburg everywhere...
Posted by: 3dc || 09/10/2019 15:09 Comments || Top||

#15  about 50 million salafis world wide

about 5 million wahabis world wide

probably no more than 1,000,000 active Sunni military jihadis world wide but lots more who sympathize or admire them and are potential recruits

Posted by: lord garth || 09/10/2019 15:40 Comments || Top||

#16  ^How many Americans are professional baseball players?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 15:51 Comments || Top||

#17  I imagine the most alarms go off on Skidmark's rad news posts.☺ And someone somewhere re-arrives at the conclusion that 'these neocons are crazy'.

That's the Legend.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 18:40 Comments || Top||

#18  re: #10 Never thought about that. I'm on a list for past comments more than likely.
Posted by: chris || 09/10/2019 20:04 Comments || Top||

#19  I'm on a list for past comments more than likely.

That’s why we’re strict about certain kinds of language and statements. It is absolutely not ok to mess up Fred’s professional life just because someone has a whim to push the boundaries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/10/2019 22:38 Comments || Top||

#20  Not so sure everyone here's a neocon. A lot of Jacksonian and a few (like yt) old-fashioned Kennedy-style tough-minded national security liberals.
And a besoekerberserker or two.
Posted by: Lex || 09/10/2019 23:51 Comments || Top||


‘We have recalled Ambassador Khalilzad back to Washington’: Pompeo
9 September
[KhaamaPress] The Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has confirmed that the U.S. envy for Afghan peace Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad has been recalled back to Washington after President Trump called off peace talks with Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Speaking to NBC’s Meet the Press, Secretary Pompeo also confirmed that peace negotiations with Taliban are dead for the time being.

President Trump on Sunday announced that he is called off peace negotiations with the Taliban group.

President Trump said in a Twitter post "Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday."

Furthermore, Trump said "They were coming to the United States tonight. Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an attack in Kabul that killed one of our great soldiers, and 11 other people."

He also added "I immediately cancelled the meeting and called off peace negotiations. What kind of people would kill so many in order to seemingly strengthen their bargaining position? They didn’t, they only made it worse! If they cannot agree to a ceasefire during these very important peace talks, and would even kill 12 innocent people, then they probably don’t have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement anyway. How many more decades are they willing to fight?"
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/10/2019 02:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [236 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Most parties entering negotiations would at least offer a modicum of civility to each other prior.

I guess 'Pashtun Logic' dictates something else.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/10/2019 7:55 Comments || Top||

#2  How many more decades are they willing to fight?

How many you got?
Posted by: KBK || 09/10/2019 10:46 Comments || Top||


Taliban: More Americans will die after secret Camp David talks canceled
[NYPOST] The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
on Sunday said that President Trump’s decision to call off a secret meeting that he had scheduled with the terror group’s leaders at Camp David "will lead to more losses to the US."

"Now that US President Trump has announced the suspension of negotiations with the Islamic Emirate, this would not harm anyone else but the Americans themselves," the Taliban said in a statement. "This will further harm their credibility and will show their anti-peace stance in more clear way."

Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid said that the US "anti-peace stance will be exposed to the world" and that "losses to lives and assets will increase" now that the talks with the terror leaders are off.

"This will lead to more losses to the US," Mujahid said.

The failed talks ‐ which were planned to take place at Camp David on Sunday ‐ were first announced by Trump in a tweet Saturday night and were then confirmed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as being officially off.

"For the time being they are," Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday."

Pompeo added that Zalmay Khalilzad, special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation at the State Department, had been ordered home in the wake of the decision. It comes following a suicide kaboom in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday that left a US Army sergeant dead.

Posted by: Fred || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  So start a dramatic response. Spray fungus and virus designed for poppy eradication all over Afghanistan and Pakiwakiland.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/10/2019 5:55 Comments || Top||

#2  this would not harm anyone else but the Americans themselves

And a bazillion Taliban.
Posted by: gorb || 09/10/2019 8:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe a little napalm thrown in for good measure.
Posted by: Warthog || 09/10/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Tactical retreat may be hooted and heckled by the enemy and your detractors, but it's the best thing to do right now. Trump hasn't yet mustered 'the bad' it'll take to win this.

A pull out and denial of Afghan territory to CIA officials will also have other advantages back home. I say that in light of this.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 8:44 Comments || Top||

#5  I think it is not uncommon to blow the living hell out of an enemy as a cover for a retreat. Just saying i'd be up for a few rolling thunder runs around the taliban headquarters as we pull out.

And what 3dc said. Deny them the opium cash that we should have denied them a decade ago.
Posted by: ruprecht || 09/10/2019 9:59 Comments || Top||

#6  Taliban: More Americans will die after secret Camp David talks canceled

Come on. We don't even flinch on the body count in Chicago or Baltimore.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/10/2019 20:37 Comments || Top||


Europe
BDS Activists Punch Israeli Women Attending Film Festival in Berlin
[BREITBART] The Jerusalem Post reports: The German police said that a group of BDS activists violently assaulted visitors at the Israeli Seret International film festival on Sunday in Berlin, causing injuries and disrupting a podium discussion. An estimated 10-12 BDS activists participated in the disruption and attacks.

According to the police notice reviewed by The Jerusalem Post, the BDS activists punched two women, who filed criminal complaints against the BDS supporters. BDS is the abbreviation for the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign targeting the Jewish state. The German parliament classified BDS as antisemitic in May.

The police report said after the screening of the documentary film "King Bibi," a question and answer discussion was planned with the director and a 42-year-old started to scream. At the same time, a second 42-year-old man and a third unknown person held a poster in front of the film screen. It is unclear what was written on the poster. The discussion could not continue after the disruption.
Posted by: Fred || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [172 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  The police report said after the screening of the documentary film "King Bibi,"

Kraut Nazis beat up Israeli libtards? I can live with it.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Could this be the start of the Fourth Reich?
Posted by: jpal || 09/10/2019 10:28 Comments || Top||

#3  The Muslim one? It could last a thousand years.
Posted by: KBK || 09/10/2019 10:51 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
US useful idiots tour Damascus
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [265 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Wanna impress me? Tour Afrin or Idlib
Posted by: Frank G || 09/10/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Where are Boom Boom and the squad?
Posted by: AlanC || 09/10/2019 9:39 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/10/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#4  "Danger: Canned Hostages.
Open at your own risk!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 15:15 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Two more polio cases detected in Sindh, KP
[DAWN] The daughter of an Afghan national in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and the grandson of a South Wazoo resident, known for his strong opposition to polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set. Currently the disease is only found in Pakistain and Afghanistain...
vaccine, are the latest victims of the deadly virus, it emerged on Sunday.
Innocent child victimized by Granpa's ignorance and Karma
Both the children are yet to see their first birthday. With the addition of these cases ‐ one each from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh ‐ this year’s total number of victims of the crippling disease has reached 62, the highest since 2015.

Twelve cases were reported in 2018, while only eight children had been tested positive for the virus in 2017.

About the latest case from KP, an official of polio virology laboratory at the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, requesting anonymity said: "It was a clear case of refusal."

The victim was a 10-month-old boy. The case was detected in South Waziristan.

"The child’s grandfather was against polio vaccine," the official explained, adding that his father was said to be a labourer in Dubai.

Posted by: Fred || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [184 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Peccavit.
Posted by: Lex || 09/10/2019 12:31 Comments || Top||


Maleeha Lodhi urges UN to prevent bigger crisis in occupied Kashmir
[DAWN] Pakistain’s Ambassador to the United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
Maleeha Lodhi has called for action on part of the UN to deal with the crisis-like situation stemming from India's "illegal" annexation of Indian 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....
e and to push for the implementation of the Security Council resolutions that pledged the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people.

In an interview with Consortium News, an independent American media outlet, she highlighted the gravity of the situation in the disputed region where people have been suffering under a military lockdown for over a month, and urged 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...
to take steps to prevent a bigger crisis in South Asia.

"What has happened in occupied Jammu and Kashmir is certainly a flashpoint," Ambassador Lodhi said, noting that the secretary general and other UN officials have made statements in the wake of the ongoing crisis that called for a settlement of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue between India and Pakistain in accordance with Security Council resolutions and UN Charter provisions.

Posted by: Fred || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Amid custodial torture cases, Punjab police bans use of mobile phones while on duty
[DAWN] The Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

police has banned the use of cellphones by officers while on duty and barred them from capturing videos of other police personnel on duty, it emerged on Monday.
Tell us again how people are being mistreated in Kashmire.
The regulation comes after several cases came to light in recent days of suspects dying in the custody of Punjab police due to alleged torture.

A communiqué sent to all Punjab coppers by the additional inspector general on behalf of the Punjab IG, seen by Dawn.com, stated that it had been observed that police officials were using mobile phones while on duty even though "clear directions in this regard have already been conveyed to all field formations".

"Frequent violations of these directions/SOPs reflect badly on the performance of supervising officers," it said, stressing that it was the responsibility of the field formations to get the instructions implemented "in letter and spirit".

"In future, no officer below the rank of SHO (Station House Officer) or in-charge of a deployed duty will use cellphone while on duty," the letter decreed.

It also said that it was "strictly forbidden" to make a video of coppers on duty or upload a video of coppers performing their duty.

Any violations of the order will entail "severe departmental action" against the police personnel involved and their supervisory officer, it added.

At least three cases had come to light last week of deaths caused by alleged police torture, and videos had gone viral on social media of some suspects in a distressed state while in police custody. On September 1, Salahuddin Ayubi, a man who was said to be mentally disabled, had died in police custody in Rahim Yar Khan. On the same day, a middle-aged man had passed away in Lahore after allegedly being tortured by Gujjarpura police in an illegal torture cell that was unearthed last month.

Posted by: Fred || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Banning videos, not the behavior.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 15:18 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
UN rights chief 'deeply concerned' about impact of Indian govt's actions on rights of Kashmiris
[DAWN] The United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
chief on Monday said she was "deeply concerned about the impact of recent actions" by the Indian government on the human rights of Kashmiris.

In her introductory address for the start of the Human Rights Council's latest session, Michelle Bachelet aired concerns over India's actions against Kashmiris as well as unlawful killings and injuries of Paleostinians by Israeli security forces.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi
...a Pak political shape-changer. He is undistinguished except for his habit of periodically needing to have his lips reattached...
left for Switzerland
...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell...
today on a three-day visit to represent Pakistain at the 42nd session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The foreign minister is expected to address the session and present the case of Kashmiris before the delegates attending the forum from across the world, Radio Pakistain reported.

Posted by: Fred || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Land bridge from Iran to Syria nearly complete: official
[ALMASDARNEWS] The mayor of al-Qa’im in Iraq’s al-Anbar Governorate told the Sputnik News Agency on Friday, September 6th that his country’s government was preparing to reopen their border with Syria after several weeks of construction.

Speaking to Sputnik, Ahmad Jidyan, al-Qa’im’s mayor, said that 90 percent of the Iraqi-Syrian border at Albukamal has been rehabilitated.

Despite previously setting the reopening date on September 7th, Jidyan said the border crossing will actually be reopened on a later date, as the project’s construction continues on both sides of the border.

Jidyan said the last 10 percent of the construction has to do with logistical work, in particular, the restoration of electricity at the crossing.

For Syria, the reopening of their border crossing with Iraq will be a major boost for their economy as trade and commerce between both countries should be increased substantially.

Furthermore, once the border is reopened, Syria will benefit greatly from Iran’s ground transportation of oil.

As of now, Syria relies on Iran’s transportation of oil via sea; however, with the new land bridge from Iraq, they will be able to avoid such travel routes.

At the same time, a new land bridge between Iraq 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 Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
is nearly complete in the northeastern part of the Diyala Governorate, another Iraqi official told Sputnik.

The new crossing will be opened in the town of al-Munzhiriyah and will allow up to 1,200 people to pass through the border each day.

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Iraq delays opening of border crossing with Syria following overnight strike — source
Please don’t hurt us! We’re totally separate from those Iranian devils you hate, whoever you are, we promise.
9 September
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi authorities decided to postpone the opening of a border crossing with Syria until further notice following an overnight attack on Iraqi militias in the Syrian side, a security source said.

"The aerial bombardment that targeted Iraqi murderous Moslems in the Syrian town of Albu Kamal will delay the inauguration of Al Qae’m border crossing, which was scheduled to be opened today or Tuesday," the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told RT channel.

"It’s unclear when the border crossing would be opened," the source added.

Warplanes have struck positions of Iran-backed militias near Syria’s border with Iraq, activists told BBC.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said at least 18 Iranian and pro-Iranian fighters were killed.

It was not clear who carried out the overnight strikes in and around the town of Albu Kamal.

But Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks on Iranian-linked targets in Syria during the country’s civil war.

It has sought to thwart what it calls Iran’s "military entrenchment" in Syria and shipments of Iranian weapons to holy warrior groups such as Hezbollah in Leb.
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Two Iraqi youths busted for praising Saddam Hussein on social media
4 September
Dhi Qar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Iraqi security forces arrested on Wednesday two Iraqi youths for praising late president Saddam Hussein and commending his once-ruling Baath Party, a security source said.

"The pair, under 20s, were arrested by intelligence forces in Dhi Qar governorate for glorifying Saddam Hussein’s regime on social networking websites," the source told Alghad Press.

They were arrested pending investigations under the provisions of a law banning the Baath party and similar entities, he added.

The Iraqi parliament passes a bill banning the Baath Party from any political activity in the country in 2016.

The bill also outlawed any entities that profess or promote racism, terrorism, sectarianism or sectarian cleansing, as well as any political group that promotes ideas that contradict democracy and peaceful transition of power.
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Netanyahu vows to apply sovereignty over Jordan Valley
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu held a press conference Tuesday evening to make a "dramatic statement about the Trump Administration's "Deal of the Century."

"We are on the eve of the elections. President Trump said he will present his Deal of the Century few days after the election and it is just around the corner. This presents us with a great challenge and a great opportunity to apply Israeli sovereignty to Judea and Samaria and other areas," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister announced that after the elections he would apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea area.

"There is one place that Israeli sovereignty can be applied immediately after the elections if Israeli citizens let me in. Today I announce my intention to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea," he declared.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 14:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  So, he's pre-committing to being a sovereign?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 15:17 Comments || Top||

#2  So... annexation of the occupied West Bank? Am I reading this right?
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/10/2019 17:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Parts. For the whole, you need to clean out the vermin first.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 17:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Setting election goals
Posted by: Frank G || 09/10/2019 19:46 Comments || Top||

#5  Thanks grom
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/10/2019 20:03 Comments || Top||


Twitter rumor mill: Israel will annex Settlements and Jordan Valley!

Posted by: 3dc || 09/10/2019 13:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just giving Boris a hand - raising EU blood pressure a bit.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 14:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Iranians call up Netanyahu to annex them so they can get rid of the thieves running the country.
Posted by: Groth Hupans2047 || 09/10/2019 14:12 Comments || Top||


UN: Israel may have ‘willfully killed' Gaza protesters
[Jpost] The UN accused Israel of killing and injuring "peaceful" Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border, when it opened the 42nd session of its Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

"In the vast majority of cases monitored by my office, no indication was found that the demonstrators ‐ including children who were killed or seriously injured by live fire ‐ represented an imminent threat of death or risk of serious injury to the Israeli soldiers ‐ or anyone else," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet told the council.

...She acknowledged that there were protesters who "damaged and breached the fence," threw petrol bombs, sound grenades and improvised explosive devices towards Israeli soldiers, injuring two, she said.

Between March and August, some "180 burning kites and incendiary balloons" were launched, she added.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 00:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [276 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  I should hope it was willful. To accidentally shoot someone would be the height of carelessness.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/10/2019 1:25 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/10/2019 1:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Two injured and the fence breached,but they didn't threaten injuries or endanger the people of Israel?

This witch comes from a long line of French collaborators, doesn't she?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 09/10/2019 7:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Actually, she's Chilean.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 8:13 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm sure the UN official was complicit, they should shoot her too, just to be safe.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 09/10/2019 10:34 Comments || Top||

#6  ...when it opened the 42nd session of its Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday.

So right off the bat with this useless 'council', a UN group basically accuses Israel of war crimes. Talk about a standing headline -they can fuck right the fuck off. I can't wait until Trump pulls all US funding for these parasites.
Posted by: Raj || 09/10/2019 10:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Take off and nuke the site from space. It's the only way to be sure.
Posted by: SR-71 || 09/10/2019 18:24 Comments || Top||

#8  #2 - Snark O' The Day
Posted by: Frank G || 09/10/2019 19:50 Comments || Top||


Netanyahu reveals new ‘nuclear weapons development site’ in Iran
Video of the speech, showing the prime minister’s Power Point slides, including ground level and overhead photos of the sites in question, can be watched at the link.
[IsraelTimes] At a brief news conference in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins by noting that uranium traces were found at a facility at Turquzabad flagged by the premier last year. He says the UN’s IAEA watchdog has confirmed the find.

More dramatically, he then reveals the existence of another "secret" Iranian facility, which he terms a "nuclear weapons development site," in Abadeh, south of Isafhan.

He shows how 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...
has tried to hide the traces of nuclear activity at the sites in question. At Turquzubad, the site has been razed and covered with gravel since he outed it last year ‐ "literally covered up," he says.

Likewise at Abadeh, once the Iranians realized that Israel knew what they were up to, they quickly moved to cover it up. He shows before and after Abadeh photographs from June and July of this year. And he adds: "It’s incredible. Every time we reveal, they try to cover up their tracks."

Addressing Tehran, Netanyahu says: "We know what you’re doing, when you’re doing it, where you’re doing it, and we will continue exposing your lies and violations."

Netanyahu calls on the international community to employ "pressure, pressure and more pressure" on Iran and join US President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
’s sanctions.

He delivers his remarks in Hebrew and then in English.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Israel preparing diplomatic ground for possible action against Hezbollah

Preparing the diplomatic ground for possible action against Hezbollah's precision missile program in Lebanon, Israel's mission at the UN informed the Security Council on Monday that Hezbollah is operating a facility for the production of these missiles in the Bekaa Valley.

According to a statement issued by Israel's mission at the UN, "The IDF has provided valuable information on Hezbollah's precision missile program in Lebanon, which has helped Israel advance its case in recent letters to the Security Council."

In a letter to the Security Council on Monday, Israel noted that Hezbollah "operates a site intended for the production and conversion of precision missiles near the town of Nabi Chit in the Bekaa Valley, with Iranian sponsorship, including financial and logistical support."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 08:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Why tell these *sshats what you intend to do? It's immediately forwarded on the the Iranian proxies.

Unless you want to track the 'scurrying'.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/10/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Israel been doing this staff for 70 year, Mullah - it's practically an art form. And Bibi is a grandmaster* - that's why he keeps getting reelected.

*Avoiding an open break with USA during the Obama era makes him the greatest Israeli statesman in my book.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 11:32 Comments || Top||

#3  1. tell'em what you're gonna do.
2. tell'em where you're gonna do it.
3. tell'em when you're gonna do it.

Do it somewhere else, some earlier time, with excessive force. See 'march' to Bagdad.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

#4  "Excessive force" was ist das?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/10/2019 15:22 Comments || Top||


UN atomic watchdog confirms Iran installing advanced centrifuges
[IsraelTimes] The UN’s nuclear watchdog confirmed Monday 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 (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...
was installing advanced centrifuges as the troubled 2015 deal with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program threatens to fall apart.

The ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement that on September 7 it had "verified that the following centrifuges were either installed or being installed...: 22 IR-4, one IR-5, 30 IR-6 and three IR-6s."

The IAEA’s confirmation comes a day after Tehran hit out at Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an powers, saying they had left Iran little option but to scale back its commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The IAEA added in its statement that the centrifuges had been installed at Iran’s Natanz facility and said "all of the installed centrifuges had been prepared for testing with UF6 (uranium hexafluoride), although none of them were being tested with UF6 on 7 and 8 September 2019."

"In addition, in a letter to the Agency dated 8 September, Iran informed the Agency that it would reinstall the piping at two R&D lines to accommodate a cascade of 164 IR-4 centrifuges and a cascade of 164 IR-2m centrifuges," the agency’s statement said.

Iran has said that notwithstanding its reduction of commitments under the JCPOA, it will continue to allow access to IAEA inspectors who monitor its nuclear program.

After the IAEA assessment was released on Monday, Foreign Minister Israel Katz called on the remaining signatories of the 2015 deal to follow the US example by abandoning the accord and re-imposing sanctions on the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

Also on Monday, China ‐ which along with La Belle France, Germany, Britannia and Russia is also a signatory to the JCPOA ‐ called on the US to "give up its wrong approach such as unilateral sanctions and extreme pressure against Iran."
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/10/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  It’s easy for those countries to criticize our approach to Iran’s nuke program. After all they know they are not the target. They know only the US, Israel, and KSA are the targets
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/10/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Well, if the US might couldn't stop a blackmarket oil tanker, how could we stop a centrifuge?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/10/2019 15:40 Comments || Top||



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