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I always hate to ask...
I know it's a bad time of year, but the fund has gone low. It's been four months, and I admit I spent part of it on on non-essentials. Well, I guess hosting is essential, but you know what I mean.

I sincerely thank those of you who make regular monthly donations.

I have a PayPal account set up that's supposed to cover hosting, hardware purchases, and occasionally beer or strong drink. I used to have an Amazon account for those who couldn't stand PayPal, but Amazon long ago decided I wasn't a good cause and dumped me. I've looked at other approaches, but none is quite as convenient (for me, anyway) as Paypal, meaning I'm either too dumb or too impatient to navigate the sign-up process.

The server's been up for 32 days as of tonight, since the last restart. That was associated with securing it. I upgraded from Debian 8 to 9, and most of the time it just loafs along now. It's hard to believe that I haven't laid physical eyes on it since July, 2016. Inevitably it's gonna crash someday, which is going to be a pain. I've moved to Delaware, so I'm not living twenty minutes away anymore. I was replacing hardware every three years, but this one feels more solid than any other one so far. Still, I'm going to buy its successor and start sync'ing it at some point after the new year.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [13 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thank you for all you do to make Rantburg for us, Fred. My envelope will be in the mail after I wake up today.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/16/2019 0:18 Comments || Top||

Special Forces kill, detain 12 Taliban militants in Kabul and 3 other provinces
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan Special Forces
...established in 2007 with the intent of taking one conventional infantry kandak (battalion) from each of the regional ANA corps, giving them special training and equipment, and reorganizing based on the U.S. Army Rangers. Each battalion is assigned to one of the six regional corps. The commandos comprise 7% of the Afghan National Security Forces but conduct 70% to 80% of the fighting...
killed or detained 12 Talibs during the operations in Kabul and three provinces.

The military officials said Sunday the Special Forces killed 6 Talibs and destroyed a small cache of weapons during a raid in Tarin Kot district of Uruzgan province.

The officials further added that the Special Forces arrested 3 Talibs and destroyed a small cache of weapons during a separate raid in Mahmood Raqi of Kapisa province.

The Special Forces arrested 2 Talibs during a raid in Kabul city, the officials said, adding that the Special Forces destroyed a cache of weapons during a raid in Shindand district of Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
The officials also added that the Special Forces arrested a Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
bully boy during a separate raid in Ghorian district of Herat province.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/16/2019 00:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Airstrikes kill 18 Taliban militants in Ghor, Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces
[KhaamaPress] A series of Arclight airstrike
s killed at least 18 Talibs in Ghor, Uruzan and Kandahar provinces, the informed military officials said Sunday.

The officials further added that the security forces conducted the airstrikes in the past 24 hours in the three provinces.

Elaborating further, the officials said an airstrike killed 12 faceless myrmidons in Dowlatyar district of Ghor province in the central parts of the country.

Another airstrike in Shaid-e Hasad district of Uruzgan killed 3 Talibs, the officials said, adding that a similar airstrike killed 3 more Talibs in Khakrez district of Kandahar.

The Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group has not commented regarding the airstrikes so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Fight To Arrest Qaisari in Mazar-e-Sharif Ongoing
[ToloNews] Afghan helicopters firing on Qaisari compound.

A clash that started late Saturday night in Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of Balkh province, is still ongoing. Security forces have surrounded the house of Nizamuddin Qaisari, the former police chief of Faryab’s Qaisar district, police officials confirmed.

Afghan helicopters targeted the house of Nizamuddin Qaisari, and "special forces have arrived at the scene," said police officials.

The festivities between security forces and Qaisari fighters started at 11:30 pm local time in PD5 of Mazar-s-Sharif after the security forces launched an operation to arrest Qaisari, said Gen. Mohammad Ajmal Fayez, provincial police chief.

The illegally-gunnies affiliated with Qaisari recently "destabilized the security situation in the city" and an "arrest warrant has been issued," officials said, adding that "Qaisari is fighting against police forces with his 150 gunnies."

"The arrested warrant has been issued after the residents complained against Qaisari," officials said.

Nearby houses have been damaged in the shootings, said Najibullah, a resident: "Our house was damaged in the shooting and is very close to the house where Qaisari is living."

Qaisari was formerly held by the National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS), but was recently freed.

Qaisari was arrested by the Afghan commandos in July after being accused of "insulting" the government, employing illegal gunnies and violating human rights
When they're defined by the state or an NGO they don't mean much...
Qaisari’s job had been suspended and travel ban had been put on him, according to source.

Before his release, Qaisari appeared at a ceremony at first Vice President General Abdul Rashid Dostum
...ethnic Uzbek warlord who distinguished himself fighting the Soviets and the Taliban. The story that he had a bad guy run over with a tank is an exaggeration. It was an armored personnel carrier...
’s residence in Kabul where he met a number of his supporters.

Qaisari is a close aide to Dostum.
Khaama Press adds:
The Afghan security forces have been unable to detain Nizamuddin Qaisari and his 150 armed men after 18-hour battle in Mazar-e-Sharif of Balkh province.

Nizamiuddin Qaisari was a warrior commander of General Dostum, but lately their relationships have been strained.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6 views] Top|| File under:

Five people arrested over involvement in killing, hanging man in Baghdad
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Five people have been arrested over involvement in killing an Iraqi teenager among protesters in central Baghdad, Interior Ministry said.

Interior Ministry Spokesperson Khalid Mahna said police arrested five suspects involved in the incident, describing it as a "criminal act".

Earlier this week, videos went viral on social media showing the body of a teenager being hanged on a traffic light post at Wathba Square in Baghdad, allegedly after being killed by a group of people among protesters.

Reports said that the victim, was under effect of drugs, when he shot up protesters and killed five people. Protesters later captured and killed him among the crowd.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2019 00:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

ISIS terrorists attack Iraqi police convoy in Kirkuk
[THEBAGHDADPOST] The ISIS armed faceless myrmidons once again targeted the Iraqi federal police west of Kirkuk,
... a thick stew of Arabs, Turkmen, Kurds, and probably Antarcticans, all of them mutually hostile most of the time...
killing at least two coppers.

According to a statement by Iraq’s War Media Cell, the attack took place early morning on Sunday near Riyadh subdistrict of Kirkuk province.

The police convoy was delivering food supplies to outposts in the region when it came under attack.

The remaining ISIS Lions of Islam in Kirkuk enjoy so-called security vacuum since the Iraqi government took control of the disputed Kurdish province in October 2017.
Iraq declared final victory over IS back in December 2017. The group, however, remains a serious threat to country’s stability with its frequent terrorist attacks on security forces and civilians.

Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2019 00:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Diyala provincial council prevents IMIS from opening offices in province
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Diyala provincial council has prevented the Iranian Militias in Iraq and Syria (IMIS) from opening new offices in the province, a high-level security source in the province operations command said.

The source underlined that IMIS was ordered to move its offices and warehouses outside the province.

Many international and local human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
organizations accused IMIS of committing sectarian genocide against Sunnis in Iraq, as the terror militias aim to make a demographic change in Iraq to carry out Iran' Mullah Shiite crescent plan.

IMIS is working to hasten Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
plots to carry out demographic changes in the Sunni areas, exploiting the deteriorating security situation in the Iraqi cities where battles against ISIS were being conducted.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2019 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Baghdad International Airport announces the suspension of flights
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Baghdad International Airport administration announced on Sunday, that air navigation has stopped today.

"Due to the bad weather and lack of visibility due to thick fog, air traffic stopped for Sunday from the early morning hours, when the visibility range reaches zero, and the airspace will be opened as soon as the ranges of visibility are consistent with what was approved by international organizations is reached ," the airport administration said in a statement received by Shafaq News.

The statement called on "travelers to understand the matter in order to preserve their lives and properties, and will be announced later as soon as the airspace opens and air traffic returns to normal."
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2019 00:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [2 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Iraqi Journalist Assassinated in Baghdad
[THEBAGHDADPOST] A well-known journalist was assassinated by unknown gunnies in capital Baghdad on Sunday.

Haqi Ismail Azawi, who was also known as a civil activist, was reportedly killed in the area of Shaabi in north of Baghdad, Iraqi media reports said.

A medical source said in a statement that his body was received by the forensic department for investigations.

Awazi was an active and well-known journalist covering news about the ongoing anti-government protests in Iraq.

Iraq has been rocked by mass demonstrations since early October. Several activists and journalists have been assassinated since the beginning of the protests.
Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Lebanese burn ruling parties’ offices after night of clashes
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Attackers in northern Leb set fire to the offices of two major political parties on Sunday, the state-run National News Agency said.

The assaults came just hours after the capital Beirut was rocked by the most violent government crackdown on protesters since nationwide demonstrations began two months ago. Lebanese security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and used water cannons throughout the night to disperse anti-government protesters from the city center ‐ the epicenter of the protest movement in Beirut ‐ and around parliament.

The overnight confrontations in Beirut left more than 130 people injured, according to the Red Thingy and the Lebanese Civil Defense.

In the northern Akkar district on Sunday, attackers broke the windows and torched the local office for resigned Prime Minister Saad Hariri
...Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too....
’s political party in the town of Kharibet al-Jindi.

In a separate attack in Akkar district, assailants stormed the local office of the largest party in parliament, affiliated with President Michel Aoun
...president of Leb, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hizbullah...
and headed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. Their party said the contents of the office in Jedidat al-Juma town had also been smashed and burned.

Leb is facing one of its worst economic crises in decades, and the protesters accuse the ruling political class in place for three decades of mismanagement and corruption.

The violence comes a day before the president is due to hold talks with different parliamentary blocs to name a new prime minister on Monday.

Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan on Sunday ordered an investigation into the festivities which she said injured both protesters and security forces. She said she watched the confrontations "with concern, sadness and shock."

Al-Hassan blamed "infiltrators" for instigating the friction and called on the demonstrators to be wary of those who want to exploit their protests for political reasons. She didn’t elaborate.

Nationwide protests began on Oct. 17, and the government headed by Hariri resigned two weeks later.

Political parties have since been bickering over the shape and form of the new Cabinet. Protesters want a technocratic government, not affiliated with established political parties.

After weeks of back and forth, Hariri has emerged as the likely candidate for the job.

Posted by: Fred || 12/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7 views] Top|| File under:

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