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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Black Hawk flights over Washington D.C. are made permanent because of 'enduring mission' aimed at being ready to respond to a terrorist attack or natural disaster
Posted by: Skidmark || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under:

#1  OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CO2 will go through the roof in DC, even more with Nadler and Co. We're doomed................
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 12/14/2019 0:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds like a fun job and bet the pilots get all the tang they can handle.
Posted by: jpal || 12/14/2019 1:12 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Angens Turkeyneck2026 || 12/14/2019 6:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Couldn't use drones?

I remember the Egyptians would practice running up to the Suez Canal time after time. Had a tendency to make it all look routine. Then one day, they crossed.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 12/14/2019 6:44 Comments || Top||

#5  I seem to recall hearing a lot of FUD about Black Helicopters and the Globalist autocracy.

Should I start to worry for real now?
Posted by: AlanC || 12/14/2019 7:04 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Blast in Ghazni Kills 10 Civilians
[ToloNews] A roadside kaboom blast in the central province of Ghazni left at least 10 people dead and six others maimed.

Presidential front man Sediq Sediqqi confirmed the casualties in a tweet and said they were civilians who were traveling in a vehicle.

In his tweet, he blamed the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
for this blast.

This comes days after a Taliban attack in the central province of Parwan in which two people were killed and dozens maimed.

The peace negotiations between the US and the Taliban were paused following the attack in Bagram.

Eyewitnesses said the incident happened on Friday morning and the vehicle was traveling from Daikundi province to Ghazni, and that four children were among those killed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Libyan National Army shoots down Turkish drone south of Tripoli
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
, announced this evening that their air defenses shot down a drone at the Ayn Zara axis, south of 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...
The Military Information Division of the LNA said in a press statement through its official page on Facebook that "the air defense systems in the armed forces targeted Ottoman Turkish drones and they shot them down in the sky above our operations, specifically in the axis of Ayn Zarah."

The military media also published pictures of the plane, which confirmed their reports.
Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [28 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Haftar-led Libyan Army claims new advance near Tripoli
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Military Media Division of the Libyan National Army said in a statement on its official Facebook page, Thursday, that "the military units of the armed forces are controlling most of the main road that goes through the Sa’diyya area and reaches the Toggar area," in addition to "extending their control over the headquarters of the Police Officers College in the area Salahuddin."

Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army, announced on Thursday, the start of a decisive operation to take control of the capital, 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...
, where he gave orders to the Libyan army to advance towards the center of the capital.

Haftar said in a televised speech: "Today we announce the decisive battle and progress towards the heart of the capital to break its chains and break its families and send joy to the souls of its people and return Tripoli as its era has been a beacon and capital of civilization and raise the banner of victory and fold the pages of misery and injustice and oppression and announce with victory and liberation the birth of a new era."

The Libyan National Army Commander called for the units that advanced towards Tripoli to abide by the rules of engagement, and the button men who were fighting the Libyan Army demanded their commitment to their homes and safety.

He continued, "The Libyan army is inevitably victorious in the battle of Tripoli, and we also give the bully boyz a chance of security in exchange for laying down weapons."

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [29 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
Armed group says it killed 4 hostages kidnapped in Nigeria -non profit
[Jpost] An gang that kidnapped humanitarian workers in northeastern Nigeria five months ago has claimed it killed four hostages, international aid agency Action Against Hunger said on Friday.

Six people were kidnapped in July near the town of Damasak, in the state of Borno, where Islamist Lions of Islam operate.

Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
in West Africa Province (ISWAP), which split from the krazed killer group 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...
that began its insurgency in 2009, has become the dominant jihadist group in the region. The decade-long Islamist insurgency has caused the deaths of some 30,000 people and driven 2 million to flee their homes.

Action Against Hunger said one of its employees, two drivers and three health ministry workers were kidnapped. In September it said one of the hostages had been killed.

On Friday, the humanitarian agency said the group claimed to have killed four of the remaining five hostages.

"Action Against Hunger condemns these latest killings in the strongest terms and deeply regrets that its calls for the release of the hostages have not been acted upon," it said.

It also called for the "immediate release" of its staff member, Grace, who remains in captivity.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [32 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Pro-gov’t Yemeni Army captures strategic mountain in Al-Jawf
[ALMASDARNEWS] On Thursday evening, the pro-government 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...
i Army announced the restoration of a strategic mountain range in the al-Jawf Governorate.

The 1st Brigade of the Yemeni Border Guards said on their official Facebook page last night, "the forces launched a massive attack on the Qash’an mountain range overlooking Wadi Salba in the Khub and Al Sha’af District (east of al-Jawf)."

They continued, "The violent battles that took place with the Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...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 legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. 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 They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
s following the surprisingly qualitative process culminated in tight control over the entire Mount Qash’an region and large parts of Wadi Silba."

According to the brigade, "During the battles, the Houthis suffered heavy losses in lives and equipment."

They would add that "the support of the coalition aviation provided the forces with precise and focused strikes that left scores of dead and maimed Houthis, and destroyed 3 military vehicles, while a vehicle was burned on the top of Qesh’an Mountain."

The media of the first brigade quoted the commander of the northern axis ‐ Commander of the Brigadier General Haikal Hanaf, as saying that "Mount Qash’an has been completely restored, as well as all the cavities that fall in its vicinity."

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Europe
Man shot dead in Paris business district after threatening police
[AlAhram] French police on Friday shot and killed a man who threatened officers in Gay Paree's bustling La Defense business district.

The man was shot in the chest and a leg, police sources said.

He had failed to injure anyone, they said, without specifying the weapon he was wielding, excepting that it was not a firearm.

The man approached the officers at around 10:20 am (0920 GMT), who responded by firing at least five shots.

A security cordon was erected after the shooting, and the man's identity has not been disclosed.

La Belle France has witnessed several assaults on its security forces in recent years, when it has been on high alert over a wave of jihadist attacks that have killed 255 people since 2015.

In October, administrative agent Mickael Harpon stabbed and killed four colleagues at the Gay Paree police headquarters before he was rubbed out. He was said to be a follower of radical Moslem beliefs.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
Turkish Foreign Ministry summons US ambassador over recognition of Armenian genocide
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish Foreign Ministry has summoned US Ambassador David Satterfield over a US Senate resolution recognizing the 1915 Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire, a ministry source told TASS on Friday.
"Bite me!" he said diplomaticallly./
"Our ministry has summoned US Ambassador David Satterfield over a resolution on the 1915 events. Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal informed him of our reaction to this move," the source said.

On Thursday, the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution to recognize the genocide of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

Ankara does not accept the term "genocide" in relation to the 1915 events, pointing out that the Ottoman Empire was going through a fratricidal war at the time and all parties were facing great losses.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
2,000 Gazans clash with IDF troops along border as Hamas marks 32 years since founding
[IsraelTimes] Army vehicle hit by molotov cocktail but no injuries to troops; 5 Paleostinians said hurt; senior Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, member: Israeli captives won’t be freed ’until our prisoners see the light’.

Several thousand Paleostinians protested on the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
border Friday, with several hundred rioting and clashing with Israeli forces, as the coastal enclave’s Hamas rulers marked 32 years since the founding of the terror group.

The Hamas-run Gaza health ministry said five Paleostinians were hurt in the festivities, which included the hurling of molotov cocktails and other objects at IDF soldiers.

Video shot near the southern city of Khan Younis showed a fire breaking out on the hood of an Israel Defense Forces vehicle after it was apparently struck by a fire bomb.

No soldiers were maimed.

Around 2,000 people took part in protests at various spots along the Gaza border, according to Hebrew media reports.

In addition to the border festivities, thousands took part in a pair of rallies in the Gaza Strip to mark the 1987 anniversary of Hamas’s establishment.

Friday’s border demonstrations were part of the weekly March of Return protests that began last March and resumed last week after a three-week hiatus following a large-scale battle in November between the IDF and Paleostinian Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
, the second largest terror group in Gaza.

For more than the past year, Hamas has negotiated a series of unofficial ceasefire understandings with Israel.

The understandings have largely entailed Israel lifting restrictions on the movement of goods and people into and out of Gaza in exchange for Hamas and other terror groups in the coastal enclave maintaining relative quiet in the border region.

However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
the informal agreements have not put an end to cross-border violence, as both Israel and terror groups in Gaza have recently participated in several short flareups.
The Jerusalem Post puts the number of protesters at 2200.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Police nab Palestinian gun smuggler with shotguns, M16
[IsraelTimes] Police and IDF soldiers catch a Paleostinian firearms smuggler in the act, the Israel Police says.

Acting on intelligence information, IDF troops and Northern District Police officers arrived at the border fence with Jordan on the northern end of the Jordan Valley.
"Thanks, Mahmoud!"
They observed as a pickup truck arrived at the scene and the driver, a 29-year-old East Jerusalem resident, loaded a large sack, apparently thrown over the fence earlier, into his truck. The suspect then drove southward on Route 90, the north-south road along the Jordanian border that meets Route 1 toward Jerusalem just north of the Dead Sea.

During the drive, police cruisers intercepted the pickup and searched the vehicle.

They found 11 shotguns and an M16 assault rifle.

The driver and a 17-year-old girl were both arrested and taken for questioning.
Posted by: trailing wife || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under:


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Large transfer of jihadists to southern Aleppo raises fears of new offensive
[ALMASDARNEWS] According to the Russian military, a large number of jihadists have been transferred to the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate recently, raising fears that a new offensive may be launched.

The Russian military’s reconciliation center for warring parties reported that the jihadist rebels sent a large number of fighters, mostly from the al-Qaeda aligned groups, to southern Aleppo for a possible operation against the Syrian Army.

On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) came under attack near the town of Harishah when the jihadist rebels from the al-Qaeda linked Rouse the Believers group surprised them with an assault along their supply line to al-Hader.

As a result of this attack, the jihadist rebels were able to force the Syrian Army and National Defense Forces (NDF) from remaining at their posts along the road leading north to al-Hader.

A government source in Damascus told al-Masdar on Friday that the Syrian military is contemplating the redeployment of the 25th Special Mission Forces (formerly Tiger Forces) to the southern Aleppo front.

The source said the military is looking to clear the Aleppo countryside in the coming months, including the areas around the city that are still controlled by the jihadists.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [48 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Turkish-backed militants launch attack against SDF troops near Kobane
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish-backed Lions of Islam launched a new attack against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the Kobane countryside.

According to reports, the Ottoman Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) launched several artillery shells towards the SDF’s positions near the Qiz ’Ali Silos, prompting an exchange of hostilities between the two parties.

While neither group attempted to advance, the recent aggression by the Ottoman Turkish-backed Lions of Islam in al-Raqqa and Aleppo has forced the SDF to beef up their defenses in this region of the country.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [31 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian military foils militant attack in northern Daraa
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Syrian military managed to foil a holy warrior attack on one of their checkpoints in northern Daraa on Friday.

According to reports from northern Daraa, the Syrian military was able to foil an attack by armed Lions of Islam after spotting the latter moving towards one of their checkpoints inside al-Sinamayn.

The Syrian military was able to force the Lions of Islam to abandon their attack after opening fire on the later with medium weapons.

The Syrian military personnel suffered minor injuries, while the casualties for the Lions of Islam is unknown.

No information was released about the holy warriors; however, it is suspected that they were members of a Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) sleeper cell.

Posted by: Fred || 12/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [27 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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  Triumphant Boris hails landslide win gives him ‘power to get Brexit done’
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