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-Land of the Free
Trump wanted to sent 250,000 troops - or half the US Army - to the border to deal with the migrants: Defense Secretary rejected largest use of troops inside the country since the Civil War because Mexico would see it as an act of aggression
[Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News]
  • Donald Trump wanted to send 250,000 troops to mitigate the southern border in spring 2020 – during the onset of the pandemic

  • Homeland Security Secretary Mark Esper was vehemently against the plan

  • Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump's immigration agenda, first had the idea but didn't push it when Esper wanted to ditch the plan to deploy half the Army

  • At the time, Trump's administration had already started implementing Title 42

  • The provision allows the CDC to turn back migrants during a health emergency

  • The Biden administration is still using Title 42 to send back illegal immigrants
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2021 08:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Illegal = "undocumented"
Defending your border = "an act of aggression"
War is Peace
Slavery is Freedom
Diversity is Our Strength
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 10/20/2021 9:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Who cares if Mexico would see it as an act of aggression? They can't seem to defeat the cartels, anyone really think they would want to war with the US?
Posted by: Chris || 10/20/2021 10:53 Comments || Top||

#3  The one thing not allowed in the modern military is an easily supplied mission with clear objectives. It doesn't allow for "mission creep" (i.e. doing whatever you want) and there's the danger things will stay within budget.
Posted by: ed in texas || 10/20/2021 11:15 Comments || Top||

#4  More n more it appears we're under some sort of Treaty of Versailles arrangement where the US is not allowed to defend itself in any way, in any scenario.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/20/2021 11:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Mark Thomas Esper is an American manufacturing executive

For cheap illegal labor and not hiring Americans. Follow the money!
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/20/2021 11:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Mexico allows cartel armed vehicles to fire into the US(Texas is part of the US, for the time being). I think a few apache gunships could deter that w/o harming immigrants. As far as i am concerned anyone walking a few hundred miles to get here should be respected. If it is woman with a child welcome them. If it is a guy with tattoos on his face or neck. Well ...
Posted by: irish rage boy || 10/20/2021 11:51 Comments || Top||

#7  If it is a guy with tattoos on his face or neck. Well ...

Make a lampshade.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2021 15:48 Comments || Top||

#8  anyone walking a few hundred miles to get here

AFAICT they mostly walk just the last few hundred yards, after having been transported most of the way by charities or enemies.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/20/2021 16:28 Comments || Top||

#9  Other sources put the number Trump was inquiring about a mix of 20,000 NG's & Regular troops.

Also do some digging into accuser s backgrd. It may explain this.

Also I would rather have US Troops on the border than the est. 1,500,000+ illegals Bidens coup let in with NO CRIMINAL OR TERRORIST BACKGROUNDS checks now spread all over the USA & not locatable waiting for orders or opportunities.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 10/20/2021 16:33 Comments || Top||

#10  Too many gorditas with zapatos baratos to be otherwise.

Add in Haitians bragging about being handed a stack of cash for a plane ticket and a bus ride.

And now, an estimated 100,000 en route.

I am curious as to why this didn't happen.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/20/2021 16:50 Comments || Top||

#11  Before WWII the Rio Grande along the Texas border was guarded by the Army via 50 caliber machine gun nests.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 10/20/2021 22:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Remember Pershing.
Posted by: Chealing Chomotle4158 || 10/20/2021 22:52 Comments || Top||

Taliban give money reward, pledge land to suicide bombers’ families
[KhaamaPress] Afghanistan’s acting minister of interior affairs Sarajudin Haqqani met with the families of the jacket wallahs who conducted attacks in the past two decades in Afghanistan targeting foreign and Afghan troops.

The parents were asked to gather in Kabul’s luxury hotel- Intercontinental- that was targeted by Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
’s suicide bombers several times.

Spokesperson of the interior ministry Saeed Khostai in a twitter post said that the parents were given 10,000 AFS ($110), clothes, and were pledged to be distributed a plot of land each.

Saeed Khostai added that the suicide bombers were praised as real heroes.

Sarajudin Haqqani, whose photos were face-covered is head of the Haqqani network
...a branch of the Afghan Taliban, based in Pakistain. The network is a family business founded by the later Jalaluddin Haqqani...
that conducted nearly all suicide kabooms in the past 15 years in Afghanistan.

He is on the US’s black list and has $5 million bounties on him.

Kabul has been a city where the Taliban conducted the most number of suicide attacks in past twenty years that inflicted casualties to thousands of civilians alongside the foreign and Afghan men in service.

Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  were pledged to be distributed a plot of land each

To bury their parts, should they be found?

A standard grave is 2 1/2 feet wide by 8 feet long, according to the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2021 7:51 Comments || Top||

#2  If your family was starving would you have the courage to do this?
Posted by: Vinegar Thrusoque6030 || 10/20/2021 11:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe not have a family.
Maybe not let them starve.
McDonalds is hiring.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2021 23:20 Comments || Top||

Daily life under the Talibs: economy to shrink 30%, exchange rate now 90 Afghanis to $1, Kazakhstan sends flour, road building ends

IMF predicting 30% shrink in Afghanistan’s economy after Taliban takeover
[KhaamaPress] International Monetary Fund in its latest regional economic report said that the gross domestic products of Afghanistan could see a 30% contraction after the Taliban took over the country and foreign aids halted.

Officials in IMF say that Afghanistan’s situation was deteriorating even before the Taliban enter Kabul and add that COVID-19 and drought are among the factors that will cause the sharp contraction in the economy.

After the Taliban takeover on August 15, non-humanitarian aids stopped in Afghanistan, foreign assets have been frozen, people lost their jobs, and banks are struggling with a limited amount of cash.

Price of Goods Rise, Value of Afghani Falls
[ToloNews] The dropping in value of Afghanis against the dollar has greatly reduced business in the markets.

According to the money exchangers, recently the smuggling of dollars has also caused problems in the markets.

Currently, one dollar is exchanged for about 90 Afghanis in the Kabul market.

At the same time, Afghanistan annually imports goods which cost 8.5 billion dollars and to buy these goods they use dollars.

“Afghanistan is one of those countries that relies on other countries' imports and we need dollars to buy goods and that is why the Afghani is losing its value in currency markets,” said Haji Zirak Zirak, the spokesperson of the money exchangers union in Kabul.

Kazakhstan Sends 4,000 Tons of Flour to Aid Afghan People
[ToloNews] Local officials at northern Balkh province said Monday that Kazakhstan has provided more than 4.000 tons of flour as humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Abdul Latif Haqani, head of the National Disaster Management department in Balkh province, said It came across the border at Hairatan, and that the aid will be distributed to vulnerable and needy families.

The country will reportedly send 42 more containers of flour to Afghanistan in the future.

“28 containers of Kazakhstan’s flour reach the Hairatan border crossing, which we are unloading now,” said Abdul Wodod Qani, Head of Hairatan's port service.

Taliban road construction projects stall without foreign funding
[DW] The Taliban have boasted that they will begin fixing Afghanistan's crumbling roads, but work cannot move forward without the now suspended foreign aid payments that kept former projects afloat.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

#1  OMG! It's as if the Democrats are running the Afghanistan.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/20/2021 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Yup, Biden is a Chi Com Talibunny.
Posted by: Woodrow || 10/20/2021 12:01 Comments || Top||

#3  30% shrinkage... About what the US Troops equal???

Note: Since July 2021 the Afghanis vs. USD has actually improved.

But if you look at the 1 yr chart you'll see a big Crash July 10th, 2021. Now its about 1.1/4 US cents per Afghanis.

But what does a loaf of bread cost in Afghanistan?

If the place was stable, I could afford to retire there.☺
Posted by: Betty Jomonter9789 || 10/20/2021 12:20 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ If the place was stable, I could afford to retire there.☺

I'd recommend a visit or two, just to have a look around prior to buying BJ.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2021 14:24 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ I'm sure it will make a "Best Places to Retire" list occasionally.
Posted by: Matt || 10/20/2021 15:44 Comments || Top||

#6  /\ When you see that happen Matt, please send me the link.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/20/2021 15:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Sounds like Bidenville!
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2021 23:22 Comments || Top||

Taliban get aid promise but not recognition on eve of Moscow talks
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russia, China and Pakistain are willing to provide aid to Afghanistan, the Russian foreign ministry said on Tuesday, but Moscow said it was not yet ready to recognize the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
government.The promise of humanitarian aid and economic support came after talks between Russian, Chinese and Pak officials, who will be joined by representatives of Afghanistan’s Islamist rulers at a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday.

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Russia was withholding recognition from the Taliban while waiting for them to fulfil promises they made when they took power, including on the political and ethnic inclusivity of the new government.

Critics say the former rebel movement is backtracking on pledges not to sideline women and minorities, or persecute foes.

"Official recognition of the Taliban is not under discussion for now," Lavrov told news hounds. "Like most of other influential countries in the region, we are in contact with them. We are prodding them to fulfil the promises they made when they came to power."

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: Taliban/IEA

CCTV footage shows suspect in slaying of British MP Amess hours before stabbing
[IsraelTimes] Ali Harbi Ali
...the Somali-Brit should-have-been-known wolf who may have been inspired by Al Shabaab to knife a good man to death just because he could...
seen strolling down north London street, apparently heading to train station as he set off to coastal town where he allegedly killed David Amess later that day

Security camera footage emerged Monday showing the man suspected of killing a British politician strolling down a London street hours before he struck down the MP in a frenzied stabbing attack.

British authorities have not released the name of the suspect in the Friday killing of 69-year-old Conservative politician David Amess, but British media reported the suspect was Ali Harbi Ali, 25, a British citizen with Somali heritage.

The video, first published by Sky News and then picked up by other British media, shows Ali on a street near his home in the north of the capital as he was heading to the Gospel Oak station. From there he is thought to have traveled to Leigh-on-Sea, a journey of about an hour and a half, where he stabbed Amess to death as he met with constituents in Belfairs Methodist Church.

It shows Ali wearing a green duffle coat and clutching a black backpack.

The footage is thought to be a key element in the ongoing investigation into the attack, the Daily Mail reported. It was obtained by police from a store close to Ali’s home. More footage has been taken from other CCTV cameras in the area and in Leigh-on-Sea along the route to the church where the stabbing took place.

Detectives have declared the killing a terrorist incident and said they are investigating "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism."

According to the report, Ali made an appointment a week earlier to meet with the politician. There is no indication that he tried to arrange similar meetings with any other MPs. The report noted that Sir Keir Starmer is the suspect’s local MP, but that as leader of the Labour Party and the opposition, access to him may have been more controlled.

Investigators now suspect that Ali targeted Amess just because he was able to book a face-to-face meeting with him at the church.

More details also emerged about Ali’s father, Harbi Ali Kullane, who was once an adviser to the prime minister of Somalia. A security source revealed that Ali Kullane received death threats in Somalia from the al-Shabaab
...... al-Qaeda's tentacle in East Africa...
Death Eater terror group because of his opposition to the group, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The source said that as a result, Ali Kullane "despises terrorists," raising questions as to how his son became radicalized.

Ali Kullane has been cooperating with police on the investigation, including analysis of his phone in the search for clues, the Mail reported. Part of the investigation is focusing on Amess’s ties to 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...
. The slain MP had returned from the Gulf state last week and was chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Qatar.

Qatar is an ally of the current Somalian government.

Friends of Ali told The Sun on Sunday that he became radicalized after watching videos on YouTube.

Before the attack, the suspect had been referred to Prevent, the official counterterrorist scheme for those thought to be at risk of radicalization, according to reports.

Counterterror officers from London’s Metropolitan police are leading the probe. In their last update late Saturday, the force said that they were searching three addresses in the capital.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2021 00:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under:

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Chechen convicted of financing Syrian militants
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
[KavkazUzel] A court in Rostov-on-Don today sentenced Chechen resident Magomed Dakaev to 5.5 years in prison, finding him guilty of transferring money to terrorists in Syria.

According to the investigation, the 33-year-old native of Urus-Martan, Magomed Dakaev, was accused of facilitating terrorist activities (part 1 of Article 205.1 of the Criminal Code of Russia), the punishment for which provides for from five to fifteen years in prison.

"It was established that at the beginning of June 2014, the defendant, while in the Chechen Republic, handed over 2,000 rubles to a fellow villager for transfer to their mutual acquaintance who was in the Syrian Arab Republic in an illegal armed formation.

In the same year, the defendant provided 7,000 rubles to other persons for their departure, to the territory of the SAR to participate in the [illegal armed formation]," an employee of the press service of the Southern District Military Court told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

In court, Dakaev pleaded guilty in part. He was found guilty and sentenced to five years and six months in a general regime colony. The verdict has not entered into legal force and can be appealed by the parties in the Military Court of Appeal, the press service said.

"Caucasian Knot" has not yet received any comments from Magomed Dakaev and his representatives regarding the verdict of the court .

The "Caucasian Knot" also wrote that on August 3 it became known that a Chechen resident, Mohamadkhan Abdulvahabov, was sentenced by a court to six years in prison, having been found guilty of transferring money to a friend for a trip to Syria.
In 2014 his target could have been any number of jihadi groups allied with Al Qaeda or what was becoming ISIS.
Posted by: badanov || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under:

Afghan Taliban's Victory Boosts Pakistan's Radicals
[AnNahar] In Pakistain's rugged tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan, a quiet and persistent warning is circulating: The Taliban
...Arabic for students...
are returning.

Pakistain's own Taliban movement, which had in years past waged a violent mostly peaceful campaign against the Islamabad government, has been emboldened by the return to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [67 views] Top|| File under: Pak Taliban (TTP)

UK repatriating three British children from Syria
[Rudaw] The United Kingdom is repatriating three British children from a camp housing families suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group in northeastern Syria (Rojava), it was revealed on Tuesday.

The children living at al-Hol camp were handed over on Monday by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) to a delegation representing the UK’s foreign office, Abdulkarim Omar, the head of foreign relations for the Kurdish-led administration, announced on Tuesday.

Save the Children has estimated that more than 60 British children are trapped in Rojava. In a report published last month, the NGO found that Britannia had so far only repatriated four children from the camps.

The UK lags far behind its European and US allies in repatriating its citizens, despite calls from the international community and Kurdish officials. During a visit to Britannia this October, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, Ilhan Ahmed, asked the UK to "give us support, rehabilitate everyone and take them back to their homeland."

To many, it appears the UK has washed its hands of its citizens by revoking their citizenship and leaving them in the region. Earlier this year, the British-born ISIS member Shamima Begum lost the appeal to restore her citizenship after it was revoked by the UK’s Home Secretary in 2019, citing security concerns. Begum was 15-years old when she left London to join ISIS in Syria in 2015.

A report by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King's College London, estimates that up to 41,490 international citizens from 80 countries joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria between April 2013 and June 2018, with foreign women and kiddies accounting for approximately 25%.

An estimated 850 Britons travelled to Syria or Iraq to join the group, with around 40% either currently missing or held in Kurdish camps after having their UK citizenship removed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [94 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  3 known bombers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/20/2021 23:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Future known wolves, Skidmark?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/20/2021 23:50 Comments || Top||

Bassil Decries 'Legislative Massacre' against Electoral Law
[An Nahar] Free Patriotic Movement
Despite its name a Christian party allied with Hizbullah, neither free nor particularly patriotic...
chief MP Jebran Bassil on Tuesday lamented what he called "a legislative massacre against the electoral law," after parliament voted to cancel six parliamentary seats for expats stipulated by the 2018 electoral law.

"We will file an appeal over the issue of expat voting because the constitutional principle is clear and it has been violated. This is a constitutional, political and national violation," Bassil said after a parliamentary session.

"It is shameful to say that expats only know Leb
...The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. That's three statements, only the first of which is subjective....
through ’kibbeh and sfiha,’ they are not a decoration as some have described them," Bassil added, referring to two traditional Lebanese dishes.

He also decried that setting March 27 as a date for the elections is "manipulation" amid expected bad weather and the Christian fasting season.

Bassil also voiced surprise that parliament ditched the electoral megacenters idea, noting that "it facilitates the electoral process."

As for the postponement of the decision on women’s quota, the FPM chief said "our proposal which includes granting women the ability to be represented by at least one seat in every electoral list could have been adopted."
Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Parliament OKs March 27 Polls Date, Axes Expat Seats amid Bassil Objection
[An Nahar] Parliament on Tuesday voted to approve a bill bringing forward the elections date from May to March 27, as it amended the electoral law to cancel the six expat seats as well as megacenters and the magnetic voting card.Free Patriotic Movement
Despite its name a Christian party allied with Hizbullah, neither free nor particularly patriotic...
chief MP Jebran Bassil meanwhile objected to the change of the elections date and the cancellation of expat seats and megacenters.

"The meteorological department says storms might occur on the elections’ scheduled date, which might make the process difficult, in addition to the coincidence of electoral deadlines with the fasting of Christian sects," Bassil said.

As for the six expat seats, Bassil stated: "This is a right and a national achievement that was made in 2017, so why is there an attempt to back down from it now? What are you afraid of? If it wasn’t for these expats, the country would have collapsed, and you’re finding it too much to grant them six MPs?"

Responding to Bassil’s warning that there might be legal challenges before the Constitutional Council, Berri said: "Let no one threaten me. I allow anything but threats."

Bassil had also insisted on electoral megacenters, arguing that "they lessen influences and transportation costs for voters," but Interior Minister Bassam al-Mawlawi said the issue needs a law.

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Gemayel Calls for 'Withdrawing Parliamentary Legitimacy' from Hizbullah in Elections
[An Nahar] Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel has called on the Lebanese people to "withdraw legitimacy from Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
’s actions" through voting for change in the upcoming parliamentary elections."We’re not speaking of eliminating Hizbullah. We are saying that the battle will withdraw the legitimate cover it had gained from institutions," Gemayel added, in an interview with Annahar newspaper published Tuesday.

Commenting on the deadly Tayyouneh incidents, Gemayel said "the entire Lebanese people were a victim of what happened."

"Together with our young men, we are present in this area (Ain al-Remmaneh), and it is normal to be alongside our people. We are not doing something extraordinary; we are naturally present and we belong to the area’s fabric when it faces danger. Residents defend themselves and certainly there will be Kataeb members defending themselves among the residents," Gemayel added.

He, however, noted that Kataeb "will not pour oil on fire."

"We believe that that cannot lead to a result. We have not abandoned the area and I’m the only one who visited it on the day of the troubles," Gemayel added.

As for the political and security situations in the country, the Kataeb leader said there is "an attempt to undermine the judiciary and eliminate its role and credibility."

He added: "In my opinion, the coming period will witness an attempt to target the Lebanese Army and disintegrate it, seeing as it is the last bulwark for Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. ...
’s unity and the state’s image."

Posted by: Fred || 10/20/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Mikati says Leb government has completed compiling the financial data required for cooperation with the IMF
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