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AlSadr orders his followers to withdraw from #TahrirSquare and dismantle the tents
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Page 6: Politix
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Africa North
#ISIS has just broadcasted this video: Claiming they speak from #Tripoli and calling all their brothers in #Tunisia to join the fight against the #LNA
This’ll be the runaway ISIS cannon fodder President Erdogan picked up cheap in Syria after the SDF overran their last outpost last year.
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Europe
Greek police find 1.25 tons of #cannabis shipped from #Beirut
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  What's the street value of 1.25 tons of weed?

In other news of weed, Neil Young becomes a U.S. citizen. He says the citizenship process was slow-walked because of his love for the wacky tobaccy
(Could have been too stoned to find a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Office.--just sayin)

https://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/479570-neil-young-celebrates-his-new-us-citizenship
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/25/2020 9:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Neal must be too zoned to know who the current president is.
On the plus side, now he can threaten to flee to Canada when Trump wins the next election.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/25/2020 11:27 Comments || Top||

#3  He's lost his mind after he left his wife, Peggy, and hooked up with Daryl Hannah.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/25/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#4  But I thought Neil's latest obsession was Evil Monsanto, taking over the world and forcing 'Mer'kin FrankenFoods on the good people... why does he want to abandon the Great White (and Pure) North for such an evil rotten no-good corporate-dominated hellhole?

Seduced by Southern girl ("yore hair is golden-browwwwwnnn...")?
Posted by: Lex || 01/25/2020 11:51 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Four members of French NGO Christians of the Middle East 'missing in Baghdad'
[France24] Four male employees of a French Christian NGO, three French nationals and one Iraqi, have been missing in Baghdad since Monday, the charity announced Friday.

The four members of the influential SOS Chretiens d'Orient (Christians of the Middle East) charity went missing near the French embassy in the Iraqi capital, the organisation's director Benjamin Blanchard told a press conference in Paris.

No ransom demand has been received as yet and no group has claimed responsibility for their disappearance, he added.

SOS Chretiens d'Orient has been working with persecuted Christians in Iraq since 2014 when Islamic State jihadists overran the province of Mosul, displacing tens of thousands of minority Christians and Yazidis.

It is principally active in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil, where many Christians sought refuge.

The missing workers were in Baghdad "to renew their visas and register the association with Iraqi authorities," Blanchard said.

They were also due to inspect the group's activities in the city, including the opening of a new school.

They left their hotel by car for a meeting "which posed no problem," Blanchard said, adding that French and Iraqi authorities were working together to try locate them.

The NGO's director described the men as "experienced staff members who have been working with us for years" and who had "perfect knowledge of conflict zones".

He refused to give the mens' identities.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2020 06:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under:


Security forces are beating a rickshaw driver on of Muhammad al-Qasim Bridge today
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [70 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


AlSadr orders his followers to withdraw from #TahrirSquare and dismantle the tents
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Orders from Tehran?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/25/2020 4:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Smelling the wind.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/25/2020 14:50 Comments || Top||


Demonstrators block #Babil`s Partial Highways as a kind of the civil escalation
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [67 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


#Iraq security stormed the sit-in in #Basra & burned protesteds’ tents
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


At least six protesters have been killed and 54 others wounded in clashes with security forces in central Baghdad
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [59 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


#Thousands gather for #Baghdad rally to demand US #troops #leave
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Where were they during the Obama administration? Oh, wait, never mind.
Posted by: Procopius2K || 01/25/2020 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Fine, we will happily leave. If we have to come back though, we turn it into a parking lot and it's OURS, forever and ever. Deal?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/25/2020 14:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Here's our chance, our window of opportunity. End the Bush-Hitler (there was no WND - Saddam was a nice fella) madness NOW !
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||


4 #aid workers for #French charity disappear in #Baghdad
[TWITTER] Four aid workers for a French Christian charity disappeared this week in Baghdad at at time of heightened tension in Iraq, the organization said Friday,

The charity, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, said the four ‐ three French citizens and an Iraqi ‐ failed to show up for a scheduled meeting Tuesday afternoon and have not been heard from since. All four had prior experience in crisis zones and were staying at a hotel that regularly hosts international guests. They were in Baghdad primarily for administrative reasons, to renew visas and register the charity with the Iraqi government.

The group said there have been no ransom demands. French and Iraqi authorities are cooperating in the investigation.

The four went missing during a time of heightened tensions in Iraq after a U.S. dronezap on Baghdad airport that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani
and a senior Iraqi militia commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The attack has drawn anger from Iraqi officials from across the political divide and lead to a Jan. 5 non-binding parliamentary resolution to oust U.S. troops from the country.
Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under:


34 US troops injured in recent Iranian strike: Pentagon
[Rudaw] Nearly three dozen US troops suffered traumatic brain injuries or concussion in this month’s Iranian air strike on a military base in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Friday.

"Thirty-four total members have been diagnosed with concussions and TBI (traumatic brain injury)," Pentagon front man Jonathan Hoffman told news hounds.

President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
had initially said that no Americans were maimed in the strike on the Ain al-Asad base in western Iraq on the night of January 7-8 although authorities later reported that 11 troops were maimed.

Hoffman said that 17 of the victims had been initially transferred to Germany to receive treatment, eight of whom arrived back in the US on Friday.

"They will continue to receive treatment in the United States, either at Walter Reed (a military hospital near Washington) or at their home bases," he told a presser at the Pentagon.

The nine other victims who were flown to Germany "are still undergoing evaluation and treatment there", he added.

Seventeen other troops who were treated in the region have returned to duty in Iraq.

The airbase was targeted in retaliation for the US killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a dronezap in Baghdad on January 3.

The base is one of the largest in Iraq, with 1,500 US troops making up the bulk of a coalition presence directly adjacent to thousands of Iraqi forces.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Thousands protest in Baghdad, two Iraqi protesters killed, 25 wounded in clashes with police
[AlAhram] Two protesters were killed and 25 maimed on Friday in festivities with security forces in central Baghdad, police and medical sources said.

The police used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse a protest that broke out in the early evening at Baghdad’s Mohammed al-Qassim highway, they said.

Thousands protest in Iraq to demand ouster of US troops
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Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Soccer ball rigged with explosives found attached to balloons near Gaza
[IsraelTimes] IDF soldiers defuse booby-trapped ball discovered Thursday in open area near the border; another suspicious device found in the area Friday.

Paleostinians in the 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...
Strip apparently used balloons to float a soccer ball attached to an bomb into Israel, as part of an uptick in arson balloon attacks in recent days.

Photos showed the bright orange ball, which was discovered in an open area of the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council on Thursday, with a device taped to it.

Soldiers from the IDF’s Engineering Corps were called to the scene and defused the device, according to the Ynet news site.

No was injured by the explosives-laden ball, which appeared to be another attempt to target children. Many of the attacks have been launched on brightly colored balloons and local children have been warned not to approach them.

On Friday another suspicious object apparently flown from Gaza with balloons was found in the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council

Police officers were dispatched to a field where the device landed.

There were no reports of injuries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  One day the world will wake up, and find that nobody lives in Gaza anymore.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2020 4:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Low tech bombings are not new. The Japanese bombed Michigan (and other places in the U.S.) during WWII with balloon bombs. "The balloon bombs were intended as weapons of terror".

https://www.freep.com/in-depth/news/local/michigan/2019/11/14/japanese-bombed-michigan-world-war-ii-balloons/4111349002/
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/25/2020 9:23 Comments || Top||


#Vandals set #fire to #mosque in east #Jerusalem
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Meh. They should see what the Visigoths did to Rome.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/25/2020 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  JERUSALEM: Israeli police they are investigating after a “room was ignited” in a mosque on the outskirts of Jerusalem and Hebrew graffiti was found on an outside wall. The graffiti was hard to make out but appears to have been left by ultranationalist Israelis. ... The mosque is in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Safafa..., Israel captured east Jerusalem along with the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East war. The Palestinians want both areas as part of their future state.
Posted by: b || 01/25/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||

#3  False "Flag"?
Posted by: Frank G || 01/25/2020 8:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Just testing for explosions.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2020 9:11 Comments || Top||

#5  #3 False "Flag"?

It wouldn't be the first time a mosque had been torched by Mooselimbs and blamed on someone else--usually The Great Satan or Little Satan (sarc); occasionally others.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/25/2020 9:30 Comments || Top||

#6  Attendance in decline? A business decision ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/25/2020 9:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Insurance?
Posted by: AlanC || 01/25/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||

#8  You mean there is "Muslim Lightning"?
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/25/2020 11:18 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Al-Mayadeen is reporting skirmishes between the US and Russian forces in Tal Tamr (northeast Syria).
[Twitter]

No idea if this is true.
Either way danger is a-foot!



Posted by: 3dc || 01/25/2020 09:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An Iranian wet dream.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/25/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||

#2  This is probably once again simply US supplied people fighting Russian supplied people with no actual troops from either country involved.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/25/2020 14:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's youse and thems fight!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/25/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#4  BUT TRUMP IS PUTIN'S STOOGE!!!
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/25/2020 17:27 Comments || Top||


Russia says three Syrian army servicemen killed in Aleppo
[Jpost] Three Syrian army servicemen were killed and eight maimed in the last 24 hours by gunfire from gunnies in the Syrian city of Aleppo, RIA news agency reported on Friday, citing the Russian defense ministry.

It said the Syrian army had thwarted an attack by up to 70 gunnies west of Aleppo.

Eight civilians were also killed and 22 maimed by gunfire from gunnies in the past 24 hours, RIA reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/25/2020 00:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under:


funeral ceremony was held in south #Lebanon for a #Hezbollah field commander
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  We'll know we're on the way to winning WOT when such events will become targets.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/25/2020 4:12 Comments || Top||


Iran-backed Amal Movement led by Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri attack residents of southern Beirut’s Jnah neighborhood
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Posted by: Fred || 01/25/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [65 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies



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Sat 2020-01-25
  AlSadr orders his followers to withdraw from #TahrirSquare and dismantle the tents
Fri 2020-01-24
  PLA mobilized to deal with Wuhan
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  UN calls for strengthening international support for the Palestinians
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  IRGC Commander & "Soleimani Ally" Shot Dead By Masked Assassins On Motorcycle
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  Project Veritas #Expose2020 Part 1: Bernie Sanders Field Organizer Suggests Gulags to Help ‘Nazified’ Trump Voters
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