[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s killed 13 murderous Moslems of ISIS ...embracing their inner Islamic Brute... Khurasan group in 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.. and Kunar province ... which is right down the road from Chitral. Kunar is Haqqani country..... s of Afghanistan, the military officials said.
The officials further added airstrikes in Achin district of Nangarhar province killed six murderous Moslems of the terror group.
Another airstrike in Deh Bala district of Nangarhar killed two murderous Moslems of the group, the officials added.
The military officials also added that the security forces conducted another airstrike in Tsowkey district of Kunar province which killed 5 murderous Moslems of ISIS Khurasan group.
The ISIS sympathizers have not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
11/10/2019 00:00 ||
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[Libya Observer] A report for the UN panel of experts has revealed that UAE, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... , Jordan, and Sudan have violated the Security Council's arms embargo on Libya, Aljazeera reported on Saturday.
The report is expected to be published to the public in mid-December, according to Aljazeera.
The report says Sudanese military official Mogammed Hamdan "Hemitti" violated the arms embargo on Libya by providing military assistance to warring parties in the country; sending 1000 RSF soldiers to eastern Libya last July.
"Hemitti sent the fighters to secure Benghazi to allow Haftar's forces to attack Tripoli ...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn... . Then the Sudanese fighters were positioned in al-Jufra." The report added.
It indicated that the UAE also violated the arms embargo in Libya by giving Haftar's forces air defense system weapons that was installed in al-Jufra airbase and near Gharyan.
The report added that the UAE provided Haftar's forces with drones that fire guided missiles.
According to the report, cited by Aljazeera, Haftar's offensive on Tripoli in last April intended to hinder the UN-led political process.
Posted by: Fred ||
11/10/2019 01:57 ||
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[TheNationalInterest] The Leopard 2 wasn't ready for IEDs or suicide drones.
Full story at link.
Posted by: 3dc ||
11/10/2019 00:00 ||
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The Leopard II tank I would rank as one of the top five tanks now in service
1) The M1A2 Abrams
2) British Challenger II
3) French LeClerc
4) German Leopard II
5) Italian C1 Ariete
All tanks can be killed with the right shot.
The Leopard was designed and built to be used as part of mobile warfare forces, not to be used as a big gun to carry to a general fight, and not designed to be used as a pillbox.
Whomever is giving the Turks advice is giving them bad advice. The Leopard II is one helluva fine tank if used properly.
The writer of the article failed to mention the use of Chobbam armor in the three other tanks mentioned, as being resistant to HEAT style rounds used in RPGs, but only at the frontal armor, not on the sides, top, or rear.
The bells and whistles on the Leopard II including advanced fire control, are useful in firing on the run accurately, but are expensive duds if not used properly.
Fielded against Hadji, they're not so good.
It is worth mentioned here that even the Abrams has been killed in Yemen by being fielded against jihadis, their mines and their RPGs.
I s'pect the tanks are being used because Erdogan's loyal rank and file don't want to be used as light infantry, which if fielded will destroy Hadji.
It also is worth noting that up until the Russians entered the picture, Turkey was being used as a means for rest and recuperation for wounded ISIS Bad Guys.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike ||
11/10/2019 7:20 Comments ||
Both the M1A2 SEPv3 and the Merkava have been upgraded due to experience in the fighting that Turkey is in. The Leopard 2 has not. High losses should be expected until (or if) the Turks can relearn the lessons the Americans and Israelis paid in blood for.
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/10/2019 9:09 Comments ||
Here are multiple M1A2 Abrams (yes they are upgraded, US SEP [System Enhancement Program] Equivalent) being destroyed by a variant of 70s Soviet ATGM. This isn't a "monkey model" like the T-72s Soviets gave to their clients. This is a specifically made M1A2S from the SEP made by General Dynamics specifically for the US's largest ally and biggest spender of the entire region. Saudi Arabia has the third largest military spending worldwide, larger than Russia's entire defense budget.
Tank gets hit
fire comes out of the crew compartment And driver hatch
Commenters: ah just blowout panels - everything is fine in there.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
11/10/2019 10:03 Comments ||
Video should start here, not the beginning, forgot to check the timecode box.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
11/10/2019 10:04 Comments ||
This isn't a "monkey model" like the T-72s Soviets gave to their clients.
It is. Only US models have depleted uranium armor. Just as, AFAIK, only US models use depleted armor perpetrators.
The problem for the Turks is they have Leopard 2A4s. They are under armored in an ATGM world and the Germans won't help the Turks upgrade. Most other users have upgraded to 2A6 or 2A7.
[HindustanTimes] Multiple agencies like the Military Intelligence, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) have simultaneously warned the government of a possible attack.
Over the last 10 days, as state governments were asked to gear up for the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Babri Masjid- Ram Janmabhoomi case, the "dark web" had been buzzing with messages from the Pakistain-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and multiple security agencies have now warned the government about a "major terror attack," a senior officer who did not want to be named said.
Importantly, multiple agencies like the Military Intelligence, the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) have simultaneously warned the government of a possible attack. "It just indicates the seriousness of the threat," the senior officer said. "Each of these agencies have come to the same conclusion individually," the officer said.
"The frequency of the communication jumped several-fold in the last 10 days as it was increasingly clear that the judgment could be expected anytime," the bigwig said. Importantly, much of the communications through the "dark web," are encrypted and "coded", making the task of security agencies that much more difficult, a second bigwig who did not want to be named said.
With the judgment delivered, the apprehension of a "desperate terror" attack by Pakistain-based terror groups within the security establishment is at an all-time high. "The idea is to trigger communal backlash," the second bigwig said.
Analysing the communications and matching it with other intelligence, security agencies have zeroed in on possible targets and initiated measures to counter the possible threat. The targets include New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh.
Security agencies have been in a state of heightened alert since August 5, when Parliament scrapped the special status of Jammu & Kashmir ...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there.... . "The current effort to carry out a terror attack is separate and appears more determined," the second bigwig said.
[Rudaw] Strange men following them. Threats phoned in or muttered in the middle of a crowd. As Iraq's anti-government protests falter, activists and volunteer medics feel the noose tightening around them.
Speaking to AFP using pseudonyms, they have described an apparent campaign of surveillance and intimidation by government forces and unidentified actors.
"We know we're all being followed, particularly the girls," said Mariam, a young female activist in the main protest site of Tahrir (Liberation) Square.
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[Rudaw] Iraqi forces on Saturday took control of three Baghdad bridges anti-government demonstrators had occupied for several days, leaving protesters in Tahrir Square surrounded.
Iraqi forces took control of al-Sinek, al-Shuhada, and al-Ahrar bridges that span the River Tigris on Saturday, reported AFP. Four protesters killed and 108 maimed on Saturday as security forces cleared the three bridges that lead to Baghdad's Green Zone, medical and security officials told AP. Three of the protesters died from bullet wounds, while another died after a tear gas canister pierced his skull. Ouch. That's gonna leave a mark
Protesters still hold some of the upstream al-Jumhuriya bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square where the main protest camp is entrenched. Posting on social media, protesters in Tahrir Square say they have otherwise been surrounded by security forces.
Recapture of control of the three strategic bridges has cut off a potential advance by protesters on Baghdad’s Green Zone, a heavily fortified area where many government institutions and foreign embassies are based.
At least 280 people have died and more than 11,000 have been maimed since protests against corruption, lack of employment, and lack of basic services began in Baghdad on October 1, before spreading to southern Iraqi provinces.
Security forces hope a recapture of Tahrir Square, the focal point of the protests, will shut down this second wave of protest. Force capture of the square during the first wave of protests proved a major factor in their de-escalation.
On Friday, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most influential religious figure, delivered a sermon that urged for protests to be kept peaceful, for real government reform, and for corrupt politicians to face justice.
In response to Sistani’s sermon, a beleaguered Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi released a statement on Saturday pleading for protesters to return home.
"The protests have helped and will help pressure political groups, the government... to reform and accept change," Abdul-Mahdi said in a statement on Saturday. "However, a person who gets all wrapped up in himself makes a mighty small package... continuing protests must allow for a return to normal life, which will lead to legitimate demands being met."
Internet access remained limited on Saturday after a government shutdown earlier this week.
Netblocks, a civil society group that tracks internet restrictions, said web access had again been shut across most of Iraq after four hours of partial restoration on Saturday. There were still widespread internet outages in Baghdad and across the south early on Saturday evening, with access to social media heavily restricted.
[IsraelTimes] Tensions in Issawiya reportedly spike after law enforcement renege on deal to stay away from schools during the day.
Border Police officers clashed Saturday night with residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya.
According to Paleostinian reports dozens of locals were maimed by tear gas, baton blows and rubber bullets, as was at least one officer, who was hurt by a rock hurled by a rioter.
Tensions have flared in the neighborhood, a site of frequent festivities between Paleostinians and security forces, after the police unilaterally violated an agreement it had with the residents to keep officers away from schools during the school day, Haaretz reported. Don't allow "No-Go" areas
According to the report, residents reached the agreement with senior coppers on Monday night. But already on Wednesday morning, police units were deployed to school entrances in violation of the deal, the report said.
There was no immediate comment on the festivities from police.
Last month, a passerby was maimed by a Molotov cocktail that was thrown at police but hit his car in Issawiya, police said.
A policeman was also lightly injured as he helped drag the man out of the car, and was treated at the scene.
[AnNahar] Hundreds of students in the southern city of Tyre joined for the first time on Saturday the masses of fellow students in different parts of Leb boosting the country’s anti-government protest movement.
Tyre students chanted "revolution, revolution," expressing anger of an increasing rate in "unemployment," and demanding "new curricula and social rights."
Since Wednesday, university and high school students across the country have massively deserted their classrooms to join nationwide streets protests.
Earlier in October, pro-AMAL button men suppressed by force the protesters chanting slogans opposed to AMAL Movement leader and Speaker Nabih Knobby Berri Speaker of the Lebanese parliament, a member of AMAL, a not very subtle Hizbullah ...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory... sock puppet... . Armed festivities were reported as videos of the festivities went viral on social media.
Thousands of high school students across Leb skipped classes Saturday for a fourth day in a row to carry on the flame of the country's anti-graft movement.
Leb has since October 17 been gripped by massive cross-sectarian protests demanding a complete revamping of a political system they say is corrupt and inept.
With youth unemployment running at over 30 percent, school students have joined en masse since Wednesday demanding a better country so they don't have to emigrate.
[AnNahar] Syria's state news agency is reporting intense festivities between government forces and Ottoman Turkish troops in the country's north.
SANA said Saturday's festivities included heavy machine gun fire and occurred in the village of Um Shaifa near the town of Ras al-Ayn.
The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund... invaded Syria's northeast last month to push out Syrian Kurdish fighters near the border.
The Kurdish groups called in Syrian government forces to halt Turkey's advance.
“We submitted to you, O Bashir al Assad. Now lets you and him fight!”
Syrian government forces have clashed since with Ottoman Turkish troops and Turkey-backed opposition fighters. Moscow has brokered a shaky truce in northern Syria, but sporadic festivities have continued.
Last week, Ottoman Turkish forces captured 18 Syrian government soldiers in the area and set them free hours later following mediation by Russia.
[Rudaw] Syrian regime forces pulled back from their positions on the Tel Tamr front after intense festivities with Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian militias on Saturday, according to a conflict monitor.
After festivities near Tel Tamr and Abu Rassin to the north early on Saturday, the Syrian Arab Army abandoned their positions, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The regime forces pulled out of at least five villages north and east of Tel Tamr "leaving the SDF alone in the face of fierce attacks," said the Observatory, referring to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
A number of regime soldiers were killed and injured in shelling by the Ottoman Turkish-backed militias, the Observatory added.
Despite two ceasefires reached by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire... with the United States and Russia to halt its Operation Peace Spring against the Kurdish forces in northern Syria, the fighting has continued with each side accusing the other of violating the truces.
The town of Tel Tamr lies on the M4 highway, the main east-west artery crossing northern Syria, which Turkey has set as the border for its so-called safe zone, insisting the Kurdish forces withdraw south of the road. It is a strategic town and the SDF insists it lies outside of the proposed safe zone.
"The Ottoman Turkish state’s goal is to control Tel Tamr because it is a strategic area and all roads pass through there. Tel Tamr is a smaller version of Syria," SDF commander Mazloum Abdi told Rudaw in an exclusive interview. "It is outside the US-Turkey and Russia-Turkey deals. As per the deals, Turks have to stay outside the area. But Turks want to control there in order to impose their illusory sovereignty."
Syrian state media reported festivities between the regime’s forces and Ottoman Turkish-backed militias near Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain), but did not report on the withdrawal.
The regime forces were deployed to areas along the border as part of the deal between Russia and Turkey to secure the area against Ottoman Turkish forces as the SDF withdrew.
Abdi, late on Friday, accused Turkey of violating the ceasefire. "Turks and their jihadist proxies keep attacking NE Syria and taking more territory every hour," he tweeted. "On our side we abided by all ceasefire agreement commitments to protect our people from killing and displacement."
The Ottoman Turkish defence ministry levelled a similar claim against the SDF. Turkey "fully complies" with the agreements, the ministry tweeted on Saturday, accusing the SDF of "carrying out a total of 8 violations/attacks with mortar, rockets and sniper fire in the last 24h."
Since Turkey launched its operation a month ago, 151 pro-Turkey fighters have died. Abdi said the SDF has lost 182 from their ranks.
Ninety-two civilians have also been killed, according to figures from the United Nations ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships... . "Of these, 49 were victims of Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s, ground-based strikes, sniper fire, and executions carried out by opposing Ottoman Turkish-affiliated gangs and Kurdish gangs," the UN’s human rights ...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions... office stated on Friday.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
11/10/2019 00:00 ||
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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
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