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Afghanistan
Iran confirms visit by Taliban delegation to Tehran
[KhaamaPress] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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...
confirmed the visit by Taliban
...Arabic for students...
delegation to Tehran, the state media reported.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry front man Abbas Mousavi quoted by local media said "In the framework of Iran’s comprehensive consultations with all parties in Afghanistan, a Taliban political delegation visited our country recently to discuss the latest developments in Afghanistan."

Suhail Shaheen, a spokesperson for the political office of Taliban had earlier said a Taliban delegation led by deputy political chief of Taliban Abdul Salam Hanafi visited Tehran on 16th of September to meet with the brass hats of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran.

Shaheen further added that the Taliban delegation held talks regarding the development projects of Iran in the country and safeguarding of such projects as well as efforts for lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The Taliban delegation had earlier visited Moscow to hold talks with the Russian officials in the wake of U.S.-Taliban peace talks cancellation.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 01:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6582 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Russia supports Taliban’s stance and withdrawal of foreign forces, claims Shaheen
[KhaamaPress] Taliban
...Arabic for students...
’s political office in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
has claimed that Russia supports Taliban’s stance regarding the peace deal and withdrawal of the foreign forces from Afghanistan as per the peace agreement.

Suhail Shaheen, a front man for the political office of Taliban said in a Twitter post a Taliban delegation led by Sher Abbas Stanikzai
...Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, Head of the Taliban political office in Doha. He was a member of Rassoul Sayyaf's group in the war against the Soviets....
viisted Moscow and clarified the group’s stance during the meeting with the Russia’s special envoy Zamir Kabulov.

Shaheen went on to claim that Moscow supported Taliban’s stance and withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan as per the peace deal.

The visit by Taliban delegation to Moscow apparently took place after the U.S. President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
called off peace talks with Taliban in the wake of a series of deadly attacks.
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Africa North
Egypt jails 11 for life for 2013 Minya police station attack
[AlAhram] A Minya criminal court has given life sentences to 11 defendants and 15 year prison terms to 106 others in a mass trial for offences related to an attack on a cop shoppe in 2013.

The convicted were charged in relation to the storming of Samalout cop shoppe in Minya and the setting of a court building and administrative prosecution headquarters on fire.

The events took place following the dispersal of the Islamist protest camps at Rabaa and Nahda squares in August 2013.

The court sentenced 30 others to prison terms of between three and five years.

The convicted were found guilty of charges including joining an outlawed group, inciting violence, and vandalism of public and police institutions.

They can appeal their sentences.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/18/2019 05:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6612 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Algerians protest against planned presidential vote
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Protesters massed in the Algerian capital on Tuesday to demand the cancellation of a controversial presidential election planned for December 12.

Interim leader Abdelkader Bensalah announced the poll on Monday in a bid to resolve the political deadlock gripping the country since the April resignation of longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika
...10th president-for-life of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and served on his third or four terms. When he announced for the fifth, or maybe it was the sixth, visibly doddering, a grateful nation rose up in its wrath and threw him out...
But activists have demanded political reforms and the removal of Bouteflika loyalists including powerful army chief Ahmed Gaid Salah before any vote takes place.

Led by students, protesters on Tuesday shouted slogans against "the gang" and demanded: "Hey Gaid Salah, forget the elections!"

The general, who has become a key powerbroker since Bouteflika’s departure, has led the push for polls by the end of the year in keeping with the constitution.

But Hamid, a 57-year-old public servant who took part in Tuesday’s protest, insisted that would not happen.

"We will cancel the December 12 vote just like we cancelled the July 4 election," he said.

After Bouteflika resigned in the face of mass protests in April, presidential elections were called for July 4.

However the vote was postponed due to a lack of viable candidates, leaving a political vacuum in the North African country.

"If Gaid Salah wants to go against the will of the people, we will demonstrate on election day to show that the people don’t support the vote," Hamid said.

Protesters have held mass rallies every Tuesday and Friday since 11 February, calling for key regime figures to step down.

"Students represent the majority of voters and we will not participate" in the election, said Samia, a law student at Tuesday’s demonstration.

"We will stay mobilised until our demands are met: the removal of all representatives of Bouteflika’s regime before any election," she added.

Police detained at least 10 protesters in central Algiers and confiscated mobile phones of people who filmed the arrests, according to an AFP journalist.

Samia said: "How do they expect us to participate in a democratic election when they keep arresting protesters and activists?"

Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6535 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libyan Coast Guard denies reports of immigrants' abuse
[Libya Observer] The front man for Libyan Navy Ayoub Qassim has denied accusations made against Libyan coastguards saying they have been selling immigrants colonists to human traffickers.

Qassim told news hounds on Tuesday that immigrants colonists usually try to win Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
ans' sympathy by lies to obtain asylum status, adding that rescue operations in the Mediterranean happen under the oversight of international NGOs.

"The Libyan Foreign Ministry should sue NGOs and immigrants colonists who have made those allegations without evidence. The coasties is ready to cooperate with international partners if a probe will be started." Qassim remarked.

Meanwhile,
...back at the railroad tracks, Little Nell tried to kick her bound feet and scream post the snotty handkerchief Scarface Al had stuff into her mouth...
the European Commission denied Monday any knowledge of international reports about violations made by the Libyan Coast Guard personnel against immigrants colonists rescued from boats in the Mediterranean.

The spokeswoman of the European Commission, said they don't mind looking into the reports about the violations' accusations against Libyan coastguards, saying their training of the Libyan coastguards was very strict and effective, Italian news agency Aki said.

An official at the Anti-Illegal Immigration Authority said detention centers are being operated as per Libyan laws and if there have been any violations, then they will be of some individuals, adding that Libya's interests lies in shutting down the centers and shake off their burdens.

Malta is going to host a mini summit on September 23 to reach a mechanism of disembarking immigrants colonists in the Mediterranean in the presence of Interior Ministers of Germany, La Belle France, and Malta as well as officials from the European Commission, besides Finland, which is the current chair country of the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
.
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Outsiders surge in Tunisia’s presidential polls
More on this story from yesterday, which dwelt on how Ennahda (the Muslim Brotherhood in Tunisia) is become kingmaker in post-Arab Spring Tunisian politics.
[DAWN] Two candidates who claim they will win through to Tunisia’s presidential run-off ‐ a conservative law expert and an imprisoned media mogul ‐ could hardly be more different, but both bill themselves as political outsiders.

Nabil Karoui, behind bars since August 23 on charges of money laundering, is a populist showman whose political colours changed with the times, culminating in the launch of his Qalb Tounes (Heart of Tunisia) party just months ago.

Maverick Kais Saied, meanwhile, is an academic committed to social conservatism who has ploughed his own furrow.

Nicknamed "Robocop" due to his abrupt, staccato speech and rigid posture, the impeccably dressed Saied shunned political parties, avoided mass rallies and campaigned door-to-door.

Hours after polling booths closed in the country’s second free presidential polls since the 2011 Arab Spring, he declared he was in pole position.

"I am first in the first round and if I am elected president I will apply my programme," he said in a spartan apartment in central Tunis.

On the campaign trail, he advocated a rigorous overhaul of the constitution and voting system, to decentralise power "so that the will of the people penetrates into central government and puts an end to corruption".

With a quarter votes counted Monday, Tunisia’s electoral commission (ISIE) put Saied in the lead with 19 percent of the vote.

Often surrounded by young acolytes, he has pushed social conservatism, defending the death penalty
, criminalisation of homosexuality and a sexual assault law that punishes unmarried couples who engage in public displays of affection.

While Saied came from the sidelines with his unique approach to courting Tunisia’s voters ‐ and did so with barely any money behind him ‐ media magnate Nabil Karoui’s story is more flamboyant.
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Arabia
Saudi Defense Ministry News Conference about attack
[twitter]



Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 10:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6601 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  (Al Jazeera Live) Arab coalition spokesman: Iran is directly attacking civilian infrastructure. Cruise missile type identified as the Ya Ali- a new Iranian land attack missile with an estimated 700km range and carries a 200kg warhead

Saudi Arabia says Aramco attack originated from north
-WITH Iranian support
-Using Iranian-made cruise missiles & drones

“This attack could not have originated from Yemen” spokesman says

Saudi spokesman says attack was “unquestionably sponsored" by #Iran Note that this is not saying Iran did it. Sponsored is a waffle word.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 11:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Pentagon Correspondent David Martin:"US intelligence never expected Iran would be so bold as to attack Saudi Arabia directly and as a result both countries were caught flat footed."
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 13:16 Comments || Top||

#3  NewsAlert: TEHRAN, #Iran (
@AP
) — State-run news agency says Iran sends warning to US that any action against Tehran 'will face an immediate answer'
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 13:21 Comments || Top||

#4  According to
@IndyArabia
, Saudi Air Force conducted airstrikes against #IRGC sites at #AlBukamal, Syria.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 13:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Houthi military spokesman: "We have dozens of targets in the UAE that we have selected... in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and they may be hit at any moment."
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 13:45 Comments || Top||

#6  Iran's militias in Al-#Mayadeen and Al-Bukamal cities left all their headquarters and went into the civilian neighborhoods.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 14:31 Comments || Top||

#7  Destroy the evil bastids. It's long, long overdue.
Posted by: Besoeker || 09/18/2019 15:32 Comments || Top||

#8  Instead of oil drinking water resources would be a much more effective target.... just saying... for both sides...
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 16:00 Comments || Top||

#9  Hear, hear
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/18/2019 16:06 Comments || Top||

#10  3dc has a point. Take out a hydro-electric dam or two in Iran and see if they cry uncle.
Posted by: jpal || 09/18/2019 16:42 Comments || Top||

#11  For the Saudis to target Iranian oil facilities would make a lot of sense. The Iranians are probably selling oil on the sly to the Chinese (and perhaps Indians). Cutting off those revenues would rapidly bring Iran to the brink. They would literally run out of gas. It's tough to target elements of foreign armies like the Houthis, who are obviously mobile. Physical infrastructure like oil production facilities, however, can't readily be moved while remaining productive. In other words, they are sitting ducks for the JDAM's the Saudis have acquired a number of, assuming they haven't wasted them all on the Houthis.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 09/18/2019 17:28 Comments || Top||

#12  You can live about 3 days without drinking water.
You can live a long long time without oil.
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 18:43 Comments || Top||

#13  IIRC, Back during the Korean War, they wanted to blow some damns up to flood rivers and slow down the North Koreans and cut down power production, they dropped torpedo's that dived to the base of the damn, blew up and cracked them like eggs.
Posted by: Clyde Dribble8052 || 09/18/2019 18:49 Comments || Top||

#14  Re #13: The Brits did that during WWII. Look up the story of the dambusters.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 09/18/2019 20:42 Comments || Top||

#15  Joyce Karam
@Joyce_Karam
JUST IN : US Senior Official tells me

• #Saudi in NO Rush to respond
• Collecting Evidence + Forensics
• Saudi Assets to be addressed
• FR + GER + UK helping
• Expect UN movement
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 20:46 Comments || Top||


Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense says it will display the Iranian weapons used in the recent attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities
I assume that whatever they display will be recognized by some here. We’ll post the photos as soon as they become available, for maximum identification fun.
[TWITTER]

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US intel shared with Saudis claims Houthi attack was carried out from Iran
[ALMASDARNEWS] US intelligence agencies have handed over a secret report to their Saudi counterparts which implicated 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...
directly for the weekend’s attacks on two major Saudi Aramco oil facilities, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing unnamed sources said to be familiar with the situation.

According to the report, which has yet to be shared publicly, the strikes were staged from Iran, and involved some 20 drones and at least a dozen missiles.

A Saudi official speaking to WSJ said the report was not conclusive, adding that the US side hadn’t provided sufficient evidence that Tehran was ’definitely’ behind the attacks.

On Monday, a coalition front man announced that Saudi authorities were still looking to figure out "from where" the projectiles used in the strikes were fired, saying the drones used were not launched from 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...
, as claimed by the 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. According to the coalition, a preliminary investigation had given them "all indications" to believe that the weapons in both attacks "came from Iran.”
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Oil slips as market assesses fallout from Saudi attack
[DAWN] Oil prices slid on Tuesday, although the market remains on tenterhooks over the threat of a military response to attacks 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...
n crude oil facilities that halved the kingdom's output and prompted a price spike not seen in decades.

Saturday's attacks raised the prospect of a major supply shock in a market that in recent months has focused on demand concerns due to the pressure on global growth from an ongoing United States-China trade dispute. Saudi Arabia is the world's top oil exporter and has been the supplier of last resort for decades.

Brent crude was down 36 cents, or 0.5 per cent, at $68.66 a barrel at 9:30 GMT, and West Texas Intermediate was down 57 cents, or 0.9pc, at $62.33 a barrel. Earlier, the crude benchmarks both fell by around 2pc.

On Monday, the prices surged nearly 20pc in intraday trading in response to the attacks, the biggest jump in almost 30 years, before closing nearly 15pc higher at four-month highs.

Saudi energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman will hold a news conference at 8pm local time. State-owned producer Saudi Aramco has not given a specific timeline for the resumption of full output.

"All eyes will be on the Saudi news conference," said Samuel Ciszuk, founding partner at Stockholm-based ELS Analysis.

"We need a proper damage assessment, we need to see a recovery plan. Before that, we don't really know how much oil will be offline for how long and that's the basic question people having been posing since Saturday."
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Britain
UK agrees to hand over Imran Farooq murder case evidence to Pakistan
[DAWN] The United Kingdom has agreed to hand over evidence to Pakistan in connection with the Imran Farooq murder case, it emerged on Tuesday.

Toby Cadman, the lawyer for the Pakistan government, told Dawn that he had submitted the documents related to the case in the Islamabad High Court (IHC). The documents include the index of evidence as well as a letter from the UK government agreeing to share the originals.

Additionally, he confirmed that Pakistan had made a request for mutual legal assistance (MLA) to transfer evidence relevant to the inquiry regarding the Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader's murder.

Cadman said he is currently in Pakistan to deliver the letter of acceptance, the evidence list and to attend a hearing of the case.

Meanwhile, a two-member high court bench comprising IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb, overturned a trial court's verdict and allowed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take more time to collect evidence. The court said that the trial should be completed within two months after the submission of evidence.

The letter of acceptance was also submitted in the court during today's hearing.

Dr Farooq, a senior leader of the MQM, was murdered outside his home in London in 2010.

In June, the FIA special prosecutor Khawaja Imtiaz had informed an anti-terrorism court (ATC) that the UK was ready to share evidence in the murder case provided the accused was not given the death penalty in the case of conviction.

Imtiaz had told the ATC that the UK Central Authority, in response to correspondence related to sharing of evidence in the murder case, said that European laws did not permit sharing of evidence with a country where the offence was punishable by death.
Posted by: Fred || 09/18/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6545 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


India-Pakistan
India successfully tests Astra air-to-air missile
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Tuesday, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) under the federal Defence Ministry successfully test-fired the missile with a range of over 70 kilometres from a Su-30MKI combat aircraft as part of user trials.

DRDO said the test was carried out to ascertain and validate its performance. Astra can flay towards its target at a speed of over 5,555 kilometres per hour (4.5 Mach) with a 15-kilogram high-explosive pre-fragmented war-head. The first Astra missile was launched from the Su-30MKI in May 2014, and so far 27 tests have been carried out.

"Various Radars, Electro-Optical Tracking System (EOTS) and Sensors tracked the missile and confirmed its engagement with its target," said a blurb by the Defence Ministry.

Amid the continuing face-off with Pakistain, India has stepped up its efforts to replenish its stock of armaments. New Delhi ordered a batch of S-400 missile systems from Russia worth $5 billion. India is also in talks with Russia to launch a local S-400 production line in the country, along the lines of BrahMos cruise missile production.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will fly on India’s home-grown single-engine multirole light fighter Tejas; which will replace MiG-21 Bisons, on Thursday 19 September. Tejas jets will join the air defence system of the country alongside the French Rafale and Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs.

Recently India successfully tested the domestically developed Man-Portable Antitank Guided Missile and conducted a test flight of the modified naval version of the light combat aircraft for ’arrested landings’ at a shore-based facility.

India has also received the first batch of the "building blaster" version of its Spice-2000 bombs for the Indian Air Force. New Delhi had signed a $45 million contract with Israel in June this year, to acquire more than 100 Spice-2000 missiles under an emergency procurement deal.
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#1  Groovy. Znid Geek!
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Pakistan strongly condemns India's remarks about 'having control' of AJK one day
[DAWN] India's foreign minister said on Tuesday that Azad Jammu and 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....
belongs to India and that he expected New Delhi to gain physical control over it one day, raising the rhetoric over the territorial dispute.

In response, Pakistain strongly condemned and rejected "the inflammatory and irresponsible remarks made by the Indian External Affairs Minister regarding Pakistain and AJK", according to a statement by the Foreign Office.

The statement also called upon the international community to take note of the "aggressive posturing".

India claims the heavily populated Kashmir Valley while Pakistain has a wedge of territory in the west of the disputed region ‐ Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

"Our position on [Azad Kashmir] is, has always been and will always be very clear. [Azad Kashmir] is part of India and we expect one day that we will have the jurisdiction, physical jurisdiction over it," Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar told a news conference.

Last month, New Delhi abrogated the special status of India-Indian Kashmire in a bid to integrate the territory fully into India, a move that has prompted protests and anger in Kashmir and Pakistain.

Asked about the Indian foreign minister's comments, Dr Mohammad Faisal, front man for Pakistain's foreign ministry, said his government's position on Kashmir had not changed.

Pakistain maintains that Kashmir is a disputed territory that should be resolved by the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Pakistain has condemned India's decision to change Kashmir's status and said India's crackdown on protests and dissent there would drive more of the world's Moslems into extremism.

But Jaishankar said revoking Kashmir's special rights was an internal Indian matter.
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Iraq
Mending fences: Iraq’s President Salih leads Baghdad delegation to Erbil
Best wishes for figuring it all out this time, guys.
[Rudaw] Iraqi President Barham Salih arrived in the Kurdistan Regional capital Erbil on Tuesday evening at the head of a delegation sent to discuss oil, the budget, and territorial disputes ‐ hot topics that have long caused ruptures between the semi-autonomous region and the federal government.

Delegations have shuttled back and forth between Erbil and Baghdad in recent months as relations between the two continue to improve after hitting their lowest ebb in late-2017.

Erbil and Baghdad have formed committees for talks on the joint administration of the disputed territories, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s share of the federal budget, and the touchy subject of independent oil sales.
Continued on Page 49
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Israel-Palestine-Jordan
After election results Netanyahu cancels UN visit.
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 09/18/2019 11:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6560 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They all hate him anyway. Why would he go unless to flip them all the bird?
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Charges Three Detained Australians with Spying
[AnNahar] 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...
has charged three detained Australians with spying, judiciary front man Gholamhossein Esmaili said on Tuesday, cited by Tasnim news agency.

Two of the Australians were alleged to have used a drone to take pictures of military sites, while a third was accused of spying for another country, Esmaili said, without naming them.
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#1  Two of these would be that stupid Instagram couple ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 09/18/2019 14:16 Comments || Top||


Kurds want ISIS captives to face international tribunal on Syrian soil
...or they could just send them in batches to Iraq, where they can be tried and hung in batches while the unhelpful nations of the world scream in deliberately impotent fury..
[Rudaw] Captured members of 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 (ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) should be put before an international tribunal on Syrian soil, the Kurdish-led administration of northern Syria told a visiting British delegation on Monday.
Continued on Page 49
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#1  International Tribune - is that a brand of wood chipper? You know, like International Harvester is a tractor.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/18/2019 0:27 Comments || Top||

#2  "We have just arrived, and I guess these are some of the issues that we will cover in our visits and talks," Russell-Moyle said appearing from a tent zipping up his trousers.
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United States has identified locations in southern Iran where drones and missiles were launched from to attack Saudi Aramco
[TWITTER]
Tit for Tat Target?:

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#1  Khamenei's residence?
Posted by: European Conservative || 09/18/2019 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Seems too amateur. Why not launch from actual Houthi-controlled territory ?
Posted by: gorb || 09/18/2019 1:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Seems too amateur. Why not launch from actual Houthi-controlled territory ?

The Houthi are known and admitted Iranian proxies anyway.

The attack is a calculated act of exploratory aggression. This behavior by Iran is not unprecedented.

The sanctions may hurt Iran, but the Iranian regime seems to be undeterred.

Unfortunately their dismissal of Western bluster is a rational response.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 09/18/2019 7:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Amateur? I'd hate to see a professional attack.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 09/18/2019 9:01 Comments || Top||

#5  It certainly fits with the May and August attacks being probes.
Posted by: Cesare || 09/18/2019 9:39 Comments || Top||

#6  This would be the same intelligence community who lied to us and swore on a stack of Bibles that Iraq had WMD?

Or more recently swore, I mean totally you can trust us, that they weren't spying on us, in violation of US law. And then Snowden happened and it turned out they were a bunch of dirty liars.

And the same ones who swore up and down that Trump was a Russian spy. Shall I go on?

What do you call a government agency that doesn't make accurate predictions? If the Weather Service had the reputation they did, what would we say?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/18/2019 14:24 Comments || Top||

#7  Iran's cruise missiles (the debris IDs these)can fly about 450 mi at the low altitudes they use. That is further than Yeman to Abqaiq.

Apparently Iran sent a wave of drones preceding the Cruise missiles which confused the saudis.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/18/2019 14:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Yes. In fact Yemen is almost twice as far (800 miles by the most direct route) as the 450 mile range of the drones. There is no physical way the attack originated from Yemen.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 09/18/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

#9  Where did the drones come from "Herb McCoy"?
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 09/18/2019 19:32 Comments || Top||

#10  US Mil-Industrial Complex CIA/NSA/DOD, obviously
Posted by: Frank G || 09/18/2019 19:43 Comments || Top||

#11  The Houtis have some drones that could perhaps make it to Abquib but not carrying much more than a couple of 5 kg bombs. They would likely have been picked up by the various radar networks that the Saudis have in the south and the Saudis have been successful in knocking previously launched drones when they picked them up on radar.
Posted by: lord garth || 09/18/2019 19:58 Comments || Top||

#12  Iranian proxies owned by neocons in the CIA for an inside job red flag attack meant to justify an Saudi attack on Iran via the US military.

[Rest of this post self deleted after conferring a Kabbalah inspired comparison between The Jay Treaty an Rantburg's Return Policy]
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/18/2019 20:06 Comments || Top||

#13  When Lurch was in the ME a couple of months ago he asked Iran into dragging us into yet another Middle East (aka endless) war just ahead of the 2020 elections. That way they could both be rid of Trump and life would get easy for them again.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 09/18/2019 21:40 Comments || Top||


Erdogan proposes creation of ‘refugee city’ at Syria peace talks, Syrian Kurds dispute
[ALMASDARNEWS] Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
announced after the first meeting at the Ankara peace talks that his country will not allow bully boyz to appear in the area created on the border with Syria; instead, he has proposed to turn it into a refugee city.

"For the refugees there (on the Syrian border), it is necessary to create a city for them to participate in agriculture. I explained to my colleagues that it is necessary to build infrastructure for them. It is necessary to prevent the formation of a terrorist corridor," the Ottoman Turkish president said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man...
in Ankara on Monday.

The Ottoman Turkish capital Ankara on Monday hosted the tripartite summit of the guarantors of the Astana process (Russia, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
and Iran) on the Syrian settlement.

During the meeting on Monday, the three presidents agreed to establish a constitutional committee to resolve future political disputes.

Furthermore, the three presidents discussed the future of the Idlib Governorate, but no official agreement was made to resolve their differences.

Syria Kurds dispute Turkish plans to resettle ‘non-indigenous’ refugees

[Rudaw] Kurdish forces in northeast Syria said Monday that Syrian refugees hosted by neighboring The Sick Man of Europe Turkey who are not indigenous to the region should not be resettled in the area, contrary to Ottoman Turkish plans.

Turkey and the US recently reached an agreement to establish a ’safe zone’ along northern Syria’s shared border with Turkey.

Although the precise length and depth of this safe zone is still under discussion, Turkey says it intends to resettle some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it currently hosts inside a so-called ’peace corridor’ in the Kurdish-controlled north.

Following a meeting with US-led coalition officials in Tel Abyad on Monday, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) set out its own vision for refugee resettlement, insisting only Syrians indigenous to SDF areas, and those not affiliated with "terrorist groups", would be permitted.

In a Twitter thread following the meeting, the Coordination and Military Ops Center said: "Refugees may return when preparations are complete that include the support of international organizations and international aid," specifically once a screening system has been established.

"The refugees must originally come from NE Syria ... [and] the refugees must not be connected to any terror activities or crimes against Syrian people," the SDF added.

Any return must also be voluntary, the SDF said, urging the international community to step in to provide support and care for refugees and to prevent the return of 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....
(ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
), territorially defeated in northeast Syrian in March.

The SDF’s vision of refugee resettlement differs sharply with plans outlined by Turkey in recent weeks

Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First said Monday that up to three million Syrians hosted by Turkey would soon be moved to northeast Syria.

Turkey, which considers the region’s ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) as extensions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), has more than once threatened to invade the Kurdish controlled areas.

The safe zone is supposed to prevent this from happened in return for meeting some of Turkey’s security concerns.

US and Ottoman Turkish forces have already started joint aerial and land patrols along the proposed zone. Ottoman Turkish forces usually return to their side of the border following these patrols.

Turkey hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country in the region, placing a strain on its public infrastructure and inter-communal relations. In response to this growing hostility, Ankara has promised to resettle them.

Speaking at a trilateral presser with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man...
on Monday, Erdogan said his country will focus on the "voluntary return" of Syrians.

"It is evident that Turkey cannot shoulder the refugee burden on its own. Nor is it possible for our country to face a new migration wave. Now it is time for us to focus on the safe and voluntary return of Syrians to their own country," he said.

Two million Syrians currently taking refuge in Turkey can be resettled in this area and this figure might exceed even three million if this line can be extended all the way to Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa, Erdogan added.

Speaking to North Press Agency, a media agency close to the SDF, US Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey said the safe zone is being established to prevent an ISIS resurgence, but did not clarify whether the return of refugees is on the agenda.

The US wants to establish a "security mechanism" that would ensure the permanent destruction of ISIS, he said.

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Syrian Army denies reports of airstrikes on Iranian forces in Albukamal
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has denied reports of Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on the Iranian forces in the border city of Albukamal.

According to the military, there were no airstrikes or air activity over Albukamal last night, despite claims by pro-militant activists and their media channels.

The source said these claims have been shared by these media outlets and activists to spread disinformation, but they have no truth.

He also denied reports of increased tension between the Syrian military and Iranian-backed forces in the Deir Ezzor Governorate, adding that the situation in the area has been relatively quiet since 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....
(ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
/ISIS/IS/ISIS) cells were eliminated in the Badiyah al-Mayadeen region.

Earlier this month, an unknown aircraft carried out airstrikes over a compound belonging to an Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary group in Albukamal.

The attack resulted in the partial destruction of the compound and the alleged death of 18 Iraqi fighters; this claim has been denied Hezbollah’s official media wing.

Israel was accused of carrying out the attack, with support from the U.S. military; however, Tel Aviv has not commented on these accusations.
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Turkish Army is ready to begin operation against Kurdish forces in 2 weeks
[ALMASDARNEWS] Ankara is ready to start an operation against Kurdish militia in a safe zone in northeastern Syria within two weeks, if no specific measures are taken there jointly with the United States, Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
said.

"If no specific measures are taken there [in the safe zone] within two weeks, we can start our own operation," Erdogan said after the Russia-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
-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...
summit on Syria in the Ottoman Turkish capital.

According to Erdogan, Kurdish militia from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) are keeping local population at bay.

The Ottoman Turkish leader noted that as long as the YPG and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) operate in northern Syria, the "Ottoman Turkish people will no be able to live in safety."

The United States reached an agreement with Turkey in August to create the safe zone, following months of tensions between the two NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
allies over the presence of Kurdish hard boyz in northern Syria.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, made up of mostly Kurdish YPG fighters, have been key allies of the United States in northern Syria, where US soldiers are still stationed. But Turkey views the Kurdish forces as a threat to national security and had repeatedly threatened to launch an incursion into northern Syria to force them out of the territory.

Under the agreement reached by Ankara and Washington, Kurdish YPG forces will remove their forces and heavy weapons from the safe zone.

Earlier in September, Erdogan said that US efforts on establishing the safe zone in northeastern Syria fell short of expectations of Ankara. Ottoman Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused the US of delaying talks on the formation of the agreed safe zone, saying Washington was "dragging out" the process.
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Terror Networks
ISIS chief releases audio speech as followers cherish worldwide; Kurds have a different take
[ALMASDARNEWS] Leader of 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....
of Iraq and Syria (ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
-ISIS-IS) has released a new audio message as the group suffers devastating defeats in Syria and Iraq.

In the 30-minute audio recording released by the group’s media wing, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urges his fighters to spare no efforts to free ISIS detainees and women held in prisons and detention camps.

"How a Moslem can enjoy life when Moslem women are held in "prisons of humiliation run by Crusaders and their Shia followers".

Tens of thousands of fighters and other members of the group are held in detention centers across northern Syria and in Iraq.

In Hasakah province, located in northwest Syria, al-Hawl camp is home to nearly 73,000 people, mostly families of ISIS jihadists.

Al-Baghdadi also boasted his group’s ability to carry on attacks in various countries worldwide in spite of the military campaign being waged against them by world powers.

"Coordinated attacks (conducted by ISIS across the region) are unprecedented in modern jihadist history. In four days, [ISIS] attacked in eight countries and on 92 targets, all specified in timing & targets. Not long after, [ISIS] attacked in 11 countries, in 61 operations in three days; then last year, within 10 days, in 10 wilayat, 152 operations", he said.

Among the countries in which ISIS is actively operating are Afghanistan, 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...
, Somalia, Central and Western Africa, East Asia and North Africa (Tunisia and Libya).

The audio speech was cherished by ISIS followers who posted leaflets expressing support and pledging allegiance to Baghdadi as the Caliphate of Moslem nation.

The Iraqi Kurdish news site Rudaw has a very different take on the same speech than does Iranian sock puppet Al Masdar News, above:
ISIS leader al-Baghdadi announces move to ‘benevolence and fairness’ in new speech

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced changes to the group’s recruitment methods in a new speech, taking on a more concessional tone in what appears to be an effort to expand the pool from which fighters for the group are recruited.

In an undated, 30-minute long audio recording published on ISIS Telegram channels on Monday, titled “Tell them: Work,” ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi vows that his group will persevere.

"No matter how long it is, how complicated things get, and no matter reasons, there is no excuse for failing or passivity, or for confusion or doubts,” al-Baghdadi said.

ISIS was declared defeated at the end of 2017 in Iraq and in March 2019 in Syria. The group has, however, remained active, reverting to hit and run tactics and sheltering in remote locations across the two countries.

He claimed the militant group is also active elsewhere in the Middle East, in North Africa and in Southeast Asia, contending with its enemies in a "confident and solid" manner.

"[ISIS] is moving forward in its path, confident in the victory of God."

Detailing the nature of recent ISIS operations, Baghdadi spoke of “raids” that he says are “the first” in the history of jihadism.

In a four-day operation titled Avenge the People of Levant," he claimed ISIS has conducted 92 operations in 80 different locations. He did not specify the operation’s start date. He also claimed 61 “attrition raid” operations took place in 11 eleven countries over the course of three days.

Despite the defiance and assertion of continued fighting, the leader of the terrorist group spoke on a series of “topics” or questions that signify a significant shift in the group’s way of conduct.

The ISIS leader conceded that the group is lacking in size, saying "we fight with our enemies and defeat them by their own sins. Otherwise, we don't have the power to match them because our number does not much theirs, nor are we as powerful as them."

The Monday-released speech differs sharply from the triumphant tone he stroke in his last visual appearance on April 29, 2019, in which he was seen praising jihadi rank strength and cohesion.

The concessions appear to be aimed at attracting attract a new pool of recruits and make peace with the Sunni Arab community, whose territories the group controlled.

One of the topics was to call on the "people of Sunnah," to join the ranks and to "go easy" on people’s religious shortcomings, a tone of forgiveness unseen in the group’s brutal handing of people suspected of committing religious transgressions.

"The first of these topics is inviting the people [to ISIS], especially the ordinary people of Sunnah, and being kind to them as it cannot be hidden from you the abject ignorance that has stormed the Ummah … producing a dimension removed from the original religion, and a spread of idolatry, innovation and myths, and all that was not sent by Allah."

It is unclear if Baghdadi is also referring to Shiite Muslims, as the mention of Sunnah may exclusively refer to Sunni Arabs.

A second change in position is to "accept the repentance" of those who have sinned, said al-Baghdadi, in a shift from the usual ISIS ideology that did not accept repentance from prisoners or anyone suspected of working against the group.

Al-Baghdadi also spoke on "dealing with all the worshippers of Allah with science and truth, benevolence and fairness."

An Iraqi terrorism expert remarked on the group’s shift in position after the video's release.

“Fugitive al-Baghdadi, in an audio recording published by al-Furqat Foundation with the title ‘Tell them: work’, announced the start of a new phase following the announcement of defeat, a phase with four tasks; reconciling with the environment they were defeated in, recruiting following ascertaining the repentance of the recruited, continuation of united raids, and operations to break into prisons,” Husham al-Hashimi, an Iraqi terrorism expert, said in a tweet on Monday.

In continued efforts to purge the group from its territory, Iraq yesterday announced the fifth phase of Operation of Will of Victory, to centre this time on Anbar and the Iraq-Saudi border.

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