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ISIS chief from Brooklyn who groomed terrorists and made prisoners dig their graves before shooting them faces life
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Afghanistan
Badakhshan Family Demands Compensation for Air Strike Deaths
[ToloNews] A resident of Badakhshan province is seeking compensation after nine members of his family were killed in a US dronezap nine months ago.

Abdul Bashir, a 49-year-old resident of Argui district in Badakhshan province, said the attack severely injured both of his legs and one of his arms, and that he lost more than 5 million afghanis.
That's like $17.50
"I want them to compensate because (my family) was martyred and are gone but there should be compensation. My money burned at home in the fire. My medical expenses should be paid," said Abdul Bashir, the victim.

"My cousin lost five sons and two daughters and my mother died," said Haji Nazrullah, the cousin.

His demolished house was rebuilt with the aid of locals after the attack, but he still has financial difficulties.

"I have suffered 560 000, I want the US to compensate," said Shabir Ahmad, a young member of the family.

According to local officials in Badakhshan, the United States should compensate all victims of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s in Afghanistan for the last 20 years.

"We have witnessed their dropping bombs on the residences of the people in several parts of Badakhshan, which has caused the death of even 15 members of a family," said Mazuddin Ahmadi, Badakhshan director of Information and Culture.

A similar airstrike in Kabul killed eleven members of a family and injured numerous others in August of last year.

Although the US Department of Defense said after the incident that it would pay the grieving family in Kabul, it is still unclear if the US has done so.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2022 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [65 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "....We want one million helicopters and a dollar!"

Mike
Posted by: MikeKozlowski || 05/26/2022 7:53 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ Heh
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2022 10:21 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Libya Army Deploys Extra Troops Near Chadian Borders
Shades of Ghaddafi, really

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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Two children repatriated from Iraq to Azerbaijan
Direct Translation via Google Translate. Edited.
Possibly ISIS orphans...
[KavkazUzel] Two children who were kept in a correctional facility in Iraq have been repatriated to Azerbaijan. The total number of Azerbaijani citizens repatriated from Iraq has reached 290.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that the Azerbaijani authorities periodically report on the return of natives of the country from the countries of the Middle East. From 2018 to the end of 2020, 248 children were returned from Iraq. In 2021, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry reported on the return of children from Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

On November 24, 2021, the Azerbaijani authorities returned to their homeland 12 natives of the country who were kept in the Amerna camp in the city of Jerablus in Syria. On March 31 , seven citizens of Azerbaijan were repatriated from the same camp .

Two children kept in a correctional facility in Iraq were repatriated today along the Baghdad-Istanbul-Baku route, the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent was told in the press service of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.

According to the ministry, the children's belonging to Azerbaijani citizenship was first established, and then the country's embassy in Iraq provided them with "certificates of return" and air tickets.

The Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Istanbul facilitated the rapid passage of children at the airport. Upon arrival in Azerbaijan, the repatriates underwent the necessary medical examination and were placed in an appropriate institution for reintegration and rehabilitation. After the completion of the relevant procedures, the children will be handed over to relatives, the Foreign Ministry said.

The number of Azerbaijani citizens repatriated from Iraq has reached 290 people - these are 288 children and two women, the ministry informed.

According to Tofig Turkel, an observer for the Turan agency on the Middle East, in recent years, the Azerbaijani authorities have been repatriating children and women from Iraq and Syria from the families of people who once went to fight in these countries as part of various armed formations.

"Some created families there, and children were already born in these countries. After the liquidation of these terrorist groups, the death, arrest or flight of militants, women and children of foreigners, including Azerbaijanis, were placed in special camps, shelters or were kept in places of detention. According as Azerbaijani citizenship is established, these people are returned back.

It often happens that children have lost both parents, and the establishment of their citizenship takes a certain time. After the return of children without parents, they are usually given to close relatives - on the paternal or maternal side. Usually, such children are taken by uncles, aunts or grandparents. If there are none, then children are sent to orphanages," Turkel told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

Posted by: badanov || 05/26/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: Devout Moslems


Europe
About 5,000 Afghan Citizens Await German Family Reunification Visas
[KhaamaPress] Thousands of Afghan citizens are reportedly waiting for the appointment date to apply for a German visa under the family reunification program, according to German media.

The inability to leave Afghanistan under Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
authority, according to Deutsche Welle, is one of the issues.

Approximately 5,000 Afghan citizens are reported to be registered at the German embassies in Islamabad and New Delhi’s visa offices.

According to the German government, 3,455 people in Islamabad and nearly 1,500 in New Delhi have registered and are awaiting their turn.

Afghan citizens must apply for family reunification visas through the German embassies in New Delhi and Islamabad after the German embassy visa office in Kabul closed in 2017.

The German government has said that in order to facilitate this process, visa offices have been directed to "make full use of their authority".

The time-consuming document evaluation will be suspended, and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs will begin processing the applications, according to reports.

The difficulty of leaving family reunification visa applicants out of Afghanistan, particularly women who desire to travel alone, has been noted by the German government as a key impediment to the procedure.

The Taliban, on the other hand, will not let them leave Afghanistan without a passport, and obtaining one is a difficult and time-consuming process.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2022 01:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [26 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Home Front: WoT
ISIS chief from Brooklyn who groomed terrorists and made prisoners dig their graves before shooting them faces life in jail after being found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to a terror group
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Formerly a legal permanent resident in Brooklyn, Mirsad Kandic, 40, was found guilty on Wednesday by a federal jury on a six-count indictment, including two counts resulting in death

  • He was arrested with false papers in Sarajevo in 2017
    ... specifically a fake Ukrainian passport
  • Charges include one count of conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and five counts of support to ISIS
    ...he was a major recruiter and propagandist for ISIS, among other responsibilities
  • The three-week trial included testimony of 36 witnesses and evidence spanning six continents

  • Kandic began to express a desire to travel to Pakistan, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East to fight U.S. forces in martyrdom missions in 2005

  • At sentencing, he faces life imprisonment on the two counts resulting in death, and 20 years' imprisonment on each of the other four charges

TIMELINE OF A TERRORIST: HOW ISIS CHIEF LEFT THE US BEFORE GROOMING FIGHTERS AND SOURCING DEADLY WEAPONS
  • Kandic tried to leave the US attempted to fight jihad as early as the summer of 2012

  • But the terrorist was denied boarding at the US point of departure and told he was on the no-fly list

  • In January 2013, Kandic attempted to fly from Toronto, Canada, to Istanbul, Turkey, on a direct flight. He was again denied boarding

  • The defendant then took a two-day Greyhound bus ride from New York City to Monterrey, Mexico, in November 2013, and flew through Panama, Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Kosovo, and Turkey before arriving in Syria at the end of 2013

  • In Syria, Kandic joined ISIS and became a fighter for the group in Haritan, an ISIS stronghold in the outskirts of Aleppo, wielding Russian-made PK machine guns and AK-47 assault rifles
Posted by: Skidmark || 05/26/2022 07:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  to fight U.S. forces in martyrdom missions in 2005

Martyrdom missionary, huh? Not very good at that, coward?
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2022 9:02 Comments || Top||

#2  He was a missionary -- he went to encourage others to die, not to die himself.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 05/26/2022 14:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Will be a counterterrorism expert in the Kamala admin.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/26/2022 15:04 Comments || Top||


More on the Iraqi asylum- seeker arrested in plot to kill ex-president Bush
Follow up to this story from yesterday.
[Rudaw] Shihab Ahmed Shihab, 52, told an FBI
...Formerly one of the world's premier criminal investigation organizations, something for a nation to be proud of. Now it's a political arm of the Deep State oligarchy that is willing to trump up charges, suppress evidence, or take out insurance policies come election time...
informant that he wanted to smuggle at least four other Iraqis into the country over the border with Mexico to undertake the plot, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court in Columbus, Ohio.

Two of the hit team would be former Iraqi intelligence agents, while the others would be members of 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....
or another 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...
-based hardline group Shihab called "al-Raed."

Shihab told the informant that they wanted to kill Bush, who ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003, "because they felt that he was responsible for killing many Iraqis and breaking apart the entire country of Iraq," according to the filing.

He told the informant that he was the cousin of the former Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and had killed Americans in the years following the invasion.
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India-Pakistan
How ISI-Khalsitan terror groups use local gangsters for the deniability factor
[OneIndia] Even if one were to take the case of the Ludhiana Court blast, it was found that it was the handiwork of gangsters involved in smuggling.

An Intelligence Bureau report has sounded an alert about the possibility of Pakistain backed murderous Moslems sabotaging railway tracks to cause major accidents.

The alert said that the ISI backed elements are likely to target tracks in Punjab. A huge conspiracy in this regard has been hatched the Intelligence also said.
Continued on Page 49
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
NYT: Israel said to tell US it killed IRGC officer, who was deputy head of covert unit
Responding to this story from two days ago, the New York Times is being helpful again.
[IsraelTimes] NYT reports that Sayyad Khodaei helped lead shadowy division within Quds Force that carries out kidnappings and liquidations of figures outside of Iran, including Israelis
The other day he was identified as Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodayari.
Israel has reportedly told US officials that it was behind the liquidation of a senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps earlier this week, in an effort to warn Tehran against the continued operation of an alleged covert unit the target helped lead.

An unnamed intelligence official told The New York Times

... which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

on Wednesday that Israeli officials had passed along information about the killing of Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, who was rubbed out outside his Tehran home on Sunday.

The report did not specify which country the intelligence official represented, but according to Ynet, the Israeli security establishment believes the source was American and is furious about the leak. Israeli officials told the news site that they are demanding answers from their American counterparts, as the report places responsibility for the killing solely on Israel and absolves the US of having played any role. The officials expressed concern that the report might lead to a spike in Iranian attacks against Israeli targets.

According to the Times report, Israeli officials claimed Khodaei was deputy head of the so-called Unit 840, a shadowy division within the IRGC’s expeditionary Quds Force that carries out kidnappings and liquidations of figures outside of Iran, including against Israelis. Khodaei was specifically in charge of 840’s Middle East operations, but he had been involved in attempted terror attacks against Israelis, Europeans and American civilians and government officials in Colombia, Kenya, Æthiopia, the UAE and Cyprus in the last two years alone.

His killing was meant to warn Iran
...The nation is 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...
that the group should stop its activities, the intelligence official said.

Iran has never publicly acknowledged the existence of Unit 840 and maintains that Khodaei played a completely different role in the IRGC after joining as a teen, voluntarily enlisting during the Iran-Iraq War and later fighting against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in Syria on behalf of the Quds Force.

Two people affiliated with the IRGC told the Times that Khodaei went on to play a key role in the transportation of drone and missile technology to Iran-backed militias in Syria and to Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon Hezbollahstan
...the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity™, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade...
. He also served as a tactical adviser to the Syria-based militias.

However,
a good lie finds more believers than a bad truth...
they noted to that Khodaei wasn’t well known outside Iranian security circles and didn’t have a security detail, which would be typical for a senior military official.

On the other hand, senior Quds Force members typically use an alias in the countries they operate, and Khodaei went by "Colonel Shekar," a Telegram channel affiliated with the IRGC unit was quoted as saying, using the Persian word for hunter.

Quds Force commander Esmail Ghaani attended the funeral, another possible indicator of Khodaei’s stature.

The plan to target Khodaei may date back to at least July 2021, with Israeli intelligence and military officials telling the Times that that was when the Mossad kidnapped an Iranian named Mansour Rasouli, whom the IRGC recruited as a hitman.

The Mossad agents sought to extract information from Rasouli about the chain of command in Unit 840, according to the Israeli officials.

Israel then leaked the story of the abduction to the Saudi-funded Iran International — a London-based Persian-language news channel — in an effort to highlight its ability to penetrate Iranian security circles and spook Tehran into stopping the operations of Unit 840, the officials told the Times.

Rasouli denied the account in a video posted on social media and BBC and claimed his attackers tortured him, threatened to kill him and his family, and forced him to confess to receiving money from the IRGC to carry out liquidations in Europe.

Iranian state media called the report on Rasouli’s abduction a "fictional tale" at the time, but on Monday announced that authorities had arrested a number of suspects accused of spying for Israel and kidnapping and extracting forced confessions from Iranians.

Khodaei was shot five times in his car by two unidentified button men on cycle of violences in the middle of Tehran on Sunday.

Iranian authorities have yet to pin down the suspects, even though the incident took place in the heart of one of the most secure areas in Tehran — Mohahedin-e Eslam Street, home to other bigwigs in the IRGC and its elite Quds Force.

Israel, which has made no official comments on the incident, has reportedly raised the security alert level at its embassies and consulates around the world, fearing a retaliatory Iranian attack.

Khodaei’s liquidation was the most high-profile killing inside Iran since the November 2020 killing of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2022 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  If they had any sense they wouldn't tell anyone in the US government shit.
Posted by: Chris || 05/26/2022 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  It's the NY Times. All spin, almost all lies, and democrat-tools. Who knows if it's true. Could've just been a promotional test for his replacement ;-)
Posted by: Frank G || 05/26/2022 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  I think the message is "We can kill your officers too."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 05/26/2022 8:58 Comments || Top||

#4  They probably figured out it wasn't us. We're more of a "it slices, it dices, it juliennes" type.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/26/2022 13:39 Comments || Top||


Turkish FM meets with PA President Abbas, says stance on Palestinians won’t change
[IsraelTimes] Mevlut Cavusoglu says The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s support for Paleostinian cause won’t be affected by renewed Israel ties; PA official says Ottoman Turkish-Israel ties could be ’positive’ for Paleostinians.


Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
Continued on Page 49
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Olde Tyme Religion
Terrorism is a political phenomenon, not a religious one: Al-Azhar grand imam
[AlAhram] Grand Imam of al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed El-Tayyeb said on Wednesday that terrorism is a political phenomenon created by some Western political regimes and then attached to Judaism, Christianity and Islam for political gains and agendas.
Uh huh.
El-Tayyeb made the comments in a meeting with the representatives of 11 countries and a delegation from the Royal College of Defense Studies in the United Kingdom, where they discussed counterterrorism and radicalism.

El-Tayyeb said that al-Azhar — which is the world’s most prominent institution of Sunni Islamic learning — has included in its university’s syllabuses subjects like counterterrorism and counter radicalism.

The grand imam also said that al-Azhar established the Egyptian Family House along with the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Church in 2011 to promote good relations between Moslems and Christians in Egypt.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran spied on IAEA to hide work from nuclear inspectors — report
[IsraelTimes] Iran
...They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
used internal UN documents to evade and mislead the world body’s nuclear watchdog over 15 years ago, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to the report, Iranian officials secured access to ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency documents and circulated them among brass hats involved in its nuclear program between 2004 and 2006, allowing them to prepare cover stories, falsify information and gain insight into what inspectors did and did not know.

"Iran could design answers that admit to what the IAEA already knows, give away information that it will likely discover on its own, and at the same time better hide what the IAEA does not yet know that Iran wants to keep that way," David Albright, who heads the Institute for Science and International Security, tells the newspaper.

The documents and accompanying notes in Persian were included in the trove of information Israel squirrelled away from Iran’s nuclear archive, according to WSJ.
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US sanctions target alleged oil smuggling network funding Iran’s IRGC
[IsraelTimes] The US Treasury Department announces a new series of sanctions targeting an oil smuggling and money laundering network belonging to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force and backed by Russia.

The network "has facilitated the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of oil for the Quds Force and Hezbollah, and it spans several jurisdictions, including Iran
...Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979...
and Russia," the Treasury Department says.

The network is led by Quds Force official Behnam Shahriyari and former Quds Force official Rostam Ghasemi, who have been designated by the Treasury Department for sanctions.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the Biden administration, the same old faces in slightly different places, the same old ideas, the same old graft
...the pack of self-imagined masterminds of strategy and intrigue at the service of the Biden Crime Family and a grateful nation...
takes these steps as it continues to seek a mutual US-Iran return to compliance with the multilateral nuclear accord known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

US Special Envoy on Iran Rob Malley discusses the new sanctions during his testimony on the status of the JCPOA talks before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The announcement is lauded by the panel’s chairman Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, but scoffed at by Ranking Member Sen. Jim Risch, who says the IRGC has already been thoroughly sanctioned and that this move won’t make a difference.

He says the administration should instead focus on sanctioning Iranian oil sales to China.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2022 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


US point man on Iran nuke talks says chances for deal slim
[IsraelTimes] US Special Envoy for Iran
...Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979...
tells a congressional panel that prospects for restoring the Iran nuclear agreement are "at best tenuous."

"We do not have a deal with Iran and prospects for reaching one are, at best, tenuous," Malley testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Malley all but confirms Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s announcement yesterday that US President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant. Just look at the competent way he dumped Afghanistan...
has made a final decision to keep Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations list.

He explains that demands that go beyond the scope of the original nuclear deal would have to be met with reciprocal concessions by Iran which also fall outside the parameters of the 2015 JCPOA, such as an IRGC delisting. But since Iran has refused to make any such concessions, the US would not do so either, Malley says.

Malley is pushed by senators from both parties to reveal the administration’s Plan B if negotiations in Vienna fail at their objective of restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The special envoy largely dodges and avoids offering a timeline for when the US would walk away from the talks.

He says the US would continue to negotiate "as long as the non-proliferations benefits of the deal are worth the sanctions relief that we would provide."
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/26/2022 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Sweden denies supporting Syrian Kurds
Responding to Turkey’s quid pro quo demands for letting Sweden join NATO.
[Rudaw] Sweden has not provided "any financial aid or military support" to the Kurdish administration or fighters in northeast Syria (Rojava), a spokesperson for the country's foreign ministry told Rudaw English late Tuesday. The denial follows The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s call on Sweden to stop its alleged support for Syrian Kurds if it wants to enter the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
Kurdish officials in Rojava have said that Stokholm has provided tens of millions of dollars of financial aid to the area through Kurdish and foreign organizations. Turkey has claimed that this support has gone to Kurdish fighters in Rojava which it considers to be "terrorists."

The spokesperson told Rudaw English in an email late Tuesday that "Sweden does not give any financial aid or military support to the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) or the YPG/YPJ."

The People's Protection Units (YPG) and all-female Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) are the backbones of the US-allied SDF. Ankara claims that these groups are affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) - an gang fighting for the increased rights of Kurds in Turkey. The PKK is designated a terrorist organization by Turkey and its Western allies.

"Sweden has a regional development cooperation strategy for the Syria crisis, which aims to support the Syrian people, as well as Syrian refugees and their host communities in neighbouring countries. In total, the strategy volume is SEK 3.21 billion between 2016 and 2023, which is equivalent to approximately USD 376 million," added Julia Eriksson Pogorzelska, a press officer at the ministry.

"Syrian Kurds benefit from the support given to northeast Syria in particular, but Sweden does not give any targeted support to Syrian Kurds or to the political or military structures in northeast Syria," she noted.

Sweden is a member of the global coalition against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS).

Ann Linde, Sweden’s foreign minister, is known for voicing her strong support of Syrian Kurds. In Ankara in October 2020, Linde told her Ottoman Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu that Turkey must withdraw from Rojava. Her comments angered the Ottoman Turkish minister but were cheered by Kurdish officials in Rojava. Linde has also voiced support for the inclusion of Syria’s Kurdish administration in the UN-sponsored constitutional committee aimed at finding a political end to the country’s civil war.

Sweden has designated the PKK as a terrorist organization for decades.

Sweden and Finland recently made bids to enter NATO following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both Scandinavian countries are already close partners of NATO but by joining it they would gain the support of 30 member countries if attacked. NATO makes its decisions by consensus, meaning that both countries require the blessing of all 30 countries.

Earlier this month, Sweden and Finland submitted their formal applications to enter NATO but their bids were blocked by Turkey whose officials have spoken strongly against both Nordic countries joining the security alliance for their alleged support of the PKK.

"NATO's enlargement is meaningful to us only to the extent that our sensitivities are respected. Asking us for support for NATO membership while providing every kind of support to the PKK/YPG terrorist organization amounts to incoherence to say the least," Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than there are in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really most important...
said on May 18.

The spokesperson for the Swedish foreign ministry also told Rudaw English that the country is "a major humanitarian donor to the Syrian crisis response via global allocations to humanitarian actors - primarily UN organizations - that operate in the region (including in Turkey)."

"In addition, Sweden has a regional strategy for the Syria crisis, which aims to support the Syrian people, as well as Syrian refugees and their host communities in neighbouring countries. In total, the strategy volume is SEK 3.21 billion between 2016 and 2023. A large part of this (around half) goes to projects that support refugees and host communities in neighbouring countries, primarily Lebanon Hezbollahstan
...the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity™, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade...
and Jordan," she said.

Millions of Syrians have been displaced to neighboring countries, especially to Turkey, since the civil war began in 2011.

"Regarding support that goes to Syria, Sweden's government agency for development cooperation (Sida) supports activities in all parts of the country where there are significant needs, i.e. northwest, northeast and regime-controlled areas of Syria. Around one third of this support goes to northeast Syria: in 2021 this totalled approximately SEK 100 million. Cooperation in north-eastern Syria is primarily conducted with and via the UN and international organizations," she added.

The ministry listed its "major cooperating partners" in Syria as Handicap International, UNICEF, ACTED, Syria Resilience consortium, Save the Children, Norwegian Peoples' Aid (NPA), International Media Support, and Free Press Unlimited.

The areas of support include water and sanitation rehabilitation, education, physical rehabilitation services for people with disabilities, livelihoods, job creation, strengthening of civil society and independent media, according to the press officer.

A Kurdish top official in Rojava told Rudaw English on the condition of anonymity on Tuesday that they are holding talks with Swedish officials this week to discuss the future of Sweden’s "support" for Syrian Kurds. He did not hide that Sweden may compromise to Ottoman Turkish demands in return of gaining Ankara’s approval to enter NATO.

When Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson was elected in 2021, it was mostly due to the support by Kurdish MP Amineh Kakabaveh who is known for her strong support for Syrian Kurds. Sweden is holding a general election in September. Any party which seek to gain the votes of Swedish Kurds - estimated to be more than 100,000 - should be careful how to deal with Turkey’s demands.

Turkey is now trying to show the world that the PKK is supported by Sweden and Finland.

The Ottoman Turkish presidency's Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun claimed in an article for the Swedish newspaper Expressen last week that Swedish-made weapons were used against them by the PKK.

"In the subsequent years, Swedish-made AT4 anti-tank weaponry was confiscated in operations against the organization, while PKK members maintained their recruiting, terrorist financing, and propaganda activities in Sweden, causing our nation to question this potential NATO member's reliability as an ally," he noted.

The Ottoman Turkish defense ministry claimed on Wednesday that it has found Swedish anti-tank weapons in the caves in the Kurdistan Region that the PKK fighters previously lived in.

Erdogan hinted at a new military operation against the SDF on Monday, saying they want to complete the 30km-deep "safe zone" on its borders with Syria, as planned years ago.
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Nasrallah to rivals: Let state survive first so that you ask us to hand over our arms
[AnNahar] 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...
chief Sayyed His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
...The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb...
on Wednesday cautioned rivals anew that their top concern should be the country’s economic and financial collapse, not his group’s controversial arsenal of weapons.

"Since 1982, Hizbullah and the resistance have never been stronger -- militarily, politically and popularly... Do not err in evaluation and interpretation nor in taking the decision. Let there remain a state and a country so that you can ask us to hand over our arms to the state," Nasrallah said in a televised speech marking Resistance® and Liberation Day.

Warning of an impending "collapse," Nasrallah cited the dire economic and financial situations and the dramatic surge in the dollar exchange rate on the black market.

"Resolve the country’s crises to that the army and state can survive, and then come to discuss the defense strategy," Nasrallah said.

"If you want to discuss everything at once come forward," he added.

"Let us discuss how to protect our oil fortune and how to extract us, and this only needs some boldness," Nasrallah went on to say.

"I reiterate the call for partnership and cooperation and we are ready to discuss the defense strategy," he said.

He also warned that those disregarding the economic crises "lack responsibility."

Turning to the region, Nasrallah noted that the region might "blow up" within days if the Israelis carry out provocative actions in Jerusalem and at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

"Within days, things might happen in the region and might lead to the region’s explosion. I say that any harm against al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock will blow up the situation in the region and will lead to dire consequences, because it will provoke the sentiments of all Moslems," Nasrallah warned.
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International Guarantor Powers Roam In NE Syria To Maintain Stability
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