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The Grand Turk: Biden snubbbed during Turkey Trip
Posted by Pappy 08/25/2016  10:43 0 Comments 585 words Read the whole thing on page 2
From the minute he stepped off the plane on Wednesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Turkey seemed ill-fated.

Intended to smooth relations frayed by last month’s botched coup, Biden’s visit instead showcased acrimony with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey sent low-ranking officials -- including Ankara’s deputy mayor -- to greet Biden at the airport. And even before the vice president’s visit ended, the Daily Sabah, a pro-Erdogan newspaper, declared that "Biden wasted a trip, Turkey wasted time."

Biden -- the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Turkey since the coup -- was apologetic and conciliatory during his joint news conference with Erdogan. As the vice president spoke, the Turkish leader sat back in his chair, stone-faced.

Turkish animosity toward the U.S. ratcheted up after the failed coup on July 15, followed by a purge of thousands of soldiers, government officials and even teachers by Erdogan’s government. The Turkish government blames a self-exiled cleric living in Pennsylvania, Fethullah Gulen, for inciting the coup and has demanded his extradition.

Biden repeatedly offered condolences for the coup, sounding a different note than his boss, President Barack Obama, who chastised Turkish officials in July for spreading rumors that the U.S. was responsible. Biden called the coup’s perpetrators "terrorists," reflecting Erdogan’s language, and said, "I wish I could have been here earlier."

After Biden’s remarks, Erdogan called the relationship with the U.S. "a model partnership" but then accused Gulen of operating a global terrorist network from Pennsylvania and demanded that the U.S. immediately detain the preacher, in part to prevent him from being interviewed by journalists. At that, Biden put his face in his hands. His frustration showed through as he tried to explain the U.S. justice system and the Constitution’s separation of powers to his Turkish audience.

"God willing, there will be enough data and evidence to meet the criteria that you all believe exists," Biden said later. The White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, was asked during a news briefing happening at the same time if that remark meant the U.S. believes Gulen played a role in the coup. Earnest was left to walk back Biden’s remark.

"Look, I think the point that the vice president was making is that this is not going to be a decision that is made by the executive branch," the spokesman said.

For Biden, who places a premium on personal diplomacy, moments of friction are an inevitable byproduct. Senior administration officials acknowledged ahead of the trip that anything short of Gulen’s return would be a disappointment to the Turks, and said that raw feelings were understandable in the aftermath of a coup attempt that shook the people and leadership of the country.

Biden scored a minor diplomatic win when Prime Minister Binali Yildirim appeared to bolster the vice president’s emphatic proclamation the U.S. had no prior knowledge or role in the coup attempt.

"The frank statements by the vice president are very important to us," Yildirim told reporters at a news conference.

Even with the cool reception for Biden, cooperation between the U.S. and Turkey continued unimpeded in the battle against Islamic State. On the same day that the vice president visited, Turkish forces mounted an offensive in Syria against Islamic State extremists, an operation that the U.S. helped plan and supported with airstrikes, reconnaissance and intelligence.


Home Front: Politix: Farage Frames U.S. Election as ‘Decent People' vs. Globalist Elite
Posted by Besoeker 08/25/2016  07:48 1 Comments 195 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Breitbart] Introduced by Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump, he told the crowd that UKIP and Brexit campaigners had defeated the UK political establishment including the big banks, the corporations, the political classes, the pollsters, and the "liberal elite" by talking to people about controlling their country, their borders, and having self-respect for themselves.

He hit out at U.S. President Barack Obama, who visited Britain during the campaign and threatened to send the country "to the back of the queue" for a trade deal with the United States if Britain voted for Brexit.

Mr. Farage has previously called Mr. Obama "despicable" and said he refused to repeat his behaviour by telling Americans how to vote.

But echoing his words from an earlier interview with Breitbart London, Mr. Farage said: "I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if you paid me. In fact, I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton if she paid me!"

The crowd, massively receptive to Mr. Farage’s comments, cheered repeatedly when he mentioned how they too could defeat the political status quo.
Sounds like Mr. Farage has put together a fairly accurate assessment.
#1: Farage is a rare gem. He is much like an American as was Churchill.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-08-25 08:43 ||Comments



Britain: Liberty Great Britain: 'HRC, Islam's whore.'
Posted by Besoeker 08/25/2016  02:02 2 Comments 464 words Read the whole thing on page 4
[Liberty GB] The left's hypocrisy has never been as evident as in this election cycle. The Democrat candidate is the most corrupt politician to run for the White House - and that's before ever being elected.

The MSM have worked arduously to cover for their nominee, and it's been no small task, with her history. The list is humongous:

• Covering for Bill's victimization of women (Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones, Jennifer Flowers, etc.), by defaming and harassing the female victims
• Turning the IRS into their own Posse Comitatus, to punish their enemies
• Vandalized and looted the White House upon exit
• Her part in Filegate, which violated the privacy of Linda Tripp and Kathleen Willey
• Her aide for many years, Huma Abedin, who has known family ties to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB)
• Her involvement and cover-up of Vince Foster's death
• The Clinton Foundation's interminable scandals
• Emailgate
• Her culpability with Benghazi where four Americans lost their lives

The list is a work in progress...

This is a candidate who would most likely throw anyone under a bus (literally) who stands in the way of her becoming the first female president. (Of course, gender has nothing to do with the qualifications for the highest office in the Free World - but character does, and on that basis she's already disqualified.)

This is also a candidate who purports to be a proponent of women's rights and the rights of the LGBT community. Yet, she had no problem taking millions of dollars into the Clinton Foundation, from Islamic countries:

• Algeria donated $250,000 to $500,000
• The Nation of Brunei donated $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
• Kuwait donated $5,000,000 to $10,000,000
• Sultanate of Oman donated $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
• Qatar donated $5.8 million
• Saudi Arabia donated up to $50 million
• United Arab Emirates donated up to $11.5 million
• Morocco-owned OCP, a phosphate exportation company, donated $1,000,000 to $5,000,000

All of the above countries are ruled by Islamic Sharia Law. These are edicts which treat women as chattel to be used by Muslim men, often abused and killed without an afterthought. And gays are met with cruel and unusual punishment at the least, and too often death.

By taking this filthy Islamic lucre, Hillary has prostituted herself out to whatever these 'donors' desire, including shutting up our First Amendment rights, as she has been a proponent of the blasphemy law the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) has been pushing at the UN. She has betrayed those she claims to defend, and she has presented these individuals as an offering to Muhammad's minions.

Her alliances and obligations to corrupt Islamic countries and terror groups (MB) make her an extremely dangerous individual to America's national security and therefore a liability for our freedom-loving allies.

America and the free world have no place for conduits for Muhammed.

It's now imperative to keep Islam's Whore out of the White House.

Shalom through strength.
#1: Islam's whore? No, she's simply a global 'Moderate Muslim' community organizer, continuing the efforts of our Kenyan master and his 'shadow gov't' handlers.

The same sectarian strategy that helped fracture the Soviet Union and keep Afrika in a constant state of turmoil, is now diligently at work 're-making' Europe and the United States.

He represents a cult dedicated to bloodshed and destruction, which rejects any attempt at domestication. The Mohammedan is entirely predictable, warring even within his own tribe when no one else is available.

Yes, the Mohammedan is little more than the 'useful idiot' of the global elite. We have domestic 'useful idiots' as well, but I need not name them. This readership is sophisticated enough to know who they are.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-08-25 02:24 ||Comments

#2: • Vandalized and looted the White House upon exit
Wants to vandalize and loot the entire country should she get elected.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-08-25 08:35 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: Turkey's purge: More arrests, confiscations, and a Clinton donor
Posted by trailing wife 08/25/2016  01:46 1 Comments 1071 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Turkish authorities fire more than 2,800 judges, prosecutors

[Ynet] Turkish authorities fired more than 2,800 judges and prosecutors on Wednesday, in the latest purge related to the July 15 coup, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 29 academics

[IsraelTimes] Dozens of personnel at Katip Çelebi University arrested or suspended over failed coup to oust Erdogan

A Turkish court Tuesday ordered the arrests of dozens of members of staff at a state-run university in an ongoing crackdown following a failed coup attempt last month, the Turkish Minute website reported.

Among those on the arrest list were the university’s former deputy rector, Professor Tancan Uysal, who in the 2015 elections ran in Justice and Development Party (AK Party) which was formerly led by Erdogan.

Earlier this month 44 arrest warrants were issued for academics and members of staff at the university. Of those, 40 have been detained and four are still on the run.

The arrests came a day after the Hurriyet Daily newspaper reported a court in the capital Ankara issued arrest papers for 38 other people in connection with a 2010 sex-tape scandal involving the chairman of the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and which was allegedly orchestrated by the Gullen movement.

In addition, seven academics at the Yüzüncü Yıl University in the eastern province of Van were suspended Tuesday for links to the Gulen movement, the report said.

So far, 81,494 people have been purged from state bodies,
...unemployed, unemployable, and unable to leave the country, not to mention countless more enjoying the same in the private sector....
40,029 detained and 20,355 arrested since the coup attempt, Turkish Minute said.

Three more former Turkish footballers embroiled in anti-Gülen sports probe

[Hurriyet] An Istanbul prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for three former football stars as part of an investigation probing alleged infiltration of the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen into Turkish football.

Two weeks after a warrant was issued against footballer-turned-politician Hakan Şükür and his father Selmet Şükür over alleged links to the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), Istanbul prosecutor Mehmet Şenay Baygın has also issued warrants for former players Arif Erdem, İsmail Demiriz and Uğur Tütüneker.

Staging operations to arrest the suspects, police detained Demiriz at his home in the Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul. The two others suspects, along with Şükür, were confirmed to be abroad.

In addition to his arrest warrant, a Turkish court in the northwestern province of Sakarya on Aug. 12 had ruled for the seizure of property and possessions owned by Şükür and his father, worth 200 million Turkish Liras, after identifying the two as providing financial support to FETÖ.

One of coup plot leaders was Clinton donor: Report

[Hurriyet] A company created by Adil Öksüz, who is believed to have ties to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, made a $5,000 donation to the Ready for Hillary PAC, a group preparing for Clinton’s presidential campaign, according to the report on Aug. 24.

“A company called Harmony Enterprises gave $5,000 to the PAC on June 27, 2014, campaign finance records show. Öksüz registered Harmony in New Jersey in 2010, according to state corporate records. It is the only campaign donation the company had ever made,” the report read, as it added that the Clinton campaign, which did not control the operations of the super PAC, didn’t provide a response to USA TODAY’s questions.

“The company website suggests it is a paper manufacturing business, but the address listed on the corporate records is a used-car lot on a highway in Lodi, N.J. Harmony’s phone number is disconnected,” it added.

Foreign nationals are not allowed by law to make campaign donations, but foreign-owned companies are allowed to donate as long as they are using U.S.-generated profits and the decision to donate is made by U.S citizens who work for the company, the newspaper said, citing election lawyer Charlie Spies.

Gülen’s extradition must not prolong

[Hurriyet] On Turkey’s expectation of Gülen’s extradition, Biden said, “I understand the intense feeling your government and the people of Turkey have about him [Gülen]. We are cooperating with the Turkish authorities,” recalling ongoing technical works undertaken between the two countries’ justice ministries in Ankara.

The U.S. had “no intention of protecting a person who harms” its ally, Biden said, but made clear the decision would be given by the U.S. courts upon the evidence provided by Turkey.

“We are cooperating with Turkish authorities, our legal experts are working right now with [their] Turkish counterparts on [the] production of and evaluation of material and evidence that needs to be supplied to an American court to meet requirements under our law and the extradition treaty, and we’ll continue to do so as you continue to bring forward additional information,” he stressed.
In other words, we are a nation of laws, not a totalitarian regime that can just ship off some guy just because Sultan Recip I wants him, though possibly President Erdogan, et al did not understand it that way. Well said, Mr. Vice President.
Yıldırım on the other side made clear that the strategic partnership between the two countries necessitated the U.S. to hand over Gülen to Turkey, which could turn the negative feelings towards the U.S. positive.

“Our greatest expectation would be that we don’t lose any time conducting these processes and I believe the final expectation [is] clear,” he added.
Another Hurriyet article adds:
#1: "The U.S. had 'no intention of protecting a person who harms' its ally, Biden said..."
In that case, George Soros should be in jail in France.
Posted by: Glairong Sforza7574|| 2016-08-25 08:59 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Hibernating Hillary Running Out the Clock
Posted by Besoeker 08/25/2016  01:39 1 Comments 276 words Read the whole thing on page 6
BLUF: [LI] Logically looking at the situation, Hillary should be playing to avoid turnovers and to run out the clock. Which according to Politico, is her strategy, Hillary Clinton's run-out-the-clock strategy:

"She is not planning on sitting for another televised armchair confessional to rehash regrets about a private email server. Nor is the campaign setting up the kind of war room employed last year to discredit a book that aimed to expose a quid-pro-quo relationship between Clinton Foundation donors and State Department officials.

With 75 days until Election Day and new emails once again casting a pall over her campaign, Hillary Clinton aims to “run out the clock,” confidants say, on the latest chapters of the overlapping controversies that have dogged her campaign since the start.

According to allies and operatives close to the campaign, Clinton’s team thinks “they can ride out” any negative reaction to a set of new emails that show Clinton Foundation officials trying to set up State Department meetings for donors during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat.

“That doesn’t mean no response,” one Clinton team insider said, “but a muted one rather than a five-alarm fire.”

It’s a strategy borne, in part, of a belief held deeply by Clinton herself that the email controversy is a fake scandal and that voters are as sick of it as the candidate herself — and by the profound weaknesses of Clinton’s opponent."

I look for a severe attack of Bronchitis on the eve of the first debate.
#1: Hell is perfect knowledge of what could have been.
Posted by: Iblis|| 2016-08-25 09:14 ||Comments



Africa North: Peak Evil; ISIS almost established its own DMV in Sirte, Libya
Posted by lord garth 08/25/2016  00:00 1 Comments 38 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Ahmooda Abu Amood was recruited by the Islamic State to head a new traffic police department in Sirte, Libya. As their bureaucracy grew, the militants "wanted to eventually issue driver's licenses," Abu Amood said.
#1: I'm at lunch.
INFIDEL!
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-08-25 07:07 ||Comments



Iraq: Unknown Gunmen Kill ISIS Commander Responsible for Recruitment of Children
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 2 Comments 179 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMASDARNEWS] According to a report by ISNA, as translated by IFP, the ISIS commander Abu Wathba was in charge of recruiting children for the terrorist group.

When he was leaving a shop in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
’s city centre, he was targeted and rubbed out by a number of unknown gunnies, the Iraqi news website Al-Masalah quoted a local source in Nineveh province as saying.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, went on to say that many ISIS commanders are being shot by unknown gunnies these days, particularly after the arrival of army units in Nineveh province.

#1: Someone trying to prevent "the advancement" of the youths...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-08-25 08:10 ||Comments

#2: "Islamic Midnight Basketball!"
Posted by: Pappy|| 2016-08-25 10:56 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Daraya to be handed to the Syrian Army following agreement
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 183 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ALMASDARNEWS] Calm reigned over the embattled city of Daraya in the previous day as a government envoy met a rebel envoy to negotiate terms of surrender in the Damascene city of Western Ghouta.

The rebel envoy represented several Islamist factions with Islamic Matyrs Brigade being the most important. Following a few hours of debate in the early morning of Wednesday, an agreement was reached allowing for many bandidos Death Eaters to take up the amnesty offer given by the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic whilst others would be transported to the Syrian north under supervision of international organizations.

After the execution of the amnesty and relocation operations, the city will be announced liberated and all its roads will open for civil activity after five years of devastating war. Government services will be provided to the city as soon as possible to allow for swift return of its population and the rebuilding process to resume.



Africa Horn: Shaboobs Attack Somali Military Base near Baidoa
Posted by Steve White 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 124 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Heavy fighting has been reported at a military base run by Somali National Army (SNA) forces in Goof-Gaduud, some 30Km north of Baidoa, the regional capital of Baay on Wednesday.

A Somali army colonel who did not want to be named said Al-Shabaab militants tried to storm the base, but were met with heavy response by the troops. No information on the casualties.

Fighting is reportedly continued for several hours. The exchange of the heavy and small fire used by the sides could be heard distances away from the area of the military base in Goof-Gaduud.

Ethiopian troops serving as part of the African Union force dispatched from nearby base and helped Somali troops repulse the Al Shabaab attack, according to the military official.


Afghanistan: Another Talibunny shadow official dies in Faryab province
Posted by badanov 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 208 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The Taliban shadow governor for the central Ghor province was killed in airstrikes conducted in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Tuesday that the airstrikes were carried out late on Monday evening in Pashtoon kot district of Faryab.

According to a statement by MoI “Yesterday evening, during an airstrike which was took place in Sakhi Dad and Tilan villages of Pashton Kot District of Faryab province, 50 armed Taliban were killed including Mullah Ahmad Shah Ghori Taliban’s so-called governor for Ghor province.”

The statement further added “Also, one vehicle, one machine gun and some amount of light and heavy rounds of ammunition destroyed as well.”

The Taliban militants group has not commented regarding the report so far.

Faryab is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern Afghanistan where the Taliban insurgents and militants belonging to the other insurgents are active in a number of its remote districts.

The killing of the Taliban shadow governor in Pashtoon Kot comes as the group has intensified attacks in northern provinces during the recent months, specifically in Kunduz province.

The group captured the control of Khanabad district and Qala-e-Zal following days of clashes but the Afghan forces managed to push the militants out of the district center.


Arabia: Prime Minister Daghr says ‘Yemen needs to maintain its unity’
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 1 Comments 272 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Yemen’s Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr stressed the need for the country to maintain its unity amid separatist protests in the south and the failure for reaching a breakthrough between its two warring sides.

Daghr stated that the issue of Yemen's unification as "complex" and one that will take time to tackle, and revealed that it was an issue that was addressed during the national dialogue conference.

"The political forces that attended the national dialogue agreed that 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. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
needs to maintain its unity, though restructuring it is a necessity," Daghr said in an interview with Egypt’s state-owned news site Ahram Online.

The Yemeni premier’s comments come amid demonstrations in the countries’ south calling for a secession from the Houthi-controlled north.

The Southern Mobility Movement, more commonly known as al-Hirak ‐ ’the movement’ in Arabic ‐ advocates for a return of the independence of south Yemen. From 1967 to 1990, South Yemen existed as an independent state, with the port-city of Aden as its capital. To the northwest was the Yemen Arab Republic, or North Yemen, with its capital in Sanaa.

#1: Um, what unity is that?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2016-08-25 08:13 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: CTD guns down militant police style
Posted by badanov 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 164 words Read the whole thing on page 1
LAHORE: An alleged militant was found shot dead after an exchange of fire with the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) personnel in a Gujrat village on Tuesday.

His other accomplices fled, while the one found dead was killed by the firing of his own accomplices.

A spokesperson for the CTD issued this police-like narrative of an encounter to the media.

He said the CTD received information that some militants in a house in Rakh Pabbi village of Gujrat were planning to attack law enforcement agency officials.

A CTD team ordered them to turn themselves in but they started indiscriminate firing on them.

The team took cover and when firing stopped, one of the militants was found killed by the firing of his own accomplices.

Other militants escaped while two hand grenades and other weapons were found at the scene.

The identity of the dead has yet to be ascertained. A case was registered against the militants in Gujaranwala CTD police station.

Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2016


The Grand Turk: Kurds could ‘lose US support if they don’t retreat,’ says Biden
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 2 Comments 481 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] US Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
called on Syrian Kurdish forces to "move back across the Euphrates River," at a joint presser with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in Ankara on Wednesday, warning them they will lose US support if they don’t.

"They cannot - will not - under any circumstance get American support if they do not keep that commitment," said Biden.

Biden indirectly expressed support for the Turkish operation launched Wednesday to clear ISIS bandidos bandidos Lion of Islams from the town of Jarablus and deter Kurds from further expanding in northern Syria.

Meanwhile,
...back at the revival hall, Buford bit the snake and Eloise began speaking in tongues...
Yildirim said that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
would not accept the creation of a new Kurdish entity inside Syria and its territorial integrity must be maintained. The premier added that a joint solution must be found to end the crisis in war-torn country.

Yildirim, meanwhile, vowed that the Turkish operation in Syria will go on until Kurdish rebels move east of the Euphrates.

He said in an interview broadcast live on news channel HaberTurk that Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
’s government could not be ignored if a political solution to Syria’s multi-sided conflict was to be found.
#1: Sadly, the Kurds were always going to fecked over.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2016-08-25 02:54 ||Comments

#2: "The [Kurds]cannot - will not - under any circumstance get American support if they do not keep that commitment," said Biden.
--For anyone following developments in Kurdistan Biden's comment is laughable. "American support" began as a trickle, and will continue that way only so long as Kurd leadership allows the presence of a US military/CIA base north of Irbil.
Posted by: Glairong Sforza7574|| 2016-08-25 09:08 ||Comments



Africa North: Egyptian ‘guilty of treason’ for leaking classified Saudi document to Iran
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 1 Comments 186 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] An Egyptian expatriate was sentenced to six years in prison for leaking a classified Saudi document to the Iranian Embassy
...You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy!...
.

Riyadh Penal Court reported the Egyptian man obtained classified documents of the Saudi military’s next moves and plan of combat. The man leaked the document to an Iranian embassy official in Beirut, Leb.

The court investigated the case and revealed the man had gone to a sorcerer to cast sorcery on the man’s sponsor. The man also violated the Saudi Labor Law by working for someone other than his sponsor.

The court concluded by sentencing the man to six years in prison and fining him SR5,000. The court also exiled the man from the Kingdom after he completes his imprisonment.

#1: the man had gone to a sorcerer to cast sorcery on the man’s sponsor

I guess it's OK for there to be sorcerers, just not sorcery buyers. Kind of like the US drug policy.
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2016-08-25 10:01 ||Comments



International-UN-NGOs: ICC prosecutors urge ‘nine to 11 years’ for Timbuktu attacks
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 346 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] War crimes prosecutors on Wednesday urged a jail sentence of up to 11 years for a Malian bad boy who pleaded guilty to ransacking the fabled desert city of Timbuktu.

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi admitted Monday to having razed some of the west African city’s most historic mausoleums as his unprecedented trial opened before the International Criminal Court
... where Milosevich died of old age before being convicted ...
.

Mahdi, aged about 40, is the first bad boy charged by the Hague-based tribunal and the first charged with crimes arising out of the conflict in Mali.

The wanton destruction by Death Eaters, who considered the mausoleums idolatrous, triggered global outcry and ICC prosecutors said the sentence should serve as an "effective deterrent" that plundering the world’s common heritage would not go unpunished.

"Today, after two days of hearings and almost at the end of the trial, the prosecution asks the Chamber to impose a sentence in the range of between nine to 11 years," prosecutor Gilles Dutertre told a three-judge bench.

"The sentence should fully reflect his (Mahdi’s) guilt, serve as an effective deterrent and give justice to the victims," the prosecutor urged.

"It cannot be tolerated that world heritage can be deliberately destroyed, with disdain for the importance that it has to other people," Dutertre added.

A former teacher and Islamic scholar, Mahdi admitted to the sole war crimes charge of "intentionally directing attacks" against nine of Timbuktu’s famous mausoleums as well as the Sidi Yahia mosque between June 30 and July 11, 2012.



India-Pakistan: 12 injured in grenade attack targeting Balochistan's Awaran district
Posted by badanov 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 85 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Awaran: At least 10 people sustained injuries in grenade attack in Awaran district of Balochistan on Wednesday.

According to Levies sources, two masked men hurled a grenade near the new bus station,in Awaran injuring ten people.

The injured persons were immediately rushed to Awaran District Hospital, where five of them were said to be in critical condition.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri has condemned the incident and summoned a report from the concerned authorities.

He also directed to ensure best medical facilities to the victims.


Africa North: Egypt’s Sisi may run for re-election
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 151 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi for the first time on Tuesday publicly expressed his willingness to run for a second presidential term in the 2018 elections "if it is the will of the Egyptian people," Ahram Online reported.
And you can bet your bottom Egyptian pound that it will be.
Sisi announced his possible re-election bid in a statement on his official Facebook page.

Using a quote from an interview he gave to national newspapers, the Egyptian president said that he "can never fail to respond to the will of Egyptians. I am subject to the will of the Egyptian people."

Sisi was first elected to office by a landslide 96.1 per cent in May 2014 after years of political instability and street protests. Under the Egyptian constitution, he qualifies for one more four-year term, if he is re-elected in 2018.



Arabia: Hajj stoning ritual to be shortened after 2015’s deadly stampede
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 6 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] A stoning ritual which led to the deaths of about 2,300 people during last year’s hajj will be more tightly controlled during next month’s pilgrimage, Saudi newspapers reported on Wednesday. The period during which pilgrims can perform the Jamarat ritual will be reduced by 12 hours, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The symbolic stoning of the devil will be performed as usual over three days beginning September 11 at Mina, about five kilometres (three miles) east of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site.

But this year there will be no stoning allowed from 6:00 to 10:30 am on the first day, from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on the second day and from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm on the final day, the hajj ministry said.

"This procedure will enable the pilgrims to throw stones easily and will prevent any stampede that may result from overcrowding," the Saudi Gazette quoted ministry undersecretary Hussain al-Sharif as saying.

He did not elaborate on how the new time restrictions would reduce the potential for overcrowding. The stampede was the worst disaster in hajj history.

It occurred outside the five-storey Jamarat Bridge, a structure resembling a huge parking garage which hosts the stoning ritual and cost more than $1 billion to build.

It is almost one kilometre (more than half a mile) long and allows 300,000 pilgrims an hour to carry out the ritual.

#1: "Get your Jamarat FastPass™ here!. Get alerts for your scheduled stone-throwing time!"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-08-25 09:22 ||Comments

#2: Same number or more people, less time. And they think it's going to reduce the rush-and-crush?

Only upside is all the dead are devoted Muslims...
Posted by: Rob Crawford|| 2016-08-25 09:36 ||Comments

#3: Maybe they can use slingshots instead?
Posted by: Raj|| 2016-08-25 10:04 ||Comments

#4: stoning of the devil
Perhaps they should use bongs
Posted by: Skidmark|| 2016-08-25 10:12 ||Comments

#5: it seems so unfair

every year a million or so throw stones at the the devil and the devil never retaliates
Posted by: lord garth|| 2016-08-25 10:29 ||Comments

#6: I lit it out from Riyad
I was trailed by twenty Town
Didn't get to sleep last night
'Til the morning came around

Set out runnin' but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
I just might throw rocks back tonight

Well, I ran into the devil
And he loaned me twenty bills
I spent the night in Hebron
In a in split-level in the hills

I set out runnin' but I take my time
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine
If I get home before daylight
Just might throw some rocks tonight


When the Turbans play this the crowd rocks, I mean ROCKS!
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-08-25 10:47 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: ISIS attacks Syrian rebel camp near Jordan
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] ISIS launched a bomb and gun attack on a Western-backed Syrian rebel camp near the Jordanian border on Wednesday, according to the rebels who said they had killed at least 30 of the attackers and suffered at least three casualties themselves.

A jacket wallah rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into the camp belonging to the Forces of Martyrs Ahmad al-Abdo rebel group in a sparsely populated desert area near where the borders of Syria, Jordan and Iraq meet, the rebels’ front man, Saeed Saif, said. They then attacked several rebel outposts.

"We repelled the attack by ISIS (ISIS) on several areas and they failed to make any progress and have retreated," Saif told Rooters.

The Force of Martyrs Ahmed al-Abdo was one of the earliest Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) groups to get US-made anti-tank missiles and is one of the groups aligned on the so-called Southern Front that a coalition of Western and Arab countries support.

That backing is part of a strategy of preventing opposition-held southern Syria and the south-eastern desert area falling into the hands of radical turban groups.

The group’s leader, Saleem Bakour, was killed in June by a suspected ISIS turban.

ISIS claimed a suicide kaboom launched from the same area in June when a car crossed into Jordan and killed seven Jordanian border guards.



Arabia: 7 al-Qaeda operatives die in Yemen drone strike
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AFP, Aden
Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Drone strikes killed seven al-Qaeda suspects traveling in cars in provinces of southern and eastern Yemen on Wednesday, security sources said.

Three people died when a rocket fired from a drone struck their vehicle in a desert area of Marib province, east of Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa, a security source said.

Another security official said a separate drone attack in the southern province of Shabwa killed four suspects in a car on a road leading from provincial capital Ataq to nearby Nisab.

The United States has carried out numerous drone strikes against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) operatives in Yemen.

American officials said this month that the US military had killed three AQAP fighters in a strike, also in Shabwa.

AQAP has exploited a power vacuum created by a conflict between the government and Shiite rebels to expand its presence in south and southeast Yemen.

Deadliest franchise
But the US has vowed to continue its campaign against the group, which it considers to be the al-Qaeda terror network’s deadliest franchise.

A Saudi-led Arab military coalition that backs the Yemeni government has also turned its sights on AQAP, targeting it with air strikes.

The coalition is supporting pro-government forces which launched an offensive this year to retake several towns from AQAP.

In April, the militants seized provincial capital Mukalla in southeast Yemen, and this month loyalists recaptured the capital of the southern Abyan province, Zinjibar.

Last Update: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 KSA 22:09 - GMT 19:09


Arabia: Saudi foils fresh attack on a restaurant
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] 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...
has foiled a new attack on a busy restaurant on Wednesday after it thwarted a suicide kaboom the day before on a mosque in the Eastern Province, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The interior ministry said the attack was foiled "hours before" a Saudi and a Syrian attempted to carry out their suicide kaboom offensive in the restaurant, located in the Eastern Province’s Tarout island.

Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent said Tarout Restaurant is a hot spot for local tourists who visit the eatery to try traditional food.

The ministry also named the would-be bombers; it said the Saudi was Abdullah Abdulrahman Al-Ghunaimi while the Syrian was Hussain Mohammed Ali.



Arabia: Taiz siege: Deadly battles rage
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ADEN: Deadly clashes raged on Monday between Iran-backed rebels and Yemeni government forces battling to secure an entrance to the besieged city of Taiz, military sources said. Backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, Yemeni troops launched an offensive last week to break the rebel siege on Yemen’s flashpoint third city, in the country’s southwest. The heaviest fighting Monday was near its western entrance where air strikes by the Arab coalition and ground battles left 11 dead among Houthi rebels and their allies, loyalist military sources said.



Afghanistan: Clashes Ongoing In Kunduz
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Despite an increase in U.S air strikes against Taliban strongholds on the outskirts of Kunduz city, insurgents are still active in the area.

On Tuesday night, heavy clashes were recorded between Taliban and commandos and Special Forces near Kunduz city.

Security forces told to Wali Arian, TOLONEWS journalist reporting from the area, that they have retaking strongholds occupied by the Taliban on the frontline.

However, insurgents are still active along the Baghlan-Kunduz highway.

Security forces have said that insurgents repeatedly return to the highway where they erect checkposts but as soon as security forces arrive they flee the area.

Video report at the link


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Rebel factions fighting south of Jarabulus
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[ARA News] MANBIJ – Clashes broke out on Thursday between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkish-backed rebels in northern Syria.

The clashes took place near Tal Amaranth village north of Manbij, about 7 kilometers from the town of Jarabulus.

SDF forces advanced towards Jarabulus city –earlier taken by Turkish-backed rebels– despite warnings by the US Vice President Joe Biden that Kurdish forces should pull back across the Euphrates, to maintain US support.

“The problem for the Kurds is that it is not geopolitically feasible through the rest of the Obama Administration,” Nicholas Heras, a Washington-based Middle East researcher at the Centre for a New American Security told ARA News.

“Vice President Biden did not mince words, the SDF can retain U.S. support, but only by abiding by the terms of Washington’s NATO ally Turkey,” Heras said.

The clashes broke out after the Turkish-backed rebels –also known as the Euphrates Shield forces– continued to advance towards the el-Armarna village which was taken earlier today by SDF forces, according to local sources.

The rebels ignored warning shots of SDF-forces, and as a result clashes broke out.

Battle for Jarabulus
In the meantime, the SDF-linked Jarabulus Military Council started its preparations to enter the Syrian border city of Jarabulus after the Turkey-backed rebel groups took over the city from ISIS. The area is expected to witness heavy fighting between the different factions in the coming days.

Local fighters of Jarabulus expressed their refusal to any occupation by neighbour countries to their hometown.

Jarabulus has witnessed sporadic clashes between Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and ISIS on Wednesday morning.

Also, the Turkish army has bombed villages in the vicinity of Jarabulus, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, according to local sources.

Activists reported that ISIS has delivered Jarabulus city to the Turkey-backed rebels without any resistance.

Speaking to ARA News, Ahmed al-Jadir, a member of the SDF-led Jarabulus Military Council, said: “We, as members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, will not allow some mercenaries to take over our city. We will liberate Jarabulus.”

“Those Turkey-backed rebels are no different from ISIS. We will free our people from all radical suppressive groups,” he said.

Muhammad Ahmed, an officer in the Jarabulus Military Council, told ARA News that ISIS has not shown any resistance to the Turkish troops and their allies when they entered Jarabulus city from the Turkish side of the border on Wednesday.

“We now consider our city occupied by Turkey and its mercenaries. The city of Jarabulus was exposed to heavy bombardment by the Turkish army, and we have not seen any resistance from ISIS against those troops. We are aware that ISIS militants have entered Turkey today after shaving their beards and dressing like Free Syrian Army,” he said. “We, as a faction of the Syrian Democratic Forces, are waiting for the general command of the SDF to give orders to enter the city. We are ready.”


Iraq: Ninevah Nightmares
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10 die in Iraqi airstrike on ISIS position

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Ten civilians were killed and 15 others were wounded in airstrikes carried out by the US-led international coalition, targeting ISIS headquarters in Mosul.

“Coalition warplanes bombarded a house used by ISIS as headquarters in Hayy al-Hedbaa and another headquarters in Hayy al-Zohour neighborhood,” medical officials said.

The officials added, “Ten civilians were killed and 15 others were wounded in the airstrikes. The airstrikes also killed and injured several ISIS members, apart from causing severe damage to the buildings.”

Soddy child recruiter has a Very Bad Day

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A Saudi Arabian operative, who used to recruit children for ISIS in Iraq, has reportedly been killed in Mosul by unidentified gunmen.

Citing a local source in Nineveh, news portal ‘Almasalah’ reported the development on Monday. The source, seeking anonymity said that the dead Saudi ISIS operative was called Abu Wathbah al-Saudi.

“He was killed by unknown gunmen while he was leaving a shop in the city center,” reported Almasalah quoting the source.

It is very interesting to note here that most of the terror groups’ commanders these days are being targeted by unidentified armed men as Iraqi army has been entering the province.

The northern and western parts of Iraq have been plagued by gruesome violence ever since ISIS terrorists mounted a large-scale offensive in June 2014.

Iraqi forces capture Qayyarah hospital

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – The Anti-Terrorism Directorate announced that its forces have liberated the general hospital and the government complex in Qayyarah.

The Directorate in a statement, said, “Security forces from Army’s 9th Brigade, Army Aviation and international coalition have liberated the general hospital and the government complex in Qayyarah.”

Nineveh operation announced about killed more than 40 terrorists and liberated many areas, oil refineries in Qayyarah during the first day of liberation operations.

Iraqi forces capture four areas of Qayyarah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Security forces on Wednesday liberated four areas in Qayyarah vicinity in southern Mosul from the ISIS grip and regained complete control of the northern road in western vicinity.

Commander of the Golden Brigade Major General Moen al-Saedi in a statement issued to the media, said, “Security forces liberated four areas in Qayyarah including al-Masfa, the government complex, government building of Qayyarah vicinity and al-Masaf.”

Saedi added, “Security forces further cordoned off the western direction and took control of the northern road, in order to tighten their grip over the entire area.”

Iraqi forces capture Qayyarah

(IraqiNews.com) Nineveh – Nineveh Council on Wednesday announced that Iraqi forces fully liberated the northern city of al-Qayyarah from ISIS control and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings.

Nineveh Council member, Hossam El Din al Abbar in a statement, said, “Iraqi Army, supported by the Iraqi Air Force, liberated the northern city of al-Qayyarah from ISIS control and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings”.

“The sappers units have started dismantling the improvised explosive devices from roads and dismantling the booby-trapped houses”, added Alabbar.

“There were 25,000 civilians inside Qayyarah during the liberation operation. The operation resulted in the death of dozens of ISIS members,” Alabbar further said.

It may be mentioned here that the Iraqi army also informed about organizing a mass burial of dead ISIS men near Al Khalidiya city in central Iraq.


Iraq: Iraq forces advance in town south of Mosul
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[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iraqi forces on Wednesday closed in on the center of Qayyarah, officials said, on the second day of an operation to recapture the town from Lion of Islams.

Qayyarah lies on the western bank of the Tigris river, about 60 kilometers (35 miles) south of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, ISIS’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq.

Brigadier General Najm al-Juburi from the operations command for Nineveh, the province in which both Qayyarah and Mosul are located, said the town was now encircled.

"There are only a few meters left before troops advancing from the west and troops coming from the east meet and complete the siege around Qayyarah," he told AFP.

He said the vast majority of villages around Qayyarah had been retaken since special forces launched the operation on Tuesday.

Juburi and other military officials in the area confirmed the progress and said that a nearby oil field and refinery had also been recaptured from IS.

"Liberating Qayyarah will mean cutting off Mosul from the southern areas, which will make liberating Mosul much easier," Juburi said.

"This is a blow to the organization of ISIS (ISIS) because it affects their economy, and this after we retook an air base that is now going to be used to attack them," he said.

Iraqi security forces have been operating in the area for weeks, as part of shaping operations for a major offensive on the city of Mosul in the coming weeks or months.

They had already retaken the Qayyarah air field, which ISIS was not using because it has no air force but which Iraqi aircraft will soon be using against the Lion of Islams.
That must've been what they were referring to when they said they'd taken the place yesterday.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: U.S. Supports Turkish conquest of Jarablus
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Hurriyet has a slideshow of images from Wednesday's invasion here.

US military helps out as Turkey takes fight to IS-held Syrian town

[IsraelTimes] American air cover, intelligence and advisers help Turkish forces roll into Islamic State stronghold of Jarablus, as pro-Ankara Syrian rebels seize village of Keklijah.

The United States is providing Turkey’s military with air cover, intelligence and advisers in its offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group inside Syria, a senior US official said on Wednesday.

“We want to help the Turks get ISIL off the border” between the two countries, the official told reporters, using an alternative acronym for the IS group.

US advisers are communicating with the Turkish military about a plan to take the Syrian border town of Jarablus, a key IS stronghold that is a primary objective of the Turkish offensive, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The United States is “syncing up with them, our advisers are in the planning cell with them,” he said. “We’ll have close air support if there’s an operation” in Jarablus.

Taking Jarablus and IS-held town of al-Bab to the south would be a significant step toward linking up border areas under Kurdish control on both sides of the Euphrates.

Washington is also helping ensure that Kurdish fighters further south do not provoke a conflict with Turkish forces by moving north toward Jarablus, said the official, who was traveling with US Vice President Joe Biden. Biden arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, in an effort to help improve relations strained by Turkey’s coup d’etat attempt last month.

The Turkish operation — named “Euphrates Shield” — began early Wednesday with Turkish artillery pounding dozens of IS group targets around Jarablus, according to the Turkish prime minister’s office.

Turkish tanks and special forces accompanied by pro-Ankara Syrian rebels then rolled across the border in an unprecedented operation to drive the IS group out of the town from which it has fired rockets into Turkey.

Pro-Ankara Syrian rebels took the village of Keklijah three miles (five kilometers) west of Jarablus and two miles from the border, Turkish state media said, in the operation’s first reported military success.

The United States has made it clear to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed Kurdish and Arab alliance, that “we don’t and won’t support them going north, and they can’t without our air cover, so we’ve put a lid on them moving north,” the official went on. “I think we’ve put a lid on the Turks’ biggest concern (which) gives us breathing space to make sure the Jarablus operation is done the right way.”

Pictures of the fighting showed fighters facing little resistance as they rolled into Jarablus, amid reports that the city was quickly taken over.

But Wednesday’s dual-purpose operation puts Turkey on track for a confrontation with the US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria, the most effective fighting force against IS in the area. Turkey is concerned about the growing clout of the group, which it says is linked to Kurdish groups waging an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.

A senior official with Syria’s largest Kurdish group suggested Turkey will pay the price. Saleh Muslim, the co-president of the Democratic Union Party or PYD, tweeted that “Turkey is in Syrian Quagmire. Will be defeated as Daesh” will be. He used the Arabic language acronym for IS.

The Syrian government condemned Wednesday’s Turkish incursion into the Islamic State group-held border district of Jarablus as a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty.

The foreign ministry said it “condemns the crossing of the Turkey-Syria border by Turkish tanks and armoured vehicles towards the town of Jarablus with air cover from the US-led coalition and considers it a flagrant violation of Syrian sovereignty.

The Syrian opposition in exile, however, welcomed the intervention.

“Syria demands the end of this aggression,” the foreign ministry said. “Any party conducting a battle against terrorism on Syrian soil must do so in coordination with the Syrian government and the Syrian army who have been fighting this war for five years.

“Chasing out IS and replacing them with terrorist groups backed by Turkey is not fighting terrorism.”

In sharp contrast, the Istanbul-based opposition National Coalition hailed the Turkish intervention and stressed that rebel forces were doing the fighting on the ground.

It issued a statement welcoming “the support of Turkey and the international coalition for the military operation in Jarablus,” in which “the rebels are carrying out the combat operations.”
Ynet at 8 a.m.:
Turkish warplanes and US-led coalition aircraft have carried out four strikes on Islamic State targets, Turkish military sources said, as part of a joint operation to wipe out ISIS from the Syrian border town of Jarablus. A total of 63 targets have been fired at 224 times by Turkish artillery.

Ankara-backed Syria rebels: Jarablus 'liberated'

[AlArabiya] In an operation backed by Turkish shelling, Syrian rebels said on Wednesday that Jarablus in northern Syria on the Turkish border has been "libeated" from ISIS bad boy group.

"Jarablus is completely liberated," Ahmad Othman, commander of the Sultan Mourad rebel group, told AFP from the scene, while another rebel front man said ISIS fighters had fled towards Al-Bab, to the southwest.

Earlier, a rebel commander with the Failaq al-Sham group, who requested anonymity, told Rooters that most of ISIS fighters in Jarablus had pulled out, some of them surrendering. Another commander estimated up to 50 percent of the town was now under the control of the Turkish-backed rebels.

"ISIS (ISIS) fighters have withdrawn from several villages on the outskirts of Jarablus and are heading south towards the city of al Bab," the Failaq al Sham commander said.
That'd be al-Bab, where the force that liberated Manbij is headed.
How the Turks see Wednesday's events:
[Hurriyet] Syrian rebels captured villages inside Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as part of a Turkey-backed operation as the group advanced toward Jarablus, a key town that Ankara wants to cleanse of jihadists.

The Turkish Armed Forces began its cross-border “Euphrates Shield” operation early on Aug. 24 with aerial strikes and ground forces backed by strikes from rocket launchers, howitzers and tanks.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed that the operation targeted “terrorist organizations such as Daesh [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant - ISIL] and the PYD [Democratic Union Party].”

“We are determined to protect the territorial integrity of Syria and provide that this country is ruled under the will of its own people, using our opportunities, including directly handling the matter,” Erdoğan said while addressing a meeting in Ankara on Aug. 24.

The preparation for the operation started on Aug. 23 when Turkish Special Forces entered Syria briefly for marking key spots, Hürriyet has learned.

A second group of special forces accompanied the tanks when they rolled into Syrian soil.

Twenty tanks and nearly 20 armored vehicles advanced toward Jarablus in the operation, aiming to secure control over a 70-kilometer region.

Syrian rebels entered Syria from Turkey using a corridor opened by Turkish artillery fire.

At least 14 ISIL militants were killed in the operation, according to initial reports.

In a bid to prevent any friendly-fire causalities, the Turkmen groups fighting against ISIL wore blue arm bands while the Free Syrian Army (FSA) members wore red ones.

FSA fighters captured a total of four villages namely, Keklice, Kıvırcık, Elvaniye and Güğüncük, Doğan News Agency reported. An unconfirmed video showed Syrian rebels walking in central Jerablus.

Sources reported that Turkish tanks in Syrian territory blocked ISIL’s support routes, while Turkish F-16s and coalition jets pounded ISIL vehicles headed from the al-Bab region to support ISIL militants fighting in the Jarablus area. Some 5,000 FSA fighters, including groups from the Sultan Murat Brigade, Sukur al-Jeber, the Sham Front and Feylek al-Sham, reportedly advanced toward central Jarablus.

The mines planted by ISIL were removed as some trapped bombs were found in villages abandoned by the militants.

The operation marked the first time warplanes from Turkey had struck in Syria since November, when Ankara downed a Russian warplane near the border, and the first significant incursion by Turkish special forces since a brief operation to relocate the tomb of Suleyman Shah,
...the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire...
a revered Ottoman figure, in February 2015.
#1: This reminding me more and more of The Hallelujah Trail an epic cowboy and drunkard injuns flick. Thinking we are the drunkard injuns or possibly the Irish Teamsters.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-08-25 09:47 ||Comments



Iraq: Baghdad Bomb and Bullet Bulletin: 2 die
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2 die in mortar attack in Abu Ghraib

(IraqiNews.com) Baghdad – A source in the Ministry of Interior informed on Wednesday that mortar shelling to the west of Baghdad killed two persons and injured nine others.

Sharing details the source said, “Earlier this morning, two mortar rounds landed near residential buildings at al-Nasser and al-Salam villages in Abu Ghraib district, 20 km west of Baghdad. Two persons were killed and nine others injured due to this.”

“Ambulances rushed to the area and carried the injured to a nearby hospital. The bodies of the deceased were sent to the forensic department. Security forces later cordoned off the area,” further added the source seeking anonymity.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: U.N./OPCW inquiry blames Syria government for gas attacks, likely sanctions fight looms
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[Foreign Desk News] Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
snuffies used sulfur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations
...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly...
and the global chemical weapons watchdog found on Wednesday, according to a confidential report seen by Rooters.

The year-long U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry - unanimously authorized by the U.N. Security Council - focused on nine attacks in seven areas of Syria, where a separate OPCW fact-finding investigation had already determined that chemical weapons had likely been used.

Eight of the attacks investigated involved the use of chlorine. The inquiry was unable to reach a conclusion in six cases, though it said that three of those cases warranted further investigation.

The results set the stage for a Security Council showdown between the five veto-wielding powers, likely pitting Russia and China against the United States, Britannia and La Belle France over whether sanctions should be imposed in the wake of the inquiry.

"It is essential that the members of the Security Council come together to ensure consequences for those who have used chemical weapons in Syria," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said in a statement. "We strongly urge all states to support strong and swift action by the Security Council."



Afghanistan: Afghan forces hunt gunmen after American University attack
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[Foreign Desk News] Afghan cops combed the American University in Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
in the early hours of Thursday for suspected gunnies who might be still on the lam, following an attack on the compound that killed at least one person and sent students fleeing in panic.

The assault at around 6:30 p.m. local time (10.00 a.m. ET) on Wednesday began with a large kaboom that officials said was a boom-mobile followed by gunfire, as suspected bully boyz battled into the complex where foreign staff and hundreds of pupils were working.

Elite Afghan forces surrounded the walled compound and eventually worked their way inside, according to a senior interior ministry official.

Details of casualties are still scarce, but the Afghan Public health Ministry said one guard was killed and at least 21 people were maimed, six critically. No foreigners were reported among the maimed.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told Rooters early on Thursday that security forces had rescued around 500 students from the university, which is popular with Afghanistan's elite.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Turkish tanks roll into Syria, pushing Islamic State out of key border town
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[Foreign Desk News] Syrian rebels backed by Turkish special forces, tanks and warplanes entered one of Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
's last strongholds on the Turkish-Syrian border on Wednesday, in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's first major U.S.-backed incursion into its southern neighbor.

A column of at least nine Turkish tanks crossed into Syria with the group of largely Arab and Turkmen rebels to drive Islamic State out of Jarablus and surrounding villages. A Rooters news hound at the border witnessed intense bombardments, with palls of black smoke rising around the town.

President Tayyip Erdogan said the operation was targeting both Islamic State and the Kurdish YPG militia, whose gains in northern Syria have alarmed Turkey. Ankara views the YPG as an extension of Kurdish holy warriors fighting an insurgency on its own soil, putting it at odds with Washington, which sees the group as an ally in the fight against Islamic State.

"Whether it's ISIS (Islamic State) or the YPG, they are all terrorist organizations," Erdogan told a joint briefing in Ankara after meeting U.S. Vice President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
The former Senator-for-Life from Delaware, an example of the kind of top-notch Washington intellect to be found in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body...
.


Africa North: Zintan and Janzour in talks on reconciliation and return of the displaced
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[Libya Herald] The mayor and officials from the far west Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
suburb of Janzour have had talks in Zintan with its mayor and officials in a bid to normalise relations between the two communities.

The return to Janzour of those who left because of the political crisis and who are now living in Zintan was one of the issues addressed. The closure of the coast road between Tripoli and Zawia and other issues of contention between the two were also discussed.

Janzour’s relations with the neighbouring Wirshefana are also believed to have been a major point of discussion. Zintan and its Wirshefani allies are the main element in the pro-Libyan National Army (LNA) and pro-House of Representatives (HoR) bloc west of Tripoli. In addition, a significant proportion of Janzour residents are Wirshefanis although they are hardly represented on the municipal council which previously supported the former Libya Dawn
...aka Fajr Libya, the Islamist operation launched to counter that of General Khalifa Haftar (Operation Dignity). It is made up of the Libya Shield militia (Misrata and Moslem Brotherhood), Libya Revolutionaries Operations Room (Moslem Brotherhood), and Tripoli Brigade (close to Abdul Hakim Belhaj, head of Al-Watan party). Financing and moral support come from Turkey and Qatar...
alliance, opposed to the Wirshefana, Zintan, the LNA and the HoR.

Any bid by those in control of Janzour to reach an accommodation with the Wirshefana will be eased by improved relations with Zintan.

Meanwhile,
...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell...
in a follow-up to last Saturday’s mediation efforts in the Wirshefana town of Zahra to secure the reopening of the coastal road between Zawia and Tripoli, mayors from a number of Jebel Nafusa and west coast towns were in Zawia yesterday to continue to try and find a solution to the issue.



Africa North: EU to train Libyan seamen to tackle people-smugglers
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 442 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] Libyan coastguard and naval personnel are to be trained by the EU to help them tackle people-smugglers, who so far this year have sent 107,000 migrants colonists toward Europe, 2,700 of them to their deaths.
That's because the EU has done such a good job of keeping human traffickers under control.
Coastguard commander Abdalh Toumia signed the training deal in Rome yesterday on behalf of the Government of National Accord. Alongside him was the head of the EU’s anti-smuggling Operation Sophia, Italian admiral Enrico Credendino.

"This training will improve the security of Libyan territorial waters", said Credendino, " and help Libya to perform law enforcement actions in order to tackle the criminal organizations that take advantage of smuggling and trafficking in human beings". It would also, he added prevent further loss of life at sea.

Details have not been given of how many Libyans will be trained. However they will first spend a period on board one of Operation Sophia’s patrolling naval vessels, almost certainly one belonging to the Italian navy. These warships are stationed in international waters, though it seems clear that, in response to distress calls from migrants colonists, they have come inside Libya’s martime frontier.

The trainees will then move to an unnamed shore base in the EU or Libya for classroom instruction. Their three-month course will end with further drills upon Libyan patrol vessels.

Ironically, almost at the same time that the deal was being inked in Rome, in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
Libyan navy front man Ayyub Gassem described Operation Sophia as Italian propaganda designed to conceal illegal fishing and fuel smuggling to the EU.

"We do not need training" Gassem said in an interview with the Libya Observer "we need boats and other equipment". He complained that Italia had still not released four Libyan patrol vessels sent there for maintenance in August 2014.



The Grand Turk: Six detained in anti-ISIL operation in Istanbul
Posted by trailing wife 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 411 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Hurriyet] Six people were detained in an operation against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Istanbul early on Aug. 24. The operation was carried out on 10 addresses situated in four districts. The anti-terror police raided addresses in Pendik, Sancaktepe, Ümraniye and Üskudar with support from riot police.

Police helicopters patrolled the area in order to provide coordination during the simultaneous operation. In addition, the police teams took strict security measures with long-barreled weapons on the streets where the raids were conducted.

Police detained six people whom were determined to have fought alongside ISIS in Syria and come back to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
. Digital documents related to ISIS were seized in the operation. The detained people were recruiting snuffies for ISIS and providing logistical support to the jihadists, Dogan News Agency reported.

The suspects were taken to police headquarters after going through security checks.

Searches were also carried out in locations identified by the suspects.

The operation was carried out around the same time that Turkey took part in the launch of an operation against ISIS in the Jarablus region of Syria.


The Grand Turk: Six soldiers killed in separate PKK attacks
Posted by trailing wife 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 262 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Hurriyet] Six soldiers were killed in separate attacks by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Lions of Islam in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir and the eastern province of Bingöl on Aug. 24.

Five soldiers were killed and seven others were maimed in an attack by PKK Lions of Islam in the Lice district of Diyarbakir.

PKK Lions of Islam staged an attack on a military base in the district with long-barreled weapons and rocket launchers.

The maimed soldiers were taken to Diyarbakir Military Hospital.

Reinforcements were sent to the area and an operation with aerial support was launched.

Separately specialized soldier was killed when a bomb hidden by PKK Lions of Islam went kaboom! in the Karliova district of Bingöl.

Security forces were carrying out an operation against the PKK when a home-made bomb detonated, leaving Kerim Üye dead.

The operation has been going on for two days in the area with aerial support


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-: Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 415 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[CHANNELNEWSASIA] A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on Wednesday (Aug 24), killing at least three people and damaging nearly 200 pagodas in the famous ancient capital of Bagan, officials said.

The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres, was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets.

Two girls, aged 7 and 15, were killed in Magway region where the quake struck, according to Myanmar's Ministry of Information.

A collapsed building in a nearby town also killed a 22-year-old man and injured one woman, local police told AFP.

Heavy damage was also reported in Bagan - Myanmar's most famous archaeological site and a major tourist destination 30 kilometres north of the quake's epicentre.

Some 171 of the city's more than 2,500 Buddhist monuments were damaged by the tremors, according to a statement posted by the Ministry of Religious and Cultural Affairs on Facebook.

"Some were seriously damaged," Aung Kyaw, the local director of Bagan's culture department, told AFP.

Photos showed clouds of dust billowing around some of the site's larger temples, with bricks crumbling down their tiered facades.

A police officer from Bagan said a Spanish holidaymaker was slightly hurt when the quake knocked her from the temple where she was watching the sunset.

Scaling Bagan's ancient structures to watch the sun set over the vast plain of pagodas is a daily ritual among tourists and local pilgrims.

Italy rescuers toil through night seeking quake survivors as death toll hits 159
Rescue teams were working through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble that remained of central Italian towns flattened by an earthquake that hit in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 159 people.

One hotel that collapsed in the small town of Amatrice probably had about 70 guests, and only seven bodies had so far been recovered, said the mayor of the town that was one of the worst hit by the quake.

The strong 6.2 magnitude quake razed homes and buckled roads in a cluster of mountain communities 140 km (85 miles) east of Rome. It was powerful enough to be felt in Bologna to the north and Naples to the south, each more than 220 km (135 miles) from the epicenter.

"Tonight will be our first nightmare night," said Alessandro Gabrielli, one of hundreds preparing to sleep in tents erected by rescue workers in fields and parking lots, each one housing 12 people whose homes had been destroyed.


-Land of the Free: Judges Put Election Reforms in Wisconsin on Hold, Except for Voter ID
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 2 Comments 357 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[DAILYSIGNAL] On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused without comment to stay a Wisconsin district court opinion in One Wisconsin Institute v. Thomsen that threw out changes the state legislature had made in early voting rules as well as other changes such as the residency requirement for new voters.

However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
the state’s voter ID law will remain in place for the November election because the district court judge, James D. Peterson, a President Barack Obama
I am the change that you seek...
appointee, stayed his earlier ruling against the ID law on Aug. 11.

Peterson didn’t have much choice on that issue: The same three-judge panel that refused to stay his overall ruling had issued a stay on the voter ID issue on Aug. 10 in a second district court case in Wisconsin, Frank v. Walker.

In that case, another federal judge, Lynn Adelman, a Bill Clinton
...former Democratic president of the U.S. Bill was the second U.S. president to be impeached, the first to deny that oral sex was sex, the first to have difficulty with the definition of is...
appointee and former Democratic state senator, required the state to allow anyone who signed a form stating they could not obtain an ID to vote--despite the fact that Adelman admitted "most voters in Wisconsin either possess qualifying ID or can easily obtain one."
#1: ...required the state to allow anyone who signed a form stating they could not obtain an ID to vote...

Exactly how will the person filling out the form ID themselves, your Honor (sic)?
Posted by: magpie|| 2016-08-25 08:52 ||Comments

#2: It's simple. You don't have a valid ID, you fill out a paper ballot which is enclosed in a envelope with your claimed ID information. If the election is close enough, then the voter information is validated before being opened and counted in the final numeration for the election.

1 - they still get the vote.
2 - the information is validated prior to counting.
3 - the unvalidated votes show you why there are ID requirements.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-08-25 08:58 ||Comments



Government: NSA CTO outsources self
Posted by Skidmark 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 26 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[ArsTechnica]. “Under internal review,” NSA CTO works part-time for agency’s former chief.
It's the second possible conflict of interest involving former NSA head Keith Alexander.


Economy: Warnings of rate hikes as Oregon becomes 1st state to kill coal
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 3 Comments 191 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[FOXNEWS] The massive coal-fired plant in Boardman, Ore., is just four years away from being shut down for good ‐ at that point, Oregon coal production will be no more, after the state became the first in the nation to completely ban coal power.

The mandate, signed into law earlier this year, was the result of an environmentalist-fueled push by the Democrat-controlled legislature. Under the plan, coal production will end once the Boardman plant shutters in 2020 ‐ utilities would still be able to buy coal power from out of state for another 10 years, until a 2030 deadline to end coal use entirely.

But the phase-out already has groups warning that residents are headed for big rate increases and brownouts.

"This is basically a wind mandate," said the Cascade Policy Institute's John Charles, while suggesting alternative energy sources won’t be able to meet the state’s needs. "There's no way wind can physically power the grid because days, weeks on end, wind produces zero."

Coal has been in decline for years. In 2005, coal made up 51 percent of the electricity used in the U.S. Last year, it met 40 percent of the need.

#1: There was a pro-nuke bumper sticker back in the day - "Let the B*stards Freeze in the Dark." Now they are doing it to themselves. That's progress, doncha know...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-08-25 07:16 ||Comments

#2: When I was a youth nearly all schools, businesses, and many homes were heated with coal. Coal powered steam locomotives and nearly all power plants. Somehow we survived. Nobody thought much about the smoke.

I don't think it's about coal or dirty fossil fuel. The investment appears to be moving elsewhere and the power of the gov't is solidly behind the move.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-08-25 07:24 ||Comments

#3: But the phase-out already has groups warning that residents are headed for big rate increases and brownouts.

Like Venezuela, you voted for it, now take it hard.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2016-08-25 09:02 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Iranian boats harassed U.S. destroyer in Persian Gulf
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 2 Comments 103 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[NAVYTIMES] Four Iranian boats approached a U.S. destroyer in the Persian Gulf in a dangerous stunt Tuesday, according to a Navy official.

The small Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy craft drove within within 300 yards of the destroyer Nitze, deployed with the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, near the Strait of Hormuz, said the official who was not authorized to speak on the record about the incident.

The Navy is calling the incident "unsafe and unprofessional," he said.

The destroyer tried various methods to communicate with the incoming four boats, he added. Radio calls, the ship's whistle, firing flares -- all to no response.
#1: The destroyer tried various methods to communicate with the incoming four boats, he added. Radio calls, the ship's whistle, firing flares -- all to no response

Did you try a .50 caliber message?
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-08-25 09:19 ||Comments

#2: 30mm Telegraph
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-08-25 09:59 ||Comments



-Lurid Crime Tales-: Democratic PAC Founder Charged With Fraud, Turns To Lobbying
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 1 Comments 415 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[DAILYCALLER] A pro-Sen. Bernie Sanders
...The only openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords...
super PAC founder isn’t letting fraud charges or outstanding warrants get in the way of his new lobbying and fundraising ventures.

Cary Lee Petersen registered two PACs -- the Alliance for Disabled Inmate Abuse and Democrats Socially United -- with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) in June. Days before, he was released on $200,000 bond over alleged securities fraud activities predating his February, 2015, entrance into presidential politics, according to Legistorm.

Petersen, from Texas and Arizona, registered as a lobbyist for the inmate PAC so he could advocate for, "political and community awareness on disabled inmate abuse," according to the disclosure form Legistorm obtained.

Petersen is charged with two counts of certification falsification and one count of securities fraud for claiming on Securities and Exchange (SEC) forms in 2012 and 2013 that his RV business (RVPlus Inc.) had multi-million-dollar contracts with the Haitian, Nigerian and Liberian governments.

He claimed a nonprofit green energy
... the attempt to produce energy without using fossil fuel. The preferred methods are solar, wind, geothermal, phlogiston, philosophers' stones, and rattling bears' teeth. The approach with the most promise involves attaching generators to perpetual motion machines, but using Words of Power to summon energy-rich demons may also work. The green in the term refers to the vast number of greenbacks that have been thrown at the problem since 1973 with indifferent results...
group he founded, ECCO2 Corp., was an "affiliate" organization with the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
Convention on Climate Change. None of that was true, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). The SEC filed a civil complaint against him over the alleged securities fraud.
#1: super PAC founder isn’t letting fraud charges or outstanding warrants get in the way of his new lobbying and fundraising ventures.

The Donkey Party "con" continues. When the rubes catch on to the con, you change the con. It is the Washington Way (much light the Chicago Way except the major leagues).
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-08-25 08:27 ||Comments



China-Japan-Koreas: Ten Minutes To Tokyo
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 1 Comments 267 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[PJMEDIA] Depending on how you view it North Korea is either a nuisance or a growing threat to world peace. Today North Korea fired a submarine launched ballistic missile from a port off its east coast to a point more than halfway to Tokyo. "The missile was fired at around 5:30am (local time) from near the coastal city of Sinpo, where satellite imagery shows a submarine base to be located, and flew about 500 kilometres before splashing into the Sea of Japan, US and South Korean officials said. The projectile landed in Japan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), an area of control designated by countries to help maintain air security, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported."

North Korea's "SLBM (submarine-launched ballistic missile) technology appears to have progressed," a South Korean military official said." The North Korean missile is based on the Soviet Russian R-27. It's primary targets are clearly Japan and South Korea. Wikipedia writes "the KN-11 is the first sign of a North Korean sea-based nuclear deterrent, which complicates the U.S. and South Korean ability to preemptively destroy the country's nuclear capabilities by threatening a second strike. While there is a chance to take out land-based nuclear sites, ballistic missile submarines ensure that a retaliatory strike could still be launched before it can be found and neutralized."
I have a mission for the US attack submarine fleet, assuming we still have any...
#1: I'll bet there was a U.S. SSN in the first convergence zone.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-08-25 07:22 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Trump drives agenda while Hillary hides behind jokes
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 2 Comments 300 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[WASHINGTONTIMES] Never in modern American political history has a more issue-oriented, serious candidate for president faced off against a more dishonest, platform-less, self-absorbed celebrity who is cashing in on ill-gotten wealth and fame despite serious concerns about mental and physical health.

The man all about issues, of course, is real estate developer Donald Trump. From the day he announced for the presidency, Mr. Trump has set the agenda.

In the primary, establishment Republicans would have been perfectly happy to just talk about proper politician temperament and nibbling around the edges of arcane education policy. Who has the best hair and most diverse looking families. Whose name sound the most Hispanic.

Mr. Trump crashed that party and declared that the primary would not be just another beauty pageant. It would be about securing the border to stop illegal immigration, tracking down and killing terrorists before they get into the United States and jump-starting the domestic economy.

Woven through his concrete policy positions was a new mantra of “America first,” both in terms of foreign policy and economic trade. This would mean an end to bipartisan military entanglements that do not directly strengthen the USA and the abandonment of trade deals that do not directly benefit America.

'I just think he is a f***ing idiot': Cher compares Donald Trump to Hitler
  • Legendary entertainer gave stinging assessment of GOP nominee

  • Compared him to the murdering child in the 1970s film, The Bad Seed

  • She later added: 'He doesn't mean we want to make America great again. He means we want to make America straight and white'
#1: Yeah and Cher can be compared to the evil mother in "Mommy Dearest." It is good to shut your pie hole at times so that ALL doubt is not removed. C'mon, you are an aging singer; stick to singing--kick back and enjoy your retirement and quit shilling for evil.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-08-25 08:22 ||Comments

#2: Great Mom in raising Chastity Bono
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-08-25 09:31 ||Comments



Britain: Terrified crowds flee for lives as shots fired at London bus stop
Posted by Fred 08/25/2016  00:00 0 Comments 179 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[EXPRESS.CO.UK] Emergency services have cordoned off part of a road in New Cross, south east London, after multiple shots were fired.

A Met Police spokesman confirmed the shooting occured in New Cross Road at 8.15pm on Wednesday evening.

A Met spokesman said: “Police in Lewisham are appealing for witnesses and information following the discharge of a firearm in New Cross.

"Police were called at around 8.15pm on Wednesday, August 24, to reports of shots fired in New Cross Road, near to the junction of Billington Road.

"Officers attended the scene but found non injured parties, and there have been no reports of anyone injured at this time.

"Evidence of a discharge of a firearm was found and a crime scene is currently in place, causing the temporary closure of New Cross Road.”

Witnesses reported hearing up to five shots fired.

Shocking footage allegedly taken at the scene shows a Ford car and a bus stop riddled with bullet holes.

Pictures taken at the scene show a forensic team examining a Ford car near a bus stop.



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Wikileaks: 67 Emails Between HRC and “Diane Reynolds”
Posted by Besoeker 08/25/2016  00:00 6 Comments 294 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Link is to Gateway Pundit - Following paras from Politico:
Chelsea Clinton also had an account on the homemade website domain that Hillary Clinton used exclusively for emails during her time as secretary of state, The New York Times reports. The domain name had a server linked to the family’s Chappaqua, New York, residence. But her real name is absent from the email address.

She used her clintonemail.com account under the cover name pseudonym "Diane Reynolds," which the Times reports she often used when checking into hotels.

Longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin also had a clintonemail.com account, according to the report, an apparent prized symbol of status within Clinton’s vast network of advisers, well-wishers, and hangers-on. According to Philippe Reines, another close Clinton aide and former State Department official, Abedin was the only department official other than the secretary to use a clintonemail.com account.

Clinton tweeted late Wednesday that she wants the public to see emails from the 55,000 pages she handed over to the State Department. Emphasis added.
Politico Link

"Often used when checking into hotels." Sounds innocent enough, but how did she pay the hotel tab...'Diana Reynolds' AMEX or VISA? We'll need a second form of ID please. Oh yes, your New York 'Diana Reynolds' driver's license will be fine. Clandestine email systems - clandestine identification docs, credit cards, and bank accounts as well? Hospital visits? Perhaps we're moving into an entirely new arena of political criminality.
#1: Humma is a very weak link. If swillary is not elected in November, look for humma to go on a long term hajj...
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-08-25 07:21 ||Comments

#2: I suspect promising 'Islamic moderates' and political policy shapers like Humma, ValJar, and Muhammed Fethullah Gülen are all on the same payroll and John Brennan signs the checks, figuratively speaking of course.

Libyan rogue general Khalifa Haftar was likely part of the team as well. Unfortunately, like so many others, he suffered from a control problem and had to be dismissed.

It really is all about control.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-08-25 07:36 ||Comments

#3: Sounds innocent enough, but how did she pay the hotel tab.

One should ask the hotels. "Pseudonym booking" is a frequent occurrence/service for the hoi poloi, though.
Posted by: Pappy|| 2016-08-25 08:31 ||Comments

#4: Hillary used used the pseudonym of Dianne Reynolds for her daughter Chelsea when contacting her?

Doesn't every parent do this sort of thing (sarc)? Yoga and wedding planning? Steve Martin had a dog in the "Jerk" named Shithead. Hey, that's not so unusual.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-08-25 08:49 ||Comments

#5: and Huma's fake name was "Hummus"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-08-25 09:25 ||Comments

#6: Regular folks and good Americans.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-08-25 10:37 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: CEO Who Raised Prices on EpiPen Is Joe Manchin's Daughter
Posted by Besoeker 08/25/2016  00:00 6 Comments 228 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Free Beacon] Capitol Hill could get awkward in September if the Senate Judiciary Committee calls for Mylan NV CEO Heather Bresch to testify. Bresch’s pharmaceutical company not only hiked the price of the EpiPen by 400 percent, but her father is Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.).

Despite Bresch’s family connection to Manchin, she is not being shielded from criticism. Lawmakers from both chambers of Congress believe that the price hike is detrimental to families who need the EpiPen to prevent life threatening allergic reactions, Bloomberg reported. Mylan used to charge $57 per shot for the EpiPen in 2007, but now they are charging over $600 for two auto-injectors.

"I am deeply concerned by this significant price increase for a product that has been on the market for more than three decades, and by Mylan’s failure to publicly explain the recent cost increase, which places a significant burden on parents, schools, and other purchasers of the EpiPen," Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) said Tuesday in a statement, adding that he has a child with severe allergies.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D., Conn.), who has asked the company to lower its prices, is holding an event Wednesday where he will call for the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate "potential antitrust violations and deceptive and illegal trade practices," Bloomberg reported.
#1: For a knee-slappin' laugh riot, go read about her "MBA" from WVU and the fallout from that episode.
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-08-25 05:29 ||Comments

#2: With that much money in the epipen biz, you'd think other companies would be scrambling for a share. Prices would necessarily drop. What, do you think, is keeping them out?
Hmmm.
Posted by: raubrey@sbcglobal.net|| 2016-08-25 07:41 ||Comments

#3: Merck held the patent for years. They spent large $$ developing and improving the unit, but it was only a small part of their overall market share. They didn't raise the prices for the improved devices accordingly, probably not wanting to have governments start prying into their other product pricing (don't believe they were just being benevolent).

Mylan bought the rights in 2007 as an investment (no R&D, just manufacturing on the cheap and sales). Guess what happened. They held the market and priced accordingly.

Typical Hedge Fund method of operation. Have you seen any new product improvements for these in the last 10 years? Didn't think so.

There are several in our family that have serious bee-sting allergies, and we have to change these things out every 18 months or so as their shelf life expires. They went from ~$80 to $300 apiece now. The alternative Adrenaclick (similar product by a different company) is still about $150 a pop.

Until the patent expires (and/or someone comes up with a decent alternative), we're having our physicians teach us how to do the injections with a cheap syringe and make up small 'kits' to carry around.
Posted by: Mullah Richard|| 2016-08-25 08:25 ||Comments

#4: make up small 'kits' to carry around

Probably a fine choice until a family member carrying such a kit encounters a LEO who only thinks "syringe=heroin addict."
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-08-25 08:47 ||Comments

#5: they're pretty hard to mistake for a syringe. It's an autoinjector in a plastic pack
Posted by: Frank G|| 2016-08-25 09:32 ||Comments

#6: we're having our physicians teach us how to do the injections with a cheap syringe
Posted by: M. Murcek|| 2016-08-25 09:46 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Emails Show Top HRC Aide Researched Alzheimer's Drug
Posted by Besoeker 08/25/2016  00:00 2 Comments 203 words Read the whole thing on page 3
[Free Beacon] Recently released emails show that Jake Sullivan, a top aide to Hillary Clinton, researched a drug that is used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, among other disorders, while Clinton was secretary of state and told her about his findings.

Sullivan, Clinton’s top foreign policy adviser, was researching the drug Provigil for Clinton at the State Department in 2011, the Daily Caller reported.

Sullivan emailed Clinton information on Provigil and told her about its use and history. Sullivan noted in an email that Provigil is used for narcolepsy and treating patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Multiple Sclerosis who have excessive sleepiness.

Sullivan also noted that Provigil is often prescribed to treat "excessive sleepiness in patients with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis."

Common Side Effects of Provigil:
Headache, nausea, nervousness, dizziness, or difficulty sleeping, fast/pounding/irregular heartbeat, mental/mood changes (such as agitation, confusion, depression, hallucinations, barking, rare thoughts of suicide).

Link
#1: Getting her successfully across the finish line with Donald Trump in the rear view mirror is the obvious objective. After January 20th she can take up permanent residence at the Mayo Clinic. The libtards and oligarchs will have sustained control.

Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-08-25 08:06 ||Comments

#2: Was it on behalf of Hillary or Bill?
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-08-25 08:50 ||Comments



Arabia: Houthis destroys Soddy convoy with RPG fire
Posted by badanov 08/25/2016  00:00 2 Comments 233 words Read the whole thing on page 1


Houthi forces ambush Saudi Army near Najran in southwestern Saudi Arabia and have destroyed several Saudi Arabian armoured vehicles due to breakage of Georgian-made Didgori medical armoured personnel carrier developed by the “Delta”.

Delta earlier announced that it had won a GEL100 million (USD40 million) contract to supply “several dozen” vehicles to Saudi Arabia after its offering won trials held in Saudi Arabia in 2014.

Footage emerged of the Yemeni Republican Guard and the supporting Popular Mobilization Forces ambushing Saudi vehicles in Najran, a province in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi regime has so far failed to stop the Yemeni advance that has reached Najran Dam amidst Houthi advances on almost all fronts. A few days ago, Yemeni forces managed tosurround Saudi-backed forces in the imperative city of Taiz in southern Yemen by cutting all supply lines to the city from Aden.

During the battle, Didgori armoured vehicle had suspension damage and blocked the way for light armoured vehicles (LAV). Crews of Saudi fighting vehicles were killed.

The Didgori armored medical evacuation vehicle is primary design to insure transportation of wounded soldiers from the front line of military operations and providing first medical aid during transportation. This medical evacuation vehicle on universal Ford F550 4×4 chassis and fully designed, assembled and tested by State Military Scientific-Technical Center “Delta” in Georgia.
#1: A Shiite Ismaili majority area.
Posted by: phil_b|| 2016-08-25 02:52 ||Comments

#2: Poor route recce and following too close. Next time advantage the hours of darkness. I recommend early morning, well before the call to prayer.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-08-25 03:16 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Hilarity gets her brief Saturday, if she can make it to the office.
Posted by Skidmark 08/25/2016  00:00 4 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6


Britain: Israel sold weapons to Argentina at height of Falklands War
Posted by Bright Pebbles 08/25/2016  00:00 5 Comments 250 words Read the whole thing on page 3
The Telegraph engages in an egregious case of special pleading. The Independent reported a few years ago that in the period leading up to the war (1978-1981) the UK sold over £126million of weaponry to the Argentine junta, weapons used against their own forces, and cancelled some orders only after the war had begun in 1982. Unmentioned in the Telegraph report is the value of the Israeli weapons sold to Argentina, but given that a few years earlier the four leading arms manufacturing countries (USA, USSR, Britain, and France) together had 90% of the sales to the Third World, one suspects the harm done to Britain's finest by Israeli weapons was considerably less than the harm done by British weapons given into Argentine hands. The point made by Israel at the time, and heaped with scorn by the Telegraph journalist, that the UK had similarly sold weapons to Israel's enemies, is easily verified by those unprejudiced enough to spend a few minutes exploring the internet.
#1: The point made by Israel at the time, and heaped with scorn by the Telegraph journalist, that the UK had similarly sold weapons to Israel's enemies,

Presumably not during the course of armed conflict. Maybe Israel will send shipments to China during a Sino-US clash on the basis of the same rationale.
Posted by: Zhang Fei|| 2016-08-25 01:10 ||Comments

#2: Is this article meant to be a redefinition of hypocrisy, wanking, or what ?
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2016-08-25 08:20 ||Comments

#3: Could be all three (hypocrisy, wanking, or what) but probably journalistic "wanking." (O.K., O.K., I just happen to like to say that word--it's one of those British words that says mothing and yet everything) There's a lot of journalistic wanking (another opportunity). going on right now.
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2016-08-25 08:55 ||Comments

#4: the UK had similarly sold weapons to Israel's enemies

But that not the same thing at all, is it?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2016-08-25 10:18 ||Comments

#5: The Argies even had two Type 42 destroyers in their fleet.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2016-08-25 10:34 ||Comments