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IED blows up near Kabul University, killing 8, injuring 33
July 19 (UPI) -- An improvised explosive device blew up near the southern entrance to Kabul University in Afghanistan Friday, killing at least eight people and injuring 33.

The death toll continues to rise with Ministry of Health spokesman Wahidullah Mayar reporting the latest numbers at 10 a.m. local time Friday.

The attack happened at 7:20 a.m.

Kabul police said the IED was inside a private vehicle that was driven to the site. Two vehicles caught fire from the explosion.

A traffic officer is among the dead.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taliban and Afghan officials wrapped up two days of meetings in Qatar that resulted in an eight-point road map for peace in the country.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/20/2019 01:06 || Comments || Link || [336084 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is totally time to abandon the Boosh fantasy that Afghanistan can be made to resemble a civilized state.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/20/2019 17:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Afghanistan? Hell, we can't even civilize Chicago.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/20/2019 18:10 Comments || Top||

Afghan forces conduct 104 joint, special ops and 15 airstrikes in past 24 hours: MoD
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan forces conducted 104 Joint and Special Operations against the Death Eater groups in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense in a statement said the security forces conducted 11 joint and 93 special operations to suppress the Death Eater groups.

Furthermore, the Afghan Air Force conducted 15 Arclight airstrike
s to support the ground forces during the operations.

The statement further added that the security forces conducted the operations in Badakhshan, Faryab, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
, Badghis, Uruzgan, 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..
, Ghazni, Balkh, Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
, Takhar, Kunduz and Sar-e-Pul
...a city and eponymous province in northern Afghanistan, population about 500,000. Demographically it is majority Tadjik and Uzbek. There are small Pashtun, Arab, and Hazara communities, of which the Hazaras mostly don't bother anyone...

...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened...
the defense ministry said the security forces killed 66 holy warriors and maimed 14 others during the same operations.

The security forces also arrested a suspected Death Eater during the operations, the Ministry of Defense added.

The Ministry of Defense also added that the coalition forces also provided support to the Afghan cops during the operations.

The anti-government armed elements have not commented regarding the operations so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336081 views] Top|| File under:

10 killed, 86 wounded in Taliban attack in Kandahar city, attack planned in Pakistan
[KhaamaPress] A coordinated attack by Talibs claimed the lives of at least 10 people in Kandahar city.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) in a statement said the Death Eaters launched the attack at around 4:30 pm local time on Thursday.

The statement further added that a group of 7 Death Eaters stormed the Kandahar Police Headquarters after launching the attack.

Furthermore, the interior ministry said the attack claimed the lives of 7 and 3 coppers.

The interior ministry also added that the attack maimed 59 civilians and 27 coppers.

The security forces managed to eliminate all 7 assailants late on Thursday night.

Taliban Attack In Kandahar Plotted In Pakistan: NDS

[ToloNews] The NDS says in a statement that such attempts are aimed at disrupting the ongoing peace efforts.

The National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) in a statement on Friday said that the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack on Kandahar police headquarters ‐ that killed 12 people ‐ was plotted in Pakistain.

Nine of those killed in the attack were civilians, according to local officials. More than 100 others, mostly civilians, were maimed in the attack.

The complex attack started at around 4:40 pm on Thursday with a boom-mobile explosion outside the provincial police headquarters in the city of Kandahar, followed by shootout by five attackers, who were all bumped off by security forces after few hours of fighting, local officials said.

The NDS said in the statement that the attack was plotted in the city of Chaman in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
Province, Pakistain.

The attackers were ordered and led by an individual named Mullah Agha during the attack, the statement said.

The NDS has sent to media an audio file which apparently shows a telephonic conversation between the attackers and the plotters of the attack.

The NDS says that such attempts are aimed at disrupting the ongoing efforts for peace in the country.

Taliban grabbed credit for the attack sharply after it happened.

A Taliban front man Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement rejected the NDS remarks and said the attack was plotted within the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336094 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

4 killed, 16 wounded in an explosion near Kabul University
[KhaamaPress] An explosion near Kabul University left four people dead and sixteen others maimed.

Officials in the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the earth-shattering kaboom took place earlier today.

...back at the wrecked scow, Agent 49 felt gingerly for his head. It was still there. He had been hoping differently...
officials in the Ministry of Public Health confirmed that the blast claimed the lives of 4 people.

The officials further added that the earth-shattering kaboom maimed 16 others.

No individual or group has so far grabbed credit for the earth-shattering kaboom.
Ynet adds:
No group immediately grabbed credit for the attack, the latest to target Kabul. Both the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and 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 often stage large-scale bombings in the city, targeting Afghan forces, government officials and minority Shiites.

The early morning blast also set two vehicles ablaze although it wasn't clear if the attack was carried out by a jacket wallah or a remotely detonated bomb, said Kabul police front man Ferdous Faramarz.

The casualty tolls were released by the Health Ministry front man, Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, who tweeted that "6 people have been martyred & 27 more maimed, as a result of today's explosion in Kabul. All the maimed patients were evacuated to our hospitals and have been receiving the required treatment.
And from Al Ahram:
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said he was not aware of any Taliban involvement in Friday’s attack.
Then until further notice we shall assume this is an ISIS attack.
Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said there were students among the 33 injured taken to hospital after the blast, which a student at the university campus said occurred while some were waiting to take a law exam.

An eyewitness and an interior ministry official said a vehicle caught fire after a bomb stuck to its underside exploded.

"The blast happened when hundreds of students were entering the campus. We were scheduled to appear for the law exam but the blast shook all of us," said Karima Wardak, a student at the Kabul University.

A police team defused a second bomb placed near the explosion site, Kabul police spokesman Faramarz Firdaws said.

Also on Friday, a roadside mine killed five people who were riding in a car in central Ghazni province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336086 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa North
ISIS claims suicide bombing that killed 2 in Egypt’s Sinai
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS has grabbed credit for a suicide kaboom that killed two people, including a civilian, and maimed three in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai Peninsula.

The bully boy group says in a statement on an ISIS-affiliate website that an ISIS bully boy named Abu Omar El-Seedy had detonated his boom vest near a military checkpoint at dawn on Thursday.

Egyptian security officials had said the bomber targeted an armored vehicle near the local market of the northern Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, killing a soldier and a civilian and wounding three soldiers.

Egypt has battled krazed killer bandidos Death Eaters for years in the Sinai Peninsula in an insurgency that has occasionally spilled over to the mainland, striking minority Christians and also at times tourists.

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336078 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Africa Subsaharan
NGO Says Staff Member, Five Others, Missing After Deadly Nigeria Convoy Attack
[Jpost] One Action Against Hunger staff member, two drivers and three other health workers are missing after an attack on a convoy in northeast Nigeria
... a particularly crimson stretch of Islam's bloody border...
in which one driver was killed, the aid organization said in a statement on Friday.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident as these colleagues are dedicated to providing life-saving assistance to individuals and families," Action Against Hunger said of Thursday's attack.

Islamist bandidos bad boys carried out the attack and kidnapped the surviving members of the convoy, sources told Rooters earlier on Friday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336079 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)

Amid Gulf tensions, US to send troops to Saudi Arabia
[IsraelTimes] Some soldiers, Patriot batteries arrive in kingdom as part of deployment that officials say will include fighter aircraft, missile defense systems.

With Iranian military threats in mind, the United States is sending American forces, including fighter aircraft, air defense missiles and likely more than 500 troops, to a Saudi air base that became a hub of American air power in the Middle East in the 1990s but was abandoned by Washington after it toppled Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry announced the basing agreement Friday without mentioning details.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 01:06 || Comments || Link || [336073 views] Top|| File under:

Saudi King approves additional deployment of US troops

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336099 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  NOT a desirable alternative to selling them weapons!
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/20/2019 4:50 Comments || Top||

#2  Indeed.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 07/20/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||

Qaida Attack in Yemen Kills 5 Soldiers
[AnNahar] al-Qaeda jihadists on Friday attacked an army checkpoint in southern Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
, killing five pro-government soldiers and wounding several others, security officials said.

The attack took place in the Mudiya region of Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province, they added.

"Five soldiers were killed and several others maimed on Friday morning in an attack carried out by al-Qaeda button men... on a checkpoint," one security official told AFP.

A second security official said the "Al-Qaeda gunnies used machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades" in the attack, confirming that five pro-government forces had been killed.

The United States considers Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
...the latest incarnation of various Qaeda and Qaeda-allied groups, including the now-defunct Aden-Abyan Islamic Army that boomed the USS Cole in 2000...
(AQAP) the global jihadist network's most dangerous branch.

AQAP, 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 and other jihadist factions have flourished in the chaos of Yemen's civil war, which has pitted the government -- backed by a Saudi-led military coalition since 2015 -- against Shiite Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...

Mudiya region, where the attack took place, used to be a bastion of al-Qaeda at the onset of the civil war before loyalist forces drove jihadists from it, the security sources said.
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German police raid suspected Islamists' homes
[DW] The raids in the western cities of Duren and Cologne
...the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth populated city in Germany....
came after credible tipoffs were received by police. Six men have been taken in for questioning, according to German media.

Police in Germany's western state of North Rhine-Westphalia carried out raids against suspected Islamist gunnies on Thursday. Officers were searching for "concrete indications" of a planned attack, authorities said.

Sniffer dogs were present as the police searched for explosives, but officers confirmed late Thursday that they had not found any explosives on site.

The search was concentrated on six apartments in the city of Duren, but a building site in Cologne was also investigated after security services received credible tipoffs.

Six men were detained "for reasons of averting danger," police said after the raids. One, a 30-year old Lebanese-German national, was said to have links to a Salafist and jihadi group in Berlin.

"We had up-to-date covert knowledge that an attack could be imminent," the head of the Criminal Division in Cologne, Klaus-Stephan Becker, said. State Minister for Internal Affairs Herbert Reul said 200 police took part in the raids.

Police said the man, who they called C., had tried to travel to land occupied by the so-called 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 a number of times. He had been planning an attack, but it was not clear when or where the attack was meant to take place.

He was one of the two arrested who worked at the building site in Cologne, also searched by police on Thursday.

Cologne's police chief, Uwe Jacob, told news hounds the situation demanded an emergency response.

"We do not wait until we have enough evidence ‐ for me that is too dangerous at this stage," Jacob said. Officers said another 21-year-old suspect, who they called R., had expressed "a very high readiness to use violence, at least verbally."

He had also declared loyalty to the so-called Islamic State group, and had a "considerable affinity for guns."

In the raid, officers took three laptops and 20 mobile phones for analysis, police representatives confirmed.
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Alleged migrant smugglers arrested on Greek islands
[DW] Greek police have arrested 15 people suspected of facilitating migrant smuggling on the Greek islands of Samos and Kos. There are reports they charged up to €6,000 to make false travel documents.

Six individuals, who are reported to include a security official working at Kos airport, were taken into custody this week.

They are accused of charging up to €6,000 ($6,700) per person to make false documents for migrants colonists to travel by plane to other Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an countries.

Police representatives said they had detained nine people on the island of Samos the day before on charges of providing false health certificates which allowed migrants colonists to leave the island.

Only minors, unaccompanied children and the sick are entitled to travel to the Greek mainland.

Greece's former left-wing Syriza government struggled to manage around 70,000 migrants colonists who have been on the Greek Aegean islands since 2015.

The more conservative New Democracy party, who won a snap election this month, pledged earlier this week they would speed up asylum background checks.

New Democracy's Junior Minister for Migration, Giorgos Koumoutsakos, said he was planning a "robust" policy of sending migrants colonists to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
or to their home countries.
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Home Front: Politix
Journalist Travels to Ilhan Omar's Homeland to Prove it's Beautiful, Ends up Dead
[GatewayPundit] Hodan Nalayeh, a Somali-born Canadian journalist traveled to Somalia last week to prove Somalia is “beautiful” and to challenge ‘stereotypes’ ended up being killed by Islamic terrorists.

On July 12, al-Shabaab terrorists stormed Asasey Hotel in Kismayo. 26 people were killed in the terrorist attack and Hodan Nalayeh, 43, and her husband were among the victims.

So this journalist pretty much proved Trump’s point that Ilhan Omar is ‘lucky to be here’ (even though she defrauded US immigration to get here).
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/20/2019 08:40 || Comments || Link || [336083 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Somalia may have some beautiful places but I'm sure Chicago or Venezuela do too. "Slick Willy" screwed-up Mogadishu, Somali in 1993 which resulted in "Black-Hawk Down." Probably was busy satisfying his urges.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/20/2019 9:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Keep digging, SJWers and Omar-defenders.
Posted by: Lex || 07/20/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's hope they make a movie of this. It will be the most comical documentary since Grizzly Man.
Posted by: Regular joe || 07/20/2019 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  What these people won't do to signal their virtue.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/20/2019 11:26 Comments || Top||

#5  "Come visit beautiful Somalia. Stay because you're dead". Like Chicago with Khat
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2019 12:04 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm really begining to like you, Franky.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/20/2019 15:56 Comments || Top||

#7  A toilet is something you use. Not something you visit....
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/20/2019 17:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Omar needs to visit her beautiful homeland.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/20/2019 17:13 Comments || Top||

#9  She is part of the group that killed the journalist. Islam.
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 07/20/2019 18:00 Comments || Top||

#10  One of them "it would take a heart of stone not to laugh" stories.

"Come visit beautiful Somalia. Stay because you're dead"
That appears to be Snark of the Day.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/20/2019 18:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Oh the irony that of this is just slathered on.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/20/2019 19:10 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2019 20:11 Comments || Top||

#13  Would this count as a Darwin award?
Posted by: gorb || 07/20/2019 21:47 Comments || Top||

#14  The sound of the Main Stream Media reporting this...……………..
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 07/20/2019 23:36 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
U.S. prosecutors charge New York man with being Islamic State sniper
More on this story from yesterday.
[Jpost] U.S. prosecutors have charged a New York man with fighting for 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....
turban group in Syria and serving as a weapons trainer, according to court documents unsealed on Friday.

Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, a 42-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Kazakhstan, was charged with providing material support to the terrorist organization, including providing training to terrorist soldiers and attempting to recruit personnel.

Asainov traveled to Istanbul, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
, from his home in New York's Brooklyn borough in December 2013 and then to Syria, where he joined Islamic State and rose through the ranks as a sniper and then as a weapons instructor, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors said Asainov was detained by the Syrian Democratic Forces and was transferred into FBI custody.

The charges filed against Asainov were based in part on his regular communication between August 2014 and March 2015 with a confidential informant working for the New York Police Department. According to the complaint, Asainov attempted to recruit the informant to work for Islamic State's media operations and asked that he send about $2,800 for military equipment.

Islamic State has grabbed credit for several attacks against Americans in the United States and abroad.
CBS adds
From 1998 to 2013, Asainov lived in Brooklyn.
Update from Globe Intel, which has a photo at 4:25 p.m. EDT:
According to Asainov’s neighbor in Brooklyn, he was married to Alexandra and had a younger daughter. Alexandra later moved to England alone.

The neighbour told New York Post "They were a nice married couple. She got pregnant, I was very happy for her. They had a baby girl. She was adorable. She was very nice, a typical American girl. She worked in retail. He was polite but aloof. At first, he was normal, but then he grew a beard. She said they were arguing before, he was drinking, then she said he stopped and everything was good between them."
Interesting that his American wife and child went off to England without him, given he encouraged others to bring their entire families including grandmothers to live in the ISIS caliphate.
And Scoop Nest answers an unasked question, as well as offering a different photo from a time when he was younger and better groomed:
Ruslan Maratovich Asainov, arrested today by the FBI for terrorist activities related to ISIS. He entered the U.S. on a DIVERSITY LOTTERY VISA on February 27, 1999, and became a naturalized U.S. Citizen on September 1, 2006.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336091 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

US sanctions two leaders of Iranian-linked militias in Iraq
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The US added two leaders of Iranian-linked militias in Iraq to its sanctions list on Thursday, designating them under the Magnitsky Act as "perpetrators of serious human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
abuse and corruption."

Rayan al-Kildani and Waad Qado both lead militias part of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) with close ties to Iran.

Al-Kildani, the leader of the 50th "Babylon" Brigade, is accused by the US of "serious human rights abuse."

Based in Iraq’s northwestern Ninewa Province, the 50th Brigade is accused by the US Treasury of looting, extortion and intimidation of the local population, making it "the primary impediment to the return of internally displaced persons to the Ninewa Plain."

The US Treasury alleges that al-Kildani can be seen cutting the ear off a handcuffed detainee in a video that circulated in May, 2018.

Qado, the leader of the 30th Brigade, is accused of commanding the brigade while it conducted similar human rights abuses including extortion, kidnapping, and rape.

Both al-Kildani and Qado are members of ethnic minorities: al-Kildani is a Christian, while Qado is a member of the Shabak minority who live around djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
Both their militias operate as part of the PMUs, the Shiite-majority militias formed in 2015.

Although the PMUs are officially led by the Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi, deputy commander Jamal Jaafar al-Ibrahimi, known by his nom de guerre Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, is widely seen as the real leader. al-Mohandes heads the Kata’ib Hezbollah militia, which has been recently accused of carrying out a drone attack on 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...
and has close ties with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Alongside al-Kildani and Qado, two former governors of Iraqi provinces were also sanctioned for corruption.

Nawfal Hammadi al-Sultan, the former governor Ninewa Province, and Ahmed al-Jubouri, the former governor of Salah al-Din province, both received sanctions for corruption and bribery.

"The United States is taking action against four individuals in Iraq implicated in serious human rights abuse or corruption," said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

"We will continue to hold accountable persons associated with serious human rights abuse, including persecution of religious minorities, and corrupt officials who exploit their positions of public trust to line their pockets and hoard power at the expense of their citizens," Mandelker added.

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336080 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  When you start talking "Eiger Sanction", wake me up.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/20/2019 15:55 Comments || Top||

Drone bombs base used by pro-Iranian militia in Iraq
More on this story from yesterday.
[IsraelTimes] Iranian and Hezbollah operatives said hurt or killed in strike; some reports say the site recently received shipment of ballistic missiles from Islamic Theocratic Republic

An unmanned drone bombed a base used by pro-Tehran paramilitary units in central Iraq, the country’s military announced Friday, with sources saying one fighter was killed and two Iranians maimed.

The US immediately denied involvement in the attack, which took place overnight between Thursday and Friday in an ethnically and religiously mixed area north of Baghdad.
"Was probably 'domestically-produced' Houthi drones... *snicker*"
"The al-Shuhada base of the Hashed al-Shaabi in the Amerli region was hit at dawn... by an unidentified drone, wounding two people," the Iraqi military said in a statement on Friday.

But an official from the Hashed al-Shaabi, a network of Iraqi paramilitary units dominated by pro-Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
Shiite forces, and a police officer both gave a toll of one Iraqi fighter dead and two people maimed.

Meanwhile the Saudi-based al-Arabiya network said members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Hezbollah terror group were killed in the strike. It said the base had recently received Iranian ballistic missiles, which were hidden inside trucks.

The police source, who visited the site of the attack, said the two maimed were "Iranian military engineers."

Pentagon front man Sean Robertson said "US forces were not involved" in the attack.

Iran says it does not have forces officially deployed in Iraq, but observers say Iranian advisors regularly train Iraqi forces, including the Hashed.

The Hashed is largely opposed to the United States, which has slapped sanctions on some of its leaders for ties to Iran.

The US, meanwhile, has an estimated 5,200 troops based across the country in training and advisory roles. In recent months, a string of rocket attacks have targeted bases where US troops are stationed, sparking concern of a potential confrontation between the US and Iran on Iraqi soil.

Two Hashd wounded by 'grenades' from unknown aircraft in Iraq

[Rudaw] Two members of the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary forces were maimed on Friday in Saladin province by ordinance from an unknown aircraft. The US-led coalition has denied that its forces were involved in the incident.

"Martyrs Military Camp in Amirli area, affiliated with Brigade 16 of the Hashd al-Shaabi, was bombarded by grenades thrown from an unknown aircraft today at 1:15 and 2:20 [a.m.], injuring two," the Iraqi Security Media Cell confirmed on Friday.

An unnamed official told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named that there were two dronezaps. The first hit a headquarters of advisers, wounding two Iranians. While the second attack hit a weapons depot. The US-headquartered agency added that advisors from Leb were also present.

An Iranian commander previously said that Iranians had died in the area.

"On behalf of myself and all the mujahideen of Hashd al-Shaabi's (Turkmen Force) Northern Front Command, I strongly express condolence to Mujaheddin Iqbal Pour, a military adviser of Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
in the Northern Front over the death of his father," Hajj Abu Mustafa al-Imami posted on Facebook on July 11.

The US-led Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS denied that "coalition forces" were involved in the reported attack on Friday in Saladin.

"We are aware of the reports of an attack against the Iranians and a Popular Mobilization Force unit in Salah ad Din. Coalition Forces were not involved, and we have no further information at this time," the spokesperson for the US-led coalition tweeted on Friday evening.

Members of Brigade 16 of the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMFs), told Rudaw English on Friday they had no further information.

Amirli is located in Saladin province and 160 kilometers northeast of the Iraqi capital. It is in the Tuz Khurmatu district near the border with Diyala province.

The area not far from the border with Iran is a disputed territory claimed by Erbil and Baghdad. It long has been a spot of friction between Turkmen and Arab Shiites, and Kurds.
An Nahar adds:
The second attack hit a weapons depot, causing a large fire at the base. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to disclose sensitive information.

An Iraqi official said IS forces of Evil were most likely behind the attack, ruling out a U.S.-led coalition or American attack. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
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Turkish airstrike injures five civilians in Duhok village
[Rudaw] Five civilians, including two children, were maimed on Thursday in the village of Spindar when a Ottoman Turkish Arclight airstrike
targeted a vehicle containing three suspected Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) members, according to residents.

Spindar, in the Chamanke sub-district of Amedi, is 40 kilometers northeast of Duhok city. The Ottoman Turkish military did not confirm the strike, but claimed to have carried similar attacks on the Hakurk region of Erbil.

Rudaw Kurdish has not been able to establish the identity of those injured or their condition.

According to Spindar residents, a Ottoman Turkish missile struck the village at around 4.30 p.m. local time. It narrowly missed the PKK members’ car, leaving them lightly injured.

Three civilians in a nearby shop were caught in the blast, as were two children in a neighboring house.

Residents who spoke to Rudaw Kurdish said the PKK members were chased out of the village by an armed local, who feared the Ottoman Turkish jet would launch a second strike if they remained.

Although the PKK does not have a presence inside the village, locals told Rudaw the group regularly imposes taxes on them.

"We tell both The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
and the PKK not to make our village a battleground," an unnamed witness told Rudaw Kurdish.

"Those injured were in the village, going about their business and work."

"Our government keeps asking us to repopulate the villages. How can we do this if shells rain down on us on daily basis?" he asked.

"There hasn’t been such an incident before. I challenge the Turks and others to find one PKK position in our area."

The intensity of the airstrike shattered the windows of several homes in the villages.

Four cars were also damaged, including the vehicle driven by suspected PKK members. Powerlines connecting Spindar to other villages in Chamanke were also damaged.

Following the incident, several families have moved their children to safety in Duhok city.

"Our children are afraid. The road is also cut. We have no other option but to leave," Bedel Spindari told Rudaw Kurdish.

"My family is afraid. We have to leave. I was very close when the incident occurred," his wife added.

The strike came a day after a Ottoman Turkish diplomat was rubbed out in an Erbil restaurant. The PKK has denied responsibility
Nope. Nope. Wudn't us.
for the shooting, which Kurdish security forces are treating as a "premeditated terrorist attack".

The Ottoman Turkish military claimed on Friday to have targeted the PKK’s camp on Qarachogh Mountain in Makhmour.

It also claimed to have killed six PKK fighters in bombings in Metina and Gara in the Hakurk region.

A resident of the Martyr Cudi refugee camp, which shelters PKK fighters and refugees from Turkey, confirmed to Rudaw that Ottoman Turkish jets struck areas around the camp at around 12:20 a.m. on Friday.

Rojnews, media close to the PKK, claimed that two residents of the camp were maimed in the bombing.

"Ottoman Turkish airplanes violated Iraq's airspace yesterday midnight and carried out two airstrikes, near an IDP [sic] [refugee] camp by Makhmour Mountains east of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
city, injuring five," Iraq's Security Media Cell confirmed in a statement on Friday.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336080 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Israeli F-35I jets carried-out an airstrike against a Popular Mobilization Forces camp in E. Saladin

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Who did they alert first? Who's upset?
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/20/2019 0:15 Comments || Top||

#2  More importantly, what route did the F-35I take to and from the targets? I presume it was mostly a straight line route with very gentle turns here and there. I wonder how they turned to return back to base? was it a gentle slow 180 turn or..?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/20/2019 4:06 Comments || Top||

Thousands protest at Gaza border, over 100 said injured amid riots
The standing Friday item on the Gazan calendar.
[IsraelTimes] 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...
health officials report dozens struck by live fire; IDF vehicle said hit by bullet near border, none hurt.

Several thousands Paleostinians gathered near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel Friday to take part in weekly protests near the fence.

Some 6,000 people reportedly took part in the demonstrations. The army said some protesters hurled rocks and bombs at the border fence and that troops were responding with less-lethal means as well as live fire in several cases where suspects attempted to sabotage or break through the border.

The Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®,-run Gaza health ministry said over 100 people had been injured in the demonstrations, around half of which were hit by live fire. Also hurt were four paramedics and two news hounds, the ministry said.

Channel 12 news reported that an IDF vehicle was hit by a bullet during the demonstrations, but no one was hurt.

Egyptian security officials held talks with Paleostinian leaders in recent days, in part to prevent a new flareup of tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336084 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

Iran's bragging footage.

Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2019 13:02 || Comments || Link || [336093 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  I appreciate you've provided evidence to be admitted at your piracy trial.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/20/2019 15:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Extra info via The Sun
Posted by: Frank G || 07/20/2019 16:08 Comments || Top||

#3  ...They may not have considered that up to that point, the Brits were mad, but they might have still tried to talk it out.

But nooooooooo. IRGC gotta rub it in.

Bad move.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/20/2019 16:53 Comments || Top||

#4  Bad move if the brit admiralty has any say. Sadly they don't.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/20/2019 17:17 Comments || Top||

#5  Rule, Britannia
Britannia ... yields to scorn?
Posted by: Lex || 07/20/2019 17:51 Comments || Top||

PFLP-GC commander snuffed in the eastern countryside of Homs
[SYRIAHR] The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that a commander in the “Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine” Militia that is loyal to the Syrian regime, was killed after being targeted by an IED which exploded while he was passing on the road to Palmyra in the eastern countryside of Homs, and the SOHR published on the 14th of July 2019, that the gas line between Shaer field and the Ebla Gas Plant in the eastern city of Homs went out of service, after being targeted by unknown entities until now, this comes in a new economic strike against the Syrian regime, where this line transports more than 2 million cubic meters of gas daily to Ebla plant and from it to the power plants, but it is not known yet whether the targeting was carried out by the “Islamic State” organization which is active in the Syrian desert, or by parties form within the Syrian regime which are benefiting from getting this line out of service, but the victim will be as usual, the Syrian citizen.
Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336086 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Squadron of warplanes and helicopter carry out tens of airstrikes on areas in the countryside of Hama and Idlib
[SYRIAHR] A member of the rebel factions died in rocket shelling carried out by the regime forces on areas at the northern countryside of Hama, in the same context, regime’s warplanes carried out 22 Arclight airstrike
s Thursday morning, targeting places in Khan Shaykhun and Tremla in Idlib countryside and the towns of al-Lataminah and Kafr Zeta in the northern countryside of Hama, in conjunction with the targeting by heavy machine guns for areas in Khan Shaykhun city, while 3 barrel bombs bombed were dropped by helicopters over Khan Shaykhun, while the Russian warplanes carried out after midnight of yesterday several raids on Ma’aret Hurmah, Maarzita, and Kafrsajna in the southern countryside of Idlib, and the area of Dweir al-Akrad in the northwestern countryside of Hama, after that the aerial bombardment stopped on "Putin -Erdogan" in a repeated-daily routine scene, and in the same context, the factions targeted this morning by more than 45 missiles areas in Joureen village, which is controlled by the forces regime in Sahl al-Ghab at the northwestern countryside of Hama, while the regime forces shelled after midnight and dawn of today places in al-Jabin, Tal Meleh, the surroundings of al-Hamamiyat, and al-Sermaniyyeh in the northwestern countryside of Hama.
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Britain advises all UK shipping to stay away from Strait of Hormuz for an "interim period".

Posted by: 3dc || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336072 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  What would they expect when sending unescorted tankers through the straits after last weeks boarding an Iranian tanker??! WTFO?!
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/20/2019 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  It is also a known fact that Iran has swarming tactics with small fast boats.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 07/20/2019 13:27 Comments || Top||

Large military mobilizations of the Turkish forces and their loyal factions arrive in the outskirts of Manbij
[SYRIAHR] The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources thon the lam military mobilizations of the Ottoman Turkish forces and factions loyal to them have arrived in the north-western outskirts of Manbij city in the north-eastern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory has received information about The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s intention to start a wide-spread military action with their loyal factions, to storm Manbij city which is under the control of the Kurdish forces on the 20th of July 2019, and in connection with this, the SOHR monitored the arrival of large military reinforcements of the Syria Democratic Forces heavily armed by heavy machineguns, coming from the areas of Ayn Issa, al-Raqqah province and Kobani to Tal Abyad city at the border with Turkey, in the shadow of the information about the Turks’ intention to advance towards the city.

And the SOHR published on the 19th of July 2019, that areas located on the Syrian ‐ Ottoman Turkish border within the east Euphrates area are witnessing relative calm, amid Ottoman Turkish reinforcements and mobilizations on the Ottoman Turkish side through bringing tanks to the border strip areas such as Tal Abyad, Ras Al Ain and Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), while the sky of the area is witnessing daily flight of reconnaissance drones for the U.S. Forces, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 13th of July 2019, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the Ottoman Turkish Intelligence intends to hold training courses for Syrian fighters loyal to Turkey on the Ottoman Turkish territory, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the Ottoman Turkish Intelligence asked factions operating within "Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield" to be prepared and get their fighters ready for starting 20-day training courses in camps on the Ottoman Turkish territory, and the training includes the development of using developed and anti-tank weapons, and the Ottoman Turkish Intelligence insisted on the necessity of the presence of the old fighters who have undergone previous courses whether on the Ottoman Turkish territory during earlier operations such as "Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield", or fighters who have undergone courses that held at that time, in Arab countries such as the preparations for battles against the regime forces, and Turkey had trained hundreds of members of the police and security services in the areas of the "Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield", inside its camps, and graduated several batches affiliated to the police bodies, while these preparations apparently come as a Ottoman Turkish preparation for carrying out a new military operation inside the Syrian territory, and as usual, the aim is the controlled areas of the Syria Democratic Forces and this time it (the military operation) will be in the Euphrates and al-Jazeera.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336099 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

Airbase at Khoram Abad reputed to be an #IRGC #Missile Silo base

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'Mesdar' apparently resuming course @MarineTraffic with #Iran media reporting is has not been seized

Posted by: Fred || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336070 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Or it has had its limpet mine attached.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/20/2019 6:43 Comments || Top||

#2  paid jizya - all is good
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/20/2019 16:01 Comments || Top||

Iran seizes British oil tankers for 'violating international maritime rules' as tensions escalate in Gulf
The Telegraph started live blogging events as of Friday evening. This post summarizes what was known as of 6:30 p.m. EDT.
[Telegraph] A British-flagged oil tanker was seized by Iran on Friday night and was heading towards a Revolutionary Guard base, in a major escalation of tensions along one of the world's most vital oil shipping routes.

The Stena Impero had been en route to Saudi Arabia but made an abrupt change of course and began moving towards the Iranian island of Qeshm, according to data relayed by maritime tracking services.

The ship “went dark”, meaning its identification system was turned off, at 16:29 UK time and nothing has been heard from her or her 23 crew since.

Northern Marine, a Clyde-based subsidiary of the ship's Swedish owner Stena AB, confirmed that a “hostile action” had preceded the vessel's change of course on Friday afternoon.

They issued a statement saying it had been “approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter during transit of the Strait of Hormuz while the vessel was in international waters.”

Iran's Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that they stopped the tanker at the request of the maritime authority in the Iranian province of Hormozgan on suspicion it has "violated international maritime law", but did not elaborate.

There were also concerns about a second oil tanker, the British-operated, Liberian-flagged Mesdar, which turned sharply north towards Iran's coast, about 40 minutes after the Stena Impero's course shift.

The tanker changed course again on Friday to head back into the Gulf, Refinitiv tracking data showed.

Britain said the Mesdar and another tanker, the Stena Impero, had been seized by Iran, making the announcement after both suddenly took up a course towards the Iranian coast.

But an Iranian news agency said the Mesdar had not been seized but had been issued a warning, while the Iranian military said it had captured the Stena Impero.

Tracking data showed the Stena Impero was in the same area where a United Arab Emirates-based vessel was detained on Sunday and where a British vessel, the British Heritage, was blocked by Iranian forces earlier this month.

A Cobra meeting was held between officials from the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence and other Government departments on Friday night to determine the UK's response.

A Government source said the crews on board the two ships are “a range of nationalities” but no Britons are among the crews of either ship.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || [336085 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  International Maritime Rule #1 (Persian version):
"Don't make the chosen of Allan look bad."
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/20/2019 16:03 Comments || Top||

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