[Bus Insider] It was March 4, 2002. American special operations forces were fighting to establish observation posts high above Afghanistan's Shah-i-Kot Valley, as conventional troops continued their push through the valley floor below.
One of those men, Air Force Technical Sgt. John Chapman, was alone in the pitch-black, wounded and slowly regaining his consciousness in the thigh-deep snow of a 10,469-foot peak known as Takur Ghar, as scores of Al Qaeda fighters closed in.
For his actions earlier in the battle and for his incredible bravery on that peak, according to sources familiar with the matter, Chapman will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor later this year.
And "Chappy" — as he was known by his teammates — will be the first Air Force service-member to receive the nation's highest award for valor since the Vietnam War.
[RADIOSHABELLE] The security forces of the northern breakaway region of Somaliland have detained a leading Somali traditional elder in the state’s capital, Hargeisa city on Thursday.
King Osman Aw Mohamud, known as Boqor Burmadow has been enjugged Book 'im, Mahmoud! from a hotel in Hargeisa and taken to police custody last night at around 8:30 p.m. local time.
Burmadow, who is an outspoken elder was detained day after attending the crowning of Beeldaaje Mohammed in Carmo, a small town in Somalia’s northeastern Puntland ...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion... region.
Speaking to the news hounds in Hargeisa, Somaliland Police front man, Feisal Hiis Dirie said the elder’s arrest came following a court warrant accusing him of Crimes against the State.
[REUTERS] George Soros ...either Ernst Stavro Blofeld or Auric Goldfinger come true... ’ Open Society Foundations will close their office in Budapest and move their eastern European operations to Berlin, Austria’s Die Presse newspaper reported on Thursday.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has blamed Soros, a Hungarian-born U.S. financier, for a host of ills and pushed through legislation cracking down on non-governmental organizations called the "Stop Soros" laws which drew international criticism.
The Hungarian news web site 444.hu said the Open Society Foundations office would shut by Aug. 31 and move first to Vienna then on to Berlin.
A statement issued by the ministry said that al-Sudani met with Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami. During the meeting, he signed a cooperation agreement in the field of technology transfer, localization of products for various military and civilian products and exchange of experiences through additional meetings of experts of the two parties to improve and expand future cooperation in military and civilian industrial projects. "
Al-Sudani appreciated the Iranian government's stance in supporting Iraq to combat terrorism and counter criminal gangs, which stresses the strategic relationship between Iraq and Iran and the real and serious desire of the two countries to cooperate in various other fields, especially the economic field, building campaigns and reconstruction of liberated cities.
He added, "There is a series of meetings, understandings and visits already held between the two sides at all levels and it is time to move to practical steps in light of Iraq's possession of enormous resources, human resources, expertise, competencies and infrastructure."
He pointed out that "the ministry tends towards the military industries through a competent body linked to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and prepare a law of its own will be published soon," pointing out that" the possession of the Ministry of Military Industries and companies and the support of the factories affiliated to it and the possibilities enjoyed by the competencies available in it, for future joint work, showing readiness and willingness to cooperate and work together. "
Sudani stressed "The need for quick steps to meet the requirements of the Iraqi side in the implementation of military industrial projects and the manufacture of part of the military equipment, such as light and medium equipment, ammunition, mortars, artillery, light weapons, drones and communications."
For his part, the Iranian Minister of Defense confirmed, "his country's continued support for Iraq and its serious desire to contribute to the campaigns of reconstruction after the great damage suffered in the cities and areas raided by Daesh gangs," reviewing" the possibilities of his country in the field of military industries and communications and manufacturing of military equipment, expressing full readiness to provide support and invest the potential of Iraq.
He called for "moving quickly to identify projects that can be implemented to achieve economic action with positive effects and results for the two countries."
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[The Peninsula] Israeli-American Hollywood actress Natalie Portman has refused to attend a ceremony in Israel to accept a million-dollar prize because of "distressing" events in the country, the organisers said, announcing the prizegiving had been cancelled.
Israel has drawn international criticism in recent weeks for lethal tactics used during festivities with Paleostinians along the border with Gazoo. Thirty-one Paleostinians have been killed and hundreds more maimed. Israel says it is doing what it must to defend its border.
In a statement on its website, the foundation that awards the Genesis Prize quoted a representative for Portman as saying: "Recent events in Israel have been extremely distressing to her and she does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel."
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian Arab Army’s elite Tiger Forces are likely to be redeployed to the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, a military source told al-Masdar News.
According to the source, the Tiger Forces will lead the offensive to retake the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughour, which has been under the control of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Fateh al-Sham ...formerly al-Nusra, the current false nose and mustache of al-Qaeda in the Levant, now something else... , Jabhat al-Nusra ...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-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 the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP).
Similar to their other offensives in northern Syria, the Tiger Forces will be backed by local militias and the Russian Aerospace Forces.
The Russian military has reportedly been given the green light by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund.... to launch this offensive, since the town is currently under the control of terrorist groups.
While nothing is official yet, the Tiger Forces to the Jisr al-Shughour front would make the most sense for their next deployment because the Russian military wants to secure the Hmaymim Airbase.
As long as the jihadist rebels maintain a presence in the al-Ghaab Plain and Jisr al-Shughour District, their rockets will be able to reach the Hmaymim Airbase and densely populated areas of the Latakia Governorate.
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The E. Qalamoun Pocket and the Ghouta Pocket are being reduced currently. The next will, probably?, be the Homs Pocket. As each infestation is 'cleansed' it frees up most of the forces besieging them.
The Jisr al-Shugour District is on the Turkish border. Is Assad ready to send in the SAA against Turkey's puppets?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
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