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-Land of the Free
This Air Force combat controller died alone on a mountaintop in Afghanistan ‐ now he's being awarded the Medal of Honor
[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.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2018 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  And its heros like this that make puppet reenlistments an automatic discharge/ firing offense. Thank you for your service, sir and God’s love and continued comfort on your family.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/21/2018 9:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Well said!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/21/2018 10:14 Comments || Top||

#3  That wasn't a puppet reenlistment, it was a Barney the purple dinosaur reenlistment.

Choose your words carefully when you address me.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/21/2018 15:31 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
Somaliland President Urged To Resign On Treason Charges
[RADIOSHABELLE] The leader of Somaliland’s opposition party Abdirahman Irro has called on the state’s President Muse Bihi to immediately step down on treason charges.

Speaking at a presser in Hargeisa on Thursday, Irro has accused the serving President of hiding the truth of the UAE deals over Berbera port from the public.

Irro who leads the opposition Waddani party has run for the presidency last year and lost to Muse Bihi Abdi from the ruling Kulmiye party.

The breakaway Somaliland inked multi-million agreements with the United Arab Arab Emirates [UAE] during the last government under former president Ahmed Mohammed Siilaanyo.
Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under:


Somaliland Arrests King Bur Madow For Attending Elder’s Crowning In Puntland
[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.

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Soros foundations to quit Hungary amid political hostility
[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.

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Look how much effort it took to un-seat Satan.

It is about time and Hungary owes me lots of money. But we all know it is not about the money. This is priceless so it is even.

Sanity is priceless.
Posted by: newc || 04/21/2018 1:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Soros isn't invincible and leftism isn't inevitable. But it is a serious fight and the anti-left must win.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/21/2018 8:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Open Society Foundations will close their office in Budapest and move their eastern European operations to Berlin

How fitting.

Why not the Wolfschanze?
Posted by: charger || 04/21/2018 11:33 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iran to help Iraq produce military equipment, including "ammunition, mortars, artillery, light weapons, drones and communications".
[NINA] Iraqi Acting Minister of Industry and Minerals, Mohammad Shiaa al-Sudani and Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami signed a cooperation agreement in the field of military industrialization.

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."
This article starring:
Amir Hatami
Mohammad Shiaa al-Sudani
Posted by: 3dc || 04/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [129 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Thank you president Bush.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/21/2018 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  #1: What did president bush (G.W.) or (G.H.W) have to do with Iran?
Posted by: irishrageboy || 04/21/2018 20:18 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Natalie Portman refuses to attend ceremony for Israeli million-dollar prizer
[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."

Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now that's ruined my day.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/21/2018 2:05 Comments || Top||

#2  "Must be present to win"
Posted by: Frank G || 04/21/2018 11:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, at least she got her name out there. And "on the cheap," no less.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 04/21/2018 13:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Natalie Portman??

She's so yesterday
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/21/2018 15:33 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Tells Israel, ‘Our Fingers Are on the Trigger, Missiles Are Ready to Launch' As Syria Tensions Mount
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/21/2018 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Somehow I don't think poor trigger discipline is going to intimidate the IDF.
Posted by: Matt || 04/21/2018 10:50 Comments || Top||

#2  That looks like Snark of the Day.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/21/2018 16:33 Comments || Top||


Syrian Army’s elite division likely to deploy to southwest Idlib for offensive
[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.
Posted by: Fred || 04/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  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?
Posted by: magpie || 04/21/2018 15:04 Comments || Top||


US offers $1 mn reward to locate journalist missing in Syria
[AlAhram] The United States is offering a reward of $1 million for information about Austin Tice, an American journalist missing in Syria since 2012.

The FBI announced the reward this week, without any explanation on the timing.

"The timing of this reward is unrelated to any specific event," an FBI spokeswoman said.

Tice, 36, is believed to the only American journalist currently held in Syria, one of the most dangerous countries for the news media in recent years.

A freelance journalist working for McClatchy News, the Washington Post, CBS, AFP and other news organizations, Tice was kidnapped in August 2012 near Damascus.

Tice's family has launched several appeals for information about his whereabouts, saying they believe he is still alive.

In 2016, a #FreeAustinTice banner was attached to the facade of the Newseum, a museum focused on news media and located on the street linking the US Capitol and the White House.

An FBI statement on its website said it would offer the reward "for information leading directly to the safe location, recovery, and return" of Tice.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/21/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under:



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