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Afghanistan
Terror groups should be eliminated with no distinction, Atmar tells Aziz
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Mohammad Hanif Atmar has said all terror groups should be eliminated in the region without any distinction.

Atmar made the remarks during a telephone conversation with Pakistain’s foreign affairs adviser Sartaj PrunefaceAziz
...Adviser to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, who believes in good jihadis and bad jihadis as a matter of national policy...
Condemning the recent attacks in Pakistain, Atmar said 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 has grabbed credit behind the attack on Shahbaz Qaland shrine, similarly as the group grabbed credit for the attacks on mosques and shrines in Afghanistan.

Insisting that the two countries are facing a common enemy, Atmar called on Pak authorities to jointly work against the menace of terror the two nations are facing, emphasizing that Afghanistan is ready to collaborate with Pakistain and other international allies.

He also added that both countries must maintain a strong and transparent commitment to prevent the terrorist groups operate on their soil.

"There should be no distinction between terrorist groups who themselves show no distinction between countries or people and no regard for human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
," he added.

He reiterated that the two countries must find and execute effective strategies to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries wherever they exist without any distinction.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Afghanistan summons Pak ambassador over shelling, terrorist safe havens
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Pak Ambassador to Afghanistan was summoned over artillery shelling in eastern provinces of Afghanistan and safe havens of the bully boyz in Pakistain from where they launch attacks on Afghanistan.

Syed Abrar Hussain was summoned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to lodge a protest over the shelling

Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai conveyed Afghanistan’s condolences over the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistain and said the Afghan government wants the Pak authorities to take immediate steps against the bully boyz hiding in Pakistain.

Karzai further added that the recent artillery shelling in Lalpur district of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
and other eastern provinces has forced thousands of Afghans to flee their homes in a harsh winter season.

Asking the Pak authorities for explanation regarding the shelling, Karzai also expressed concern
...meaning the brow was mildly wrinkled, the eyebrows drawn slightly together, and a thoughtful expression assumed, not that anything was actually done or indeed that any thought was actually expended...
s regarding the arrest of nearly 150 Afghans in Islamabad and Rawalpindi cities of Pakistain and the closure of routes along the Durand Line.

The Pak ambassador promised to refer the issues shared by Afghanistan to the relevant authorities in Pakistain.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  they should just have an Outlook reoccurring appointment for "Summoning" each other
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2017 9:49 Comments || Top||


No step taken by Pakistan on Afghanistan’s list of terrorists: Shaheem
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The Afghan National Army Chief of Staff General Qadam Shah Shaheem has said Pak has not taken any step regarding the evidences and documents submitted by Afghanistan so far.

Gen. Shaheem said Afghanistan will review the list of turbans submitted by Pakistain, alleging that 76 turbans are operating in their safe havens in Afghan soil.

He said further evidence and documents will be requested from Pakistain if needed, emphasizing that Pakistain has so far failed to respond to the evidence and documents submitted regarding the terror groups operating in Pak soil against Afghanistan.

Gen. Shaheem further added that Afghanistan welcomes to receive documents and evidences regarding any terrorist group and reiterated that the Afghan cops will never allow the terror groups to use the Afghan soil against the other countries.

This comes as the Pak military summoned a number of the Afghan embassy officials on Friday and handed over a list of at least 76 turbans which they claim are having sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

Earlier, the Pak military announced that the routes linking the two countries along the Durand Line have been closed after the attacks.

Gen. Ghafoor said "Pakistain-Afghanistan Border closed with immediate effects till further orders due to security reasons."

The steps by Pakistain were taken following a series of deadly attacks including a suicide kaboom on a shrine in Sindh province that left over 70 people dead and scores of others maimed.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Africa North
Sudanese Cleric Yousuf Al-Koda: Sharia Permits Normalizing Ties with Israel
[Breitbart] TEL AVIV ‐ A Sudanese cleric and politician has called for his country to declare a truce with Israel, saying that Sharia law permits it
...Oboy -- a hudna: one day less than ten years max, to be ended without warning when the Muslim party is able to renew hostilities...
and prolonging the lack of relations only harms Sudan and not the Jewish state.

Yousuf Al-Koda, head of the Islamic Wasat Party, delivered a speech entitled "The Relations with Israel ‐ Religious Aspects" in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum earlier this month.

News website Sudanese Online, in an article translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), quoted Al-Koda as saying "the occupation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque does not prevent establishing relations with Israel."

"The fact that Jerusalem is in the hands of the Jews should not prevent us from maintaining ties with them," he said.

The cleric added that establishing diplomatic ties with Israel was "perfectly permissible according to the Muslim sharia" law. The prophet Muhammed’s own actions attest to this fact, because he signed agreements with infidels, Al-Koda said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2017 02:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fool me once, shame on you.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/19/2017 5:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Sharia law permits normalizing ties with Israel? Not everyone got the memo.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/19/2017 8:31 Comments || Top||


Egypt's PM bans motorcycles in North, Central Sinai for 1 year
[AlAhram] Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued a decree Saturday to ban cycle of violences from restive areas in Central and North Sinai for a year, al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

The decree outlines the following areas or cities: Rafah, Sheikh Zuweid, al-Arish, al-Midan, Maghara, al-Khatmiya, Sidr al-Hitan, Qalaat al-Gindi, and Taba, including Ras Sedr area.

Ismail added that cycle of violence spare parts are also barred, so far as this "does not contradict the demands of the national development plan of Sinai."

Egypt’s army and police forces have been waging a war over the past three years against an Islamist holy warrior insurgency in North Sinai. Hundreds have been killed in the violence.

Militants sometimes use motorcyles to attack army and police forces. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
exact statistics of such attacks are unavailable.

In July 2015, the Egyptian cabinet issued a decree banning 4x4 vehicles in the areas designated by the Egyptian armed forces as stages of military operations in North and South Sinai governorates, following an intensive military operation against Islamist Death Eaters at the time.

Islamist Death Eaters have reportedly used 4x4 vehicles in repeated attacks on security forces.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi issued a decree establishing a state of emergency in parts of North Sinai in October 2014, renewed periodically since.

Under emergency law, Egypt's army and police have the authority to "take any action necessary to confront terrorism and protect public and private property in the areas under the state of emergency." A curfew in place lasts from 5pm to 7am.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under: Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (IS)

#1  Bike-Nazi sez no ride for you, one year!
Posted by: Shipman || 02/19/2017 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Trying to break the "CYCLE of Violence. ™ ®"
Posted by: AlanC || 02/19/2017 7:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Go to your room.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/19/2017 9:37 Comments || Top||


Egypt denies plan to resettle Palestinians in Sinai
[AA.TR] Egypt’s Foreign Ministry on Friday denied recent speculation that a plan had been hatched to resettle Paleostinians in the Sinai Peninsula with a view to establishing a Paleostinian state in Sinai and Gazoo.

"Sinai is Egyptian territory," ministry front man Ahmed Abu Zeid said in televised comments.

The notion of resettling Paleostinians on the peninsula, he added, "has not at any stage been the subject of discussion between Egyptian and foreign officials".

Abu Zeid’s assertion follows recent statements by Ayoob Kara, a Druze-Israeli politician, in which he said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
had discussed a plan -- allegedly proposed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi -- to establish a Paleostinian state in Sinai and the Gazoo Strip.

"Egypt’s stance on the Paleostinian [national] cause is clear: Egypt supports a two-state solution [to the Israel-Paleostine dispute]," the front man said.

He went on to stress that Paleostinian aspirations for a state of their own could only be achieved through direct negotiations between Paleostinians and Israelis.

At a Wednesday joint presser with Netanyahu at the White House, Trump appeared to throw cold water on the notion of a two-state solution.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [51 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Translates to we haven't seen enough zeros yet.
Posted by: phil_b || 02/19/2017 0:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Then Israel & Egypt could have joint games to see whose artillery is more accurate.
Posted by: AlanC || 02/19/2017 7:49 Comments || Top||


Ex-Gitmo detainee says he would rather go back than endure life in Tunisia
[NYTimes] After eight years as a detainee in the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he [Hedi Hammami] said he still suffers from headaches, depression, and anxiety attacks from the torture and other mistreatment he says he suffered there, even six years after his release.

Married with two children now and employed as a nighttime ambulance driver, Hammami, 47, seems to have rebuilt his life. Yet the pressures of living in Tunisia's faltering democracy, under harassment and enduring repeated raids by the police, have driven him to make an extreme request.

"It would be better for me to go back to that single cell and to be left alone,'' he said recently. "Two or three weeks ago I went to the Red Cross and asked them to connect me to the US foreign ministry to ask to go back to Guantanamo.''

The Red Cross refused to take his request
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Honestly, from what I saw in a documentary about Guantanamo, they have it better than jails for US citizens. And yes, I have seen some of these jails.
I know locals don't give two shits about your religion or strict diet. It's either eat or dont eat
Posted by: chris || 02/19/2017 6:33 Comments || Top||


Europe
Islam is not source of terrorism, says Germany's Merkel
[AA.TR] Islam is not the source of terrorism, and Islamic scholars and Moslem countries should speak up against fundamentalists to make this clear to the world, Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom...
has said.

In her address to the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, Merkel underlined the importance of close cooperation with Moslem countries in defeating ISIS, 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...
and international terrorism.

"I think, those countries, first and foremost have to give a contribution. Because only in this way we would be able to convince people that it is not Islam that is the source of terrorism. But a falsely understood Islam," she said.

"I expect from religious authorities of Islam to find strong language in order to delimitate peaceful Islam from terrorism committed in the name of Islam. We as non-Moslems cannot do this, it should be done by Islamic clergy and authorities," she added.

Merkel said she had discussed the fight against terrorism during her meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim this morning in Munich.

"I have just now addressed this issue with the Turkish prime minister. We know that particularly our NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
partner The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
is very much threatened through the challenge of international Islamist terrorism through ISIS, but also obviously the terrorism of PKK," she said.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And yet it has been nearly two decades since 9/11 and they haven't

and al Azhar university, foremost authority of Islam, has ruled Islamic State are NOT heretics, that they are extremist yes but they are able to justify all they do through Islamic teachings

you can see the problem we have here, can't you

stupid Merkel
Posted by: anon1 || 02/19/2017 0:32 Comments || Top||

#2  secondly Turkey is on the side of sunni Islamofascism as Erdogan has repeatedly sided with Islamic State, supported the Caliphate and sold its oil

and the reason is, Erdogan wants a return of the Caliphate just with Ankara as the capital as it was under the Ottomans

so he wants to support and co-opt Islamic State.

He also loves Islamic State as they are fighting Assad whom he hates because he's an alawite and therefore "not a real muslim"

and because they are fighting the kurds who he hates as he doesn't want them to get a homeland on his border

so Islamic State are BFFs with Erdogan

so why is Erdogan's turkey still in NATO?

Because NATO is irrelevant. NATO was set up to confront the Evil Empire of communism which fell

Now the enemy is Islamism

and now Turkey is no longer our ally against the commies, they are our enemy in our new fight
Posted by: anon1 || 02/19/2017 0:36 Comments || Top||

#3  "I expect from religious authorities of Islam to find strong language in order to delimitate peaceful Islam from terrorism committed in the name of Islam."

I expect that in the same way that I expect Publisher's Clearinghouse to knock on my door and tell my I won their gazillions for life award (despite the pesky fact that I never registered for it).
Posted by: Crusader || 02/19/2017 1:06 Comments || Top||

#4  So now she's an expert on Islam as well as climate?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/19/2017 5:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Am I wrong, but isn't Assad an alawite too?
Posted by: chris || 02/19/2017 6:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Was it over when stay-behind Stasi
Girl harbored her pets from Benghazi?
When all those around her
Watched Angela flounder
As Germany went kamikaze?
Posted by: Zenobia Floger6220 || 02/19/2017 6:59 Comments || Top||

#7  So Islam is not a source of terrorism, just the Fundamentalists of Islam? Huh?
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2017 9:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Merkel has a credibility problem--it is badly strained.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/19/2017 10:15 Comments || Top||

#9  ...it is not Islam that is the source of terrorism. But a falsely understood Islam.

And who would know more about Islamic orthodoxy than a Lutheran Christian woman from Germany?
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/19/2017 11:09 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
After al-Bab liberation, next target is Manbij: Erdogan
[AA.TR] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
's target after liberating al-Bab, Syria, from ISIS is the town of Manbij, and clearing the terrorist PKK's Syrian offshoot, PYD, from the region, Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
said Friday.

Erdogan’s remarks came in an interview with the satellite channel al-Arabiya that aired during his visit to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, as part of a Gulf tour that also took the Turkish leader to Bahrain and Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates...
Erdogan linked the resolution of the Syrian crisis with confronting terrorism, especially the ISIS terror group inside Syria.

Turkey’s president reiterated that a terror-free safe zone should be established between Jarablus and al-Rai in northern Syria, decrying the "large human crisis represented by the refugees, 2.8 million of whom Turkey is hosting".

Turkey hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country in the world. It has spent approximately $25 billion to shelter and provide for refugees since the beginning of Syrian war in early 2011.

Erdogan stressed that to achieve stability in the region and Syria, serious support from Gulf states, led by 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...
, is needed.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Turkey to not get directly involved in Raqqah operation
[AA.TR] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
will not get directly involved in an operation to liberate Syria’s Raqqah from ISIS, but instead it will provide tactical support, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

"The United States, Turkey along with local forces, civilian forces, the FSA [Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
] and other militias... they are at the forefront while we are at the back," Yildirim told news hounds in Munich where he is attending a security conference.

About the possibility of the U.S. not getting involving in the Raqqah operation, Yildirim said the U.S. had an operation plan in any case.

He also said ties between the two countries would breakdown if the U.S. decided to involve the PKK/PYD terror group in the Raqqah operation.

Turkey considers the PYD and its military wing, YPG, as Syrian branches of the terrorist PKK group. The PKK -- listed as a terror organization by Turkey, the U.S., and EU -- resumed its armed campaign in July 2015 and since then has been responsible for the deaths of approximately 1,100 Turkish security personnel and civilians, including women and kiddies.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  they are at the forefront while we are at the back"

A Turk behind you? Not good.
Posted by: Pappy || 02/19/2017 9:43 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Names of Hafiz Saeed, aide added to ATA’s fourth schedule
[DAWN] LAHORE: The 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....

government has included names of Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
(JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed
...who would be wearing a canvas jacket with very long sleeves anyplace but Pakistain...
and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA).

Hafiz Saeed
...founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba and its false-mustache offshoot Jamaat-ud-Dawa. The United Nations declared the JuD a terrorist organization in 2008 and Hafiz Saeed a terrorist as its leader. Hafiz, JuD and LeT are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Pak intel apparatus, so that amounted to squat...
’s name has also been put on the exit control list.

A senior police officer privy to the development told Dawn on Friday that the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) had added their names to the list of the 1,450 ’fourth schedulers’ on an order of the federal interior ministry.

Three other men whose names were added to the list were Abdullah Obaid from Faisalabad
...formerly known as Lyallpur, the third largest metropolis in Pakistain, the second largest in Punjab after Lahore. It is named after some Arab because the Paks didn't have anybody notable of their own to name it after...
, and Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman Abid from the Markaz-e-Taiba, Muridke.

The five men were identified by the interior ministry as "active members of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-e-Insaniyat
...the current false nose and mustache of Jamaat ud-Dawa, which was the false nose and mustache of Lashkar e-Taiba...
". The ministry directed the CTD to "move and take necessary action" against them.

The names of three prisoners transferred to Pakistain from Guantanamo Bay had also been placed on the list, he said. However,
there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly...
he refused to share the identity of anyone other than the JuD leaders.

Hafiz Saeed was sent to his room on Jan 30 amid an angry uproar from his party and political allies. This was followed by an extraordinary development in which the army supported the step taken by the civilian government, and it was viewed by many as a sign of changing security priorities.

The Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 empowers the government to mark a person as "proscribed", and to place that person on the fourth schedule on an ex-parte basis.
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under: Lashkar e-Taiba


Southeast Asia
Philippines militant group ends recruitment of children
[AA.TR] The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has finally ended the recruitment and use of children in the violent conflict plaguing southern Philippines, the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Saturday.

In a statement, UNICEF Philippines said MILF has committed “to end the recruitment and use of children within their ranks" under an action plan it signed with UN concerned agencies in 2009 and 2013.

Representative Lotta Sylwander said the militant group released children who were associated with the revolutionary group's armed wing -- the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces and Bangsamoro Islamic Women's Auxiliary Brigade.

The first batch of around 1,858 children, who were identified and validated formally or informally associated with the MILF's armed wing, were reportedly released by the BIAF on Saturday in Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, where the MILF’s central headquarters is said to be located.

According to the statement, the release of child combatants will be until March 2017 and this step was part of a series of ceremonies that will eventually disengage children from being so-called MILF’s "child warriors".
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: Moro Islamic Liberation Front


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Riachi Says No Negotiations between LF and Hizbullah
[An Nahar] Lebanese Forces
A Christian political party founded by Bashir Gemayel, who was then bumped off when he was elected president of Leb...
Information Minister Melhem Riachi emphasized on Saturday that contacts with Hizbullah
...Party of God, a Leb militia inspired, founded, funded and directed by Iran. Hizbullah refers to itself as The Resistance and purports to defend Leb against Israel, with whom it has started and lost one disastrous war to date, though it did claim victory...
are merely limited to the party's ministers and politicians, the state-run National News Agency reported.

"We do not negotiate with Hizbullah. There are some contacts limited to Hizbullah ministers and deputies," said Riachi during a visit to the eastern city of Zahle where LF MP Toni Abi Khater received him at his residence in the presence of a number of LF politicians.

"There are a lot of differences between us provided these differences do not turn into major conflicts," added Riachi.

Early in January, Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea
... Geagea was imprisoned by the Syrians and their puppets for 11 years in a dungeon in the third basement level of the Lebanese Ministry of Defense. He was released after the Cedar Revolution in 2005 ...
dismissed any hostility in ties with Hizbullah, but stressed that dialogue with the party must be based on a clear road-map aimed at building the real state of Leb.

Separately, Riachi hailed ongoing efforts to agree on a new electoral law, he said: "There are genuine efforts to formulate an electoral law that rectifies the damaged Christian representation, lifts injustice without being unfair to others, and preserve everyone's right of everyone, including MP Walid Wally Jumblat
... Druze politician, head of the Progressive Socialist Party, who's been on every side in Leb at least four times. He'll sell you his friends for a dollar, but family comes higher because of shipping and handling...
."
Posted by: Fred || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [25 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah


Terror Networks
Famed Epidemiologists Bill and Melinda Gates: Tens of millions could be killed by bio-terrorism
[Guardian] A chilling warning that tens of millions of people could be killed by bio-terrorism was delivered at the Munich security conference by the world’s richest man, Bill Gates

Gates, who has spent much of the last 20 years funding a global health campaign, said: "We ignore the link between health security and international security at our peril."

Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft who has spent billions in a philanthropic drive to improve health worldwide, said: "The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus ... or a super contagious and deadly strain of the flu."

US and UK intelligence agencies have said that Islamic State has been trying to develop biological weapons at its bases in Syria and Iraq. However, they have played down the threat, saying that the terrorists would need people with the necessary skills, good laboratories and a relatively calm environment free from the confusion and chaos of conflict zones.

Yet other security specialists say the threat from bio-terrorism has become more realistic over the past decade, particularly the past five years, with changes in molecular biology that make development of biological weapons more accessible.

Gates, making his first appearance at the Munich security conference on Saturday, said: "Whether it occurs by a quirk of nature or at the hand of a terrorist, epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year. And they say there is a reasonable probability the world will experience such an outbreak in the next 10 to 15 years."
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/19/2017 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:

#1  all it would take is some ebola-infected blood in the zam zam well on day 1 of hajj

hundreds of millions would die as the pilgrims fly home. muslims would make up the bulk of the body count because their families wash the bodies of the dead

the speed of transmission would overwhelm innoculation supplies which would be rationed to health workers.
Posted by: anon1 || 02/19/2017 0:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Gates sucks...

But even the United States own Center for Disease Control has lost focus BADLY on its own mission. A significant amount of their focus had been misdirected away from "Disease Control" and instead towards such bullshit partisan politics like guns, consumption of salt, etc.
Posted by: Crusader || 02/19/2017 1:09 Comments || Top||

#3  "towards such bullshit partisan politics like guns, consumption of salt, etc."

Isn't that the job of the Surgeon General?

Whatever became of the Surgeon General anyway? I haven't heard or read anything about or from the Surgeon General for quite a few years. All I know is that the current Surgeon General is Dr, Vivek Murthy and not much else.
Posted by: Seeking cure for ignorance || 02/19/2017 4:02 Comments || Top||

#4  "We ignore the link between health security and international security Islamic terrorism at our peril." coz honestly, Bill, it's a Tom Clancy novel from 20 years ago - you just read it? But who else in the world is that crazy - well DPRK maybe
Posted by: Bov Flimbers || 02/19/2017 4:31 Comments || Top||

#5  Gates proposal to tax robots is seriously idiotic. Might as well tax steam engines which were probably the biggest destroyer of jobs in the modern age.
Posted by: phil_b || 02/19/2017 5:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Might as well tax steam engines

Ask a trucker how much tax he/she paid for on their rig, annual licensing, not to mention the ones on his fuel and income. Not to mention, point of entry (all commercial vehicles take the next right).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/19/2017 8:09 Comments || Top||

#7  #5 Gates proposal to tax robots is seriously idiotic.

If you are going to tax robots, then robots should be able to vote. No Taxation Without Representation
Posted by: SteveS || 02/19/2017 9:10 Comments || Top||

#8  "The next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus ... This reads like a fictional account of such an epidemic by Terry Hayes entitled "I Am Pilgrim." Lengthy, but an exciting read.
Posted by: JohnQC || 02/19/2017 10:11 Comments || Top||

#9  US and UK intelligence agencies have said that Islamic State has been trying to develop biological weapons at its bases in Syria and Iraq. However, they have played down the threat, saying that the terrorists would need people with the necessary skills, good laboratories and a relatively calm environment free from the confusion and chaos of conflict zones.

"Baby Milk Factory™"
Posted by: Frank G || 02/19/2017 10:25 Comments || Top||

#10  I suppose 'point-n-click' mouse electrocutions don't count.
Posted by: Skidmark || 02/19/2017 10:55 Comments || Top||



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