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Tom Brady's Four Game Suspension Upheld By The NFL
Posted by Raj 07/28/2015  15:45 1 Comments 193 words Read the whole thing on page 1
Oh, noes!
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on integrity of the game, the league announced Tuesday.

The full final decision from Goodell can be read here, although it doesn't necessarily end this saga. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Brady will sue. Brady's camp will seek an injunction on this suspension to try to keep Brady on the field.

Goodell indicated that Brady's destruction of evidence was a factor in upholding the suspension.

"The most significant new information that emerged in connection with the appeal was evidence that on or about March 6, 2015 -- the very day that he was interviewed by Mr. Wells and his investigated team -- Mr. Brady instructed his assistant to destroy the cellphone that he had been using since early 2014, a period that included that AFC Championship game and the initial weeks of the subsequent investigation," Goodell wrote in the final decision on the appeal.
They waited a long time to play that card.

Where's the Britney Spears pic when you need it?
#1: Sorry - mods, please move to Non-WoT.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-07-28 15:50 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Boston Sez 'Hell No!' To The 2024 Olympics
Posted by Raj 07/28/2015  14:05 3 Comments 248 words Read the whole thing on page 3
Good riddance!
A flurry of last-minute pressure from the United States Olympic Committee and strategic pushback from Mayor Martin J. Walsh -- plus a long stall by Gov. Charlie Baker -- gave everyone the face-saving outs they needed to douse the torch of Boston's ill-fated bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, close observers said yesterday.

Rikk Larsen, the former executive director of a committee that pitched a Boston Olympic bid in the mid-'90s, said the USOC and local pols had likely been looking for a way to save face and bail as public support continued to lag in the low- to mid-40s.

"For Mayor Walsh, this was becoming an albatross," Larsen said. "He has enough to do without worrying about the financial implications of this. The same thing goes for Gov. Baker. They were behind the scenes looking for a way to graciously end it -- that's my sense. I think that came very quickly in the last week."

The winding down -- dating back as far as March, when an anxious USOC reportedly told Boston 2024 it wanted to see improved public support -- concluded yesterday morning, when Walsh called a hastily arranged press conference to announce he would not bow to USOC pressure to commit to a taxpayer-backed guarantee for the 2024 Games.
GTFO!
#1: Wicked hell no.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2015-07-28 14:21 ||Comments

#2: A rare display of sanity.
Posted by: Lone Ranger|| 2015-07-28 14:40 ||Comments

#3: For the second time in my life, I'm proud to be a resident of Massachusetts!
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-07-28 14:57 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Stoney Fork, Kentucky fella no longer handling snakes in church.
Posted by Besoeker 07/28/2015  13:40 0 Comments 23 words Read the whole thing on page 3


Government: NSA will destroy millions of American calling records 'as soon as possible'
Posted by Besoeker 07/28/2015  13:34 5 Comments 495 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Guardian] On Monday, the Obama administration said in a statement phone records would no longer be examined in terrorism investigations after 29 November.

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining -- and will ultimately destroy -- millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program revealed by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.

When Congress passed a law in June ending the NSA's bulk collection of American calling records after a six-month transition, officials said they were not sure whether they would continue to make use of the records that had already been collected, which generally go back five years.

Typically, intelligence agencies are extremely reluctant to part with data they consider lawfully obtained. The program began shortly after the September 2001 terrorist attacks, but most of the records are purged every five years.

The NSA's collection of American phone metadata has been deeply controversial ever since Snowden disclosed it to the Guardian in 2013. President Barack Obama sought, and Congress passed, a law ending the collection and instead allowing the NSA to request the records from phone companies as needed in terrorism investigations.

That still left the question of what to do about the records already in the database. On Monday, the director of national intelligence said in a statement those records would no longer be examined in terrorism investigations after 29 November, and would be destroyed as soon as possible.

The records cannot be purged at the moment because the NSA is being sued over them, the statement said.

The NSA queried the database around 300 times a year against phone numbers suspected of being linked to terrorism. But the program was not considered instrumental in detecting terror plots.

It later emerged that some officials inside the NSA wanted to unilaterally stop collecting the records, both because they were concerned about the civil liberties information and because they did not believe the program was effective. Many mobile phone records, for example, were not collected.

Still, in the event of an attack, the records currently being stored would allow the NSA and the FBI to quickly map connections going back several years. Without the database, that task will be somewhat harder because the records will have to be obtained. And the top terrorism fear among American officials at the moment is an attack by a disgruntled American who has been radicalized by an Islamic State operative abroad.

"There's a potential reduction in capability that they are accepting under pressure," said Steven Aftergood, who writes about intelligence and secrecy for the Federation of American Scientists.

"Whatever intelligence and analytical value might reside in this data will be eliminated. It's a political choice that they are making, and it shows that at the end of the day they are a law-abiding organization. They are not putting their intelligence interests above external control."
#1: Ah, looks the the Trunks might have a chance to take the office. Quick, Johnson, destroy all the incriminating evidence that can be used against us and the party before they can get their hands on it to do to us what we've been doing to everyone else.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-07-28 13:43 ||Comments

#2: Stella, please ring up Lois Lerner. This could be good news for her.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-07-28 13:54 ||Comments

#3: I'm sure the ChiComs will have copies of all this if they don't have it already. We can trade for them in exchange for us not defaulting on all the US Treasury bills they're holding.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-07-28 13:55 ||Comments

#4: They already have enough to plot us all in their threat matrix.
Posted by: Lowspark || 2015-07-28 14:24 ||Comments

#5: "There's a clean server in Chappaqua - load it up"
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-07-28 14:35 ||Comments



Home Front: Politix: Obama Sez - “I actually think I’m a pretty good president,"
Posted by Raj 07/28/2015  12:44 7 Comments 80 words Read the whole thing on page 3
When's that ever stopped him before?Compared to Robert Mugabe, maybe...
While discussing democracy during his last speech in Ethiopia on Tuesday, President Obama jokingly graded his presidency -- Certified Fresh -- and his imaginary 2016 chances.

"I actually think I'm a pretty good president," he said. "I think if I ran, I would win."

"But," he added, "I can't."
#1: The issuing of shameless rodomontades. Sorry indolent bugger. He's about 5 days late and 4 shi*s behind.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-07-28 13:25 ||Comments

#2: Word of the day, Besoeker!
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-07-28 13:53 ||Comments

#3: SPS
Self Praise Stinks
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-07-28 14:08 ||Comments

#4: "If I ran, I would win." SO he thought Reagan and George W Bush were good Presidents then? Thought Carter was a loser?
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2015-07-28 14:24 ||Comments

#5: Who hosed the headline?
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-07-28 14:57 ||Comments

#6: I don't think he's kidding; rather tossing some 'ideas' to those behind the curtain to maybe have him stand in as the VP for whichever D gets the nomination. Then assuming a D win, the 'prez' could resign, calling it personal reasons and there you have it, a third, legal term.

Or an EO declaring term limits illegal.
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2015-07-28 15:00 ||Comments

#7: Compared to who?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-07-28 15:33 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Tony Lo Bianco: Just a Common Soldier
Posted by Besoeker 07/28/2015  11:02 1 Comments 483 words Read the whole thing on page 3
JUST A COMMON SOLDIER
(A Soldier Died Today)
by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young.

But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.
Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.

While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.
It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,

Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.
Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part,
is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today.
#1: If you haven't seen the video, you're missing something wonderful.
Posted by: Sgt. D.T.|| 2015-07-28 11:35 ||Comments



Government: Champ stumbles & bumbles thru attack on Huckabee's '€˜oven' comments
Posted by Besoeker 07/28/2015  05:26 1 Comments 129 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[Right Stuff] Obama's thin skin was so penetrated by Huckabee's sharp criticism that his nuke deal was marching Israelis "right to the oven," a reference to the holocaust, that he just had to respond.

Unfortunately for him it appears someone filled up the teleprompter with a bunch of "uhs" and "uhms" because he could barely stumble through his statement.

The "world's greatest orator" could barely spit out his weak censure of Huckabee. But we're all trusting that he can stand up to Iran and impose the nuke deal, right? Riiiiiight....
Could be the daaga, but I blame jet lag.
#1: Should have been 'showers' rather than ovens (from a metaphor aspect), but Obie probably wouldn't have got the point, and thought he was talking about a basketball game.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-07-28 08:11 ||Comments



Home Front: Culture Wars: Traditional marriage believer? Sorry Ambassador, you cannot come to the U.S.
Posted by Besoeker 07/28/2015  05:09 3 Comments 167 words Read the whole thing on page 6
[PJ Media] One hundred and twenty-five members of Congress asked Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter Monday to deny visas to diplomats' spouses if the envoys come from a country that doesn't recognize same-sex spouses of State Department personnel.

"We are instructing embassies to inform governments locally that this is our policy and that they need to honor our policy. It's that simple. And a lot of governments will respond positively; obviously, some won't. And where they don't, if they don't extend recognition and immunities, we're going to instruct them that we're also going to begin gathering information on the host government policies and practices on accreditation. And we will make this information that is relevant to assignments -- make it easier for employees and all of you to sort of pick and choose and know what the lay of the land is," Kerry replied.
#1: This is what we choose to reciprocate?
Posted by: Lowspark|| 2015-07-28 10:01 ||Comments

#2: Remember when they whined about tolerance and just being accepted? The mask is off. Just another front for the power mongers to sell guilt and shame while showing none themselves for equal displays of intolerance and hate. What happened to respecting other cultures and multiculturalism? Power is self justifying.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-07-28 12:06 ||Comments

#3: ...and a convenient way to further destroy our relations with our allies. A win-win in the hard lefty playbook.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-07-28 14:11 ||Comments



Government: Champ denies sacrificing Kurds to gain Turkey's help in Islamic State fight
Posted by Besoeker 07/28/2015  04:56 7 Comments 184 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Wash Times] Obama administration officials adamantly deny any special agreement to sacrifice the PKK, or the Kurds in general, to enlist Turkey in the fight.

Brett McGurk, Mr. Obama's deputy special presidential envoy for the campaign against the Islamic State, tweeted over the weekend that "there is no connection between these airstrikes and recent understandings to intensify U.S.-Turkey cooperation against ISIL."

State Department spokesman John Kirby went further Monday. "I understand the coincidence of all this, but it is just that," he said, denying that Washington has ever coordinated with the PKK.

"We have long recognized the PKK as a foreign terrorist organization, and we recognize Turkey's right to defend itself against this group," Mr. Kirby said. "I recognize that in some cases, the PKK have fought against ISIL, but they are a foreign terrorist organization; we've designated them that as an FTO.

"Our fight against ISIL is not in cooperation with, coordination with or communication with the PKK."
#1: The Iranians were designated a foreign terrorist organization as well. Yet here we are.
Posted by: Airandee|| 2015-07-28 06:48 ||Comments

#2: Top YPG Commander releases statement designating Turkey as a facilitator of ISIS terrorism.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2015-07-28 11:29 ||Comments

#3: Former Canadian Super Model Tiger Sun returns from fighting with the YPG and the YPJ against ISIS jihadists.



The former model, 46, fought jihadist fighters from Islamic State for four months with the Kurdish YPJ (Women's Protection Units), until her legs buckled under the weight of her kit and malnutrition. This finally forced her to return home to Canada.

On March 1 she left behind her grown up daughter from a previous relationship and flew to Iraq where she was smuggled through the country and into Syria.

With no real training other than how to fire a gun, she was thrust straight into battle.
'Did I see violence? Did I see ISIS kill innocent people? Yes, I was in the fight. I saw them trying to kill us. We see Daesh (ISIS), we kill Daesh, and that's about it. It's actually quite simple.

'To be honest, the bodies don't haunt me. The friends I lost do make me sad though, and the unfairness of it all upsets me.

Tiger witnessed death and destruction every day while fighting ISIS.

In June her group seized control of Tal Abyad – in the north of Syria, close to the border with Turkey – a key town used by ISIS to exports goods such as black market oil into eastern Syria.
The person in the trench next to you could be a guy or a girl and it makes no difference. They're soldiers first. Not once did I feel harassed, objectified or in danger when I was around the men.

In battle Tiger fought with a woman who shot 28 jihadists dead – although she never killed anyone herself.

‘They were always just out of range,’ she said. ‘I brought my own pair of binoculars with me because they weren’t readily available, so I was doing a lot of the spotting, which led to kills.
‘I would go and look at the bodies afterwards, but it didn't and still doesn't bother me. I had lunch by a pile of brains once. It was no big deal.

But she’s not scared of ISIS, whom she described as ‘a bunch of little men with crazy beards.’
'All I saw were a bunch of social misfits pretending to be something bigger than they really were. They use fear tactics to scare people, but in reality they're not that intimidating.’

She added: ‘I love the YPJ and all the friends I made. I love the people and I'm worried about my friends. It also turns out that I really like the fighting.’

Daily Mail UK
Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2015-07-28 11:41 ||Comments

#4: Jordan Matheson, American, former US military, fighting with the Kurds for Kurdistan, marries a Kurdish woman.

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2015-07-28 11:55 ||Comments

#5: Official statement from freedom fighters around the world to leaders like Barack Obama who support terrorist states such as Cuba and Iran and Turkey's Erdogan who supporst ISIS jihadists.

"The Kurds shall not be thrown under the bus."

Posted by: Ebbomosh Hupemp2664|| 2015-07-28 12:09 ||Comments

#6: Champ's conflicting emotion's socialism, muslim brotherhood. PKK is socialist tending a bit toward marxist vs lions of islam. It's ... Islam by a camel neck!
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-07-28 12:20 ||Comments

#7: officials adamantly deny any special agreement

Nope. No special agreement. Just the usual under-the-table stuff and some finely tuned lawyerly phrasing. Now move along.

Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-07-28 12:35 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: Honor is Whatever You Can Still Betray
Posted by g(r)omgoru 07/28/2015  02:05 0 Comments 345 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Everything old eventually becomes new again. Time Magazine [1] begins its description of the "no fly zone" the Obama administration will implement over Syria by recalling how the same concept was implemented over Iraq from 1991 to 2003. Wikipedia [2] notes "the Iraqi no-fly zones were a set of two separate no-fly zones (NFZs), and were proclaimed by the United States, United Kingdom, and France after the Gulf War of 1991 to protect the Kurds in northern Iraq and Shiite Muslims in the south." Though Time doesn't mention it, readers may recall another "no-fly-zone" declared over Libya [3], ostensibly to "protect civilians" and to implement an "arms embargo".

Retired Marine General Anthony Zinni, "who oversaw the Iraqi no-fly zones as chief of U.S. Central Command from 1997 to 2000″ thinks the nomenclature in this instance is inaccurate. "It's not a no-fly zone--it's a bombing campaign," Zinni said. Patrick Cockburn of the Independent [4] actually believes its the Kurds who are about who's going to get bombed by the Turks for the most part. "Whatever America was hoping for, initial signs are that the Turkish government may be more interested in moving against the Kurds in Turkey, Syria and Iraq than it is in attacking Isis. Ankara has previously said that it considers both the PKK and Isis to be 'terrorists'."

And indeed, not just the PKK but the YPG Turks complain they are now feeling the lash of Turkish might. The BBC [5] reports: "the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) say Turkish tanks shelled their fighters near Kobane in northern Syria".

...Just a coincidence. Happenstance or not, it's clear that Turkey effectively gets a piece of former Syrian territory, albeit under the control of proxies in the process of carving out its "safe zones". A team from the New York Times [7] describes what is known about the plan, which appears to extend Turkish control over Syrian territory being fought over by Assad and ISIS.
Kurds always get shafted


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Senior Hamas official: No more military assistance from Iran
Posted by trailing wife 07/28/2015  00:35 0 Comments 558 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] As the group's political wing moves closer to the Saudis, Abu Marzouk admits Iran has withdrawn support; military wing reportedly attempting to mend relations with Islamic Theocratic Republic.

Senior Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, official Mousa Abu Marzouk on Monday repeated a statement voiced by leaders before, saying that Iran has ceased providing most of its financial assistance to the group.

"The aid has stopped and it is still suspense -- as was the military aid, whose absence is difficult to deal with, and aid to the residents of the Gazoo Strip," said Abu Mazouk.

Despite this, he emphasized that Hamas is working to retain close and robust relations with the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

Abu Marzouk's declaration came amid a crisis in Hamas-Iran relations, which began with the beginning of the Syrian Civil War over four years ago, when Hamas backed the rebels while Iran and Hezbollah supported Assad.

Relations have continued to cool, especially after Hamas began to improve relations with Iran's major regional rival, 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...
Hamas chief Khaled Mashal is a great supporter of becoming closer to the Saudi axis, and most of the group's politicianship agrees. The opposition to this process is led by Mohammed Deif and the group's military wing, which desperately needs the financial assistance to rehabilitate and rearm itself after Operation Protective Edge.

The military wing is also interested in Iranian military aid -- both military experts and attempts to smuggle weapons into the Gazoo Strip. Deif has been sending delegates to various countries in the region in the hopes of defrosting relations with Iran and regaining the coveted assistance.

Some in Israel are well-aware of the internal divisions in Hamas about assistance from Iran. At the beginning of July, the Southern Command's intelligence officer said that "the military wing turned to Iran to get financial assistance to allow it to build up ahead of the next campaign against Israel, in contrast to the general sentiment in the movement that prefers the Saudi axis to the Iranian one.

"These are sums the military wing will not get from the organization's budget, and when there's no alternative at home -- they turn to the Iranians, who supply the money because they are first of all interested in a foothold against Israel in every possible sphere."


Iraq: Iraq Football Pitch Blasts Kill Four
Posted by trailing wife 07/28/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 413 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[AnNahar] Bombs went off during a local football game in Iraq's restive Diyala province on Monday, killing at least four people, security officials said.

"Three improvised bombs went off during the final of a local amateur cup" in Abu Saida, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) northeast of Baghdad, a colonel in the provincial operations command told AFP.

Provincial council member Ahmed Rubaye and hospital sources in the governorate's capital Baquba said at least 10 people were also maimed in the attack.

Some of the football players were believed to be among the casualties.

"The bombs were planted behind a goal and it seems they were detonated remotely from a nearby orchard," said a spectator who was at the football field at the time of the attack and asked to remain anonymous.

"The blasts sparked mayhem, they have imposed a curfew now," he said.

The area is mostly under the control of the Badr and Asaib Ahl al-Haq Shiite militias.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but 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....
jihadist group has carried out a string of deadly bombings in Diyala lately.

Earlier this month, one of the group's jacket wallah blew up a vehicle packed with three tonnes of explosives in the middle of a crowded market area in the Diyala town of Khan Bani Saad.

More than 100 people were killed in the attack, which came on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the holy Moslem month of Ramadan and was one of the deadliest such bombings in Iraq's bloody history.


India-Pakistan: Gurdaspur attack: Punjab Police defeat terror again
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00:00 0 Comments 837 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[HINDUSTANTIMES] By gunning down three heavily armed forces of Evil in the dawn-to-dusk offensive at Dinanagar on Monday, Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Police have sent a strong message to terror groups about their ability to hit back hard.

When reports poured in early morning that fidayeen (suicide squad) had stormed a cop shoppe in Punjab's Gurdaspur district and were leaving behind a trail of blood and bodies, director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini had to take a tough and tactical decision - whether the police should take on the forces of Evil or leave it to the army. Saini, who has played a key role in ridding Punjab of terrorism, decided that his force would take on the intruders, even as the Centre was keen that the men in green should take over from the men in khaki, sources in the government have said.

DGP leads by example

The DGP was himself in the thick of action, camping inside the battle zone with his men, coordinating and directing the police offensive. The army had reached the spot and was ready with its choppers hovering over the battleground, but the police decided to go solo and take army's assistance only as a last resort.

"The Union government had also offered to move in National Security Guards (NSG) but Punjab Police wanted to prove that they had the expertise to handle any situation. All the officers taking part in this operation were battle-hardened soldiers of the state's fight against terrorism. We are grateful for the army's assistance, though," said a senior political leader of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).

Aim was to catch forces of Evil alive

A senior cop who was part of the action said the aim was to catch the forces of Evil alive. "But they were too determined, and waiting for the night to fall. We had to use heavy firing and grenades to kill them," the police officer said. Earlier, when the three forces of Evil barged into the Dinanagar cop shoppe around 5.30am, the police reaction was swift. By 6am, they had cordoned off the area and trapped the forces of Evil in. Had the forces of Evil sneaked out of the cop shoppe area, they would have created mayhem," said a cop.

The police quickly called reinforcement from the border range around Dinanagar. From their SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics Team) commandos stationed at Amritsar for training with the NSG, 28 moved into the battle zone and teamed up with police commandos to gun down the forces of Evil -reinforcing public confidence in state police's potential to fight terrorism.

Precise response

The heavily-armed faceless myrmidons kept the cops engaged all day and the police also responded with precision. Not only the DGP but also other senior officers such as the inspector general, DIG and senior superintendent of police (SSP) were in the fight. Since the intruders had sophisticated weapons, loads of ammunitions, and even GPS (global positioning system), they didn't let the cops relax. They had the wireless system of the cop shoppe, and so could eavesdrop on the communication between the cops deployed outside.

The fidayeen, it is reported, also took ammunition from the station's armoury to sustain the gun-battle for 11 hours until the final assault around 3.45pm. As they stopped firing, the police opened heavy gunfire and lobbed grenades into the corners where they were hiding.

Cheers broke out after the area was recaptured and the bullet-riddled bodies of the forces of Evil were spotted.


Britain: One Minor a Day Reported for Radicalization in Britain
Posted by trailing wife 07/28/2015  00:00:00 1 Comments 484 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[AnNahar] More than 800 minors -- 84 of them under the age of 12 -- were referred to a British government program to counter radicalization over a two year period, official data released on Monday showed.

Between April 2012 and June 2014, 834 minors under the age of 18 were reported to the Channel program, which is aimed at helping young people seen as vulnerable to Islamic myrmidon ideologies.

The figures were released by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) following a freedom of information request by Britannia's domestic Press Association news agency.

They showed the number of referrals increasing.

In a 12-month period between 2012-2013 a total of 290 youths and children were reported to Channel.

That number rose to 423 the following year.

Between April 2012 and June 2014, some 2,335 people in total were referred to Channel.

Security Minister John Hayes said the total number since 2012 was "over 4,000 referrals", indicating a sharp increase over the past year.

"Referrals to Channel have increased since 2014 but we have dedicated sufficient resources to the program to cope with demand," Hayes said.

The NPCC said that one in five referrals leads to a support program for the individual.

Channel is part of the Prevent strategy to combat radicalization.

British Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
has promised to clamp down on homegrown forces of Evil in new legislation to be put forward later this year and has urged young Britons not to join 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....
group.
#1: SO how is the 'cure' rate? Is the program having any success? How is success measured?
Posted by: Bobby|| 2015-07-28 12:52 ||Comments



Good morning
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:18 1 Comments 9 words Read the whole thing on page 1
#1: Dear Forum, [so reads the inscription]
Your Pharaoh just had a conniption!
By Ra, 'tis no fiction --
What heartless Egyptian
Could two dancers joined at the hip shun?
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: #BringBackOurRebels: Obama's 50 Man 'Vetted Moderate' Syrian Rebel Army Vanishes After Training
Posted by DarthVader 07/28/2015  00:02 5 Comments 378 words Read the whole thing on page 1
If you thought the farce of American foreign policy under the Obama administration couldn't get any worse, you need to revise your expectations.

Earlier this month Defense Secretary Ashton Carter briefed Congress on the $500 million program to train "vetted moderate" Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State.

CNN reported:
The United States has only trained approximately 60 Syrian rebel fighters as of July 3, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, saying the number is "much smaller" than the administration hoped to train at this point.

"I said the number 60, and I can look out at your faces and you have the same reaction I do, which is that that's an awfully small number," he said.

Carter's admission highlights the increasing concern over the effectiveness of a program to train a local fighting force to combat ISIS in Syria.


As Politico noted at the time, the price tag for these 60 fighters was $4 million each with half of the $500 million appropriated for Obama's "vetted moderate" rebel army having already been spent.

So how are our "vetted moderate" rebels faring? No one knows, because apparently they have vanished (HT: Alimhaider).

McClatchy reports today:
The dispute over aims has made it almost impossible for the U.S. and other allies to recruit young Syrians under the $500 million U.S. "train and equip" program. Hundreds of recruits reportedly walked off when they were asked to commit to fight only the Islamic State and not the Assad regime.

The first graduates of the course in Turkey, about 50 recruits, rolled into Syria two weeks ago in four wheel drive pickup trucks. But they haven't been heard from since.

The U.S. goal was to train at least 5,000 fighters against the Islamic State this year alone


So after two weeks Obama's "vetted moderate" army hasn't been heard from since.
Either they were wiped out instantly or they joined the ISIS. Good job Obumble. Your program is worse than a complete failure and you are still the laughingstock of the world.
Possibly they joined Al Nusra...
#1: you are still the laughingstock of the world

Nobody in Israel laughs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru|| 2015-07-28 01:47 ||Comments

#2: A lot of us at home ain't laughing either.
Posted by: SteveS|| 2015-07-28 01:58 ||Comments

#3: "Possibly they joined Al Nusra..."

More than likely.
Posted by: newc|| 2015-07-28 02:10 ||Comments

#4: Very difficult to validate the "moderate" mooslim theory if none can be found or recreated. Sort of like the saw billed, double pouched, flying Triandulasouris-Rexus. If we could only find one.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-07-28 04:37 ||Comments

#5: I bet they walked away with some sweet U.S. hardware to boot.
Posted by: Raj|| 2015-07-28 10:58 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Senior Hamas official: No more military assistance from Iran
Posted by trailing wife 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 558 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Ynet] As the group's political wing moves closer to the Saudis, Abu Marzouk admits Iran has withdrawn support; military wing reportedly attempting to mend relations with Islamic Theocratic Republic.

Senior Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, official Mousa Abu Marzouk on Monday repeated a statement voiced by leaders before, saying that Iran has ceased providing most of its financial assistance to the group.

"The aid has stopped and it is still suspense -- as was the military aid, whose absence is difficult to deal with, and aid to the residents of the Gazoo Strip," said Abu Mazouk.

Despite this, he emphasized that Hamas is working to retain close and robust relations with the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

Abu Marzouk's declaration came amid a crisis in Hamas-Iran relations, which began with the beginning of the Syrian Civil War over four years ago, when Hamas backed the rebels while Iran and Hezbollah supported Assad.

Relations have continued to cool, especially after Hamas began to improve relations with Iran's major regional rival, 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...
Hamas chief Khaled Mashal is a great supporter of becoming closer to the Saudi axis, and most of the group's politicianship agrees. The opposition to this process is led by Mohammed Deif and the group's military wing, which desperately needs the financial assistance to rehabilitate and rearm itself after Operation Protective Edge.

The military wing is also interested in Iranian military aid -- both military experts and attempts to smuggle weapons into the Gazoo Strip. Deif has been sending delegates to various countries in the region in the hopes of defrosting relations with Iran and regaining the coveted assistance.

Some in Israel are well-aware of the internal divisions in Hamas about assistance from Iran. At the beginning of July, the Southern Command's intelligence officer said that "the military wing turned to Iran to get financial assistance to allow it to build up ahead of the next campaign against Israel, in contrast to the general sentiment in the movement that prefers the Saudi axis to the Iranian one.

"These are sums the military wing will not get from the organization's budget, and when there's no alternative at home -- they turn to the Iranians, who supply the money because they are first of all interested in a foothold against Israel in every possible sphere."


China-Japan-Koreas: U.S. puts N. Korea among world's worst countries for human trafficking
Posted by Steve White 07/28/2015  00:00 3 Comments 576 words Read the whole thing on page 2
WASHINGTON -- The United States designated North Korea as one of the world's worst countries for human trafficking for the 13th straight year on Monday, saying Pyongyang fails to meet even the minimum standards for efforts to improve the situation.
In case we forget...
The State Department's annual "Trafficking in Persons Report" put North Korea in the lowest Tier 3 of its four-step classification of countries, saying the communist regime maintains political prison camps and sends people overseas for forced labor.

"The government of North Korea does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so," the report said. "The government did not demonstrate any efforts to address human trafficking through prosecution, protection or prevention measures."

Other Tier 3 countries include Iran, Libya, Syria, Russia, Zimbabwe and Thailand.

The report called the North "a source country for men, women, and children who are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking," saying forced labor is part of an established system of political repression.

"The government subjects its nationals to forced labor in prison camps in North Korea and through government-contracted labor in foreign countries," the report said. "North Korea holds an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 prisoners in prison camps in remote areas of the country."

In many cases, these prisoners have not been prosecuted, convicted, or sentenced in a judicial proceeding, and in prison camps, all prisoners, including children, are subject to forced labor, including logging, mining, or farming for long hours under harsh conditions, the report said.

"Prisoners are subjected to unhygienic living conditions, beatings, a lack of medical care, and insufficient food; many do not survive. Furnaces and mass graves are used to dispose of the bodies of those who die in these camps," it said.

The North is also believed to have about 50,000 or higher numbers of laborers working abroad "under conditions indicative of forced labor, such as working excessively long hours in hazardous temperature with no pay for up to three years."

"They face threats of government reprisals against them or their relatives in North Korea if they attempt to escape or complain to outside parties. Reports show up to 90 percent of workers' salaries are appropriated and controlled by the North Korean government," the report said.

The report also noted that many North Korean women and girls, who have fled to neighboring China, are "especially vulnerable to trafficking," saying traffickers reportedly lure, drug, detain, or kidnap some North Korean women upon their arrival.

"According to one report, some women in the North Korean defector population are subjected to sexual slavery to Chinese or Korean-Chinese men, forced into prostitution in brothels or through Internet sex sites, or compelled to serve as hostesses in nightclubs or karaoke bars," the report said.

"If found by Chinese authorities, victims are forcibly repatriated to North Korea where they are subjected to harsh punishment, possibly including forced labor in labor camps or the death penalty," it added.

Meanwhile, the report put South Korea among Tier 1 countries, along with other advanced countries like the U.S., Britain, France and Germany.

Still, the report noted that some South Korean women, who owe debts to entertainment establishment owners or loan sharks, are forced into prostitution while some disabled or intellectually disabled Korean men are forced to work on salt farms, where they experience verbal and physical abuse, nonpayment of wages and other abuses.
#1: Not to be confused with an American administration and politicians to aid and abet human trafficking across their own southern border in numbers that dwarf North Korea.
Posted by: Procopius2k|| 2015-07-28 08:55 ||Comments

#2: How do you human traffic when nobody can get in or out? Are they bringing people in or selling their own against their will?
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2015-07-28 14:19 ||Comments

#3: Reading the article it seems human trafficking isn't the most accurate term.
Posted by: rjschwarz|| 2015-07-28 14:20 ||Comments



China-Japan-Koreas: N.Korean Economy 'Improving'
Posted by Steve White 07/28/2015  00:00 3 Comments 197 words Read the whole thing on page 2
North Korea's economy and the standard of living of ordinary people seem to have improved, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service.
From 'torpid' to 'languishing'...
"Since early 2015, reports have trickled in about modest economic growth in North Korea," the CRS said in a recent report. "A series of tentative economic reforms announced in 2014 appear, according to some sources, to have lifted the living standard for a portion of ordinary North Koreans."

"The reforms, which appear to apply market principles to some sectors of North Korean business and agriculture, have created opportunities for economic growth in the impoverished country," it adds.

The situation has improved considerably as managers in the cities are allowed to set salaries and hire and fire workers, while farmers in rural areas are permitted to keep a larger portion of their harvests.

But the report adds, "Economists caution that these reforms are modest in scale and are far from irreversible, but they may be enough to lift North Korea's moribund economy from its low base."
Wait until Fat Boy hears...
#1: So, they've moved firmly into the Bronze Age in the countryside, then?
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-07-28 08:03 ||Comments

#2: Dirt ration has been increased to 1.5 clods per week.
Posted by: charger|| 2015-07-28 12:06 ||Comments

#3: All that human trafficking is paying off?
Posted by: trailing wife|| 2015-07-28 15:39 ||Comments



Africa Horn: Æthiopian troops seize new area from Shaboobs
Posted by Steve White 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 102 words Read the whole thing on page 1
The African Union Mission for Somalia (AMISOM) troops from Ethiopia have taken control of Jameco area just 20Km west of Burhakaba town in Bay region.

The military offensive against Al Shabab controlled area was involved by helicopters belonging to AMISOM troops which were hovering over near Burhakaba town.

The Islamist militants of Al Shabab reportedly withdrew from Jameco area where it has been controlling for many years but now it is under control coalition troops, sources said.

However Al Shabaab militants lost strategic towns to Somalia army, along with Kenyan and Ethiopian troops, serving under African Union Mission banner AMISOM in Somalia.


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia: Rebels say Ukrainian artillery hammers Gorlovka
Posted by badanov 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 548 words Read the whole thing on page 3


For a map, click here. You can enlarge the map, if you open it separately.

By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

As rebel officials commemorated the one year anniversary of Gorlovka being struck by Ukrainian artillery, Ukrainian artillery has been hitting Gorlovka since Saturday, according to Russian language news accounts.

According to data supplied by the Donetsk ministry of defense, artillery said to be sited in Artemovsk stuck Gorlovka at around 2200 hrs Saturday night, continuing "for several hours." The Donetsk government said that Ukrainians are using artillery as well as mortar fire. The artillery hit the Nikitovsky sector near the intersection of ulitsas Fonvizina and Zharov. Two unidentified men were wounded, one of them critically.

According to data supplied by the Donetsk ministry of defense, in Gorlovka 164 civilians have been killed and 506 wounded since July 27th, 2014.

Among the other rebel held towns and regions under Ukrainian artillery fire are the airport and Spartak, both of which have been struck by Ukrainian artillery several times since Saturday. Other towns also reportedly hit include Zaitsevo and the western suburbs of Donetsk city. The Donetsk ministry of defense claims rebel forces came under fire by various means almost 100 times since last Saturday.

Ukrainian media said Monday that their forces came under rebel artillery fire in various places including Marinka, Shirokino, Avdievka, Peski, and Opytnoye. Ukrainian reports say that rebels have been using 120mm mortar, 122mm rocket artillery, 122mm and 152mm artillery, as well as tank gunfire on those towns. Additionally, according to Ukrainian media, rebels have been using small arms and crew served weapons fire on those areas as well.

OSCE observer wounded

An observer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was wounded in a grenade-rifle attack early this morning in Shirokino, according to Ukrainian media. The OSCE set up camp in town to monitor the area when it was demilitarized after being an intense war zone since the fall of 2014.

The demilitarization took place after it was proposed by rebel officials in the ongoing Minsk peace talks, when rebel commanders, frustrated, decided to unilaterally pull out of town and withdraw about five kilometers to the east four weeks ago.

Elements of the "Azov" volunteer military unit occupied the area and had kept it under artillery observation, but now, according to Ukrainian media, all forces, including the Ukrainian national guard as well as "Azov" have left the area.

The withdrawal of Ukrainian forces has caused a good deal of frustration within the ranks of the politicized Ukrainian volunteer units, with some leaders demanding written orders to that effect.

Shirokino was part of the Ukrainian Mariupol defense zone, a fortified area made so in anticipation of offensive action by Russian supported rebels. The zone recently received a naval infantry unit and national guard units as reinforcements.

Chris Covert writes about foreign military issues for Rantburg.com. He can be reached at grurkka@gmail.com and on Twitter. You can read past articles about the 2014 war in southeastern Ukraina by clicking here.


The Grand Turk: Rescued From ISIS By Kurds, Re-Armed Christians Warn NATO and Turkey
Posted by Ebbomosh Hupemp2664 07/28/2015  00:00 2 Comments 19 words Read the whole thing on page 2
We won't listen. We never do...
#1: Doesn't fit the political narrative, so the Christians are ignored and will continue to die.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-07-28 00:08 ||Comments

#2: God bless the Kurds!

Him blessing NATO, Turkey, and the US after all this? I am not so sure.

And THAT scares me.
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Arabia: Yemen fighters take Aden's Tawahi district from Houthis
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 728 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[YEMENONLINE.INFO] Local fighters and army units backed by Yemen's exiled government have taken control of Tawahi, the last district of central Aden still held by the Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
militia and its allies, a front man for the fighters said on Monday.

The fighters, aided by a Saudi-led coalition, broke months of stalemate in Aden last week by suddenly seizing the airport and advancing into other parts of the port city held by the Houthis and forces loyal to former president President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
Fighters from the Southern Resistance, which wants the former state of south 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...
to break from the north after 25 years of unification, entered Tawahi, at the tip of Aden's peninsula, late on Sunday after securing the Crater district.

They took control of the television and radio buildings, and army and security bases in violent fighting, the group's front man Ali al-Ahmadi said.

Local fighters and Yemeni army units are also battling the Houthis and Saleh's forces around important military bases in restive Lahj
... a Yemeni governate located in the southwestern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is the stomping grounds on the southern secessionist al-Harak movement
province, to Aden's north, and in Abyan
...a governorate of Yemen. The region was a base to the Aden-Abyan Islamic Army terrorist group until it dropped the name and joined al-Qaeda. Its capital is Zinjibar. In March 2011, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula declared the governate an Islamic Emirate after seizing control of the region. The New York Times fastidiously reported that those in control, while Islamic hard boyz, are not in fact al-Qaeda, but something else that looks, tastes, smells, and acts the same. Yemeni government forces launched an effort to re-establish control of the region when President-for-Life Saleh was tossed and the carnage continues...
province, along the Indian Ocean coast east of the city.

Fighting continues between local coalition-backed fighters and the Houthi militia and Saleh's forces in Taiz, a major central city north of Aden, in Marib, a tribal area east of Sanaa, and around al-Dhala, northeast of Aden.

Although the Southern Resistance and other local groups are backed by exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government in Riyadh, it is not clear whether they would eventually support his reinstatement.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: YPG/YPJ intensifying operations against ISIS in Rojava
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 755 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[BESTANEWS] Constant military operations conducted by joined forces of the People's Defense Units (YPG) and the Women's Defense Units (YPJ) continue to confront the ISIS gangs attempting occupation efforts near the city of Hasakah, Rojava.

YPG Press Center said that ISIS gangs' occupation on the Western Nashwa district of Hasakah was fully ended last night in an operation conducted by the Defense Units. There, Children Hospital, Central Train Station, Electricity Crossroads, Hasakah University and several other ISIS-occupied sites were secured by the Defense Units, as all paths to the Eastern Nashwa were concurrently sealed off. During severe festivities in the noted area a number of ISIS fighters were killed, and numerous weapons caches of the gangs were seized.

According to the statement, ongoing military operations by combined forces of the People's Defense Units and the Women's Defense Units, alongside fighters from the Burkan al-Firat (Euphrates Volcano -- Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
) Joint Operations Room continue to target ISIS-occupied areas to the south of the city of Kobani.

The joint forces continued a steady advance along the Euphrates River where they completed progress from the village Qaraqozakh to the south and the village Malha to the north. Advancing near Qaraqozaq village, the Defense Units last night managed to liberate the hill Izeaye. While gang groups' possible casualties are yet to be verified, Defense Units led a mop up operation in that location where they could discover and seize 2 AK rifles, 1 PKM, 1 RPG, a pair of binoculars, a piece of thermal scopes, a pair of night vision binos, 1 Radio and a quantity of ammunition and military equipment. The Defense Units quickly started mine clearing activities to secure the region of many IEDs that the gangs had planted there.

Correspondingly, heavy fighting took place between Defense Units and ISIS forces elsewhere by the Euphrates, as the ISIS gangs tried to finalize a suicide car-kaboom in order to obstacle the advance of the Defense Units. The vehicle-borne IED was targeted before any movement was made by the attackers, also, a truck and three cycle of violences were destroyed. There was no immediate word on ISIS' casualties in place near the Euphrates. There, along with 7 ISIS corpses, a piece of 120mm mortar was seized in addition to 12 mortar rounds, a piece of 60mm mortar, 6 mortar rounds, 1 Katuysha rocket launcher, 1 DShK 12.5mm, 1 AK, 1 PKM and 1 RPG-7.

In south Kobani, the Defense Units attacked suspected ISIS gangs between the villages of Geydade and Sina, killed at least 5 members of the gangs, captured 3 AK rifles, 1 PKM and 4 hand grenades.

YPG Press Center said that in southeast Kobani, ISIS forces last night attempted for an attack of three axis, the assault was failed after overnight and this morning festivities, no immediate report was available to provide further details for that battle.

In western Euphrates, an ISIS unit put their efforts to execute an attack on the western village of Shiukh. The Defense Units heavily targeted the group and forced them to withdraw from the place. Retreating from there, that unit of the gangs tried to attack on Qaraqozaq village -- killing one ISIS operative -- the Defense Units were able to repel the second attack as well.

According to the statement, in south Tal Abyad (Gire Spi), the Defense Units faced yet another attempt of the ISIS gangs. Securing their area of authority, a YPG unit spotted the assailants positions and pounded their locations in an ongoing operation.

On the same frontline, 20 ISIS gangs -- riding 2 Van vehicles and a cycle of violence -- were encircled by the Defense Units while trying to infiltrate into YPG/YPJ's controlled lands. Clashes which erupted after that effort resulted in destruction of the three vehicles, as all twenty ISIS members were killed. Seizing a weapons cache of 6 AK, 2 RPG and 3 PKMs, the Defense Units effectively destroyed remaining weaponry of the gangs.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Sirrin cleared from ISIS gangs
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 495 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[BESTANEWS] YPG/YPJ forces liberated the town of Sirrîn from ISIS as part of the Kobanê Martyrs Revenge Operation that has been going on for the past 18 days. YPG/YPJ fighters killed many gang members and liberated the town after heavy clashes.

YPG/YPJ forces had encircled Sirrîn for several days and ISIS gangs had taken the town’s residents hostage by planting mines around the town. YPG and Burkan El Fırat Forces destroyed 3 ISIS armory trucks yesterday around 17:30 and gangs detonated the town’s wheat silos last night.

YPG/YPJ fighters started sweep and search activities in Sirrîn after the town’s liberation.
An Nahar provides big-picture perspective:
Kurdish fighters seized a key town in northern Syria from 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....
group on Monday, cutting a supply lifeline from the jihadists' de facto Syrian capital, a monitor said.

"The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) took full control of Sarrin on Monday after three weeks of intense festivities," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Sarrin lies along the M4 highway, which IS uses to transport fighters and supplies between Aleppo province and the group's de facto Syrian capital of Raqa in the east, Abdel Rahman said.

The town's capture cuts off IS's main access route to parts of Aleppo province, where the jihadists are fighting both Kurdish forces and rebel groups.

"Sarrin was also used as a base for IS to attack the Kurds in Aleppo province, so those attacks will probably decrease as well," he told AFP.

Mustafa Ebdi, a Kurdish activist from the flashpoint town of Kobane some 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Sarrin, said the YPG were still combing through the town to clear it of potential IS jacket wallahs.

YPG forces began their offensive on Sarrin on July 6 with air support from the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq. The capture of the town, which lies on the east bank of the Euphrates river, is the latest victory for Kurdish forces in Syria against IS.


Africa North: Fresh deadly fighting in Kufra despite ceasefire promises
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 447 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] Despite reports of a ceasefire agreed yesterday in Kufra between Zwai and Tebu fighters, with a promise to hand over prisoners, there has again been heavy fighting in the town today, for the third day in succession.
A hudna may only last as long as needed to be ready for the next attack...
Continued intermittent festivities between the two communities re-erupted into full-scale violence on Friday since when at least 14 people have been killed and two dozen maimed.

"Nine Zwai members and five Tebu people have been killed and the number of casualties is over 25, from both communities" Salah Al-Sanussi, a Tebu elder living in Kufra, told the Libya Herald today.

"Mortar and heavy artillery fire is being exchanged and there is absolutely no safe place left," he said.

Most of the current fighting is around the Tebu district of Gadarfai, which separates the two Zwai areas of Bu-Shoug and Al-Harah, as well as at the Al-Khadrah roundabout in the south of the town.

Tebu fighters are also reported to have fired mortars at the Kufra airport, located at Zwai area of the town, forcing its closure.

A week ago, when five people, including two Bangladeshi workers, were killed in a Zwai-Tebu shootout, the town's National Security Directorate front man, warned of rising tension between the two communities. Lieutenant Mohammed Khalil said that the main streets of the town were closed because of sniper activities by both sides and that the Directorate did not have the power to put a stop to the festivities.

Zwai and Tebu elders and other local leaders were trying their best to contain the situation, he said, but it was deteriorating fast.

A new military governor in Kufra, Al-Mabrouk Al-Guzwey, was recently appointed by the General Staff and, according to Libyan army sources, has called on the former acting interior ministry Ahmed Barka, himself a Tebu from Murzuk, to help mediate a ceasefire.

Two months ago, a truce was signed by both sides following mediation by the Magharba tribe but has gone the way of all the other truces.

Meanwhile life is made even worse as a result of electricity being cut in most of the town. Water supplies have also been disrupted as a result. In the situation, tempers are short and resentment between the adversaries is fuelled.


Africa North: Clashes in west Tripoli between Libya Dawn forces
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 588 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] Heavy festivities in the 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 Siyahiya today between members of the Mobile Forces, based in Janzour, and of the Islamist-leaning Abu Obeida militia from Zawia are reported to have resulted in two fighters being killed and six maimed.

Both groups continue to be members of the otherwise fracturing 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.

The fighting appears to have been triggered by an argument between the two at a checkpoint on the roundabout at the end of the Tripoli highway, to the east of Janzour. It is manned by the Mobile Forces. The argument soon degerated into fighting which then spread as far as the Regatta club, until last year controlled by Zintani forces but now in the hands of the Zawians. Roads were closed and local residents rushed to their homes as both sides started using anti-aircraft fire and RPGs against each other.

The maimed were taken to different hospitals in the capital, including Abu Sleem Hospital, but a breakdown of the casualty figures -- who was maimed and from which side -- has not yet been given.

Meanwhile,
...back at the comedy club, Boogie sadly admitted that he was a better peeping Tom than he was a comedian...
in a further sign of the splits within Libya Dawn, Zawia municipal council has accused Misrata and some of its brigades of responsibility for the deteriorating security situation on the coastal road west of the capital. In a statement on Saturday, it said that they had allowed Warshefani and Zintani forces, which it described as being pro-Qadaffy, to take over sections of the road. As a result, it claimed, there had been a rise of criminal attacks on vehicles.

It specifically accused Misrata's Halbous brigade of agreeing a ceasefire with the Warshefana and Zintan and pulling out forces without consulting with its Libyan Dawn allies.

Fighting in Siyahiya was said this evening to have died down.


Africa North: UK backpedals on Daesh Libya airstrike threat
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 1 Comments 316 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[Libya Herald] The British government is playing down reports that Prime Minister David Cameron
... has stated that he is certainly a big Thatcher fan, but I don't know whether that makes me a Thatcherite, which means he's not. Since he is not deeply ideological he lacks core principles and is easily led. He has been described as certainly not a Pitt, Elder or Younger, but he does wear a nice suit so maybe he's Beau Brummel ...
said he was prepared to use air power against Daesh targets in Libya.

As he arrived last night in Indonesia at the start of a five-day South-East Asian tour, Cameron told a UK newspaper that he would order "immediate" air strikes if he felt that British lives were in danger.

However,
ars longa, vita brevis...
within hours the British foreign office was soft pedalling the idea of instant air action. Specifically, it ruled out any retaliation against Daesh for the terror attack in Tunisia in which 30 British holidaymakers were bumped off at a Sousse beach resort hotel.

The message from London is now that the prime minister wants UK ministries, including that of Defence, to put together plans to support a credible Libyan national unity government, if one can be put together. The main focus is on border security and help with training police.
#1: The UK still has planes and gas for the military? Who knew?
Posted by: AlanC|| 2015-07-28 09:07 ||Comments



Africa North: IS seizes Khoms judge
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 282 words Read the whole thing on page 1
[Libya Herald] The abduction of a judge from Khoms while he was driving past the small town of Harawa has been strongly condemned by the Libyan Judges Organisation (LJO).

Salem Mohammed Al-Namli, a member of Khom's Court of Appeal, was seized two days ago by gunnies from 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....
(IS) when he was stopped at the checkpoint manned by them at Harawa, some 70 kilometres east of Sirte. He was apparently seized when the gunnies discovered his identitity.

Harawa was captured by IS in early June.

Why the judge thought he would be safe travelling in the area has not been explained.

The LJO, condemning the abduction as disgraceful and demanding his captors release him, called on government bodies and officials as well as tribal elders and NGOs to exert maximum pressure on IS to get Namli released.

The perpetrators of the crime were "extremist" and "terrorists" and should be brought to account and punished, the LJO said.


Africa North: Qaddafi collaborator Khuwaildi Al-Hamidi dies of heart attack
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[Libya Herald] Another key member of the Qadaffy coup is dead. General Khuwaildi Al-Hamidi who on September 1969 seized 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...
radio station, died yesterday in the intensive care unit of an upmarket Cairo clinic. He is understood to have suffered a heart attack.

Hamidi, who was 75, remained a member of the Revolutionary Command Council until the end. His position was to an extent secured because his daughter married the dictator's son Saadi. At various times he was minister of the Interior and of Local Government as well as chief of military intelligence and head of the military courts.

He held a field command during 2011 but fled to Morocco and thence to Egypt. In exile he formed a Qadaffyst political party, the Libyan Popular National Movement which sought unsuccessfully to register for the 2012 general election.


Terror Networks: U.S., allies target Islamic State with 26 air strikes in Syria, Iraq
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] The United States and its allies staged 26 air strikes against 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....
forces in Syria and Iraq on Sunday, the coalition leading the military operation said in a statement on Monday.

In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 13 air strikes using fighter, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft to hit targets near Al Hasakah, Aleppo and Kobani, according to the statement.

In Iraq, the strikes hit multiple Islamic State targets near eight cities, including djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, Sinjar and Tal Afar, according to the statement.

#1: Note use of "remotely piloted aircraft" in the data. It seems likely that piloted airstrikes have not increased in recent months but drone activity (from Kurdistan) has.
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Caribbean-Latin America: Mexico search for missing students turns up 129 bodies
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[Hurriyet Daily News] The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico's attorney general's office says.

None of the remains has been connected to the youths who disappeared after a clash with police in the city of Iguala on Sept. 26, and authorities do not believe any will be. Prosecutors say the students were turned over to a narco gang that killed them and incinerated their bodies in a case that has put attention on the huge number of people who have gone missing in Guerrero and other Mexican states where drug violence is widespread.

The number of bodies and graves found from October to May could possibly be higher than in its report, the attorney general's office said, because its response to a freedom of information request from The News Agency that Dare Not be Named covers only those instances in which its mass grave specialists got involved.

Federal authorities began turning up unmarked graves after beginning an investigation into the disappearance of the 43 young men following the confrontation between students and police that resulted in six confirmed deaths in Iguala, a municipality of 120,000 people 200 kilometers (160 miles) south of Mexico City.

More than 20,000 people are listed as missing across Mexico, and there are many "disappeared" in Guerrero, a state that is a major opium producer and the battleground among several cartels warring over territory and drug smuggling routes. The government has said there is no evidence the 43 students were involved in the drug trade, but says they were mistaken for a rival gang.
#1: In the late '70's I was touristing around in Nuevo Leon (that was when you could do that and expect to make it home). I was stopped by a Federale who spoke English, who asked "Gringo, what are you doing down here?" I told him that I was just looking to see what could be found. He said "Be careful what you look for here, there's all kinds of things around here that you don't want to find."
Possibly the best advice I ever got.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-07-28 07:59 ||Comments

#2: Search for 43, find 129, quite a return on investment.

And some people wonder why I turned down a 3 yr consulting gig in Mexico and took early retirement.
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The Grand Turk: Senior ISIL leader arrested along with three others in Istanbul
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[Hurriyet Daily News] A senior 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 (ISIL) leader based in Istanbul, along with three other suspected ISIL members, were nabbed
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on July 27.
So quick! One is forced to suspect the authorities knew where they were all along.
Halis Bayancuk, a senior ISIL leader based in Istanbul, also known by his jihadi nickname "Abu Hanzala," was arrested on July 27 after being detained on July 24 along with his wife in an anti-terror police operation against ISIL-linked suspects in Istanbul, after a suspected ISIL jacket wallah killed 31 mostly young people in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa's Suruc district on July 20.

Enes Yelgun, Zeki Murat Sakarya and Murat Alincak were also arrested by an Istanbul court, while 10 others, who were also detained in the same raid, were released. Two of the 10 people released were put on probation.

Bayancuk and his wife were arrested as the police raided their home in Istanbul's Bagcilar district and seized a number of ISIL-linked documents, both digital and non-digital.

He was reported to be the leader of an ISIL-linked group based in Istanbul and was under arrest for a time last year, following a police operation against al-Qaeda. Bayancuk also reportedly penned articles for several pro-ISIL media outlets and conducted holy warrior recruiting.
Ynet points out:
Officials in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
say the number of suspects detained in a major anti-terror operation launched three days ago has exceeded 1,000.

Since Friday, Turkey has been carrying out Arclight airstrikes against IS targets in Syria and Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq. It has simultaneously launched a police sweep against people suspected of links to the Islamic State group, the Kurdish rebels and the outlawed HKP-C left-leaning group.


The Grand Turk: Turkey detains ISIS suspects in new police sweep
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[RUDAW.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's state-run news agency
...and if you can't believe the state-run news agency who can you believe?...
says police have raided homes in an Ankara neighborhood, detaining at least 15 people suspected of links to 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....
group as Turkey presses ahead with a major security sweep.

Since Friday, Turkey has been carrying out Arclight airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria and Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq. It has also incarcerated
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
hundreds of people with suspected links to violent murderous Moslems.

On Sunday, it called for a meeting of its NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
allies to discuss threats to its security, as well as its Arclight airstrikes.

The Anadolu Agency says at least 15 people, including a number of foreign nationals, were detained Monday in an operation in Ankara's Haci Bayram neighborhood. It did not give details of the foreigners' home countries.


Arabia: Yemen ground fighting rages after airstrikes pause
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[RUDAW.NET] Yemeni security officials say Iranian catspaws and their opponents are battling across several provinces hours after the start of a five-day humanitarian pause in the Saudi-led air campaign.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
because they were not authorized to brief news hounds, say coalition planes carried out flyovers Monday but did not drop munitions.

The rebels, known as Houthis, said in a statement that they fired missiles across the border at a Saudi military position in the kingdom's Jazan region.

Security officials say the Houthis are battling their opponents north of the southern port city of Aden, and officials and witnesses say there are sporadic festivities in Yemen's central Marib province.

Ground fighting erupted in multiple provinces within minutes of the start of the unilateral cease-fire late Sunday.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Hezbollah lashes out against Turkish PKK airstrikes
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[RUDAW.NET] Turkish attacks on both the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) are The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's attempt to weaken those forces battling 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....
, Hassan Nasrallah, the Secretary General of Hezbollah, said Monday.

"In a bid to protect ISIS from any harm, Turkey has targeted the freedom fighters of both the PKK and DHKP-C," Nasrallah said in a statement released by Hezbollah media.

Nasrallah lambasted the Turkish government and refuted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
's claim that ISIS was a threat to Turkish national security.

"I have no doubt that Turkey helped ISIS, and sheltered it. Turkey opened its borders for ISIS gunnies and facilitated the group economically," said the Hezbollah leader.

"It's an illusion if the governments of 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...
, the US and Turkey think that they can maintain control over such a group," he said.

Following the ISIS attack on a Turkish army base near the Syrian border, the Turkish government--which was long reluctant to join the fight against ISIS--launched several aerial attacks against the group in Syria.

However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
near simultaneously, on Friday Turkish F-16 jets also targeted the PKK stronghold of Mount Qandil in northern Iraq, reportedly killing four guerrillas and injuring more than 10 others.


The Grand Turk: Turkey threatens to scrap jail visits for Ocalan from Kurdish party
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[RUDAW.NET] Turkish Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu warned Monday that the jugged
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, will no longer be able to meet with Kurdish politicians who have been his link to the outside world.

His remarks mean that Ankara is threatening to declare an end to a grinding of the peace processor with the PKK that began more than a year ago, later to stutter amid complaints of foot dragging by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
"Ocalan, as a normal detainee, has all the right to see his lawyers and his close relatives. But meeting with a political party is not normal, and that party must explain his attitude on terror," Davutoglu claimed, referring to the Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP).

The grinding of the peace processor collapsed last Wednesday after the PKK grabbed credit for assassinating two Turkish coppers. Turkey called that the end of a ceasefire, launching two days of Arclight airstrikes and shelling PKK positions in Kurdish Iraq.

"They have begun killing our soldiers, therefore we will react," Davutoglu said.

"Unless all weapons are put down and all terrorist groups are wiped out of the land of Turkey, we do not see any benefit from visiting Imrali and seeing Ocalan," Davutoglu added, referring to the island jail where Ocalan is kept.
#1: Abdullah Ocalan
Known in Marion County for his Arabian Sales.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-07-28 10:08 ||Comments



Iraq: Hadi al-Amri: PKK and its affiliates are the spearhead against ISIS in Syria
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[RUDAW.NET] The head of the Shiite Badr Organization, Hadi al-Amri, said Monday that Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters and its affiliates were spearheading the war against 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....
(ISIS) in Syria.

"PKK and Syrian Kurds are the spearhead in the fight against ISIS," said Amri. "The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
continues to assist ISIS," he said.

His comments came as Turkey launched a crackdown on the outlawed PKK, with raids across the country and air strikes on the group's Qandil Mountain base in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.

Amri said that the Turkish crackdown was in response to Kurdish gains in Syria against ISIS near the Turkish border.

"Turkey has not changed its stance towards ISIS, and what happened over the previous days came days after Kurdish forces deployed on Turkey's border. These actions by Turkey indicate the country's unstoppable assistance for ISIS," Amri said.

He praised the role of Kurdish forces, especially the PKK-affiliated Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) fighters in battles against ISIS.

"They have achieved great victories against ISIS, and now they are in control of a vast majority of Kurdish territories in northern Syria," according to Amri.

"The end of ISIS is not in Iraq but in Syria; they must be taken out there first, then Iraq," Amri said.

He claimed that, unless Iran helped Iraq militarily in the fight against ISIS, it and the Gulf Arab counties would fall to ISIS.


Afghanistan: ALP commander joins Taliban group along with his 7 men in Sar-e-Pul
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) forces joined the Taliban group along with his seven men in northern Sar-e-Pul province of Afghanistan.

The provincial police front man Amanuddin Aman said the coppers were serving with the ALP forces in Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
at district.

Aman further added that the defected ALP forces had connections with the Taliban group in the past and had assisted them to infiltrate in Kohistan district.

He said sporadic shootout continues between the remaining ALP forces and the Talibs in the area.

Aman also added that additional forces have been deployed in the area to repress the assailant Talibs and clear the district from their presence.

The Taliban group front man Zabiullah Mujahid claimed around 100 ALP forces have joined the Talibs in Kohistanat district.

Sar-e-Pul is among the relatively volatile provinces in northern afghanistan where anti-government armed murderous Moslem groups have recently increased their insurgency activities in a number of its districts.

This comes as over 100 members of the Afghan natioanl security forces surrendered to Taliban group in Wardoj district following days of heavy shootout.


Afghanistan: Certain countries planning to break up Afghanistan in two parts: Saleh
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The former Afghan Intelligence -- National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) chief Amrullah Saleh said Monday that certain countries are planning to break up Afghanistan in two parts by sparking divisions among Afghans in North and South.

The head of the Green Trend Movement was speaking during the signing of an agreement with Sulaiman Cultural Society and Noor Social Trend from southeastern Paktika
...which coincidentally borders South Wazoo...
and Paktiya provinces.

The agreement between the three movements is aimed at launched joint campaigns to thwart the conspiracies to split Afghanistan.

Saleh promised to stand against all conspiracies to split the nation and insisted that any other flag apart from the national flag of Afghanistan would mean to create divisions among Afghans in a bid to break up the country.

Without naming any specific country Saleh said "all those internal and external groups dreaming to create divisions among Afghans and once again spark civil war, are invalid, since we were one nation and will remain as one nation."

He said the foreign countries are following their specific interests in breaking up Afghanistan, although he did not elaborate further regarding the targets of the countries looking to break up Afghanistan.

Saleh also insisted that the new generation of Afghanistan will never agree to break up the country, with Sulaiman Cultural Society chief Asifullah Ikhlas saying the main purpose of the agreement is to unite the young generation fo the country and eliminate discrimination.



Terror Networks: ISIS chief al-Baghdadi approved beheading of a woman as a 'wedding gift'
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[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The leader of 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 Syria (ISIS) terrorist group His Supreme Immensity, Caliph of the Faithful and Galactic Overlord, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
...formerly merely the head of ISIL and a veteran of the Bagram jailhouse. Looks like a new messiah to bajillions of Moslems, like just another dead-eyed mass murderer to the rest of us...
sanctioned the beheading of a woman as a "wedding gift" to a female sharia judge, it has been revealed.

The female judge had set a precondition requesting al-Baghdadi to allow an infidel woman's beheading in return for agreeing to marry an ISIS fighter.

Identified as Roaa Um Khotaba al-Tunisi, the female judge had lost her husband in a battle and since she was young, the Isis wanted her to marry again, the MailOnline reported quoting Syrian woman Leena (name changed), who managed to escape from the clutches of Isis.

Leena further added that the judge would agree only if she was allowed to behead an infidel woman.

However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
the ISIS chief gave her permission to behead another female Sharia judge, who was accused of being a spy, Leena added.

Leena was recruited to work with the inquisitors religious police, Hisbah -- which rules the so-called Islamic State of around eight million people -- with its own twisted and medieval interpretation of Sharia law.

Initially impressed like many other women in Syria by ISIS fighters who claimed to live a life following the will of Allah.

But she defected from ISIS inquisitors religious police after realising over the months that the ISiS was not only barbaric but was far from Islam.

"They were all after money, gold and slaves and are nothing more than rapists, looters and thieves," she told the newspaper.

She also recounted another incident where a woman was tossed in the calaboose
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
by the Sharia police on charge of sleeping with a man before marriage. However,
the way to a man's heart remains through his stomach...
the Sharia judge did not wait for any clarification and the woman was flogged in public 80 times. Later, the man turned up with a marriage certificate.

Similarly, in another incident, a mother of two was dragged out in public and flogged for complaining about the Isis on WhatsApp to her sister living in Damascus.



Africa Subsaharan: Boko Haram Fighters Behead Three in Cameroon Raid
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[ALMANAR.LB] Three villagers had their heads chopped off during a weekend raid in Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
by Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
'jihadist' fighters from neighboring Nigeria, security forces said Monday.

The attacks took place on Sunday in the neighboring villages of Tchebe-Tchebe and Dzaba, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the Nigerian border, said a security agent based in the region.

The raiders also set fire to land owned by villagers and a Catholic church, the source added.

Sunday's violence followed a series of Boko Haram suicide kabooms in the far north of Cameroon, which is taking part in a regional military campaign against the krazed killers.

The report was confirmed by another local security source, who said that access to the villages was difficult for troops because of the mountainous terrain.

The cross-border region is frequently attacked by Boko Haram, which launched its armed insurgency in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, at an estimated cost of more than 15,000 lives.
#1: a good way to get a head in life.
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-07-28 14:11 ||Comments



Afghanistan: Gunfight Kills at least 20 at Afghan Wedding
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[ALMANAR.LB] At least 20 people were killed when a shootout broke out at a wedding party in northern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.
Western bands have guitars or horns or something. In Afghanistan every band needs a rocket launcher.
The clash, which police blamed on quarrels between guests, erupted late Sunday in Deh Salah district in Baghlan.

The once-tranquil province has recently been plagued by growing insecurity as the Taliban insurgency spreads north from its southern and eastern strongholds.

"As a result of the festivities, 20 people were killed and 10 others were maimed," provincial police front man Jawed Basharat told AFP, adding that the incident appeared to be the result of a local dispute.

Armed men traded verbal barbs before the shootout broke out and the victims were all male guests at the wedding aged between 14 and 60, said district police chief Gulistan Qusani.

"A local security official had gun sex after the verbal exchange heated up... and then both sides started trading fire," Qusani told AFP, giving a higher corpse count of 21.

Baghlan police front man Sultan Mohammad Ebadi said an official delegation had been sent to the site -- a Tajik-dominated area that is largely unaffected by the Taliban insurgency -- to investigate the matter.
#1: Western bands have guitars or horns or something. In Afghanistan every band needs a rocket launcher.

Reminds me of the new Mad Max movie.
Posted by: JHH|| 2015-07-28 01:20 ||Comments

#2: Was it bikers? Confederate battle flags? I bet it was bikers.
Posted by: Lowspark || 2015-07-28 03:40 ||Comments

#3: That's more than the number of slackjaw ISIS members we bag in Syria and Iraq in a day. Let's encourage more weddings; create a hashtag and the like (sarc).
Posted by: JohnQC|| 2015-07-28 11:25 ||Comments

#4: Just another day in the 'hood.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305|| 2015-07-28 12:03 ||Comments

#5: So much for an armed society is a polite society. Which reminds me: whatever became of our old friend and ever-reliable ally Karzai?
Posted by: regular joe|| 2015-07-28 14:56 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria: Civilian Killed, Others Injured in Mortar Shells, Bomb Attack
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[ALMANAR.LB] One Syrian civilian was killed on Monday and at least 17 others were maimed in several attacks across the country.

SANA news agency reported that mortar shells fired by Lions of Islam at al-Zablatani area and Damascus Sheraton Hotel killed a civilian and injured 14 others.

The agency quoted a source at the Police command as saying that Lions of Islam of the so called "Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
" fired three shells landed in al-Zablatani residential area, causing the death of one civilian and injury of 13 others in addition to material damage inflicted upon three cars.

The source added that another mortar shell fell in the vicinity of Damascus Sheraton Hotel leaving a dustman injured. Another mortar shell also landed in Bab Touma neighborhood caused material damage in one of the houses.

Elsewhere in in Qamishli, 80 km to the north of the Eastern Hasaka province, three other persons were maimed when an bomb went in the area.

Terrorists detonated an bomb which they had earlier planted on a bicycle parked in front of al-Bayan school at the center of Qamishli city, a source in Hasaka province told SANA news hound.
AnNahar adds:
Two bombs hit the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria on Monday, wounding at least three people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The first blast hit a patrol of Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) and maimed three people, the Britannia-based monitoring group said. The second bomb appeared to have targeted Kurdish local security forces, it said, reporting injuries but no precise toll.

State television also reported the two kabooms.

Kurdish activist Arin Shekhmos said the first blast had targeted a YPG car on patrol but that the maimed were civilians. He said the second blast hit a market area and that three civilians had been maimed.

Qamishli is Syria's biggest Kurdish-majority city, and considered by the Kurds to be the capital of Hasakeh province. The city has been targeted by bombings before, with 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....
group believed to be behind the attacks.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian Army Advances in Palmyra, ISIL Militants Flee
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[ALMANAR.LB] Units of the Syrian army, backed by popular committees, advanced towards the city of Palmyra in central Syria, sources told al-Manar.

The Syrian army captured parts of western mountains in the city, amid collapse in the ranks of the Takfiri
...an adherent of takfir wal hijra, an offshoot of Salafism that regards everybody who doesn't agree with them as apostates who must be killed...
group, ISIL (so-called 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....
in Iraq and Levant), who are fleeing amid the progress of the army, the sources said.

A number of bad boyz were potted as the government forces advanced, the sources noted, adding that the army units destroyed two vehicles for the bad boys.

In May 21, ISIL bully boyz overran Palmyra, which is an ancient city on the list of the United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)'s World Heritage sites and is situated about 215 kilometers northeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus.


India-Pakistan: Pakistani killed by Indian firing
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[DAWN] A civilian was killed in unprovoked firing by Indian troops along the Line of Control, Pakistain said on Sunday.

The incident took place overnight in Chirikot sector on the LoC, Pakistain's military said in a statement.

"A civilian Muhammad Waseem who was severely injured due to unprovoked firing by Indians on LoC in Chirikot sector yesterday (Saturday) has embraced shahadat this morning," it said.

Waseem was taken to a military hospital in Rawalpindi but he succumbed to the bullet injury in his neck, it added.

Abdul Raoof, a police official in the area, confirmed the incident and told AFP that Waseem was grazing his cattle in his village when he was hit by a bullet fired by Indian troops.

Last week, Pakistain said India violated the ceasefire after reporting the death of four civilians in cross-border shelling in Kashmire.


India-Pakistan: Two policemen, woman killed in Quetta
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[DAWN] Two coppers and a woman were killed when unknown gunnies attacked a police brass hat's convoy in Quetta's Sariab road area on Monday.

One attacker was also killed in retaliatory fire, while two female pedestrians received bullet wounds in the crossfire, said Quetta Police Chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema.

One of the injured women later succumbed to her injuries on her way to hospital.

Zahoor Afridi, the Superintendent of Sariab police narrowly escaped the attempt on his life in Sariab's Killi Geo area.

A front man for the police said one assailant was killed when coppers retaliated.

He added that more police personnel were sent to the area to apprehend the culprits involved in the attack. However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
no arrest was made.

The bodies of the police constables killed in the attack were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta for postmortem investigations. The two coppers sustained bullet wounds, the hospital's doctors told DawnNews.


India-Pakistan: Shafqat to be hanged on August 4
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[DAWN] An antiterrorism court on Monday issued a fresh black warrant for the execution of condemned prisoner Shafqat Hussain and directed jail authorities to send him to the gallows on August 4 at the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
Central Prison.

The jail authorities approached the trial court through an application before Ramazan for the issuance of fresh warrant for execution of condemned prisoner by submitting that the court issued last warrant on June 1 and fixed June 9 for hanging. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
the execution was postponed hours before the scheduled time, they added.

A court official earlier said the application was not taken up since a moratorium was imposed on executions during the holy month, adding that the court was likely to issue a fresh warrant on Saturday.

A trial court (ATC-III) judge issued fresh black warrants for Shafqat on Monday (today) with directives to hang him till death on August 4 at 4:00 am under the supervision of a judicial magistrate, and submit a compliance report after executing him.

Shafqat was sentenced to death by an antiterrorism court in September 2004 after he was found guilty of killing a seven-year-old boy after abducting him for ransom in April 2004 in New Town.

The Sindh High Court had upheld the death sentence in the crime of kidnapping for ransom and set aside the conviction in the premeditated murder by converting it into manslaughter. The Supreme Court also dismissed his appeal in October 2007, while his review petition was also turned down by the apex court in December 2007. The president rejected his mercy petition in July 2012.


India-Pakistan: Gun battle at Indian Punjab police station ends, ten killed
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[DAWN] India tightened security on the border with Pakistain on Monday after its military said heavily armed gunnies, dressed in army uniforms, stormed a cop shoppe in the northern frontier state of Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

killing ten people and wounding several others.

Indian police managed to overcome the heavily armed gunnies after a 12-hour shootout.

Four coppers including the local superintendent and three civilians also died in the operation in the usually calm northern state of Punjab.

"The police superintendent fought them bravely but unfortunately he was shot in the head and was struck down in his prime," said Anand Kumar, part of the special forces team that entered the building.

The assault only ended at around 5pm when security forces finally entered the cop shoppe where the unidentified gunnies had been holed up.

The siege focused on an abandoned building where the attackers were holed up. It dragged on because security forces had wanted to capture at least one of the gunnies alive, a senior government source said.

The group of attackers came in a white Maruti-Suzuki car, dressed in army uniforms, said Harcharan Bains, an adviser to Indian Punjab's chief minister.

The gunnies hijacked a car and then fired at the bus and a roadside eatery before attacking a cop shoppe near Gurdaspur, a border town in Punjab, police said. Eight injured people were hospitalised, seven of them at death's door, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Five bombs were also found planted on a railway track in the state, suggesting an attempted coordinated attack around the time when India is marking the anniversary of a near-war with Pakistain in northern Kashmire in 1999.

Jitendra Singh, a junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's office, alleged Pakistain's involvement. "There have been earlier reports of Pakistain infiltration and cross-border mischief in this area," said Singh, whose constituency in the Jammu region borders Gurdaspur.

However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
director general of Punjab police, Sumedh Singh Saini said, "It is too early to say who the attackers were."

Pakistain has denied any involvement in insurgencies in Indian Punjab and Jammu and Kashmire.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he had ordered increased security on the border with Pakistain, which condemned the assault in a statement.

Singh will make a detailed statement over the attack in Parliament on Tuesday.

"The situation is under control," Singh told news hounds.

Police are investigating whether the gunnies came from the Indian portion of Kashmire, or from across the border.

A number of other Indian states were also reported to be on high alert following the attack in Punjab.
#1: Pakistain - failed state exporting it's evil
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-07-28 07:32 ||Comments



India-Pakistan: In Pakistan execution drive, militants are a minority
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[DAWN] When Pakistain resumed executions after the massacre of 134 pupils at Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
's Army Public School last December, the government promised hangings would help deter Islamist hard boys.

A Rooters analysis of 180 people hanged since late December, however, shows that fewer than one in six were linked to militancy.

Hangings resumed on Monday (today) after a hiatus for the holy month of Ramazan, and the findings raise questions over whether Pakistain's capital punishment is having the desired effect.

Lawyers and rights groups say several cases that ended in execution had serious legal shortcomings, and although the campaign is broadly popular at home it has drawn condemnation from international partners.

Within six months, Pakistain has become the world's third-ranking country in terms of executions, behind China and Iran.

Of 180 people executed since January, 29 were convicted of liquidations or liquidation attempts, sectarian murders, a hijacking or killing of security officials -- falling under a broad definition of militancy.

Almost all were hanged immediately after the massacre. Since then, most executions were of murderers with no hard boy links.

Officials say the death penalty has deterred hard boy attacks.

"You've seen the number of terrorist attacks going down drastically," the prime minister's special assistant for law, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, told Rooters. "One of the reasons is fear. Fear of being executed."


India-Pakistan: Drone shot down by Pak army was flown from India, says ISPR
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[DAWN] Data retrieved from a spy drone shot down earlier this month near the Line of Control (LOC) by Pak forces provides irrefutable evidence that it was flown by the Indian Army, the military said on Monday.

The military released the details of downed Indian 'spy drone' on Monday, stressing that it was sent for reconnaissance inside the Pak side of LOC.

"An Indian drone (Quadcopter) mission was flown on July 15, 2015, by India in which it intruded from Indian Occupied Kashmire(IOK) Jaurian Sector and was flying over Own Banchirian Sector (near Bhimber), when it was shot down by Pak troops," Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in first ever detailed statement following the incident.
#1: I thought China already claimed it as theirs?
Posted by: 3dc|| 2015-07-28 11:36 ||Comments



Africa Horn: 'German-Somali' behind Mogadishu's Jazeera hotel blast
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[BBC] A German of Somali origin is suspected to have been the suicide bomber who struck in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, on Sunday, a Somali intelligence officer has told the BBC. The male bomber was believed to have come from Bonn city, said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity as investigations were continuing. The attack on the five-star Jazeera Palace Hotel killed 15 people.
"Hey Moishe -- get the extra-hot burning coals and the spikiest iron stool from inventory. Aloysius -- a poker and my special intestine tongs.... and a barrel of mustache wax. We got us one o' them "German" Somalis to play with, down in our little nether pit!"
"But boss! The German government will be mad as hell with us for using extra-hot burning coals and our spikiest iron stool!"
"Don't worry, no one's going to be looking into what happens with little 'Hans' here..."
#1: a nice little "Jihadi-Fodder" brand right above the unibrow might make it harder to return home to cause mayhem, as well
Posted by: Frank G|| 2015-07-28 10:34 ||Comments



-Short Attention Span Theater-: Chinese woman trapped in escalator dies, but saves toddler son
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[FOXNEWS] A Chinese woman died after being trapped in a shopping mall escalator, but not before pushing her 2-year-old son to safety.

Sunday's horrific accident in the central city of Jingzhou was caught on surveillance camera footage that circulated heavily on the Internet in China.

The woman -- identified in media reports as 30-year-old Xiang Liujuan -- is shown reaching the top of the escalator when the section of landing platform she had stepped onto suddenly collapses, trapping her inside the still-moving machinery.

The footage shows that Xiang managed to push her son into the arms of shop attendants near the top of the escalator. The attendants tried to pull her to safety, but Xiang fell into the mechanism and was killed.

The state-run People's Daily's online edition and other media outlets said her body was recovered four hours later, after crews disassembled the escalator.

Although escalator deaths are extremely rare, China's breakneck economic development and sometimes cavalier attitude toward safety, quality control and maintenance have led to frequent industrial accidents such as fires, building and bridge collapses, and ship sinkings or collisions.
#1: the horror.... the horror
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Africa Subsaharan: Obama and leaders discuss possible sanctions, force for South Sudan
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[REUTERS] President Barack Obama
If you like your coverage you can keep it...
and regional leaders discussed options on Monday that included sanctions and a "regional intervention force" if South Sudan's warring parties do no agree a peace deal by August 17, a U.S. official said.

Obama met with leaders from Kenya, Æthiopia, Uganda, Sudan, and the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
to discuss the crisis.

The group agreed on the urgency of the situation in South Sudan but did not reach a consensus on what to do if a peace deal is not reached, the official said.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Southern Front kills scores of Syrian regime soldiers in Daraa
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] At least 60 Syrian army members and allied bully boyz have been killed on Saturday in Southern Front's major attack on their stronghold in the southern city of Daraa, field sources told Zaman al-Wasl.

Rebels and al-Qaeda's Syria wing, the Nusra Front, announced Thursday a fierce offensive on Syrian regime forces in Daraa, saying their aim was to "purify" the area, according to AFP.

The mortar and artillery shells of Southern Front have pounded the political and military intelligence headquarters, the government complex and Ash Sharq Hotel in Daraa.

Activists say the regime-controlled Daraa hospital is overcrowded by dead of Syrian army.

In retaliation, regime air force extended its fierce aerial bombardment on rebel-held countryside of Daraa.

Opposition groups already control parts of the city and about 70 percent of the province of the same name, which borders Jordan.

Operation "Storm of Truth" was announced on Twitter by the Southern Front, an alliance of rebel groups, "to purify the province of Daraa from the filth of the gangs of [Bashar] Assad."

The offensive appears to be a continuation of an assault in June, launched by the same groups but dubbed "Southern Storm."

On Friday, activists said number of senior rebel commanders have been killed, including Zakariya al-Abboud, leader of Fallujat Houran Division, Mohammed Abdulrahim al-Ghanem, commander of Ahrar Mzeireeb, Jalal al-Masri, senior commander in Yarmouk Army, and Colonel Hussein al-Heraki.

Syria's southwestern corner is of strategic importance due to its proximity to Damascus and neighboring states Israel and Jordan. It is also the last significant foothold of mainstream rebels, who have mostly been crushed elsewhere in Syria by government forces or jihadist groups.

Syria's regime has already lost two scenic provincial capitals - Idlib in the northwest, which is held a rebel alliance including al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli sh-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
, and Raqqa in the Euphrates valley, which is held by ISIS.

The "Southern Front", an alliance of rebel groups, has been coordinating operations against Assad from a joint command center in Jordan. It includes groups that have received some support from foreign states that want to see Assad gone, including Gulf Arab governments.
#1: the area around Daraa is very near the Jordan border and pretty far from Hezbollah influence or the ISIS strongholds in Syria. It could potentially could become a no fly-no Assad-no ISIS zone
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Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syria's Assad says army consolidating in most important areas
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
said on Sunday the army had been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with hard boys, and the scale of the war meant the military faced a man power shortage.

He also said groups fighting to topple him had received increased backing from their state sponsors in a reference to countries including The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and 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...
"Sometimes, in some circumstances, we are forced to give up areas to move those forces to the areas that we want to hold onto," Assad said in a defiant televised speech in which he said were no compromise solutions in the war.

"We must define the important regions that the armed forces hold onto so it doesn't allow the collapse of the rest of the areas," Assad said. "The army is capable ... Everything is available, but there is a shortfall in human capacity," he said.

Assad has faced a series of battlefield setbacks since March: He lost most of the northwestern province of Idlib to an hard boy alliance including the al Qaeda-backed Nusra Front, and important areas of the southern border region to mainstream groups of the "Southern Front".

The ultra-hardline 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....
group also seized the central city of Palmyra from the Syrian military in May.


Syria-Lebanon-Iran: Syrian Army in Latakia weakens to favor of NDF militia
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] A document obtained by Zaman al-Wasl shows a list of members of the National Defence forces who needed food, gave an approximate number of the National Defence militia (NDF) and their hierarchy in Latakia city at the coastal region of Syria.

According to the document Zaman al-Wasl obtained, the total number of the (NDF) in Lattakia is 92,560 members, divided into 27 departments, battalions and branches. There are 8 battalions of ground forces, 6000 members each except one making total number of 45600 members.

Beside ground forces, there are 5 other Battalions of different specialties like tanks, cannons making a total of 29100 members. At 15000 members, the barriers' battalion makes more than a half of this number.

Latakia province - home to Syria's biggest port and a stronghold of Assad's Alawite sect - has been a key battleground of the conflict, which is now in its fifth year.

NDF militia consists of 5 brigades: signals, Snipers, special tasks and the military police brigade which is the biggest at 3000 members.

Moreover, there are 8 branches and departments like the following up, the Education and media, information and intelligence which is the biggest at 4500 members.

In a glance, the 92 thousand total number of the NDF's members, almost one third of the total count of the Syrian national Army before the revolution and its effects on the army from killing significant number of its soldiers and defecting many others.

The number gives an impression that an army exists inside the National army indicating a country inside the country as well.

The huge number of NDF and its organization points out to the fact that Bashir al-Assad has left the military service in the Syrian coast to the national defence forces while the official and National Army had minimal presentation in the Syrian coast and Latakia city in particular.

The other important point the list of NDF highlighted is the huge amount of spending on food only which reached to 11 million Syrian pounds monthly, making 135 million a year. From this figure, we can imagine the other spending on arms, fuel, treatment and administration which could be ten folds of the feeding's cost.

The Syrian army, one of the region's largest, has been over stretched by a four-year long insurgency where it is battling on several major fronts Salafist tough guys and ultra-hardline jihadist bully boyz who have seized large swathes of territory. Many young men have fled the country or find ways to avoid conscription.

The army has been forced in recent months to withdraw from large parts of the northwestern province of Idlib in the face of an assault by a coalition of Islamist brigades and was unable to defend the desert city of Palmyra in central Syria, when it was overrun by 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....


The Grand Turk: Turkish tanks shell Syrian Kurdish village
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] Turkish tanks shelled a village held by Kurdish forces in northern Syria overnight, wounding at least four allied fighters, AFP said.

"A number of shells fired by Turkish tanks fell on the village of Zur Maghar, which is controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Four fighters were maimed," the group added.

Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said the four were members of a non-YPG rebel force fighting alongside the Kurds 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 Syria (ISIS) group.

Zur Maghar lies along the border with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, east of the town of Jarabulus, in Aleppo province.

In recent days, Turkey has begun striking ISIS in Syria and arresting the group's sympathizers at home, but it has also targeted the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK), a Kurdish group with strong links to the YPG in Syria.

Turkey considers the PKK a "terrorist organization," and in recent days has hit the group's positions in northern Iraq with the heaviest air strikes since August 2011.

"This shelling comes after Turkey declared war on Daesh [ISIS] and a war against the PKK," Syrian Kurdish activist Mustafa Ebdi said.

"Now the YPG is facing attacks from ISIS and Turkey."

Growing Kurdish sway in northern Syria has alarmed neighboring Turkey, which is worried about separatist sentiment among its own Kurdish minority.

The YPG, backed by U.S.-led air strikes, has taken control of the northeastern city of Hasaka this week.

Full control of Hasaka - which was split between the Kurds and Damascus until last month - would be a major gain for the autonomous Kurdish administration that is fighting Islamic State in Syria in partnership with Washington.

Hasaka is the capital of surrounding province by the same name. Assad has lost control of two other scenic provincial capitals - Raqqa and Idlib. The army and allied militia are fighting two rebel offensives aimed at capturing two more: Aleppo and Deraa.

The YPG and the Syrian government have mostly coexisted in predominantly Kurdish areas of Syria where a Kurdish administration has emerged since the uprising against Assad erupted in 2011. (With agencies)
#1: Erdogan apparently forsees Assad and ISIS collapsing, and has moved on to endgame.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-07-28 08:02 ||Comments



Syria-Lebanon-Iran: ISIS withdraws from last stronghold near Kobani
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[EN.ZAMANALWSL.NET] ISIS fighters have withdrawn from their last stronghold in the eastern countryside of Aleppo after a fierce fighting with Free Syria Army and Kurdish People's Protection Units, according to Zaman al-Wasl.

The radical Sunni group dubbed its withdrawal' from the town of Serrin east of Kobani, or Ayn al-Arab, by the tactical retreat, heading Sad Tishreen and al-Najem citadel area near the Turkish border.

The latest victory of FSA and YPG was due to a barrage of U.S.-led Arclight airstrikes that has been pounding ISIS since August 2014.

The Kurdish YPG militia, already a U.S. partner in the fight against 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....
, has shown grit fighting Islamic State but its potency will likely diminish beyond the Kurdish areas.

Serrin capture came after 5 months since the Kurdish fighters and moderate rebels had controlled the town of Kobani after deadly fighting took four months and massive destruction.

The significance of Islamic State's recent setbacks should not be exaggerated, a senior Western diplomat told Rooters once, adding, "There's no doubt that the heady days of ISIS are over."


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Riyadh rover: Saudi car spotted in Jaffa
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[IsraelTimes] Businessman apparently drove from conservative kingdom to Israel

Cars with foreign license plates are rare enough in Israel, but the one spotted in Jaffa on Friday caused quite a stir.

Army Radio's Arab Affairs news hound Jacky Hugi spotted a silver Mercedes parked near Jaffa's Clock Tower bearing a Saudi license plate -- a highly unusual, if not unprecedented sight in Israel. He quickly pulled out his camera, sharing the image on Twitter.

"The nuclear deal with Iran is starting to prove itself," he wrote, in ironic reference to the shared concern over Iran's nuclear project that has made unlikely private allies of Israel and 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...
Later, a Facebook friend notified Hugi that he had struck up a conversation with the driver in Jerusalem, and had learned that he was a Saudi businessman.

Hugi told the Times of Israel on Sunday that he had no further information on the car, but said that if the driver were given an exceptional entry visa to Israel, there'd be no reason for his car to be banned.

No response was available from the Transportation Ministry at time of publication.
#1: Ah! Bagman to the courtesy phone, please!
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-07-28 08:04 ||Comments



Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Palestinian suspect killed during West Bank arrest operation
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[IsraelTimes] Police say they shot youth who then fell off a roof in attempt to flee; family claims he was tossed in the clink
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
and executed

Paleostinian youth fell to his death from a roof early Monday morning after he was shot by Israeli police who were attempting to arrest him, police said. Paleostinian sources denied that he died in a fall and claimed that he was executed.

Border Police forces entered the Qalandia refugee camp near Ramallah in the West Bank to arrest two "suspected terror activists," one of whom was shot in the leg as he was running away across a roof, then fell to his death as he tried to leap to another roof, police said in a statement.

The forces called on the running suspect to stop, before shooting at his lower extremities, police said.

"Despite that, the suspect continued to run and when he attempted to get to the roof of another building, he fell off it and was mortally maimed," the statement read.

A paramedic with the troops attempted to treat him, but was forced to pronounce him dead at the scene, police said.

The youth was identified as Muhammad Abu Latifa, 18.

Abu Latifa's family and local Paleostinian sources disputed the police account, claiming that he was "executed" by police after he was apprehended.

"He was chased at 5:30 a.m., shot in the feet then arrested alive," his uncle Jamal Abu Latifa told the Paleostinian Ma'an news agency. "Surprisingly, the Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest, then tied him with electricity wires and we have evidence that some of his body parts were fractured as a result of the assault by soldiers."

Abu Latifa and a second man were suspected of having planned a terror attack in Israel, police said. Police did not initially say whether the second suspect was arrested.

Abu Latifa was the third Paleostinian to be killed in the West Bank by IDF soldiers during an arrest operation in the past week.


Africa North: Egypt PM extends North Sinai curfew for three months
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[AlAhram] Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has extended for three months a curfew in North Sinai, according to a decree issued in the government's official gazette on Saturday.
...thus proving he does, indeed, exist ...or at least is less imaginary than originally supposed.
"There will be an extension of the state of emergency in the designated areas for three months starting from Sunday July 26, 2015," the article stated.

The designated areas of the curfew include Rafah, Al-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid cities, and surrounding areas.

The curfew was first applied, on 25 October 2014, for three months but has been renewed a number of times. It was originally applied a day after 31 army personnel were killed and 30 injured in a car kaboom.

In October, the curfew was 11 hours overnight. However,
man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them...
it was later reduced to eight hours.

In April, some local residents expressed their anger at the curfew via the Twitter hashtag #Enough_Curfew and detailed the difficulties it caused.

Egypt's army is fighting an Islamist insurrection based in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, which has heightened since the ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in July 2013. The violence has largely targeted security forces, killing hundreds over the past two years.

Sinai Province, which has pledged allegiance to 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....
group, has grabbed credit most of the assaults taking place in the peninsula.


Israel-Palestine-Jordan: Gazans protest cutbacks in UN services
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[IsraelTimes] UN agency for Paleostinian refugees forced to reduce aid to Gazoo as it struggles to overcome $100-million debt

Hundreds of Paleostinians demonstrated outside the United Nation's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gazoo Strip on Sunday to protest the agency's reduction of services, the result of an unprecedented financial crisis.

The United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
issued an urgent appeal for contributions last week to prevent such a cutback, but to no avail.

One of the banners raised by protesters read, "The reduction in services is leading to Gazoo being blasted by poverty, oppression and insecurity," according to the Paleostinian Ma'an news agency.

The special coordinator for the Paleostinian grinding of the peace processor, Nickolay Mladenov, warned the UN Security Council that UNRWA has a $100-million shortfall that needs to be solved in the coming weeks. Otherwise, he said, "there is a serious risk that UNRWA schools, which educate 500,000 children throughout the Middle East, will not open."

"This will have grave implications for Paleostine refugee children in Gazoo, the West Bank, Jordan, Leb and Syria, and for the stability and security of a region already in turmoil," Mladenov said. "I am deeply concerned about UNRWA's current unprecedented financial crisis."

Mladenov also urged donor nations to increase their support for the Paleostinian Authority, which is running at a $500-million deficit this year -- a gap which, he said, could not be covered with fiscal measures alone.

Walid al-Awad, an official from the Paleostinian People's Party, condemned the postponement of the school year, telling Ma'an that he and the people he represents refuse to accept the UN decision.

Talal Abu Zarifa, a member of the marxist DFLP -- the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Paleostine
... a breakaway faction of the Pöpular Frönt för the Liberation of Paleostine. The are regarded as the most intellectual of Paleostinian fedayeen groups, smoking cheap cigarettes and drawing heavily on Marxist-Leninist theory to explain their crappy lives. They can occasionally be seen strutting through the streets of Paleostine, dressed up like soldiers and lugging firearms, though they seldom manage to hit anything and then usually by accident. This may be because of their habit of wearing black masks that cut off most of their vision. That would also explain their habit of occasionally walking into walls, which is a well-known attribute of those immersed in true understanding of the dialectic...
-- told Ma'an that the UN needed to rethink its policies.
A very good idea. The Palestinians have been funded for about seventy years; perhaps it is time to give that help to others in considerably greater need, though no doubt that is not what Mr. Abu Zarifa meant..
Abu Zarifa called for the international community and private donors to help UNRWA overcome its $100-million debt, so it could better serve the people of Gazoo.
#1: UNRWA supplies free education, food, housing and everything else people need, to all 'Palestinian refugees" including descendants, until there is peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
Have you noticed that the "refugees" became violent when peace seemed near?
In fact it is the unwillingness of the refugees to give up welfare that has been the main obstacle to peace with Israel.
UNRWA is the UN's biggest program and the biggest obstacle to peace.
Posted by: djk@math.mit.edu|| 2015-07-28 05:13 ||Comments

#2: Er.. After what - 60 years those aren't refugees any more.

The UNRWA purpose is to keep them refugees.
Posted by: CrazyFool|| 2015-07-28 08:56 ||Comments



The Grand Turk: Turkey, U.S. aim for safe zone cleared of Islamic State in northern Syria
Posted by Fred 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 559 words Read the whole thing on page 2
[REUTERS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
and the United States are working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and jointly sweep 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....
fighters from a strip of land along the Turkish border, bolstering the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
member's security and providing a safe haven for civilians.

Long a reluctant member of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey last week made a dramatic turnaround by granting the alliance access to its air bases and bombarding targets in Syria linked to the jihadist movement.

Struggling with more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees, Turkey has long campaigned for a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria to keep Islamic State and Kurdish bandidos Lions of Islam from its border and help stem the tide of displaced civilians trying to cross.

While no such formal arrangement has been struck with Washington, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the two allies saw eye to eye on the need to provide air cover for moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State.

"What we have now is air coverage to clear a region from Daesh (Islamic State) and support the moderate opposition so they can gain control of that region," Davutoglu told Turkey's ATV in an interview broadcast live.

"We do not want to see Daesh on Turkey's borders."

In Washington, U.S. officials said discussions were ongoing about the size and scope of a safe zone along the border, which would be cleared of Islamic State fighters and allow moderate rebels to operate freely.

"The goal is to establish an ISIL-free zone and ensure greater security and stability along Turkey's border with Syria," a senior B.O. regime official said, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
. ISIL is an acronym for Islamic State.


Economy: Hasenstab stands firm on Ukraine debt
Posted by badanov 07/28/2015  00:00 0 Comments 220 words Read the whole thing on page 3
In recent months, Ukrainian government officials have been crisscrossing the globe, asking Ukraine’s creditors for relief on $23 billion in debt the country says it can’t pay. Without relief, Ukraine’s economy could sink into the financial void. That puts Michael Hasenstab, the boy wonder of distressed debt management, front and center in a financial crisis that could determine the fate of a country Russian President Vladimir Putin covets with eager eyes.

Hasenstab, 42, represents the investment firm Franklin Templeton as one of the four members on the Ad-hoc Committee of Bondholders to Ukraine, a panel of representatives from three U.S. mutual funds and one Brazilian bank. The debt-holders have to decide whether they will acquiesce to Ukraine’s demands and allow it to pay 40 percent less than it owes. As the largest holder of Kiev’s debt, Hasenstab, chief investment officer of Templeton Global Macro, stands to lose billions of dollars if that occurs.

Ukraine is in desperate need of economic growth, something it has been severely lacking in recent years. Investors have been spooked away by the continuing civil war with Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east, as well as by years of endemic government corruption.
More at the link


Home Front: Politix: Short video: What happended to Hillary ?
Posted by Besoeker 07/28/2015  00:00 2 Comments 0 words Read the whole thing on page 6


Home Front: WoT: The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad
Posted by Steve White 07/28/2015  00:00 13 Comments 34 words Read the whole thing on page 4
Couldn't have said it better myself. Kill this project today.
#1: Amen. Kill the damn thing, before it kills us.
Posted by: DarthVader|| 2015-07-28 00:16 ||Comments

#2: As usual, the techy loving admirals and generals tried to make the F-35 into a flying Swiss Army Knife...much like a bad rerun of the F-111 program
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom|| 2015-07-28 00:18 ||Comments

#3: It sure left Oshkosh in a hurry. The F 22's were more impressive and just plain looked right.
Posted by: Zorba de Medici9541|| 2015-07-28 01:01 ||Comments

#4: And yeah, the article quotes the lies from the idiot David Axe piece. It's bad enough that he lies, why do y'all feel so damn compelled to lie to me on his behalf?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2015-07-28 01:03 ||Comments

#5: Damnit, here's a link:
Furthermore, it should be noted, there’s quite a few people pushing back against Axe’s sensationalistic piece. Far from being the true test that shows once and for all the F-35 is a POS, it was in fact, a first look, aimed at finding out not so much how well the F-35 performed against the F-16, but rather at what parts of the flight control software could be improved to give the F-35 more maneuverability, particularly at high Angles of Attack (AoA). It appears the F-35 used in the test, AF-2 the second build “A” model for the Air Force, was also using flight control software that restricted certain portions of the envelope. And my sources also tell me the test took place during a time when there were restrictions on the engine performance. While the pilot might have no restrictions on throttle movement, the Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) was programmed in a manner that would restrict some of the output.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2015-07-28 01:26 ||Comments

#6: "But, does it have port holes?"
Posted by: newc|| 2015-07-28 02:16 ||Comments

#7: There were warnings.
Posted by: Besoeker|| 2015-07-28 04:33 ||Comments

#8: TFSM, here's the deal: It doesn't matter whether it can go into orbit like a flying saucer, if we can't afford to build them, then we can't have them.
It's kind of like the plans for the fleet of B2's.
Posted by: ed in texas|| 2015-07-28 08:08 ||Comments

#9: Ed: then maybe you should look at the people who are committing disarmament-by-goldbricking by keeping the production rate low and keeping it in eternal prototype status.

Furthermore, the people committing disarmament-by-goldbricking have getting the project cancelled after spending the development money as one of their _objectives_.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2015-07-28 08:54 ||Comments

#10: Well the problems that buggered the F-35 have been around since the 1970's. One of the big ones is distributed manufacturing and design. Instead of building a complete aircraft at a site, pieces of it get parceled out do different states to get politicians behind it. Then they add security clearance requirements out the wazoo for the guys that actually build the tooling and design the software. Strange things happen. On one project the tail was an inch off diameter from fitting the fuselage.
Posted by: Bob These1478|| 2015-07-28 09:42 ||Comments

#11: Bob, then the answer would be to change the plan so it is built all in ft worth like the f16.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain|| 2015-07-28 13:58 ||Comments

#12: Bottom line, We gotta make this thing work.
Posted by: Shipman|| 2015-07-28 14:39 ||Comments

#13: Yeah, Fort Worth, the proposed home to 50% of the A-12 production also. another gold plated POS (but at least it was the NAVY's POS)
Posted by: USN, Ret.|| 2015-07-28 15:02 ||Comments