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Abbe Lane is an American singer and actress.
Lane was known in the 1950s and 1960s for her
revealing outfits and sultry style of performing.
She was the 4th wife of Latin bandleader and musician
Born: Abigail Francine Lassman,
December 14, 1932, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
- Other names: Abbe Marshall
[KGNS.TV] Checkpoints in and out of Laredo have been shut down.
In a video interview, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar ...Dem representative for Texas' 28th congressional district, serving since 2005. He was a professor at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) in Laredo. He has positioned himself as a strong advocate for education. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives he was a member of the Texas House 1987 to 2001.... told KGNS the decision comes from the Federal Government as it tries to send available Border Patrol agents to Del Rio due to the influx of migrants colonists.
It’s been an overwhelming situation for Del Rio officials to handle for the past 48 hours.
More than 12,000 migrants colonists, mostly from Haiti, have been gathering under the international bridge between Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico. Officials are scrambling to bring reinforcements from across the country.
The checkpoints in Laredo have been left unmanned since 6 p.m. Friday, where BP agents were reassigned to Del Rio according to Congressman Cuellar.
People can still drive in and out of Laredo, this just means the checkpoints are bypassed.
" I do not blame the local Border Patrol," said Cuellar. "They are just being told what to do. I blame the policies. I told the headquarters what they are doing is wrong because the more people they allow in the more people that are going to come. Under the law is someone is supposed to stay they will stay. They should be deporting people back to their countries of origin, otherwise, they are enticing other people to come in."
Cuellar said he was notified that about 400 agents from surrounding areas will be sent to Del Rio, but could not confirm how many for Laredo specifically.
Hector Garza, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, and President of the Laredo Border Patrol Union spoke to KGNS at the I-35 checkpoint Friday night during a live News broadcast.
"It’s so unfortunate that the cartels are getting a free pass throughout these checkpoints in Laredo and at the Del Rio checkpoints," Garza said.
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Witnesses said a series of three explosions that targeted Taliban ...Arabic for students... vehicles in the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern 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.. province has left at least three dead and 20 maimed,
No one immediately took responsibility for the attack Saturday in Jalalabad, but the increasingly violent mostly peaceful ISIS group affiliate is headquartered in eastern Afghanistan and are enemies of Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether Taliban officials were among the dead and maimed.
Also on Saturday a sticky bomb went kaboom! in the capital Kabul wounding two people, said police officials. The target of the Kabul bomb was not immediately clear.
(CNN) Just after the US military launched a Hellfire missile to stop a white Toyota Corolla it believed to be an imminent threat to US troops leading the evacuation at the Kabul airport, the CIA issued an urgent warning: Civilians were likely in the area, including possibly children inside the vehicle, according to three sources familiar with the situation.
It was too late. The warning on August 29 came seconds before the missile hit the car, killing 10 civilians, including seven children.
In the weeks following, the military insisted that it had been a justified strike on a confirmed terrorist target, acknowledging that some civilians might have been killed. But on Friday, after weeks of media coverage casting doubt on the legitimacy of the strike, the military acknowledged no one in the car was affiliated with ISIS-K as originally believed. "It was a mistake," Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top general of US Central Command, said bluntly at the Pentagon.
It's not clear whether the military informed the intelligence community that it had decided to pull the trigger -- if for no other reason than that the situation was rapidly evolving. The military calls such strikes, which commanders in the field were authorized to take without consulting up the chain of command, "dynamic."
In some cases, the military might ask the intelligence community to "task" its surveillance drones and other assets to watch a particular car or a particular location. The intelligence community would share data on the targets with the Defense Department in real time, but it is ultimately the military ground force commander's decision to take the strike.
Some sources say the miscommunication highlights a now-pressing decision for the Biden administration as it weighs how to conduct future strikes in Afghanistan without US troops on the ground there: Will the Defense Department or CIA own the mission?
You were warned about the impending Taliban takeover. You were warned about potentially faulty targeting and civilians in the VIC. You wish to go it alone White House and DoD, then you own it. Have a nice day.
In some cases, the military might ask the intelligence community to "task" its surveillance drones and other assets to watch a particular car or a particular location.
In some cases...
If the intel community (CIA) isn't sharing its actionable information with the military in real time - what good are they?
And lets be honest, the "intel community" went blind when the Afghan NDS and MOI folks went into self-preservation mode and bugged out...after that the CIA had nothing. Well, I take that back...they do still maintain one source that is hawking their "narrative" leaked out into the media via CNN.
After clicking the submit button the caffeine pushed a few more thoughts through the morning fog in my brain.
1. If...if...what the CIA talking head is true, their silence after 29 Aug is egregious and complicit...why didn't Mr. CIA mouthpiece bring this information into the light immediately after the killing of these children? For Brennan to bring it up now in a CYA move is stupid and displays a craven lack of morals.
2. Why did it take the Times of all people to conduct an effective battle damage assessment? Or, did the CIA and CENTCOM conduct one and cover it up? The cover up conducted for apparent political reasons is criminal.
/\ For Brennan to bring it up now in a CYA move is stupid and displays a craven lack of morals.
Absolutely true, but NOT out of character.
If the intel community (CIA) isn't sharing its actionable information with the military in real time - what good are they?
Please rest assured, "real time" sharing of anything simply does NOT happen. The only time sharing is assured is when it suits the Klingon's or when DoD is about to stumble over, or compromise something.
Why did it take the Times of all people to conduct an effective battle damage assessment?
The BDA was done, release authority was probably the hold up. Pushing the release up the track was done through media pressure. Foreign media publishing the BDA is bad juju. Better to flop it out on the table for examination yourself and avoid the larger embarrassment.
* Numbers 3 and 5, excellent comments by the way.
** Number 6. Please proceed to the head of the class.
In some way the guy I feel sorry for is the one who pulled the trigger on the drone. He was told that it was a legitimate target. From what he could see, the target was loading something into the car.
Then it turned out to be an aid worker with a car full of kids.
If it were me, I would be consumed with guilt. He will probably need therapy.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
09/19/2021 13:04 Comments ||
Death by committee spreads the blame out and allows for no-one to actually be held accountable. Like the gallows scene in In Cold Blood: Reporter: "Does the executioner have a name?" Unidentified witness: "Yeah, 'We the people.'"
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
09/19/2021 13:14 Comments ||
Several hundred demonstrators gather in #Tunis to protest against Tunisian President Kais #Saied’s seizure of governing powers in July, which triggered a constitutional #crisis and prompted accusations of a coup.https://t.co/zVDwexoVl8
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Nigerian troops have rescued an army officer kidnapped last month from an elite military academy in the restive northwest, the army said late Friday.
An armed gang stormed the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), the country’s heavily guarded military academy in the city of Kaduna on August 24, killing two officers and abducting another, in a daring attack that shocked the authorities.
Northwest and central Nigeria have been plagued by criminal gangs known locally as bandidos who raid villages, kidnapping and killing residents, stealing cattle and burning homes after looting them.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The execution of nine civilians in 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... , including a 17-year-old minor, at the hands of the Iran-backed 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... s should be considered a terrorist crime, according to Yemen’s Minister of Information.
"Iranian-backed Houthi militia executed 9 civilians [from] Hodeidah, [including] minor, after years of enforced disappearance & torture, led to death of 1, & subjected them to mock trial, deprived of basic rights, a terrorist crime that revealsIts, criminality, & disregard for lives of Yemenis," Yemeni Minister of Information Muammar al-Eryani tweeted on Saturday.
"The massacre is an escalation that recalls Iranian mullahs’ execution of its opponents, &launch of mass killings of opponents of its coup, &use of the judiciary under its control as a tool to settle its political scores terrorize its opponents politicians, media & journalists," he added.
Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia said on Saturday that authorities had executed nine men who were convicted of involvement in the 2018 killing of Saleh al-Samad, then the gang's top civilian leader.
Samad, who held the post of president in the Houthi-controlled administration which runs most of northern Yemen, was killed in April 2018 by an Arab Coalition air strike in the port city of Hodeidah on Yemen's west coast.
Posted by: Fred ||
09/19/2021 00:00 ||
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[Breitbart] Violence from Gulf Cartel members and cheaper smuggling rates than their rivals are two main factors pushing thousands of Caribbean migrants to Del Rio instead of the Rio Grande Valley, which is considerably closer in terms of travel distance.
More than 12,000
...14,000 at last count...
migrants, primarily from Haiti, are being held by U.S. authorities under an international bridge awaiting processing. The migrants crossed from Ciudad Acuna in Coahuila into Del Rio, Texas, and instead of avoiding authorities, they are requesting asylum once they encounter U.S. Border Patrol.
Breitbart Texas spoke with Mexican federal law enforcement officials who contend that Coahuila border cities are preferred among migrants because human smugglers there are less likely to extort or kidnap them before reaching the Rio Grande.
Breitbart Texas also consulted with U.S. law enforcement sources operating in Mexico who say that other criminal organizations such as the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas, which operates in Nuevo Laredo and northern Coahuila, have been luring independent human smugglers with safer routes and lower rates to cross through their territory.
Capitalism is the natural human approach, and a rough kind of kindness...
Those same smuggling groups appear to be helping guide the caravans of Caribbean migrants towards the Coahuila border. On Thursday, citizen journalists reported large groups of migrants at the bus station of Poza Rica in the state of Veracruz. Those groups were planning on reaching Ciudad Acuna, the citizen journalists reported.
[OneIndia] The National Investigation Agency has arrested one persons after conducting searches in Tamil Nadu in connection with the Madurai Hizb-ut-Tahir case.
The NIA conducted searches at two locations in Thiruvarur and Tanjore districts of Tamil Nadu and arrested an accused Bava Bahrudeen.
The case was initially registered by the Thideer Nagar Police Station in Madurai in which Mohammed Iqbal had used his Facebook account "Thoonga Vizhigal Rendu is in Kazimar Street" to upload posts that denigrated a particular community and fomented communal disharmony among different religions in a manner prejudicial to the maintenance of public order.
Investigation has revealed that the accused person Mohammed Iqbal conspired with others including Mannai Bava, in the name of Hizb-ut-Tahrir to re-establish 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.... and implement Sharia globally including in India.
In furtherance of this conspiracy, they had participated in closed door Bayans (meetings) and created multiple accounts on various social media applications to upload posts intended to disclaim and disrupt the illusory sovereignty and territorial integrity of India.
The conspiracy meetings / closed door Bayans were helmed by Mannai Bava and conducted in Madurai, Erode, Salem, Tanjore districts in Tamil Nadu.
In the searches conducted,30 books, handwritten documents containing incriminating literature related to Hizb-ut-Tahrir and establishment of Islamic State / Khilafat and 3 digital devices were seized.
[IsraelTimes] Three Paleostinians were detained by Israel Defense Force soldiers after trying to infiltrate into southern Israel on Saturday morning, the military said.
The suspects were found to be carrying knives and bolt cutters to break through the fence when they were captured near the northern section of the border, according to the IDF.
It was not clarified whether the three had successfully fully passed through the fence at the time of their capture.
The suspects were detained and taken for questioning.
While Israel has a high-tech series of fences and walls guarding its frontier with 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... , both above and below ground, a number of gaps remain in the steel fencing surrounding the Strip.
These gaps have been used by Paleostinians in Gaza to illegally enter Israeli territory, often with hopes of fleeing the beleaguered enclave.
While attacks on Israeli civilians by those infiltrating from Gaza are rare, in May, a Paleostinian man, who crossed into Israel armed with several knives, attacked and lightly maimed a security guard some five kilometers from the border fence.
[JPost] appears the Paleo actual non-hamas residents wanna just get on with their (semi-prospering) lives?
I guess we’re all glad that’s over, with all the bad guys rounded up.
Palestinians clashed with the Israeli forces who entered Jenin to arrest the two prisoners.
The last two remaining prisoners who escaped from Gilboa Prison earlier this month, Munadil Nafayat and Iham Kahamji, were arrested on Saturday night by Israeli forces in Jenin, putting an end to the nearly two-week-long manhunt.
The arrest was made by the IDF, Shin Bet and police special forces based on intelligence from the Shin Bet. Israeli forces surrounded the house where the prisoners were hiding and the two prisoners surrendered without any struggle and were transferred to the Shin Bet for questioning. Two Palestinians who helped the two prisoners were also arrested by Israeli forces.
Four of the six prisoners who escaped from Gilboa Prison, Zakaria Zubeidi, Mahmoud Ardah, Mohammed Qadri and Mohammed Ardah, were captured by security forces in and near Nazareth last weekend.
Armed clashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday night, after large numbers of Israeli forces entered the city, according to Palestinian reports. At least one Palestinian has been wounded, according to the reports. No injuries have been reported among Israeli forces.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Indonesia’s most wanted bully boy with ties to ISIS was killed Saturday in a shootout with security forces, the military said, in a victory for the counterterrorism campaign against snuffies in the jungles of Sulawesi island.
Ali Kalora was one of two holy warriors killed in the shootout, said Central Sulawesi’s regional military chief Brig. Gen. Farid Makruf. He identified the other suspected murderous Moslem as Jaka Ramadan.
The two men were fatally shot during a raid late Saturday by a joint team of military and coppers in Central Sulawesi province’s mountainous Parigi Moutong district, Makruf said. It borders Poso district, considered an murderous Moslem hotbed in the province.
"Ali Kalora was the most wanted terrorist and leader of MIT," Makruf said, referring to the Indonesian acronym of the East Indonesia Mujahideen network, an murderous Moslem bully boy group that pledged allegiance to the ISIS in 2014.
He said that security forces were searching for the four remaining members of the group.
The East Indonesia Mujahideen
..also Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen, known locally as Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT). One of two ISIS provinces in Indonesia, they swore allegiance to ISIS in 2014...
has grabbed credit for several killings of coppers and minority Christians.
Security operations in Central Sulawesi have intensified in recent months to try to capture members of the network, particularly targeting Ali Kalora, the group’s leader.
Kalora had eluded capture for more than a decade. He took over from Abu Wardah Santoso, who was killed by security forces in July 2016. Dozens of other leaders and members of the group have been killed or captured since then.
In May, the holy warriors killed four Christians in Kalemago village in Poso district, including one who was beheaded. Authorities said the attack was in Dire Revenge for the killing in March of two bully boys, including Santoso’s son.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Moslem-majority nation, has kept up a crackdown on holy warriors since bombings on the tourist island of Bali in 2002 killed 202 people, mostly foreigners.
Indonesian security forces on Saturday said they shot dead a man believed to be an Islamic State-linked militant group’s leader, reducing the outfit to four people.
Two bodies, believed to be of Eastern Indonesia Mujahideen (MIT) leader Ali Kalora and one of his followers, are yet to be recovered from the jungles of the mountainous Parigi Moutong regency in Central Sulawesi province, said Brig. Gen. Farid Makruf.
“There was an exchange of gunfire and two terrorists were killed,” Farid, the deputy chief of an operation to hunt down MIT suspects, told BenarNews.
“[They] are suspected to be Ali and Jaka,” he said, referring to the other militant suspect Jaka Ramadan.
The operation to hunt MIT suspects, codenamed Madago Raya, conducts regular patrols in Parigi Moutong and surrounding areas.
Still, the militant outfit in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country has been a thorn in the side of security forces despite its reduced numbers from a high of 40 in its early years. MIT has survived in the mountains and jungles of the province of Central Sulawesi, terrain the group knows well.
The province’s Poso regency – that abuts Parigi Moutong – has long been a hotbed of MIT activity, and is an area that security forces find difficult to penetrate, Inspector Gen. Imam Sugianto, the national police deputy for operations, told BenarNews late last year.
MIT’s insurgency in the country’s Sulawesi region has its roots in a bloody Muslim-Christian conflict at the turn of the century, which left more than 1,000 people dead between 1998 and 2001.
The outfit pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in 2014. MIT’s now-dead founder Santoso was the first Indonesian militant to pledge allegiance to IS publicly.
MIT has claimed responsibility for killing many police officers and minority Christians. In May, members of the group killed four farmers in Central Sulawesi. And in November last year, they killed four villagers living in a Christian community in Sigi regency near Poso.
The group is one of two pro-Islamic State groups operating in Indonesia. The other is Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which authorities have blamed for terror attacks in the archipelago nation during the past five years.
In May, police said MIT had split into two groups in an attempt to elude authorities, with one group led by Kalora, active in Sigi regency, and the other under the leadership of Muhammad Busra, or Qatar, operating in Poso. Qatar was killed in a security raid in Central Sulawesi province in July, and with Kalora’s supposed death, MIT appears to be on its last legs.
Earlier this year, Farid said Ali and his followers wanted to turn themselves in to the authorities but feared reprisals after the faction led by Qatar threatened to kill their families.
Farid said intelligence suggested that Ali and Qatar had been at odds since the death of Santoso, who was killed by security forces in 2016.
Kalora had eluded capture for more than a decade, the Associated Press news agency reported, citing Madago Raya deputy chief Farid.
[AlAhram] IS fighters "were able to plant and detonate explosives on the gas pipeline feeding the Tishreen and Deir Ali plants," the group claimed in a statement.
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 on Saturday claimed an attack on a major natural gas pipeline southeast of the Syrian capital that led to power outages in the city and surrounding areas.
The Deir Ali station southeast of Damascus generates half of Syria's power needs, Electricity Minister Ghassan al-Zamel said Saturday in comments carried by the official SANA news agency.
He said an attack on the gas pipeline on Friday evening with bombs caused the station to go out of service temporarily.
The outage affected several other stations, causing blackouts in Damascus, its outskirts and other areas, Zamel said, before power was restored some thirty minutes later.
He said maintenance works had started Saturday but warned of severe rationing until the pipeline is repaired and power plants resume normal operations.
The Deir Ali and Tishreen plants remain out of service.
The IS group's so-called caliphate in Syria was declared defeated in the riverside hamlet of Baghouz in 2019 following a gruelling US-backed offensive.
But the group continues to conduct attacks on Syrian government forces from its hideouts, including in the vast east Syrian desert.
Syria's gas and oil infrastructure have been among the targets of bully boyz and rebel groups opposed to Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Horror of Homs... 's regime.
The Syrian conflict since 2011 has ravaged electricity networks as well as oil and gas infrastructure across the country.
Syria's largest oilfields remain beyond the government's reach in the country's Kurdish-held northeast, and Western sanctions have hampered fuel imports from abroad.
Syrians in government-held areas have had to adapt their lives at home and work around power cuts of up to 20 hours a day.
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09/19/2021 03:53 ||
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[AlAhram] Lebanese security forces raided a fertiliser warehouse in the eastern Bekaa Valley, considered a hub for smuggling operations between Leb ...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is 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. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch. In 2020 Hezbollahblew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate faci8lity exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that... and Syria
Lebanese authorities have seized 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate -- the same chemical behind a deadly explosion last year at Beirut's port -- in the eastern Bekaa Valley, state media reported on Saturday.
Ammonium nitrate is an odourless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertiliser that has been the cause of numerous industrial explosions over the decades.
At least 214 people were killed and some 6,500 others maimed on August 4, 2020 when a shipment of the chemical carelessly stocked at the Beirut port for years ignited and caused a massive blast.
On Saturday, the National News Agency (NNA) said security forces raided a fertiliser warehouse in the eastern Bekaa Valley, considered a hub for smuggling operations between Lebanon and Syria.
Authorities seized 20 tonnes of the dangerous chemical stored inside a truck parked at the warehouse, the NNA said, adding the material was transported to a "safe place".
Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi, who visited the Bekaa Valley on Saturday, called on security forces to conduct a sweep of the area.
"We must do our best to move these materials to a safer place away from exposure to heat and sun" to avoid a "catastrophe", the NNA quoted him as saying.
The company that owns the ammonium nitrate said that the fertiliser was intended for agricultural use.
"One of our employees informed the relevant authorities that we have ammonium nitrate, so they raided the warehouses on Friday," one of the company heads told AFP on condition of anonymity.
The name of the firm that owns the fertiliser has not been made public pending investigations.
"We have been working in the feed and fertiliser industry for 40 years," the company official added.
When combined with fuel oils, ammonium nitrate creates a potent explosive widely used in the construction industry, but also by Death Eater groups for improvised explosives.
Lebanese authorities are still investigating the circumstances in which hundreds of tonnes of the chemical ended up in the Beirut port for years, before the monster explosion that levelled swathes of the city.
Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi on Saturday inspected a truck carrying 20 tons of ammonium nitrate in the Bidnayel Plain in the Bekaa after it had been seized in Baalbek, the National News Agency said. Mawlawi said security forces moved the dangerous material from Baalbek to the empty plain to protect public safety.
[Time of Israel] Safe in a command center thousands of miles away, Israeli team reportedly used AI-powered weapon built into abandoned-looking vehicle to take out Mohsen Fakhrizadeh last November.
Top Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in November 2020 in a sophisticated hit led by a Mossad team that reportedly deployed a computerized machine gun, required no on-site operatives, took less than a minute, and did not injure anyone else, including the scientist’s wife who was with him at the time.
According to an in-depth New York Times report published on Saturday, the weapon used in the high-profile assassination last year of Fakhrizadeh — regarded by Israel and many Western officials as the "father" of Iran’s nuclear weapons program — was a modified Belgian-made FN MAG machine gun attached to an advanced robotic apparatus and powered with artificial intelligence technology. The whole device weighed about a ton and was smuggled into Iran in small parts ahead of the operation and then reassembled.
Nobody questioned a bunch of men in “Star of David Mechanics, Inc” labelled boiler suits working on a car at the side of the road? How long would such a thing take if they were careful to abide by union labour laws in order to avoid notice?
The Mossad team handled the whole operation from a command center outside the country, according to the report which the publication said was based on interviews with American, Israeli and Iranian officials, "including two intelligence officials familiar with the details of the planning and execution of the operation."
ref #4, it almost seems like someone saw that rerun and decided it would be a great way to protect other means still traceable inside Iran. Otherwise, why reveal a technique with future application?
What I found far more interesting was the trigger for a long planned OP being the likely loss by Trump and the conviction that the Obama/ValJar Presidium would have immense power in the future Biden Administration. That fits exactly with my sense of how Israel sees US policy as feckless going forward, even more than in years past.
^ sorry, Ahmed's 1/2 hr of electricity is over. They have to go back to lathing steel for rockets. Priorities
Posted by: Frank G ||
09/19/2021 16:32 Comments ||
"It keel us, and then it explode!" or, Reverse Engineering
A blessing by Allah bestowed
Was that wreck by the side of the road,
So we hauled it away
And, by Allah, today
Were bombarded my lab and abode!
And as I've told you a dozen times, it was only by the mercy of Allah that I was late getting home from the wedding chapel. Aieeeeee.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.