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Africa North
Senior commander in Russian Wagner Group injured in Libya
[Libya Observer] The French newspaper "Le Point" has revealed the injury of a senior commander in the Russian company Wagner, Alexander Kuznetsov while fighting alongside Haftar's militias, 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 newspaper added that Kuznetsov -nicknamed Ratibor- was flown to the military hospital in Russia's St. Petersburg, because of his serious injury.

It confirmed that he was a former prisoner, and was charged with criminal cases, disclosing that he was awarded the Order of Courage by Russian President, Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
in 2016.

As many as 300 Russian mercenaries are fighting in Haftar's forces' ranks, according to the newspaper, 35 of them were reportedly killed, mostly from "Wagner", where their bodies had not yet been transferred to Russia, according to the newspaper.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Algeria: Three terrorist supporters arrested in Tissemsilt, Khenchela
[APS.DZ] Three terrorist supporters were arrested Thursday in Tissemsilt and Khenchela, the ministry of National Defense said Friday in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Africa Subsaharan
Troops overrun Boko Haram terrorists, kill 15 in Borno
[PULSE.NG] Nigerian Army Troops of 242 Battalion in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and Chadian Defence Forces (CDF) have overran 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...
Lions of Islam and killed 15 of them in Borno.

The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Iliyasu said that the troops encountered the Lions of Islam in an ambush at Jigalta Village on Thursday around Marari, 27 Kilometers from Monguno in Borno while on a joint clearance operation.

He said that the criminals laid an ambush with five gun trucks and unconfirmed number of murderous Moslems.

According to him, 15 of the Boko Haram forces of Evil were neutralised while few of them escaped with gunshot wounds.

"In addition, two gun trucks were destroyed while another two were captured.

"Also, four Dutshka anti-aircraft guns, 9 AK 47 Rifles and a sizeable cache of ammunition were captured by the gallant troops.

"Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice during the cross fire that ensued while a Chadian soldier was also maimed in action," he said.

Iliyasu said that the Commander of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE/MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. Abdulmalik Biu, in company of other sector commanders visited the troops at the location of the encounter.

According to him, Biu commended the efforts of the troops and conveyed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s appreciation and commendation as well as the Force Commander MNJTF Maj.-Gen. Chikezie Ude’s words of encouragement to the troops.

"Additionally, the Commander Sector 2 MNJTF (CDF) Col. Bokhit Ali, expressed his satisfaction with the collaborative effort and renewed his commitment to fighting the menace of the ISWAP/Boko Haram criminals’ insurgency together," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Europe
Two French Police Disarmed over Radicalization Fears
[AnNahar] French authorities have confiscated the service weapons of two police members over fears of Islamist radicalization, sources said Friday, in the wake of the stabbing to death last week of four police staff.

The assailant in the October 3 attack was a police IT expert who converted to Islam about 10 years ago and, according to Sherlocks, had adopted increasingly radical beliefs.

The interior ministry has been under immense pressure to explain how it missed potential warning signs from an employee who had worked for years at the Gay Paree police headquarters where he stabbed four colleagues to death with a kitchen knife and an oyster shucker.

The two police members were disarmed over suspicions that they too had become radicalized, a source in the Gay Paree police said, without giving their names or ranks.

A request has been filed to suspend one of them, the source added. All French police carry semi-automatic pistols as service weapons.

The interior ministry has set up a dedicated cell to track potential Islamist murderous Moslems within the ranks of the security forces.

Le Gay Pareeien newspaper reported this week that 19 interior ministry employees were under surveillance.
Oh dear. That doesn’t sound good.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has admitted there had been a "malfunction" in not reporting warning signals from the attacker, Mickael Harpon, who had defended the massacre of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo
...A lefty French satirical magazine, home of what may well be the majority if the active testicles left in Europe...
newspaper in Gay Paree by two brothers vowing allegiance to al-Qaeda.

French President Emmanuel Macron blamed Harpon's attack on "a distorted, deadly Islam" and vowed to build in La Belle France a "society in a state of vigilance."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2019 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Only disarmed ? I think anybody even suspected of radicalism should be disallowed entry into govt buildings, a uniform.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 3:37 Comments || Top||

#2  How do you say "dumber than sh*t" in French?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/12/2019 4:14 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm surprised the French did something other than the usual denials of any conflict with Islam. Got to give them a little credit for that. However...

The interior ministry has set up a dedicated cell to track potential Islamist murderous Moslems within the ranks of the security forces.

We seen dis movie before. In the final scene, after the big massacre, the camera pans slowly across a room full of filing cabinets labeled Loup Solitaire
Posted by: SteveS || 10/12/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

#4  I'll bet the dedicated cell has itself one or two Abduls in it. The Obama theory that muslims would understand this kind of terrorism better, hence what we need is more muslims in the security structure.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 10:02 Comments || Top||

#5  Is it just me, or hasn't there been remarkably little said or shown, during coverage of this latest kerfuffle, of the drab old hulk waaaay over yonder past the Parvis?

Posted by: Snoling Smiter of the Brontosaurs2338 || 10/12/2019 10:28 Comments || Top||


Germany: Asylum-seeker who killed Kandel teen found dead in prison cell
[DW] Abdul D., an Afghan asylum-seeker convicted of stabbing his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend to death, was found dead at a juvenile prison
...where he most assuredly did not belong, being entirely too old...
in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, police and prosecutors said on Thursday.

Authorities said in a statement that Abdul D.'s
...the archives also have his name as Abdul Mobin D., who claimed to be fifteen but was probably twenty at the time he murdered his German girlfriend for wrongly rejecting the relationship. In his culture that’s what men do when their womenfolk get uppity...
body was found in his cell and that he had died from an apparent hanging. They added that "there were no indications of foul play," and also that prison officials hadn't seen any signs of "suicidal intent."

On Friday, prosecutors said a postmortem showed Abdul D. had hanged himself and that there was no indication of foul play.

According to the state Justice Ministry, his cell was not under video surveillance since officials did not believe he posed a danger to himself.
and didn't care if he did, being given extra sheets, belts, and shoelaces
The young Afghan was convicted of murder in September 2018 and sentenced to eight and a half years in prison under juvenile law.

HIGH-PROFILE CASE
In December 2017, 15-year-old Mia V. was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife outside a local drugstore in the southwestern German town of Kandel. Both the teen and her parents went to the police to report Abdul D:.'s threatening behavior prior to the attack.

Abdul D. entered Germany in the spring of 2016 and was registered as an unaccompanied minor. Prosecutors argued in court that the young Afghan acted out of jealousy and was seeking Dire Revenge for the breakup.

The case sparked outrage across Germany, with far-right groups staging demonstrations for months in Kandel. The focus of the protests shifted away from focusing on Mia V.'s death and became platforms for anti-refugee and anti-Islam sentiments. Counterprotesters also staged demonstrations calling for diversity.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Counterprotesters also staged demonstrations calling for diversity.

Good. One less diversity.
Posted by: gorb || 10/12/2019 3:06 Comments || Top||

#2  We need diversity in our landfills most of all.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 3:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Diversity is best experience by travelling abroad.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/12/2019 3:39 Comments || Top||

#4  Diversite. Equalite. Fraternite. And free staff.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/12/2019 4:21 Comments || Top||

#5  The Lord moves in mysterious ways. Mind you, genes of an European girl that would date a Muslim might be better off in the great chromosome sink.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/12/2019 5:33 Comments || Top||

#6  True. I mean I get the 'bad boy' thing, but this is ridiculous.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Epsteined. Tragedy.
Posted by: Bobby || 10/12/2019 7:54 Comments || Top||

#8  Did he commit suicide? Shot himself twice in the back of the head?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/12/2019 10:49 Comments || Top||


Belgium: Terrorist PKK mob attacks Turkish citizens
[AA.TR] Amid The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
's push against YPG/PKK Death Eaters in northern Syria, a mob of supporters of the terrorist PKK in eastern Belgium reportedly attacked Ottoman Turkish citizens on Friday.

Nearly 300 supporters of the PKK gathered in the evening at Saint Lambert square in the city of Liege to protest Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring, launched this Wednesday in northern Syria to fight the terrorist YPG/PKK, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.

The terrorist supporters injured two Ottoman Turkish citizens with knives and sharp objects, said sources on the ground.

The injured sought treatment at nearby hospitals, they added.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [183 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  They self identified as Turkish Presidential Guards.
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/12/2019 3:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Both groups should return to islam infested areas.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/12/2019 4:05 Comments || Top||

#3  By swimming.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/12/2019 4:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes, bring your wars to Europe with you by all means. Europeans love disersity you know.
Posted by: jpal || 10/12/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Netherlands suspends arms exports to Turkey
[DAILYSABAH] The Netherlands will freeze all weapons exports to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
over Ankara's anti-terror operation in northern Syria, the Dutch foreign ministry said Friday.

"The Netherlands have now decided to withhold all license applications for the export of military goods to Turkey pending the course of the situation," the ministry said in a statement sent to AFP.

The move comes in the wake of Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag's announcement in the Dutch parliament Thursday that all military licence applications by Turkey would be turned down "unless there is clear proof that the goods are not being used in northeastern Syria."

The Netherlands, which is a fellow NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
partner with Turkey, also called on EU member states to "exercise restraint and closely follow the criteria for arms exports" to Turkey.

The Netherlands is responsible for about 8% of Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
's total arms exports to Turkey, according to figures by the Amsterdam-based research and campaign organization Stop Wapenhandel.

This included mainly parts for tanks and armored vehicles, as well as technology and parts for fighter planes and attack helicopters, Stop Wapenhandel said in a report released in 2017.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [84 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


10 civilians killed in YPG mortar attacks on southeast Turkey
[DAILYSABAH] A total of 10 civilians have been killed and dozens more maimed in mortar attacks launched by the People's Protection Units (YPG) on civilian areas in southeastern The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
's Mardin and Sanliurfa provinces on Friday.

In a single attack on the Nusaybin district of southeastern Turkey's Mardin, the PKK's Syrian offshoot YPG killed eight civilians and maimed at least 35 others on Friday evening, the local governor's office said.

Earlier Friday, the YPG targeted civilian areas in southeastern Sanliurfa province's Suruc district Friday, killing two civilians with mortar shells fired from across the Syrian border.

The shells hit a house in the district, while three more mortars fell in an empty lot in the district.

YPG turbans have fired dozens of mortars into Ottoman Turkish border towns since the start of Turkey's Operation Peace Spring in northeast Syria on Oct. 9. With the latest attack, the civilian corpse count from YPG attacks has reached nine.

The attack came just hours after two journalists were maimed YPG turbans after they opened fire on a restaurant in Nusaybin, in southeastern Turkey's Mardin province near the Syrian border.

The attack also comes a day after three people, including a 9-month-old baby and an 11-year-old girl, were killed and 46 civilians were maimed in mortar attacks in Sanliurfa. In the Nusaybin district of Mardin, a mother and her two teenage daughters were also killed Thursday and 24 people were maimed in attacks by the YPG.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [137 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Great White North
Russia blocks UN text demanding halt to Turkish op in Syria
[DAILYSABAH] Russia on Friday blocked a U.N. Security Council statement calling on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
to halt its military operation in northeastern Syria, diplomats told AFP.

The U.S.-drafted text had been due to be adopted at 1930 GMT, but Moscow intervened to stop it, one of the sources said.

China followed Russia in halting the procedure in its tracks, a diplomat added, requesting anonymity.

The initial version of the text, proposed by the United States following a divisive
...politicians call things divisive when when the other side sez something they don't like. Their own statements are never divisive, they're principled...
Security Council meeting on Thursday, had called for Ankara "to return to diplomacy for security reasons."

But the language in the final draft was hardened to call for a stop to the operation following arguments made by concerned Security Council members over the past 24 hours.

"The members of the Security Council expressed deep concern over the Ottoman Turkish military operation and its implications, including humanitarian and security dimensions," the blocked statement was to say.
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Home Front: Politix
Left-wing Rioters Attack Trump Supporters Leaving Minneapolis Rally
[BREITBART] Left-wing rioters attacked supporters of President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
leaving a rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thursday evening ‐ assaulting them in groups, setting fire to pro-Trump hats, and attacking the police.
Riot police stood by as members of Antifa
...the armed wing of the Democratic Party...
were seen dragging steel fences away from the Target Center. They were filmed by Elijah Schaffer, a correspondent for The Blaze, a conservative news site ‐ who was maced as he filmed.

Local Minneapolis Star-Tribune news hound Liz Sawyer noted there were several hundred rioters, and that some were singling out Trump supporters and surrounding them in groups before attacking them. Some also attacked police:

The scene was reminiscent of the riot outside a convention center in San Jose in June 2016, when anti-Trump rioters attacked Trump supporters leaving the venue in full view of the media ‐ and Mayor Sam Liccardo blamed Trump.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey proclaimed Thursday as "Love Trumps Hate Day" in the city, in solidarity with protests against Trump. Evidently, however, some of those among the "protesters" felt "hate" trumped "love."

In one instance, a bystander who was not a Trump supporter reported being attacked by the anti-Trump mob:

The Target Center had attempted to charge the Trump campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars for additional security. The rally itself ‐ with a capacity crowd inside and tens of thousands outside ‐ passed without serious incident, but local police seemed unprepared for the violence by anti-Trump rioters after the event was over.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  whiff of grape shot..
Posted by: Warthog || 10/12/2019 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Kansas 1854?
Posted by: Herb Shons3098 || 10/12/2019 0:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Spartacist Uprising, Berlin(1919). No, the Antifa are not a good sign of things to come if they are allowed to metastasize and spread like a cancer.
Posted by: magpie || 10/12/2019 1:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Preview of the comming elections?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/12/2019 2:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Rantburg should put neo-Fascist before Antifa.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/12/2019 3:41 Comments || Top||

#6  They won't spread beyond blue controlled areas yet. They cannot exist without mayors or others giving them protection from the police. They try their crap in most of Texas outside of El Paso or Austin, or maybe San Antonio, the police will shut them down so hard it'd be glorious.

And you KNOW they'll stay the hell out of Midland where the oilfield roughnecks would come out to play.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/12/2019 7:17 Comments || Top||

#7  So it won't be North vs South-- more like Blue City centers vs Rest of US, with the suburbs playing the role of the Border States?
Posted by: Herb Shons3098 || 10/12/2019 9:46 Comments || Top||

#8  more like Blue City centers vs Rest of US, with the suburbs playing the role of the Border States?

Something like this map from the 2016 election perhaps?
Posted by: SteveS || 10/12/2019 10:05 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ whoa!
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/12/2019 12:43 Comments || Top||

#10  FYI _ re: the Mpls mess. Local Dem rep marched with Antifa and tweeted about talking mayor into telling cops to back off the pepper spray or tear gas they were using to keep the thugs under control. Another tweet indicated said Donk mayor ordered Porta-potties removed from the venue after his blackmail attempt ($500+K for "security" to hold rally) was rebuffed.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/12/2019 12:48 Comments || Top||

#11  Donk mayor ordered Porta-potties removed from the venue after his blackmail attempt ($500+K for "security" to hold rally) was rebuffed.

I wonder if he broke the lease contract by so doing... it’s exactly the kind of detail Donald Trump would notice and exploit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2019 14:37 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinians riot on Gaza border; 49 said wounded
[IsraelTimes] 4,000 Paleostinians take part in weekly demonstrations, with hundreds throwing rocks and explosives at IDF troops.

Over 4,000 Paleostinian demonstrators took part in weekly protests Friday along the border between 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...
Strip and Israel, with several hundred rioting and clashing with Israeli troops.

Rioters threw rocks and bombs at troops who responded with tear gas and live fire.

The Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw,-run health ministry in Gaza said 49 Paleostinians were maimed in the festivities, 21 from live fire.

In once instance video footage appeared to show a smoke grenade going off inside an Israel Defense Forces vehicle during rioting along the border. It was unclear from the footage, filmed from the Paleostinian side, who threw the grenade.

The film showed soldiers backing away from the vehicle as smoke billowed out and Paleostinians could be seen running toward the border fence, with a number throwing rocks in the direction of the soldiers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US-backed Syrian forces claim Turkey bombed a commando camp housing coalition-trained counterterrorism forces
[MilitaryTimes] U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria claim a Turkish air strike targeted a training camp housing a secretive coalition-trained commando force.

Turkish forces launched an operation to clear Kurdish militants from northern Syria on Wednesday following the withdrawal of a small number of U.S. special operations forces from the area.

The Syrian Democratic Forces press office on Thursday Tweeted out pictures it claimed were of the bombed out training camp.

The SDF claim the camp housed members of the Yekineyen Anti-terror, or YAT ‐ an anti-ISIS commando force that the SDF says "operates alongside" U.S. forces and the coalition.

Photos posted by the SDF and YPG press offices have often depicted the anti-ISIS counterterror force brandishing American weapons, optics and night vision devices associated with other U.S.-trained commando partner forces across the Middle East.

Turkey has long complained to the U.S. of the YPG’s affiliation to the internationally designated terrorist group known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK.

But the SDF says Turkey is now targeting the very forces tasked with taking out ISIS sleeper cells. On Saturday, a YAT unit captured ISIS commander Shafaq al-Hachim, according to the SDF press office.

Destroying the commando unit could further jeopardize anti-ISIS operations and allow the jihadi group to reemerge and mobilize larger forces on the battlefield.
Turkey doesn’t really object to the presence of ISIS — they had a nice little quid pro quo going after the Erdogan-Assad friendship broke up, until the Kurds and the Coalition messed it up.
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/12/2019 06:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under:


Cut off from US help, Kurds fighting a desperate battle against Turkey on their own, says a former commando who describes himself as ‘disillusioned' and ‘embarrassed'
[MilitaryTimes] They started out like the Minutemen and ended up as a seasoned fighting force that wiped out most of ISIS in Syria.

And now the Syrian Democratic Forces are fighting off a massive Turkish invasion with no assistance from the U.S. military, according to a former U.S. special operator who worked with Syrian Kurds while in uniform and now with the SDF through a non-governmental organization.

"What I understand, we have stopped any support," said the former commando, who spoke to Military Times on the condition of anonymity to speak freely about the ongoing situation.

Officials from U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the region, referred questions to the Pentagon, which did not immediately respond to this or any other recent queries about the situation in northeastern Syria.

"I am disillusioned," said the former commando. "I am embarrassed. I am at a loss for words. Seventy-two hours ago, we were running patrols together. Everyone was waiving and continuing to clean up and watch for Daesh. Then, all of a sudden, the playground bully comes along and we ran away from our brothers, leaving them to fight the bully all by themselves."

Prior to Tuesday’s long-promised invasion by Turkish forces, which came in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a small cadre of commandos out of the area, the U.S. provided the SDF with a wide array of military support, the former commando said. Based on what he is hearing from his personnel on the ground, the former commando says that it appears Turkey, a NATO ally, has far exceeded its initial goal of an 18-mile buffer zone that runs in a salient south of the Turkey-Syria border.
Also:
"I think this is completely idiotic, from a strategic aspect," he said. "We have seized all of eastern Syria and isolated the Assad regime from the Russians and Iranians. Now we are just going to open a ground bridge between Iran and the Mediterranean. For what, because (Trump) says we are fighting other people’s wars?"

Another problem created by the Turkish invasion is that in addition to taking the heat of ISIS, the SDF says it will no longer make containing ISIS prisoners ‐ said to number in the tens of thousands ‐ a top priority. Their escape would add to concerns that ISIS, which has yet to be completely defeated, will have a resurgence.

The Kurds "are great soldiers, very trainable," said the former commando. "They are probably the closest Western mentality for ethics that you could find in that region of the world."
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/12/2019 06:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [350 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And again I ask, who shall fight the 's wars in this region in the future ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 9:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Someone in the Kurds must have POed someone high up in the US administration.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 10/12/2019 9:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Syrian Democratic Forces is a lie. It's just a label that the unelected US government came up with to make their loose association of war criminals look better than the other loose association of war criminals.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/12/2019 10:15 Comments || Top||

#4  "I think this is completely idiotic, from a strategic aspect," he said. "We have seized all of eastern Syria and isolated the Assad regime from the Russians and Iranians. Now we are just going to open a ground bridge between Iran and the Mediterranean. For what, because (Trump) says we are fighting other people’s wars?"

Trump's not wrong. We ARE fighting other people's wars, and for what? What benefit is there to the American people? None. None whatsoever.

These people are SO locked in to their tiny worldview that they can't see outside it. It's like they're playing Risk by Milton Bradley and all they can see is that Trump made them pull their armies off a territory on the board. And they're hopping mad about it, because the object of Risk is to conquer the entire world.

Our objective isn't to conquer the entire world. It's to make a better life for the American people. These people are just blind to this aspect of life. All they can see is "conquer the next territory".
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/12/2019 10:18 Comments || Top||

#5  I gotta agree with Herb on this one. Let the Russians ,TUrks and whoever else is in there kill each other. It's time too stop being the world police and and nation building shit when no one is ever grateful anyways.
Posted by: chris || 10/12/2019 10:23 Comments || Top||

#6  Whenever there is unity in the MSM about Trump abandoning the Kurds, it raises my suspicions.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/12/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#7  My latest theory is that if Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria all contributed enough territory for the Kurds to have their own country that it wouldn't be long before the Kurds started fighting among themselves for control of the new country. Then all the Middle East hawks in the US, and all the Euroweenies who could never do it themselves, would insist that the American military intervene in the Kurdistan Civil War to keep them from murdering each other. Boy, is that a far-fetched theory or what?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/12/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||

#8  No Abu, it's exactly right. Kurds ARE tribal.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/12/2019 11:15 Comments || Top||

#9  'And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.'
- GAWD

While I don't put much faith in Josephus' account of genealogies, the Kurds are supposedly descended from Assyrians and Turks, and them from Ishmael (?).
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 11:29 Comments || Top||

#10  Personally, I think Trump is just still PO'd because Saladin pwn'd Richard Lionheart....
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/12/2019 12:41 Comments || Top||

#11  It is not the fact that you pulled out: It is How you re-deploy that counts.
You don't just go about pulling pins off the map, Trump.

Learn some nuance
Posted by: newc || 10/12/2019 13:53 Comments || Top||

#12  Tar baby. Stay out.
Posted by: Lex || 10/12/2019 14:00 Comments || Top||

#13  You don't just go about pulling pins off the map, Trump.

Except what was pulled off the map was two small forward bases near the border. The main base, deeper in Syria, remains fully populated.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2019 15:05 Comments || Top||

#14  the Kurds are supposedly descended from Assyrians and Turks, and them from Ishmael (?).

Ishmael? The guy from Moby Dick?
/looks around for ghost of pappy
Posted by: SteveS || 10/12/2019 15:34 Comments || Top||

#15  ....who describes himself as ‘disillusioned’ and ‘embarrassed’

A Kurdish Democrat. Who knew ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/12/2019 16:20 Comments || Top||


Both Tall Abiad and Ser Kaniye national hospitals are out of serivces due to intensive shelling by #Turkey aggression in NE #Syria. The red crescent calls @UN and other humanitarian agencies for urgent support.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [125 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


ISIS attempts prison break on SDF prison
[TWITTER] ISIS attempted a prison break on an SDF prison holding a large amount of ISIS fighters. They positioned a car bomb next to the walls of the prison. Luckily the attempt failed #Syria #Turkey pic.twitter.com/LOpriHnslO

— CNW (@ConflictsW) October 11, 2019
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Just spray 'em with gasoline and throw in a match, people. How hard can it be for fuck's sake ? If these things get out, it'll be a major victory for ISIS and a giant charlie foxtrot for everyone who put them there.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 3:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Now, now, 66046: "A Turkish artillery barrage landed on the jail killing all the inmates" (Stalin hid 10 million Gulag casualties this way).
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/12/2019 4:51 Comments || Top||

#3  That works too. Bludgeon any survivors to death. I don't think there'd be a SOTA forensics lab there.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 7:46 Comments || Top||


Turkish forces, allied militants facing stiff Kurdish resistance: Observatory
[PRESSTV] Ottoman Turkish military forces and allied Death Eaters from the so-called Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA) are facing stiff resistance by Kurds in northern Syria, says a monitoring group.

The Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday, "There is heavy fighting between the SDF (the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, which is an anti-Damascus alliance of predominantly Kurdish Death Eaters) and the Turks on different fronts, mostly from (the towns of) Tal Abyad to Ras al-Ayn."

The observatory said the Ottoman Turkish operation involves Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s as well as heavy artillery and rocket fire.

"The SDF are using tunnels, trenches and berms" in their defense operations, the war monitor said.

It noted that four civilians bit the dust in Tal Abyad when an airstrike hit the car in which they were fleeing, while another three were rubbed out by snipers around the border town.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Hundreds of thousands #Afghans, #Pakistanis and #Iranians flock break #Iraqi border to the #Shalamcheh corridor without handing over their IDs or passports!
That's what it says: Hundreds of thousands.
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  It's ok. Merkel already checked them.
Posted by: gorb || 10/12/2019 3:08 Comments || Top||


#French soldiers wounded in #AynAlArab (#Kobani) due to #Turkish bombing of a coalition base in northeast #Syria
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


More than 300 trucks leave with 3 #American armored vehicles in #Qamishli towards the #Iraqi border
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


ISIS move freely in northern #Syria after escaping from prisons
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  Reason #24759 for why you don't take ISIS prisoners.
Posted by: gorb || 10/12/2019 3:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't you mean "keep after interogation", gorb?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 10/12/2019 4:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Going to be honest, I thought the Kurds were smarter than this. Shoot them. I'm not being smart here, you shoot the damn non-uniformed enemy dead. Doubly so if captured and trying to escape.
Posted by: Charles || 10/12/2019 4:32 Comments || Top||

#4  I do believe I called this yesterday
Posted by: chris || 10/12/2019 10:38 Comments || Top||

#5  I thought the Kurds were smarter than this. Shoot them.

The problem is that the world, especially major donors to the Kurds like Germany, was watching closely.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/12/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

#6  The world shall perish because of indecisive bastards who'd rather not do anything and still live in constant threat of losing their jobs. I'd rather do something and make excuses later. God knows this whole human dispensation loves excuses, always ready to accept a story of frailty.

There's a whole industry for excuse-making called politics. In a world such as this, it should be the easiest thing to get away with a few thousand dead terrorists.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 16:27 Comments || Top||

#7  The problem is that the world, especially major donors to the Kurds like Germany, was watching closely.

So now they are moving freely again, watch them move freely all the way back to Germany.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/12/2019 17:09 Comments || Top||


Five ISIS militants escape north Syrian prison amid Turkish shelling: SDF
[RUDAW.NET] Five 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....
(ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
) murderous Moslems have escaped the prison where they were detained in northern Syria amid Ottoman Turkish shelling, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced Friday evening, a day after America’s defense chief told The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
to stop its incursion.

"5 ISIS detained murderous Moslems flee Jirkin prison in Qamishli, as a result of Ottoman Turkish shelling," the SDF tweeted.

The SDF are holding an estimated 2,000 foreign ISIS fighters, 8,000 local ISIS turbans, and 70,000 women and kiddies affiliated with the group in various detention centres and camps in northern Syria.

At al-Hol camp, a group of nearly 100 ISIS women tried to escape on Friday by attacking guards, but "none made it," Sheikhmus Ahmed, head of the internal displaced persons (IDP) and refugee office for the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (NES), told Rudaw English.

"They tried to escape the camp and join Ottoman Turkish forces," he said. "But we did not let anyone escape."

There have been 274 escape attempts in the last 30 days, Ahmed said, but they have so far had the necessary forces to keep the camp under control. That could change if Turkey’s attack on northern Syria intensifies, he warned. "In such a situation, the number of those trying to escape could reach a thousand," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


2 Turkish soldiers killed in action during clashes with YPG terrorists
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


#OperationPeaceSpring in northern Syria corpse count 399, Turk Defense Ministry says
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  What I want to know is, who will the use as chargers in the next war against ISIS.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/12/2019 8:45 Comments || Top||


Turkey denies targeting US post in northern Syria
[AA.TR] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
’s National Defense Ministry on Friday rejected claims that the Ottoman Turkish army targeted a U.S. observation post east of the Euphrates in northern Syria amid its counter-terror operation.

"It is out of the question that any fire targeted the U.S.’s observation post," the ministry said in a written statement.

Stating that every kind of measure was being taken in order not to harm the U.S. base, it said "fire was halted as a precautionary measure when the U.S. conveyed its concerns."

"It is out of the question to target any U.S. and coalition forces," it stressed.

Posted by: Fred || 10/12/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Brushback pitch?
Posted by: Nguard || 10/12/2019 2:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Message received. US Forces bugged out of Qamishli trailing quite a baggage train.
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/12/2019 6:45 Comments || Top||



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