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Centcom: ‘The US has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during this month’
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Africa North
Turkey Reduces Salaries of Mercenaries from $2,000 to $600
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  ...Oh, that's gonna go over real well.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/09/2020 4:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Like H1B visa hires, the mercs probably don't have much leverage, far from home with nowhere tp go. Except maybe over to the other side...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2020 6:20 Comments || Top||

#3  ^The Sultan haven't studied Italian history.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/09/2020 6:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Peter Falk paying a departing truckload of his Chinese workers with Amex card application slips, 'No need to thank me boys.'
Posted by: Cesare || 09/09/2020 7:00 Comments || Top||

#5  IIRC they weren't ever receiving the promised wages, if they were paid at all
Posted by: Frank G || 09/09/2020 7:31 Comments || Top||

#6  For $600 you could pay jihadis to fight each other, it would be a lot cheaper and safer than using the military.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/09/2020 7:44 Comments || Top||

#7  This is per month, I presume?
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2020 7:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Yippy did get these miscreants out of his neighborhood, though.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 09/09/2020 9:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Historically, it is a really bad idea to not pay your mercenaries.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/09/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#10  ..unless they're far away, exiled in some distant land. However, it will cut down on further recruitment of viable replacements. Cannon fodder is cheap. See - Seattle, Portland, et al
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||

#11  They can look at the bright side - think about all those taxes they're gonna save on!
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2020 12:29 Comments || Top||

#12  /\#10 ditto. A classic plan was to move troublemakers to another province, settle them on the local peoples' land (i.e. steal it), and tell them to "keep things orderly". You tend to be loyal when the natives want to come down from the hills and kill you.
Posted by: magpie || 09/09/2020 16:02 Comments || Top||

#13  At this point, I wonder if the US should clandestinely pay these to turn coats and start shooting Turks? Might be the most cost effective move. And it would conveniently reduce the numbers of baddies, and also of mercs of that sort.
Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/09/2020 17:07 Comments || Top||

#14  It's a fixed budget; the fewer of you there are, the more the live ones will make.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/09/2020 17:38 Comments || Top||

#15  .."our cuts just got bigger"
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2020 20:21 Comments || Top||

Yemen's Houthi rebels say they will suspend all UN and humanitarian flights to Sanaa airport over fuel shortage
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

SaudiArabia’s Abha International Airport targeted again in Yemeni drone attacks
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

Caribbean-Latin America
Iranian fuel seized by US to arrive in Texas
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iranian fuel that was bound for Venezuela
...a country in Central America that sits on an enormous pool of oil. Formerly the most prospereous country in the region, it became infested with Commies sniffing almost unlimited wealth. It turned out the wealth wasn't unlimited, the economy collapsed under the clownish Hugo Chavez, the murder rate exceeded places like Honduras and El Salvador. A significant proportion of the populace refugeed to Colombia and points south...
and seized by the U.S. last month is reportedly being transferred to Texas and should arrive in the coming days, the Rooters News Agency reported on Tuesday.According to Rooters, at least two Iranian tankers seized by the U.S. authorities will be arriving at a Texas port, amid worsening relations between Washington and Tehran.

The report said, citing the shipping data from Refinitiv Eikon, the first fuel cargo from the Liberia-flagged tanker, Euroforce, will arrive in Texas in the next 24 hours. The destination for the seized is the Gulf port of Galveston in southwest Texas.

...back at the wine tasting, Vince was about to start on his third quart...
the second cargo from the Singapore-flagged tanker, Maersk Progress, is expected to arrive on September 19th to Houston, Texas, Eikon data revealed.

The seizure of these fuel tankers by the U.S. came after an American court issued an order for the cargoes in a civil forfeiture case.

Four Iranian tankers were allegedly seized by partners of the U.S., who have not been disclosed, and transferred to American vessels in order to be transported to Texas.

...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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has responded to these claims by the U.S. by slamming the allegations as false, stating that the cargo had already been sold and was no longer in the Islamic Theocratic Republic’s possession.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man...
said these claims made by the U.S. came after they lost the vote at the U.N. Security Council over reimposing the weapons embargo against Tehran.

Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  That's gonna leave a mark.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2020 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  What about those tankers headed to Venezuela?
Posted by: gorb || 09/09/2020 9:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Why do we want it?
How is this not piracy?
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2020 18:21 Comments || Top||

#4  Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world. But the socialists running the country are so corrupt they cannot convert that oil into gasoline and sell it to benefit it's starving people.

The income from Venezuela to Iran funds terrorism around the world.

Saving lives, including American lives by preventing the financing of terror by Venezuela's inept leadership is one of many reasons why and that is not piracy, it was a court order from a court in the US.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 09/09/2020 22:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Also the money Venezuela used was proceeds from their drug trade as a narco state in this hemisphere.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebbereng3110 || 09/09/2020 23:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Why do we want it?

It's not that we want that oil, we want to keep Iran and Venezuela from benefiting from it. Perhaps it can be donated to some country in a desperate position.
Posted by: gorb || 09/09/2020 23:53 Comments || Top||

Fifth Column
Sheriffs firing rubber bullets at crowds ordered to disperse in Los Angeles
Posted by: 3dc || 09/09/2020 00:09 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  can you load a mini gun with rubber bullets?
Posted by: 746 || 09/09/2020 1:00 Comments || Top||

#2  And what does getting with a couple hundred rubber bullets in 5 seconds or less look like?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2020 6:59 Comments || Top||

#3  How about FMJ rubber bullets?
Posted by: AlanC || 09/09/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Weird title for the tweet... do they mean the sheriffs were ordered to disperse?
By the City Council? the mayor?

Or the Angels Autonomous Zone MauMau Tribal Chieftain?
Posted by: Spereling Phulet6937 || 09/09/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Hear ya SP6937; way things are going I wasn't so sure myself.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/09/2020 8:22 Comments || Top||

#6  Back in my Northern Ireland days, they called these munitions baton rounds. They could cause nasty bruises, and could be fatal if they hit the wrong area at close range.

Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/09/2020 16:59 Comments || Top||

#7  You could put an eye out with a rubber bullet.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 09/09/2020 18:01 Comments || Top||

#8  Don't run with them!
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2020 18:17 Comments || Top||

27 arrested in Seattle as police claim protesters threw rocks, Molotov cocktails
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  How many were released immediately, all of them?
Posted by: Raj || 09/09/2020 7:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Summer of Love
Autumn of Joy
Posted by: Omomoter Elmogum3676 || 09/09/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||

#3  In Portland it's Spring In Your Step.

Posted by: gorb || 09/09/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Stop, drop and roll.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/09/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||

#5  Arresting 30 every night would put an end to this stuff pretty quickly.

If they didn't keep releasing them the next day.
Posted by: KBK || 09/09/2020 13:17 Comments || Top||

#6  I bet they have a competition to see who has been arrested most often and they shame anyone who hasn't been arrested yet.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 09/09/2020 15:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Hey, if they didn't arrest the guy who threw the Molotov cocktail, then that gives me an idea . . . .
Posted by: gorb || 09/09/2020 16:45 Comments || Top||

#8  You can tell
By the way
I use my walk
Antifa-Man, no time to talk
Jus' staying' ali-i-i-i-i-aye-yi-aye-yi-yive....
Posted by: Spinter Bluetooth7067 || 09/09/2020 16:46 Comments || Top||

#9  In Portland it's Spring In Your Step.

2020 reboot of 'Flashdance'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2020 18:18 Comments || Top||

Portland catch and release
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Loewy Malkovich: bad seed.

I feel for his father, who's no lefty and seems like a normal person
Posted by: Lonzo Theager3148 || 09/09/2020 2:03 Comments || Top||

#2  What you see is largely the real 'white privilege'. Commit crimes and get released. Time to end 'white privilege'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2020 15:22 Comments || Top||

Antifa black bloc rioters in Seattle tried attacking the police union building
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  In the olden days, castles and forts had loopholes from which defenders could fire on attackers.

I wonder if future buildings will have active defenses - smoke, tear gas, or something more kinetic like a Claymore mine in the flower beds.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/09/2020 20:13 Comments || Top||

BLM activist arrested for hit-and-run that seriously injured a right-wing group member
[THEPOSTMILLENNIAL] A Black Lives Matter activist and alleged Antifa
...the armed wing of the Democratic Party...
supporter has been arrested for allegedly ramming his car into a Proud Boy member who attended a memorial event for Aaron "Jay" Danielson over Labour Day weekend in Vancouver, Washington.

Charles "Robbie" Holliday-Smith, 30, a Portland-area barber, turned himself in to authorities and was booked into Clark County Jail.

The hit-and-run suspect has posted calls for violence on his social media accounts, which are littered with Antifa content, The Gateway Pundit confirmed.

"I will fight you and will justifiably feel good about beating your ass!" Holliday-Smith threatened "racists" in 2018.
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

FBI has been conducting a lot of investigations in the Portland-area. More federal arrests of people who allegedly participated in antifa riots have occurred
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Will probably be as successful as the indictment and prosecution of those who engaged in overthrowing the constitutionally elected government of the US.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/09/2020 6:56 Comments || Top||

#2  My guess is that a lot of criminal investigations and indictment referrals have a decision date of middle of November to ensure that the right career choices get made. Tragic but certain in the modern FBI.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 09/09/2020 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Is this anything like the investigation into the anti-Trump coup?
Posted by: charger || 09/09/2020 16:28 Comments || Top||

Indian Govt. Orders Attachment of Immovable Properties of Designated Khalistani Terrorists Gurpatwant Singh Pannu and Hardeep Singh Nijjar
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

30,000 - 50,000 additional Indian troops have been sent to Ladakh
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Commies

Centcom: ‘The US has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during this month’
Posted by: 3dc || 09/09/2020 06:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6561 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I cannot do without this man He fights [the Deep State]
Posted by: Uleasing Gray6491 || 09/09/2020 7:53 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ And he cannot be bought.
Posted by: Clem || 09/09/2020 8:09 Comments || Top||

#3  I want to hear the wonderful sound of every neocon screaming "I'mmmmm meltinggggggggg!"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/09/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ James Biden & Co. must be frantic about salvaging their Baghdad construction grift post-Nov 3

Follow the money
Posted by: Vespasian Jereger3381 || 09/09/2020 8:14 Comments || Top||

#5  "Stop the War" silent? Guess so.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 09/09/2020 8:36 Comments || Top||

#6  Good. No reason for large troop presence anymore in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Have a couple special operator teams on hand that can go in to deal with any potential Osama type guy and be done with it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 09/09/2020 8:41 Comments || Top||

#7  Saddam, his evil sons and cadre of henchmen have been gone now for nearly 14 years. We've done all we can do for those people.

You're on your own. Have a nice day.

Posted by: Besoeker || 09/09/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#8  All we need is the base, and sufficient support personnel, that can allow for:

1) cadre and equipment to support quick deployment and recovery of special operations in the region.

2) support of intelligence activities (recon drones, SIGINT)

3) training of the locals

These can be accomplished in the remote airbases near the border with Jordan, and in the Kurdish region, without much need for incursions into urban or even suburban areas in Iraq, where they would be targets for "protests" and local terrs.

That is all that is needed in Iraq, so thats all that should be there in Iraq on a semi-permanent basis. 2000 seems right.

Afghanistan? Maintain the central airbase at Kabul, and use it for the same things. No big ground footprint. "Lease" training range area the way we have training at Graf in Germany, with cadre, but no forward permanent combat elements. Have an attached "tactical" airfield. Make it a 12 month hardship tour. Rotate a battalion sized combat unit there every 6 months for 90 days of "anti-terror" training, like the "big Euro war" training at Graf, and places like 29 Stumps and NTC Fort Irwin. Advantage is climate, no need to worry about environ cleanup lawsuits when we leave, and a most of all a jumping off point for SOC forces.

Problem solved.

Posted by: Theager Borgia1057 || 09/09/2020 16:22 Comments || Top||

#9  2,200 American troops leaving Iraq this month, US general says
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2020 18:03 Comments || Top||

Two members of the Federal Police forces injured in kirkuk
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

Baghdad: fire broke out inside the headquarters of the terrorist Imam Brigades militia
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6481 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Idlib Regime forces resume shelling villages of Jabal_al_Zawiya, targeting factions’ positions in southern countryside
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

Ras_al_Ain Clashes among Turkish-backed factions leave three people injured
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6476 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

In two separate incidents SDF shoots civilian and arrests official in “Deir_ez_Zor_Civil_Council”
Posted by: Fred || 09/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  Just back from my run.

Took me the longest time to recognize that SDF probably wasn't SaD Francisco.

Guess I need some water.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/09/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||

#2  For undefined types of "civilian" and "official"...
Posted by: magpie || 09/09/2020 15:56 Comments || Top||

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Wed 2020-09-09
  Centcom: ‘The US has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during this month’
Tue 2020-09-08
  Turkish lira has hit a record low against the dollar
Mon 2020-09-07
  BLM protesters in DC are calling for the White House to be burned down, cops killed.
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  Jihadists net $140 mn from Burkina gold mine raids
Sat 2020-09-05
  Thousands Antifa/BLM Flood Rochester, Threatening and Smashing Restaurants, Customers Flee in Terror
Fri 2020-09-04
  Federal Officers Reportedly Kill Michael Reinoehl
Thu 2020-09-03
  ICE puts detainers on 10 associates of MS-13 in connection with sex trafficking of 13-year-old girl
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  DHS Chief: Feds ‘Targeting And Investigating’ Heads Of BLM, Antifa And Those Who Fund Them
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  Sheriffs say they won't help governor's plan to stop Portland protest violence
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  Ten militants and five civilians killed in east Congo violence: army, local leader
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  Antifa sets police union building on fire again, 600-car pro-Trump caravan, deadly shooting near rally
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