It’s dawa, the invitation. Surrender or be conquered.
[ToloNews] In an open letter to the American public, the Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... ’s leader Mullah Abdullah Abdul Ghani Baradar urged the United States to abide by its commitments to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan in accordance with the US-Taliban peace deal signed between the two sides in Doha last February.
The Taliban big shot has also said that the group is committed to act upon the US-Taliban peace agreement, stating that he is confident that the Afghans will finally agree on an Islamic system and sustainable peace and security through a political settlement.
"We are fully confident that the Afghans themselves can achieve the establishment of an Islamic government and enduring peace and security through intra-Afghan dialogue," an excerpt from the letter says.
"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is sincerely committed to finding a political solution to the ongoing conflict and therefore, took the initiative by opening a political office in the nation of 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... towards this end," the letter reads.
Meanwhile, ...back at the revival hall, Buford bit the snake and Eloise began speaking in tongues... Mateen Bek, a member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban, has said that the Taliban--after travelling to Islamabad--are making unnecessary excuses to attend the peace negotiation table.
"Before going to Islamabad, they were looking a bit serious, their colleagues who have not travelled to Pakistain had raised optimism in their talks with our colleagues, but their gesture changed after returning from Islamabad," said Mateen Bek, a member of the peace negotiating team, representing the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban.
"Now that a year has passed since the signing of the Doha agreement, we urge the American side to remain committed to the full implementation of this accord," Baradar said in the letter.
In the letter, the Taliban also said that they will respect women’s rights in accordance to the Islamic principles.
"Just as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has clarified in many instances that it is committed to upholding and guaranteeing all rights of women afforded to them by Islamic law, we would like to once again assure the international community in this regard," the letter said.
Why have the talks stalled?
"The Doha meeting is losing its importance because of the review that is expected to occur in the US-Taliban agreement," said Faiz Mohammad Zaland, a university lecturer.
However, some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go... members of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban have said that they are in touch with the international community and countries involved in the grinding of the peace processor in Afghanistan.
"The approach that convinced the Taliban is that they have said that the emirate system will return—and the Americans are serious about leaving—so what is the need for talks?" said Bek.
"The delegation of the Islamic republic of Afghanistan is continuing its consultations with the international community and international organizations," said Ghulam Farooq Majroh, a member of the peace negotiating team, representing the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan in the talks with the Taliban.
Based on the US-Taliban agreement, the US forces must leave the country until the end of May.
But the Afghan government has said that currently the conditions are not suitable for the complete withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.
[ToloNews] The findings of TOLOnews show that up to 340 were either killed or maimed in security incidents in Afghanistan since the start of February as a result of magnetic IEDs, roadside kabooms and assassinations.
Based on the findings, 168 people were killed and 172 more were maimed.
According to TOLOnews findings, the scale of violence, particularly assassinations, IED blasts and Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... attacks dramatically increased after the impasse in the peace negotiations in Doha.
The majority of the casualties occurred due to IED attacks and assassinations in the cities.
"The problem is not insecurity in the provinces and in the center of Afghanistan, the problem is that there is no coordination between our security and intelligence agencies," said Assadullah Nadim, a military analyst.
"As long as time pressure is not applied to the warring parties and they are not condemned, violence will not be reduced," said Sadiq Qaderi, MP.
Most of the incidents gripped provinces like Kabul, Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. , Kandahar, Uruzgan and Faryab.
"The security and defense forces are responsible to protect and defend the lives and properties of the public, we will defend our homeland with complete preparedness and will crush the enemy with strength" said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a front man for the Ministry of Defense.
The survey finds that since February 1st, 49 mine explosions, 37 unclaimed armed attacks and three boom-mobiles by the Taliban against security forces occurred.
[ToloNews] While the issue of peace with the Taliban ...Arabic for students... this year has been among the hot topics in the country, there are reports that the warring parties are preparing for war in the spring.
Local officials in several provinces have confirmed that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANDSF) are making the fight against the Taliban among their main priorities.
The Taliban has so far not commented, but the Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) has said that the Taliban will face severe consequences if the group insists on war and violence.
Local officials in Kunduz have confirmed that the government forces are preparing for summer offensive.
"Winter operations, the establishment of new installations—new security belts in the city and in the district were also established," said Abdul Sattar Mirzakawal, the governor of Kunduz.
Taliban movements have been reported in Kunduz, Baghlan, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Helmand ...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan... provinces in recent weeks.
The Taliban’s movements were seen in the highways and suburbs of lovely provincial capitals.
Highways connecting Kabul to other provinces also witnessed the presence of the Taliban.
The Afghan Ministry of Defense (MoD) has said that the Taliban, by not showing willingness for peace, will bring upon themselves a strong government response.
"If they continue the path of violence and war, this will be a great mistake, they will face a severe setback by the brave members of the country’s security and armed forces," said Rohullah Ahmadzai, a front man for the Ministry of Defense.
[LibyaReview] The British newspaper, The Guardian reported that the conflict, weak economy, and COVID-19 pandemic has forced Libyans to leave their country and join migrant boats heading for Europe. Corruption and security fears are also becoming push factors for Libyans to flee.
"The pandemic has made the economy suffer, and has led to a reduction of oil and gas exports. There is also difficulty for Libyans to cash out their pensions, and there’s a huge rise in unemployment among youth," says Vincent Cochetel, the UNHCR’s special envoy for the western and central Mediterranean.
"Border closures and limited movements because of COVID-19 lockdowns have affected people’s ability to earn," he said. "They depended on border trade and smuggling things like cigarettes and fuel to get by."
Cochetel predicts a continued rise in Libyans leaving the country in 2021, unless the economy improves.
At the end of December, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) registered 386 Libyan nationals arriving in Italia by sea in 2020, almost double the number that arrived in 2019. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees recorded a 52% increase of Libyans arriving in Europe, compared with 2019.
Safa Msehli, a spokesperson for the IOM said the rise in numbers is significant, as it changes Libya’s position in relation to the migration chain, "Libya has always been a transit country for migrants colonists."
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Asiana Flight 214 - 'Sum Ting Wong': Intern blamed for leaking fake names of pilots aboard plane that crashed in San Francisco
During a live newscast Friday, KTVU Channel 2 reported the names of the flight crew as: 'Sum Ting Wong,' 'Wi Tu Lo,' 'Ho Lee Fuk,' and 'Bang Ding Ow'
[AlAhram] The US Department of State has approved the sale of new military equipment to Egypt for $197 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Tuesday.
According to the DSCA statement, the deal involves the sale of rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment.
"The proposed sale will support the Egyptian Navy’s Fast Missile Craft ships and provide significantly enhanced area defense capabilities over Egypt’s coastal areas and approaches to the Suez Canal," the statement said, adding that the deal "will not alter the basic military balance in the region."
In the end it will still be Egyptian soldiers operating the things, with their sandals and guns both held together by duct tape. Whether the common soldiers involved can read fluently is yet another question, though how important that is to operate the things I could not possibly say.
"This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-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... Ally country that continues to be an important strategic partner in the Middle East," the statement said.
Egypt has been upgrading its naval forces in the past few years with new frigates from La Belle France and Italia as well as submarines from Germany.
In December, Egypt received the FREMM Bergamini frigate as a new addition to its navy, "which has recently witnessed a technological boom in armament systems and combat efficiency to cope with the latest global defence systems," according to the Egyptian army front man.
The US has been providing Egypt with foreign aid, including military assistance, since Cairo's 1979 peace deal with Israel. Each year, Egypt receives approximately $1.3 billion in US military aid, as well as an annual economic assistance package, which amounted to $150 million in 2016, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry’s website.
[BenarNews] A tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death five men of an al-Qaeda-linked krazed killer group who were found guilty of killing Bangladesh-American blogger and author Avijit Roy
...Bangladeshi-American engineer, online activist, writer and blogger who created the Mukto-Mona internet community for Bangladeshi freethinkers, including rationalists, skeptics, atheists and humanists. Engineers are dangerous — they can’t be stopped thinking logically, and explaining their conclusions, short of death, so Ansarullah Bangla Team arranged it. ABT is ISIS in Bangladesh now, but at the time Al Qaeda was where all the kewl jihadis pledged their blood...
in 2015, in one of a string of gruesome murders of secular intellectuals in the South Asian country.
A sixth convict was sentenced to life in prison for issuing a death threat to Roy — for his writings against religious extremism and for allegedly defaming Islam — and provoking the machete killing that took place six years ago.
Roy’s wife Rafida Ahmed Bonya, who currently lives in the U.S., said the verdict did not provide closure for her or her family, and that the roots of the extremism that led to the killings of intellectuals need to be investigated.
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[AlAhram] Tehran has been seeking to step up military cooperation with Beijing and Moscow amid regional tensions with the United States
Iranian and Russian militaries have kicked off a joint naval drill in the Indian Ocean aimed at boosting security of maritime trade in the region, Iran's state TV reported on Tuesday.
The TV said units from Iran's Navy and the powerful Revolutionary Guard's navy will take part in the exercise dubbed ’Iran-Russia Maritime Security Belt 2021’ in the northern part of Indian Ocean, spanning a stretch of about a 17,000 kilometers (10,600 miles).
According to Iranian Adm. Gholamreza Tahani, the drill front man, a Russian destroyer, logistics ship and a helicopter were to participate in the drill. This is the second such joint Russia-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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... exercise since 2019, when the two nations plus China held a four-day exercise.
Tehran has been seeking to step up military cooperation with Beijing and Moscow amid regional tensions with the United States. Visits to Iran by Russian and Chinese naval representatives have also increased in recent years.
In the last few months, Iran has stepped up military drills as the country tries to pressure President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden ...Candidate for president in 2020. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass.... over the nuclear accord, which he has said America could reenter.
Last Thursday, Iran's Revolutionary Guard conducted a ground forces drill near the border with Iraq in which drones, helicopters and military tanks were used.
Former President Donald Trump ...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US... in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the U.S. from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers, Under the accord, Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.
When the Trump administration subsequently imposed severe sanctions on Tehran, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal's limits on its nuclear development.
Oct 6, 2020: Russian Ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan says his country will have “no problem” selling advanced weapons to Iran immediately after the expiration of the arms embargo currently in place. Yet military and diplomatic analysts told The Media Line that Russian interests go far beyond any limited weapons deal in the Persian Gulf. “We have said since the very first day that there will be no problem [selling arms to Iran] from October 19,” Dzhagaryan told the Tehran-based Resalat newspaper on Saturday, stressing that Moscow is not intimidated by recent actions and “threats” made by the United States.
I doubt that Joe has any idea what to do--or even that this is happening.
Meanwhile, I also suspect that the bureaucrats in the State Department are having very nice lunches and dinners with quite pricey consultants and writing position papers featuring killer PowerPoint presentations.
Biden will probably send that doofus JFnK over to negotiate some f&*cked up new green deal climate change B.S. that no one really cares about except the Dems in the U.S. He will probably get on his bicycle and fall off and break his other leg. Whatever is negotiated with the Mad Mullahs and Russia won't have anything to do with much of anything--certainly not a reduction in tensions or preventing global warming as the result of nukes going boom.
[IsraelTimes] La Belle France’s lower house of parliament votes in favor of a law to battle "Islamist separatism" that is billed by the government as a riposte to religious groups attempting to undermine the secular state.
The draft legislation, which has been criticized for stigmatizing Moslems and giving the state new powers to limit speech and religious groups, is backed by a clear majority of MPs in the National Assembly.
President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party rallies around the law, with 347 National Assembly politicians voting in favor, 151 against and 65 abstaining.
Well done, guys!
The text will now be submitted to the upper house Senate, where Macron’s party does not hold a majority.
Good luck. Here’s hoping they also choose to have a spine.
"It’s an extremely strong secular offensive," Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told RTL radio ahead of the vote. "It’s a tough text... but necessary for the republic."
Among the more than 70 separate articles, the law expands the ability of the state to close places of worship and religious schools, as well as to ban bully boy preachers.
Amid concerns about the funding of mosques by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor... , 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... or 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... , it requires religious groups to declare large foreign donations and have their accounts certified.
[ABCNews] German prosecutors said Monday they have charged five Tajik men with being members of the Islamic State ...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems.... group, accusing them of participating in a cell of the hard boy organization in Germany.
Federal prosecutors filed the indictment at the Duesseldorf state court, where an alleged associate of the five was convicted last month of membership in IS for co-founding the German cell and supporting two planned attacks. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The suspects now charged were identified only as Farhodshoh K., Muhammadali G., Azizjon B., Sunatullokh K. and Komron B., in keeping with German privacy rules.
Prosecutors say that Azizjon B. administered propaganda channels and helped collect money for a Russian- and Tajik-language IS online network. They say he also personally recruited IS members, leading to the founding of a cell in western Germany in early 2019 that aimed to carry out attacks in Germany.
The rest of the accused — along with Ravsan B., the man convicted last month — are alleged to have belonged to that cell.
Prosecutors say that they trained their military skills in paintball games, and that participants in those included "other people from the Islamist scene" who were in contact with the gunman who killed four people in an attack in Vienna in November. They also allegedly acquired components for an "unconventional" bomb.
Farhodshoh K. and Ravsan B. are accused of traveling to Albania in 2019 to carry out a contract killing that was intended to finance IS to the tune of $40,000. That killing was called off because doubts arose over the intended victim’s identity.
The indictment alleges that Ravsan B. then gave Sunatullokh K. the semi-automatic pistol intended for that killing to shoot a man in Germany who had made critical comments about Islam — an attack that was foiled by authorities.
It says that the cell then changed its strategy, concentrating on radicalizing and recruiting young Moslems in Germany and raising money for IS.
[AnNahar] A Danish man arrested last year after buying a firearm and ammunition will stand trial on charges of preparing to carry out a "terrorist attack," prosecutors said on Monday.
The 24-year-old from the capital Copenhagen was arrested in April immediately after making the purchases and then placed in detention.
Danish intelligence, which says it has foiled several attacks in recent years, lists the terror threat against the country as serious.
"We believe that the firearm that the man bought would have been used to carry out a terror attack in Denmark or abroad," prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas said in a statement without giving details about the eventual target.
"He failed because he was arrested immediately after the purchase."
The man could be imprisoned for more than four years if found guilty.
The prosecutor's office is also pushing for him to be stripped of his Danish citizenship, deported and permanently banned from entering Denmark.
In another case, the Danish and German authorities said on Friday they foiled a possible jihadist attack in their two countries.
[Daily Caller, ht Insty] A left-wing activist facing criminal charges for his involvement in the Capitol riots received $35,000 from both CNN and NBC for footage he recorded of a Trump supporter
being fatally shot inside the Capitol building, according to records he filed in federal court on Tuesday.
Was he contracted to produce it, or did he offer it for sale afterward?
Lawyers for John Sullivan, a 26-year-old Utah native, disclosed the payments as part of the activist’s argument that he was acting as a journalist in the Capitol rather than a rioter. "Journolist"
"Defendant is legitimately self-employed as a documentarian and it is oppressive to require that he not be allowed to continue his primary area of employment for an extended period of time," Steven R. Kiersh, the Sullivan lawyer, wrote in a court filing in which he argued for Sullivan to be allowed to continue using Facebook and Twitter.
Sullivan, who founded the social justice group Insurgence USA,
...their slickly produced website looks like a single use false-nose-and-mustache thingy to make his general Black Bloc anarcho-communist viciousness look like romantic social activism. Update: Mr. Sullivan, who also goes by Jaydon X, formed the group in response to the death of George Floyd. He was arrested on January 14th, which is why we have no record of him in the archives...
was charged on Jan. 13 with illegally entering the Capitol, civil disorder, and violent or disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.
Prosecutors cited video that Sullivan recorded inside the Capitol in which he called for burning down the building, while egging on others who had broken into the building. (RELATED: Prosecutors Charge Activist John Sullivan In Capitol Riots)
"We accomplished this shit. We did this together. Fuck yeah! We are all a part of this history," he said in a video cited by prosecutors.
"Let’s burn this shit down," he also allegedly said.
Sullivan faces charges of rioting in Provo, Utah, his hometown, for a Black Lives Matter protest he helped organize in June 2020.
Speaking of "egging on," bonus points for correctly guessing who said the following on national TV in June:
“They’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop. This is a movement, I’m telling you. They’re not gonna stop. And everyone beware because they’re not gonna stop. They’re not gonna stop before Election Day and they’re not going to stop after Election Day. And everyone should take note of that. They’re not gonna let up and they should not.”
Well, that certainly doesn't fit the narrative. How are CNN and NBC explaining it?
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At last count the only person killed because of violence was one of the rioters. And yet our representatives soiled themselves and are now responding out of embarrassment and because Mitch isn't stopping them.
Having run out of Gulenists and soldiers to plunder, Erdogan returns to his evergreen favourite, the Kurds.
[AlAhram] President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... will expand its cross-border operations against Kurdish bully boyz after 13 captured Turks were killed in northern Iraq
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey will expand its cross-border operations against Kurdish bully boyz after 13 captured Turks were killed in northern Iraq.
Turkey said on Sunday bully boyz from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) killed the captives, including police and military personnel, as it was carrying out a military operation against the group.
Erdogan also repeated Ankara's complaint that it had not received enough international solidarity.
"Whether you speak up or not, we know our duty. We will not give the forces of Evil a chance," Erdogan told supporters from his AK Party in the Black Sea province of Trabzon.
"We will expand our operations into areas where threats are still dense," he added. "We will stay in the areas we secure as long as necessary to prevent similar attacks again."
The PKK, designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... , has waged a decades-old insurgency in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
In the past two years, Turkey has launched several cross-border operations to fight the PKK in northern Iraq, where the group has its stronghold in the Qandil mountains.
On Monday, the United States told Ankara that it blamed the PKK for killing the 13 Turks, after Turkey called an earlier U.S. statement on the killings "a joke" and summoned the U.S. ambassador.
Ottoman Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar, briefing parliament on the operation after opposition parties criticised the government for failing to rescue the Turks, said the offensive was launched without ground support due to the harsh conditions in the mountainous region.
[OneIndia] A suspect connected to the ISI running psy-ops against India has come once again under the radar of the Delhi Police, probing the toolkit case.
Peter Friedrich, who finds a mention in the toolkit document is now under probe. The Delhi Police are trying to ascertain why his name features in the document that was tweeted Greta "Pippi" Thunberg ...an autistic sixteen year old Swedish expert on climate change... The police say that Freidrich has been running psy-ops against India since 2006. He is closely associated with Bhajan Singh Bhinder, alias Iqbal Chaudhary. Bhinder is also under the radar of the US authorities after he tried to purchase military grade weapons for the Khalistan groups.
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I think, TW, that Peter Freidrich's own website features a glimpse into what he is much better than the Quint. You see the Quint is an Indian arm of Bloomberg's and will only try and vilify the Indian government.
And one major name that didn't make it to the news is Mo Dhaliwal, the primary enabler and instigator of the Canada based Khalistani resurgence. Mo Dhaliwal is the co-founder of Poetic Justice Foundation, a pro-Khalistan group in Vancouver. He is suspected to have approached Greta, Rihanna, and Mìa Khalifa [err... yeah] to tweet in support of the khalistanis posing as farmers. It doesn't get any weirder so I'll leave you with that.
[OneIndia] In a recent development, a temple in Srinagar, that was closed for 31 years, due to militancy and outmigration of Hindus, was reopened on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami.
Shital Nath Temple is located in the Habba Kadal area of Srinagar reopened on Tuesday. Special prayers were also performed by devotees at the temple.
Santosh Razadan, a devotee who came to offer prayers at the temple, said that they received huge support from locals especially those from the Moslem community for the reopening of the temple.
"Shital Nath temple reopened after 31 years. People used to come here before to offer prayers but it was closed due to militancy. Hindus residing near the temple had also left. Locals mostly belonging to the Moslem community helped us," she told news hounds.
Ravinder Razdan, one of the organisers of the pooja conducted at Shital Nath temple, said people from the Moslem community provided much-needed support to us in this initiative and they even came forward to clean the temple.
"Our Mulsim brother and sisters brought pooja items. We used to do this pooja every year. Baba Sheetal Nath Bhairao's birth anniversary falls on Basant Pachmit that is why we celebrate this day with fervour," Razdan said.
And the reason for posting this article:
Terrorist violence cases and stone-pelting incidents have dropped in Jammu and 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.... following the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 that gave special status to the erstwhile state. Jammu and Kashmir was also bifurcated into two union territories- Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
[AlAhram] NATO defence ministers are set to agree plans on Thursday during a video conference, potentially taking the mission from its current maximum of some 500 troops to around 4,000 or 5,000
NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... defence ministers are set to expand the military alliance's training mission in Iraq once the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
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Do you remember the scene in Blazing Saddles when the sheriff put a revolver to his head? I wonder if the NATO ministers suspect that the new Biden* administration is far more "interventionist" than Trump would have been -- and they want to place NATO advisorshostages "human shields" in Iraq to prevent the US from doing anything.
[AlAhram] The restriction was imposed on Sunday by the Higher Sharia Council in Islamist Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,-run 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...
Gaza's top Islamic judge agreed on Tuesday to revise a recent court ruling that bars women from travel without permission from a male guardian such as a husband or father.
The restriction, imposed on Sunday by the Higher Sharia Council in Islamist Hamas-run Gaza, had drawn criticism from rights groups which said it violated Paleostinian laws against gender-based descrimination.
Protests also erupted outside the office of the council's Hamas-appointed chairman, Hassan Jojo, who had signed the edict into law.
That’s what did it. They can’t be seen as not in control. They can easily ramp it back up quietly later.
Speaking to news hounds on Tuesday, Jojo said: "We have agreed to redraft this ruling." He did not say if the language banning female travel without a male guardian's approval would be removed.
Hamas leaders have repeatedly denied any intention to impose Islamic law on the Gaza Strip's 2 million residents.
The Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), a Paleostinian rights group with offices in Gaza and the West Bank, said Sunday's ruling "violates women's dignity and rights and places them at an inferior level" in society.
ICHR also noted Paleostinian laws bar discrimination "on the basis of race, gender, colour, religion, political opinion or disability".
Reham Owda, a Paleostinian political analyst and womens' rights expert, said the ruling might have aimed at stemming a recent increase in Gaza women seeking work outside the small coastal territory, where employment is 49%.
"The government in Gaza wanted to limit (travel) and restrict the movement of women who are ambitious from leaving in search of study or jobs, and escape the Israeli blockade," Owda said.
Israel maintains restrictions on the Mediterranean enclave, citing security concerns arising from Hamas rule.
[IsraelTimes] Iranian armed forces say suspect in liquidation of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh — which has been blamed on Israel — was dismissed during training.
The Iranian armed forces on Tuesday slammed the intelligence minister for alleging one of its members was involved in a nuclear scientist’s killing, and said the suspect had been ejected from the force years ago.
The suspect was a trainee in the Iranian year beginning in March 2014 and "dismissed the same year due to moral issues and addiction," the armed forces general staff said in a statement carried by the IRNA state news agency.
The individual had "never been officially recruited" and as a civilian "would fall under the jurisdiction of the intelligence ministry" for monitoring, it said, in a rare public row between a security service and the military in the Islamic Theocratic RepublicTop nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was traveling on a highway outside Tehran accompanied by a security detail on November 27 when he came under machine-gun fire, according to Iranian authorities. Israel says Fakhrizadeh was the father of Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program.
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said in an interview with state television ... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
on February 8 that a member of the armed forces "carried out the first preparations" for the killing, and that it was not possible for his ministry "to keep watch over the armed forces."
In response, the armed forces said it expected Alavi "to be more careful in his remarks to the media" so as not to serve the interests of Iran’s enemies and safeguard "the dignity of the armed forces" and his ministry.
On Sunday, the minister was quoted by ISNA news agency as saying the suspect was an "ex-member of the armed forces" and had left 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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... before the liquidation.
According to Iranian authorities, Fakhrizadeh was a deputy defense minister and carried out work on "nuclear defense."
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said a satellite-controlled gun with "artificial intelligence" was used in the attack, which Tehran blamed on Israel.
The Jewish state did not react to the accusation but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in 2018 that Fakhrizadeh was overseeing Iran’s nuclear weapons project, whose existence Iran has repeatedly denied.
[JPost] The comments from Hezbollah's Secretary-General come in response to an IAF military drill up north. He sounds pretty bold, speaking while hiding under his daughters bed
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah responded to the Israeli show of military threat, saying, "After all the recent threats from Israel, no one can guarantee that it won't lead to war. Israel will see things it hasn't seen since its inception," Israeli media reported on Tuesday.
The comment came in response to the IDF's training exercise in preparation for the possibility of war in the North. The drill, conducted by the IAF, is called Vered Hagalil.
"We are not interested in conflict or war, but if you force it upon us, we will fight," Nasrallah said.
The drill began on Sunday, and is expected to last until Wednesday. It is designed to improve the air force's readiness for combat, specifically in ensuring its ability to keep control of the skies for long periods of time.
During the drill, the IAF proved its ability to strike at 3,000 Hezbollah targets within a 24-hour period.
Despite the limitations imposed by the coronavirus crisis, about 85% of IAF personnel participated in the exercise, which involved all branches, including technicians, ammunition officers and reservists, who were called up to participate.
Then, on Monday, Syria's state media reported that Israeli jets conducted a series of airstrikes south of Damascus.
For the past ten years, Israel has consistently attacked Iranian targets in Syria, including missile production sites and military bases.
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.