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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkish military reinforcements head to Idlib after Syrian Army attack
2019-12-07
[ALMASDARNEWS] style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish military reinforcements were observed heading to Syria’s Idlib Governorate this week after their troops came under attack by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

According to the reports, the style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish military sent reinforcements to the eastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, which is where their troops were attacked earlier in the week.

The Syrian Arab Army had targeted the style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish observation post area after rockets fired by the jihadist rebels hit their positions near the Abu Dhuhour Airport.

While the style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces did not retaliate for the attack, they made a complaint to the Russian Reconciliation Center.

Related:
Idlib Governorate: 2019-12-04 Iraqi forces arrest deputy leader of ISIS, close associate of Baghdadi in Kirkuk
Idlib Governorate: 2019-12-03 Russian military robot makes rare appearance on Syrian battlefield
Idlib Governorate: 2019-12-03 Heavy Russian airstrikes reported across Idlib
Related:
Syrian Arab Army: 2019-12-03 ISIS continues to resurface to launch attacks against Syrian Army troops in eastern Homs
Syrian Arab Army: 2019-12-03 Syrian Army reopens crossing with Turkish-backed militants in east Aleppo
Syrian Arab Army: 2019-12-03 Syrian President sends letter to Syrian prisoner in Israeli jail
Related:
Abu Dhuhour Airport: 2019-12-02 Syrian Army retakes all lost areas after launching big counter-offensive in SE Idlib on Sunday, 69 dead
Abu Dhuhour Airport: 2019-03-09 Syrian military on high alert near Idlib as jihadists threaten new attacks
Abu Dhuhour Airport: 2018-12-01 Idlib-Hama axis: Syrian army clashes with Al Nusra and Turkish catspaw while Turkey and Syria send in more forces
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia slams allegations of ‘Russian mercenaries’ in Libya
2019-12-07
[ALMASDARNEWS] Allegations about Russian military presence in Libya are nothing else but rumors, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday commenting on remarks by US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker.

Schenker had claimed earlier that Russian mercenaries were fighting for the Libyan National Army (LNA).

"As for the rumors spread by our American counterparts, [they] for some reason appear somehow around the world, elsewhere. If we speak about the Mediterranean, let us take Syria. How many are there service members from style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='NATO'>NATO
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
countries’ armies who have not been invited there?," Lavrov said at the Mediterranean Dialogues international conference.

" style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='However,'>However,
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>there's more than one way to skin a cat...
as soon as something happens somewhere, some sort of Bellingcat or any other non-governmental organization would provide materials that Russia is doing something wrong somewhere."

"I have read that a Russian spy nest was tracked up in style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='France'>La Belle France’s Savoie. Further in the text, they wrote that no spy activity was detected but it is all the same a spy nest," the minister added commenting on the Le Monde publication claiming that a group of 15 members of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, had stayed in the French department of Haute-Savoie.

Related:
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Sergey Lavrov: 2019-11-07 Hamas official: Egypt has barred Haniyeh from traveling abroad for past 3 years
Sergey Lavrov: 2019-10-10 Kurds Vow to Defend Themselves By Any Means
Related:
David Schenker: 2019-09-26 Report: U.S. Begins 'Tough' Visa Measures for Lebanese
David Schenker: 2019-09-13 New sanctions could extend to allies of Hezbollah in Lebanon: US envoy
David Schenker: 2019-01-10 WSJ: Return of the Nominations Blockade Democrats lost Senate seats, but they're still blocking appointees.
Related:
Ibyan National Army: 2019-11-28 Air strikes shut production at Libya's al-Feel oilfield
Ibyan National Army: 2019-11-19 UN envoy: Involvement of mercenaries from foreign private military companies in Libya is growing
Ibyan National Army: 2019-11-07 Emir of Qatar reiterates support for GNA
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Iraq
Iraqi Commission for Human Rights warns of possible ‘massacre’ in Baghdad
2019-12-07
[Rudaw] Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR) issued a statement warning that a "security escalation" in central Baghdad might lead to a "massacre" of protesters in the area.

According to AP, unknown style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='armed group'>gangs opened fire on protesters late Friday in Baghdad’s Khilani Square. At least 15 people died and more than 60 others were style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='wounded'>maimed.

IHCHR also called on the security forces to bring back "stability" to the squares and streets where protests are taking place, and stated that these forces are responsible for the lives of the protesters.

Currently, unidentified style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='armed group'>gangs are pushing protesters stationed in Khilani Square, Ahrar Bridge, and Sinak Bridge back toward Tahrir Square, the central locus of the protest movement in Baghdad.

Ahrar, Sinak and al-Jimhuriyah bridges all lead to the Green Zone (also known as the international zone), the heavily fortified safe haven of the Iraqi federal government and the location of all of Baghdad’s foreign embassies and diplomatic missions.
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkey appoints mayors in recently invaded northern Syrian towns
2019-12-07
[Rudaw] Sari Kani and Gire Spi, Syrian towns recently occupied by style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkey'>The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
, were assigned new mayors by the style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish government.

Abdullah Erin, the governor of Turkey’s Sanliurfa province, which borders Syria, said that Turkey has appointed mayors for both Gire Spi and Sari Kani "in order to create a coordination" in the areas.

style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish forces and their Syrian proxies launched the ironically titled Operation Peace Spring against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on October 9 and took control of both Sari Kani (Ras al-Ain) and Gire Spi (Tal Abyad) after weeks of fierce fighting.

Governor Erin visited both towns on Thursday, meeting with style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish military and intelligence officials as well as the commanders of pro-Turkey Syrian militia groups.

"We evaluated the services provided and planned in Tel Abyad in coordination with the local council and other authorities after the Operation Peace Spring," read a tweet from the governor.

The governor also said that Turkey has started providing various municipal services including water, energy, health centers, education and infrastructure, according to a statement from his office.

Ibrahim Madenli, the head of Governor Erin’s media office, told Rudaw that the newly appointed mayors have already begun working. He did not provide a specific start date, but a source in the area told Rudaw that the mayors have been in office for a week.

The style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish government took similar steps in other areas of Syria it has occupied over the past few years, appointing officials and controlling infrastructure and access to services after capturing al-Bab, Jarabulus, and Azaz in 2016 and Afrin in 2018.

The style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish governor said on Tuesday that, "Turkey has opened its arms to Syrian refugees and has met all kinds of their needs. We will continue to stand with our Syrian brothers."

style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='However,'>However,
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
Turkey has been accused of marginalizing Kurds in formerly Kurdish-majority towns like Afrin, Sari Kani and Gire Spi. Sources in Syria say that Kurds are prevented from assuming leadership positions, the Kurdish language is being excluded from the education curriculum and Kurdish language signs have been removed from local government institutions.

Kurds no longer represent a majority in areas that have been invaded by Turkey; the majority of the Kurdish population, fearing oppression in the wake of style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Turkish'>Ottoman Turkish incursions into Syria, has fled to Kurdish-controlled areas such as Tel Rafaat and Hasaka. Those who have remained have faced looting and oppression.
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Seasonal UPS employee confesses to stealing over $1,000 worth of packages
2019-12-07
[10 News] style=background-color:#ccffcc;>Posted just for the 'Doo MIAMI, Fla. ‐ A seasonal worker for UPS has been arrested following accusations of package theft.

Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr. has been charged with third-degree theft, which is a felony.

According to the Miami-Dade Police Department, Reggin was hired as a seasonal worker to help a full-time driver unload packages. On Monday, Reggin helped unload approximately 5,500 packages at a company in Northeast Miami-Dade, the police said.

While the other UPS employee was not looking, Reggin grabbed several boxes and hid them by a dumpster, police said. Inside the boxes were two Amazon Kindles, an Apple iPad 7 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. The merchandise was valued at about $1,800, according to the police.
style=background-color:#ccffcc;>So, Felony
Later in the evening, police said that Reggin returned to the dumpster and picked up the packages.

On December 3, Reggin was helping unload 2,500 packages at a separate location, where he took several packages and hid them by a dumpster, the police said. In the packages were an HP laptop and two Sony PS4 consoles, and police said that the merchandise totaled about $1,050.

The manager at the business found the packages under the dumpster, and after reviewing surveillance footage, contacted UPS investigator Jose Ortiz. Ortiz then met with the business owner and Miami-Dade police.

Reggin returned to the business to pick up the packages, but when he saw police, he fled the scene. He was stopped several blocks away and taken into custody, according to police.
style=background-color:#ccffcc;>"Feets doan fail me naow! Oh, crap"
The two Kindles were recovered from the trunk of Reggin's vehicle, and police say he confessed to the crimes. The Apple iPad 7 and Microsoft Surface Pro were later recovered from Reggin's residence.
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Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
NATO wants to dominate world' and eliminate competitors: Lavrov
2019-12-07
[TWITTER]
style=background:#ffff99;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans;;color:MIDNIGHTBLUE;>Whatever happened to the Warsaw Pact? Why'd they have that?
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Iraq
Kirkuk police officer killed in roadside blast
2019-12-07
[Rudaw] One police officer died and two were severely injured after their vehicle struck an IED in the Panja Ali neighborhood of Kirkuk on Friday.

A Rudaw style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='reporter'>news hound at the scene reported that a style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='roadside bomb'>roadside kaboom caused the police vehicle to explode while worshipers in Panja Ali were leaving mosques after Friday prayers. A number of people were style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='wounded'>maimed, and a Kurdish member of the emergency police named Karwan Osman Yasin died as a result of his injuries.

No one has style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='claimed responsibility'>grabbed credit for the attack, but style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Islamic State'>Islamic State
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>...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) sleeper cells have conducted similar attacks in the past.

Kirkuk province is a disputed territory claimed by both the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) and the Iraqi Federal government.

After the Iraqi armed forces fled the advancing Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014 and Kurdish Peshmerga forces stepped in to defend style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Kirkuk,'>Kirkuk,
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
the city fell under the control of the KRG. Iraqi forces then drove the Peshmerga out of Kirkuk in October 2017 in the wake of the Kurdish independence referendum.

ISIS frequently takes advantage of the lack of cooperation between the Iraqi and Kurdish armed forces to launch attacks in Kirkuk.

Several people were style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='wounded'>maimed on November 30 after two explosions took place in downtown Kirkuk and in the countryside surrounding the city.

On November 11, five Italian soldiers style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='were injured'>were maimed in a roadside IED blast in Kirkuk while conducting counter-terrorism training for the Iraqi armed forces.

ISIS has increased its attacks in other disputed areas as well. The most recent attack was in Diyala province’s Kolajo (Golajo) sub-district on Wednesday, killing three Peshmerga fighters.
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Iraq
Three Peshmerga killed as Islamic State attacks in Diyala continue to increase
2019-12-07
[Rudaw] style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Islamic State'>Islamic State
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>...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) style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='gunmen'>button men last night attacked a Peshmerga infantry brigade in the village of Deke Sarcham, southwest of Khanaqin, killing three Peshmerga fighters and injuring two others.

The three Peshmerga killed in the attack are from the towns of Kifri, Chamchamal and Darbandikhan.

The Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, known in Arabic as Hashd al-Shaabi) have been supporting the Peshmerga alongside the Iraqi Army. A PMF fighter was also killed in the attack.

ISIS snipers took advantage of poor visibility brought on by foggy weather conditions to conduct the attack.

A paramedic called to the scene detailed how the adverse weather conditions made it difficult to reach those injured.

"We were unable to reach the injuries because the road was too foggy that we couldn’t see even at 10 meters," Afshin Mahmoud said. "We could only save two injured Peshmerga. They are now well."

ISIS style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='gunmen'>button men reorganized over the summer and have been well-trained as snipers.

Graphic: Maps4news, Sarkawt Mohammed / Rudaw

According to the information from Peshmerga intelligence, 12 ISIS style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='gunmen'>button men conducted the attack; close to 40 more were deployed as supporting forces.

"ISIS style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='gunmen'>button men are hiding in the vegetation alongside the Sirwan river. They are planning their attacks there," said Omed Majid, head of Kalar’s police directorate.

President of the Kurdistan Region Nechirvan Barzani - who is also General Commander of the Region’s armed forces ‐ said the attack was proof of the threat the group continue to pose.

"The style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Daesh'>ISIS (ISIS) attack on a Kurdistan Peshmerga brigade following a string of recent terrorist attacks of the past months in Kirkuk and Garmiyan areas is proof of the fact that style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Daesh'>ISIS has not ended. They are still a security threat to the peace and Asayesh. The fight to exterminate this dangerous enemy of humanity continues," a Thursday statement from the President read.

"We are assuring the people of Kurdistan that the Peshmerga forces and other armed forces of Kurdistan are as always, on alert to repelling and defeating any move style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='terrorists '>turbans make and to protecting the land and the people of Kurdistan from any danger," he added.

ISIS has in recent days conducted a spate of attacks in Diyala province against the Peshmerga, Iraqi Army and PMF.

In the past ten days, three Asayesh (internal Kurdish security force) members and three Peshmerga fighters have been killed in the attacks, with six more injured.

Among Iraqi forces, two army soldiers and six PMF fighters were killed. More than a dozen fighters have been injured, as have three civilians.
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Europe
Belgian teacher shares video calling for jihad against Jews
2019-12-07
[IsraelTimes] Talal Magri, who teaches at school near Brussels, denies sermon is anti-Semitic; watchdog head: Magri one of many ’preachers spreading poison and turning students into time bombs’.

A teacher on Islam at a Belgian high school posted on Facebook a video of style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='an imam'>a holy man calling for a jihad, or holy war, against Jews and those who "conspire" with them.

Talal Magri, who teaches about Islam as part of the religions major at the Royal Agri Saint-Georges Athenaeum 35 miles southeast of Brussels, last month posted the video of an unidentified man preaching in Arabic, the La Dernière Heure website on Thursday reported.

"Those who cooperate, work, conspire with the Jews, Allah, take them without delay. Shake their bases and topple their buildings, Allah. Support the jihad fighters, whom some of us find excuses not to join," the preacher is seen saying.

Education ministry officials in Wallonia, the Belgian state that employs Magri, told La Dernière Heure they complained about him to police over hate speech. The school declined to comment on whether he will be allowed to continue to teach there.

Contacted by La Dernière Heure, Magri denied that the sermon mentioned Jews or jihad, adding it couldn’t be anti-Semitic "because I am an Arab and Arabs are Semites, too."
Facile idiot. That’s why we’re going back to the old fashioned “Jew hater”, to avoid ambiguity.
But Khalil Zeguendi, editor of the Le Maroxellois magazine whose mother tongue is Arabic, confirmed to La Dernière Heure the translation as they printed it.

Magri headed the 2018 elections campaign of Belgium’s Islam Party, which supports the promotion of Sharia, Islamic law, and headed its regional list for Liege.

Joel Rubinfeld, the president of the Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism, called Magri one of multiple "preachers spreading poison and turning students into time bombs."
Related:
Islam Party: 2019-04-14 Ex-Muslim: “Swedes will lose Sweden in 50 years”
Islam Party: 2017-12-17 European far-right leaders get together for anti-EU bid
Islam Party: 2015-12-12 Australian free speech non-halal anti-Islam barbecue violently attacked by counter protesters calling themselves
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Peshmerga forces killed in ISIS attack near Iran border: reports
2019-12-07
[Rudaw] style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Islamic State'>Islamic State
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>...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) style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='militants '>bandidos style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='insurgents '>bandidos style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title=' insurgent'> krazed killers attacked Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Kolajo (Golajo), Diyala province near the Iraq- style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Iran '>Iran
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>...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...
border late Wednesday, according to reports from the scene. Initial reports suggest injuries and fatalities.

The attack comes just days after ISIS killed three Kurdish security force personnel (Asayesh) in the area.

Located in the Garmiyan area, the village of Dakay Sarcham, where the attack took place, is roughly a kilometer from where the three Asayesh men, including their commander, were killed in ISIS shelling on November 30.

In the face of this ISIS resurgence, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs called on the international community to increase its military support.

More Peshmerga forces have been deployed to the area, he said.

The Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs confirmed the attack, claiming its forces had repelled the ISIS assault.

ISIS attacked Peshmerga forces in Kolajo but "the attack was soon repelled by Peshmerga forces who chased them and repelled the attack," the ministry said in a statement.

"We assure the people of Kurdistan that Peshmerga forces are on full alert to protect the people and soil of Kurdistan and terminate terror," it added.

The ministry did not confirm casualties.

It called on its allies in the international coalition to defeat ISIS to "increase its aid, support, and coordination with Peshmerga forces and the ministry in order to prevent the spread of terrorist groups."

Rudaw’s style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='reporter'>news hound said local units of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), also known as Hashd al-Shaabi, attacked ISIS positions in aid of the Peshmerga.

Kolajo in the Garmiyan Region south of Kirkuk has witnessed several attacks by ISIS remnants and sleeper cells. The area is currently under the control of Kurdish Peshmerga and Asayesh.

Sirwan Barzani, a Peshmerga commander, told Rudaw that ISIS will pose a "serious threat" to Iraq if it is not contained.

He said some ISIS style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='foreign fighters'>imported muscle have moved from Syria to Iraq since their defeat in Baghouz in March 2019.
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Great White North
Stunning News in Canada – Economy Loses 71,200 Jobs, Unemployment Jumps to 5.9%…
2019-12-07
[Last Refuge] style=background-color:#ccffcc;>Mock away, Trudeau Elections have consequences. On the same day the U.S. economy reports astoundingly successful jobs growth of 226,000 jobs and a drop in the unemployment rate to 3.5 percent; the Canadian state economic minister reports surprisingly terrible jobs losses of 72,200 jobs and a jump in unemployment from 5.5 to 5.9 percent.
style=background-color:#ccffcc;>Smirk away, Fidel's Boy
The Canadian economy is roughly one-tenth the size of the U.S. So in equivalent terms the results from Canada reflect a comparative loss of 720,000 jobs on the same day the U.S. revises all figures upward to over 300,000 gains. A stunning economic contrast:
OTTAWA (Reuters) ‐ The Canadian job market lost a surprise 71,200 net positions in November while the unemployment rate rose to 5.9%, the highest in more than a year, data showed on Friday, as analysts said a repeat of the weak numbers could force the Bank of Canada to rethink its monetary policy.

Analysts in a Reuters poll had forecast a gain of 10,000 jobs and had predicted the unemployment rate would hold steady at 5.5%. [...] November's numbers followed a weak report in October, when the labor market unexpectedly shed jobs despite a likely boost from hiring related to the federal election.

[...] Canada's goods-producing industries saw a decline of 26,600 net jobs, largely on manufacturing. The services sector lost 44,400 net jobs.

Novembers unemployment rate was the highest seen since the 6.0% reported in August 2018. 38,400 full-time jobs and 32,800 part-time jobs were lost in November.


It is worth remembering that Canada does not allow competition in their media sector. The Canadian government considers the news media a protected "cultural industry"; and through a process of subsidizing broadcast all news media is essentially state run media.

Why is this important? Well, when the expressed priority of the government is controlling broadcast information if you are intellectually honest you should apply that same ideological outlook toward any information from the government in a general sense.
style=background-color:#ccffcc;>State-Controlled Media
The Canadian election was held on October 21st, 2019. The central control government of Justin Trudeau would likely hold-back any negative economic information in an effort to support the ideology of the central government and maintain public opinion in advance of the voting. However, with the election over the economic books need to be reconciled.
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Olde Tyme Religion
Islamist Cover-Up? Media Silent After Imam Fired in Sexual Assault Scandal
2019-12-07
[PJMedia] An Arizona imam has been accused of sexual assault, child abuse, misuse of funds, and falsely presenting himself as single in order to pursue female congregants while having two concealed marriages. One mosque quietly fired him after early accusations, but another has continued to employ him. An anti-Islamist style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Muslim'>Moslem reformer has condemned a media blackout on the story, suggesting that the local style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Muslim'>Moslem community is protecting a sexual predator due to radical interpretations of sharia.

"Here is the story on the imam ’quietly’ fired from our mosque in Scottsdale," M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American-Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), tweeted. "Apparently he was also a sexual predator. So tell me again this has nothing to do with their shariah supremacism, radicalism and affinity for radical imams like [Siraj Wahhaj]?"

Jasser was referring to a Religion News Service (RNS) article about Moataz Moftah, style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='an imam'>a holy man who teaches youth at the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. The article cites an exhaustive report from the victims' advocacy group Facing Abuse in Community Environments (FACE) following an 11-month investigation into Moftah's alleged misconduct. FACE released the report on November 11.

The imam's "repetitive and egregious misconduct completely disqualifies him from serving as a religious leader, teacher or any professional employment within the style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Muslim'>Moslem community," FACE founder Alia Salem declares in the report based on police reports from alleged victims and interviews with 34 people including Moftah.

The investigation began last year after a congregant of the Islamic Center of North East Valley in Scottsdale filed a complaint with FACE.

Moftah studied in Egypt before coming to the U.S. in 2012 to work as style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='an imam'>a holy man in Indiana. He has been employed as a religious leader at five Islamic institutions and worked as a contractor for at least eight others.

According to FACE, he had been fired for misconduct from Ohio's Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, after he allegedly concealed a marriage to a congregant he had helped convert to Islam. In 2017, she divorced him and obtained an order of protection, accusing him of violence and claiming he had married her for immigration status.

While Moftah taught at the Scottsdale mosque, several youth and parents complained he was hitting, pinching, and throwing things at students in during Koran lessons, the FACE report alleged.

One woman told FACE that when she went to the mosque seeking charitable funds, Moftah told her to clean his apartment in exchange for cash. While in the apartment, he allegedly removed her hijab, kissed her, and grabbed her tightly. He then promised to give her as much money as she wanted if she kept quiet.

According to the report, Moftah counseled one Scottsdale congregant through a divorce and then married her in a ceremony in his office. Since there were no witnesses and no public announcement of the marriage, many style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Muslim'>Moslem scholars would conclude the wedding was illegal.

A few months later, he married another woman in a ceremony conducted over the phone with no witnesses, according to FACE. Both women were unaware of the other's existence.

In March 2019, the Scottsdale mosque fired Moftah after multiple reports of misconduct. He was promptly hired by the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix.

The Moftah repot is only the second one made public by FACE, which Salem founded in 2017, aiming to tackle issues of accountability and abuse in American Islamic institutions. The first report, published in October, revealed the results of a yearlong investigation into allegations of sexual exploitation, clergy malpractice, and grooming of a young woman by Texas imam style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Zia ul Haq'>Zia ul Haq
style='color:black;font-size:10pt;font-weight:bold;font-family:courier,"Courier New","Courier 10 Pitch",serif;background:#FFFB99'>...the creepy-looking former dictator of Pakistain. Zia was an Islamic nutball who imposed his nutballery on the rest of the country with the enthusiastic assistance of the nation's religious parties, which are populated by other nutballs. He was appointed Chief of Army Staff in 1976 by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, whom he hanged when he seized power. His time in office was a period of repression, with hundreds of thousands of political rivals, minorities, and journalists executed or tortured, including senior general officers convicted in coup-d'état plots, who would normally be above the law. As part of his alliance with the religious parties, his government helped run the war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, providing safe havens, American equipiment, Saudi money, and Pak handlers to selected mujaheddin. Zia died along with several of his top generals and admirals and the then United States Ambassador to Pakistain Arnold Lewis Raphel when he was assassinated in a suspicious air crash near Bahawalpur in 1988...
ue Sheikh. That investigation concluded in a $2.5 million judgment for the victor, who had been counseled as a minor.

Jasser accused local media outlets of being in "a protective coma."

"Apparently the fact that a leading Scottsdale mosque that’s a hub for the Arizona style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='Muslim'>Moslem Alliance (coalition of Phoenix mosques/schools) that had style='border-bottom-width:1px;border-bottom-style:dotted;border-bottom-color:gray;' title='an imam'>a holy man that exposed our vulnerable community to predatory behavior is not worth covering?" Jasser added, bitterly. "[Bigotry] while protecting [Islamists]?"
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