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--Tech & Moderator Notes
Fred is getting better
The first sign is that over the past few days he started doing some articles, and then he commented in the moderator chat:

My sentence is up Friday. Looks like I'm going home on oxygen, but only two percent. Lost thirty pounds -- can't recommend COVID as a weight loss regimen though. Will attempt to contribute more, though I spend most of my time sleeping.

I didn’t say anything immediately, in case Fred had a relapse, but he looks to be in the zone.

The Times of Israel had an article the other day about a small scale study (166 patients) looking at how Covid patients recover, which suggests what we can hope for Fred:

95% of former COVID patients suffer no irreversible damage, Israeli study finds
Zedek hospital finds 94% still report symptoms three months on, notably shortness of breath, but most symptoms disappear within six months.

Here’s hoping that, in his usual way, Fred recovers quickly and well.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Home is good, recover well.
Posted by: Spoter B || 02/25/2021 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Godspeed and God bless
Posted by: Chuckles the Well-mannered4185 || 02/25/2021 0:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Finish getting better. You must have got a much worse strain then I had. Awful!
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2021 0:53 Comments || Top||

#4  though I spend most of my time sleeping

That's never a bad thing. I do my best work in my sleep.

God strengthen Fred and make him healthy again.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2021 1:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Amen!
Posted by: newc || 02/25/2021 1:40 Comments || Top||

#6  bless you Fred
Posted by: Chris || 02/25/2021 2:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't assume you are immune now - get a vaccination.
Health Ministry: Recovered COVID patients should get single vaccine shot
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2021 4:08 Comments || Top||

Taliban Attacks Afghan Forces Outpost in Nuristan
[ToloNews] One policeman was killed and four more were maimed in a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack on a security outpost in Nurgaram district in Nuristan province on Tuesday night, tribal elders from the district said on Wednesday.

The festivities started after armed Taliban attacked a security outpost in the district, the tribal elders said and warned that "if reinforcements are not sent to the area, the Taliban will take over the center of the district."

The tribal elders accused local officials of inattention to the security of the district.

Local officials and the Taliban have not commented on the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

42 Taliban killed in Kandahar: MoD
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Defense on Wednesday stated that 42 Taliban
...Arabic for students...
fighters were killed in the Mianshin, Panjwai, and Arghandab districts of Kandahar province.

MoD in a released statement said Afghan national defense and security forces backed by air support launched an operation in three districts of southern Kandahar province.

During the festivities 42 Taliban were killed, 8 maimed also the group’s stronghold, four cycle of violences, and some of their weapons and ammunition were wrecked in the operations.

According to the statement, defense forces discovered and defused 35 various types of IEDs and mines in the Arghandab and Maiwand districts of the province by doing so the Afghan forces prevented major casualties and saved dozens of innocent lives.

This comes as one policeman was killed and four others were maimed in a Taliban offensive in Nurgaram district of Nuristan on Tuesday night

Local sources told the media that if reinforcements are not sent, the Taliban will take over the center of the district and accused government officials of not being attentive to the security situation in the region.

Taliban and government officials have not yet commented on the incident.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Africa Horn
‘Ghost plane’ in Somalia
[The Drive] For years, there has been very limited information available publicly about U.S. counter-terrorism operations in Somalia and the forces, based there and in neighboring countries, carrying them out. The repositioning of the bulk of American military forces out of this East African nation between December 2020 and January 2021, dubbed Operation Octave Quartz, highlighted those activities in a way that had not been previously seen. This has included the release of a significant number of what would have been previously been very rare pictures and video clips of U.S. personnel operating in and around the country. One picture that was recently released, seen at the top of this story, prominently shows what can be considered a "ghost aircraft."

The twin-engine Beechcraft King Air turboprop aircraft with the U.S. civil registration number N27557 was photographed at Baledogle Military Airfield, which is situated some 55 miles northwest of the capital Mogadishu. It was included in a group of images related to the deployment of elements of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to the base, sometime between the last week of December 2020 and the first week of January 2021, to provide security and other support as American troops pulled out. The Pentagon announced on Jan. 17, 2021, that the repositioning of the majority of U.S. forces out of Somalia was complete.
Some interesting photos and information at the link
An interesting series of photos. One wonders who took them, and for what purpose they were released.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A "RU" (I assume Russia) site is posting it's radar of all US and allies planes on the net. You can see the postings on twitter.
#haveglass reposts a lot of them.
Posted by: 3dc || 02/25/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||

Al-Qaeda operatives seize YPC’s fuel stations in Hadramout
HADRAMOUT, Feb. 25 (YPA) – Militants of Al-Qaeda organization on Wednesday took control of a number of fuel stations belonging to the Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC)’s branch in Hadramout province, eastern Yemen, sources reported.

Al-Qaeda operatives closed ‘Shibam’ and ‘Al-Houta’ stations for selling oil derivatives, which belong to the company, by force of arms in Hadramout valley, the sources said.

The sources confirmed that Al-Qaeda militants threatened the workers of the two stations with blowing the stations up, if they were operated, so that they would be limited to supplying their vehicles with oil derivatives.

The areas of Hadramout Valley are witnessing a heavy presence of Al-Qaeda militants, without any military action from the leadership of the so-called “First Military Region” loyal to Saudi-led coalition to pursue these elements.

Since 2015, Hadramout districts have witnessed more than 400 assassination crimes that targeted many military and security figures and clerics
Posted by: badanov || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

German court convicts 'IS recruiter' Abu Walaa
[DW] Walaa faces more than 10 years in prison. He is believed to have been the de facto leader of "Islamic State" in Germany and has been convicted of recruiting for the terror group.

A court in the northern German city of Celle has convicted a radical Islamist preacher and three co-defendants
...two of them are Hasan C. and Boban S., who gave lessons in Arabic and radical Islamic ideology to prepare potential recruits for combat with IS...
for recruiting and radicalizing young people in Germany 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....
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Germany Convicts Syrian in Landmark Torture Trial
[AlAhram] A German court on Wednesday convicted a former Syrian intelligence service agent for complicity in crimes against humanity, in the first court case worldwide over state-sponsored torture by Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
's government.

Eyad al-Gharib,
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

UN says 41 Europe-bound migrants drown in Mediterranean
[AlAhram] At least 41 people drowned over the weekend when their boat capsized in the Central Mediterranean, the U.N. said on Wednesday, the latest shipwreck involving migrants colonists fleeing conflict-stricken Libya and seeking better life in Europe.

The U.N. migration and refugee agencies said in a joint statement that the dead were among at least 120 migrants colonists on a dinghy that left Libya on Feb. 18. The shipwreck took place two days later, it said.

A commercial vessel rescued the survivors and took them to the Sicilian port town of Porto Empedocle in Italia, they added.

The tragedy started when the dinghy took on water about 15 hours after the migrants colonists embarked on their perilous voyage, the UNHCR said, citing testimonies from survivors. Within hours, at least six people fell into the sea and perished, and two others drowned while attempting to swim to a boat spotted in the distance.

Later, the commercial vessel Vos Triton arrived, and attempted to rescue survivors in what the UNHCR described as a ``difficult and delicate operation.`` Many others died during the rescue operation, it said.

Only one body was recovered, and the missing included three children and four women, one of whom left behind a newborn baby who made it to Lampedusa., it said.

The shipwreck was the latest along the Central Mediterranean migration route, where about 160 Europe-bound migrants colonists have died since the beginning of 2021, the U.N. agencies said.

In the years since the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed longtime dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...Proof that a madman with money will be politely received for at least 42 years until his people get tired of him and kill him...
, war-torn Libya has emerged as the dominant transit point for migrants colonists fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

Smugglers often pack desperate families into ill-equipped rubber boats that stall and founder along the perilous Central Mediterranean route. Over the last several years, hundreds of thousands of migrants colonists have reached Italia either on their own or after being rescued at sea.

Thousands have drowned along the way. Others were intercepted and returned to Libya to fall ``victim to unspeakable brutality at the hands of traffickers and militias,'' the U.N. refugee agency said.

Earlier this week, the U.N. migration agency said around 3,600 were returned to the North African country since the beginning of 2021.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [24 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

Fifth Column
BLM protesters surround the Rochester Public Safety Building and begin climbing over the barricade
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 02:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  mow them down, I don't give a shit if they become martyrs, just do what needs to be done.
Posted by: Chris || 02/25/2021 2:52 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ This.
Posted by: Ebboting Jones8593 || 02/25/2021 3:11 Comments || Top||

#3  I spot two perfectly good places for shooters, with enough capacity for some rapid relocation. By the time someone figures out what's happening, a decent pair can have offed at least ten of them. Use 7.62×39 frangible, collect the shells and git!

Later, they'll blame Russians or islamists. Hell, inscribe 'Allah hoo whatever' on a few lathe turned rounds or something.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2021 4:00 Comments || Top||

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/25/2021 4:13 Comments || Top||

#5  "But THIS is OK, Mr. Garland? Because it's at night?"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/25/2021 5:41 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Police detain Al-Shabaab and ISIS terrorists in Turkey's capital Ankara
[Garowe] The police in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s capital Ankara detained a senior ISIS terrorist and an al-Shabaab
...... the Islamic version of the old Somali warlord...
terrorist in joint operations carried out in cooperation with the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), reports said Wednesday.

Police acted on a tipoff that a ISIS terrorist, who was one of the senior figures in the Iraqi city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, had arrived in Ankara.

The terrorist, identified by the initials S.O., has actively been working for ISIS and had previously worked in the Iraqi military, the police said.
Was he one of those former Baathists who formed the military core of ISIS, or someone who came to it later?
He had also brought a 7-year-old Yazidi child with him as so-called "war booty."

Security forces carefully planned an operation to capture the terrorist without harming the child, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported, citing security sources.

The Yazidi child was placed in the custody of the local Family, Labor and Social Services Provincial Directorate following the operation, the report said.

...back at the pound, the little lost dog had finished eating the rat terrier...
police also captured a dual German Italian national who had connections with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabaab terrorist group in Kenya.
What interest does Al Shabaab have in Turkey, so far from its area of operation?
The terrorist, identified as A.B., was detained in the operation after Ankara's Chief Public Prosecutor's Office issued a detention warrant, AA reported.

The suspect was taken to the cop shoppe after routine medical checks.

Al-Shabaab, a terrorist group active in East Africa and 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...
, has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people in terrorist attacks. The group also targets Ottoman Turkish firms and individuals in war-torn Somalia.
Sure, but that’s in Somalia, Turkey is not only far away, it’s not a place where someone from the Horn of Africa would easily blend into a crowd.
Ottoman Turkish security forces carry out countless anti-terror operations to capture snuffies on a daily basis and have been particularly targeting ISIS and the PKK, which pose a threat to the country’s national security.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  another way not to pay the mercenaries
Posted by: Chris || 02/25/2021 2:55 Comments || Top||

Pakistani troops kill militant linked to slaying of 4 women
[DailyTimes.pk] Pak security forces raided a Death Eater hideout in a former Taliban
...Arabic for students...
stronghold Tuesday, killing an bad boy allegedly involved in the killing of four women from a vocational school a day earlier, the military said.

In a statement, the military identified the slain man as Hassan Khan, who also went by the name Sajna, and said he was a local commander of a splinter group of the Pak Taliban.

The statement didn’t specify Khan’s alleged role in the killing of the women.

The vocational school instructors were killed Monday when button men opened fire on their vehicle in the village of Epi in Mir Ali, a town in a northwest North Wazoo district.

Their driver was maimed.

The military said the slain local Taliban commander was also involved in Death Eater activities against security forces and civilians.

It provided no further details but authorities had said they launched a search in the region to find the murderous Moslems who killed the women.

The four slain women were from a private vocational school, Bravo Institute of Technology. Under an agreement with the Sabawon Pakistain charity, the school had planned to train 140 residents for skilled occupations that would allow them to open their own businesses.

The attack drew condemnation from rights activists on social media, with most demanding swift action against those responsible.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 01:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  or just another paki
Posted by: Chris || 02/25/2021 2:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Ha! These aliases.
went by the name Sajna,

Sajna translates as 'Darling'.☺
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2021 4:15 Comments || Top||

Pak Navy seized more than 700kg of drugs worth Rs2 billion from Pishukan, village of Balochistan on Wednesday.
Posted by: Fred || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [62 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Looks like the talibs have started refining in Balochistan and shipping out from Gwadar.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/25/2021 1:33 Comments || Top||

#2  699Kg promptly sold off to those from whom it was seized.
Posted by: Spoter B || 02/25/2021 1:41 Comments || Top||

Turkish warbirds hammer targets in Qupi Sardaran
SULAIMANI — Turkish warplanes hit targets in Qupi Sardaran near Warte sub-district and the Qandil Mountains on Wednesday (February 24).

A local resident told NRT that the bombs fell near a livestock pen. There were no immediate reports of causalities.

Turkey regularly carries out cross-border operations in northern Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, justifying its actions as necessary to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long insurgency for Kurdish rights in Turkey’s southeast and has its headquarters in Qandil.

At least twelve civilians were killed in Turkish airstrikes during Operation Claw-Eagle 1, which was launched in June.

(NRT Digital Media)
Posted by: badanov || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

IDF searches for suspect after reported stabbing attempt in West Bank
[IsraelTimes] Israel Defense Forces troops launched a manhunt after an Israeli man reported that someone tried to stab him at a northern West Bank junction on Wednesday morning, the military said.

The Israeli citizen said he was attacked at the Yitzhar Junction south of Nablus.

"IDF troops are searching for the suspect," the military added.

Surveillance camera footage of the incident was shared on social media, showing the moment that the Paleostinian man, holding an unidentified object in his hand, tried to stab the Israeli man, Binyamin Cohen from the Beit El settlement.

Cohen could be seen fighting back, kicking the man and screaming, before running away and calling the police.

According to Paleostinian media, Israeli forces closed off the entrances to Paleostinian villages in the area as they search for the suspected assailant.

The incident came amid heightened tensions in the West Bank, where Israeli settlers and Paleostinians have clashed repeatedly in recent weeks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under:

Iranian forces arrest man carrying explosives near Tehran’s entrance: photos
Are the natives getting restless?
[AlMasdar] Tehran Police Chief, Major General Hossein Rahimi, announced the arrest of a person wearing an boom belt at one of the entrances to the Iranian capital a few days ago.

According to RT Arabic, Major General Rahimi said the person who was intending to carry out a suicide kaboom and shootings was arrested near the capital city, Tehran.

He reported that the assailant was in possession of weapons, an boom belt, incendiary materials, remote control devices, and other equipment during his apprehension.

Rahimi indicated that the assailant was in possession of a bomb hidden under his clothes and threatened the police forces with the boom belt, pointing out that one of the coppers threw himself at him to neutralize the bomb.

He continued, "The jacket wallah got into a private car from inside Tehran and threatened the driver, who managed to inform the police, who were able to stop the car at the toll booth while exiting Tehran, on the road leading to the city of Qom," noting that the suicide bomber was an Iranian, and he was planning to target the capital and several nearby areas.

The Tehran police chief described the arrest process as dangerous and terrifying, as he could have went kaboom! himself among the police, and the process took about forty-five minutes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/25/2021 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under:

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