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Taliban, al-Qaeda Seek to Work Together to Enhance Military Strength
Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, a spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan has said that the Taliban are trying to enhance cooperation with the al-Qaeda network in a bid to improve their military capabilities.

It appears that the Taliban's push for expansion of ties with al-Qaeda has raised major concerns among Afghanistan's strategic partners including the U.S and NATO alliance.

The U.S army officials have said that although al-Qaeda itself is not a major threat to the Afghan government, a Taliban affiliation with the terror network could lead to more danger for the Afghan government.

"There is still an al-Qaeda presence here in Afghanistan. As you probably are well aware there are two components of al-Qaeda. There is first a core of al-Qaeda in some places in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region with Ayman Alzawahiri still really running their global operations and then there is new franchise of al-Qaeda on the Indian sub-continent or AQIS. We think both of those elements do have some type of presence here in Afghanistan," said Cleveland.‎

When asked whether al-Qaeda was a threat, Cleveland said that NATO does not think they can pose a significant threat to the government of Afghanistan, but their work with the Taliban is a threat.

"By themselves we don't think that they pose a real threat a real significant threat to the government of Afghanistan. But because we think that al-Qaeda is beginning to work more with the Taliban, so they can provide capabilities, skills and those types of things," he said.

"We have seen more in action, we have seen them working more together. But the real thing and the real reason why we continue to watch al-Qaeda is I think we have all seen before. Although they have been significantly diminished, they do have the ability to regenerate very quickly and still they do have the ability to pose a threat," he added.

Meanwhile, a number of Afghan analysts have played down the threat.

"Taliban want to use al-Qaeda's military tactics and methods and expand their guerrilla war, but Taliban will not reach to their targets, because al-Qaeda has significantly weakened after the killing of Bin Laden and also the Afghan security forces have improved considerably," security analyst Hamid Obaidi said.

Pentagon statistics show that up to 100 al-Qaeda members are still operational in Afghanistan.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Helmand Residents Slam Govt's Poor War Strategy
As Taliban militants step up efforts against the hard-pressed Afghan security forces battling the group in the volatile regions of southern Helmand, residents in the embattled province on Friday blasted government for not taking an offensive approach to curb the advance of the Taliban.

Residents claim poor war strategy has enabled the Taliban to infiltrate peaceful areas. They accused President Ashraf Ghani and his CEO Abdullah Abdullah of failing to deliver on campaign promises they made to the residents of Helmand during elections.

They said that government leaders pledged to outline more robust and coherent security strategies for Helmand and other volatile regions so as to fix the deteriorating security climate.

As battles between the security forces and Taliban deepens, soldiers battling the Taliban on warfronts have told TOLOnews that the Taliban intends to carry out more offensives unless military campaigns and operations are doubled against the militants.

"Leaders of the national unity government have done nothing so far, neither Abdullah nor Ghani did anything beneficial for us," a resident of Helmand, Sardar, said.

"The government is very weak. Taliban continues to destroy our country on a daily basis, they (Govt) must act," another resident, Sediqaullah, said.

While life in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, appears secure, many fear the security situation could deteriorate.

"Regarding war, I can say that if you go out of the city, there is a security threat," a resident of Lashkargah city Talib Mohammad said.

Meanwhile, on the frontline, the security forces are still committed to defending their country against threats.

Threats have increased in Nawa and Garmsir districts as Taliban push to disrupt the security in the entire province.

"No one must commit negligence, we are here and deployed here, operations must be launched and more aid should be dispatched," an Afghan National Army officer said.

"This area is entirely controlled by the Taliban," a local resident, Janat Gul, said.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [189 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Since they released maps on CNN in 2001 and had someone at the Pentagon using a pointer on live television and it was all wrong!
Posted by: Phavique Chose9233 || 05/07/2016 7:41 Comments || Top||

Hekmatyar likely to visit Kabul to sign peace agreement with Afghan govt
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The leader of Hezb-e-Islami party Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil...
may visit Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
next week to sign a peace agreement with the Afghan government, it has been reported.

According to the officials in Afghanistan High Peace Council, quoted in a report by Tolo News, Hekmatyar is expected to sign the agreement with President Ghani and High Peace Council Chief Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani.

Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, international relations adviser to Afghanistan High Peace Coucil, confired Hekmatyar is expected to visit Kabul to sign the agreement.

Citing the representatives of Hezb-e-Islami, Qasimyar said Hekmatyar is based in Afghanistan and the delegation is not prepared to disclose the location until he arrives in Kabul for formal meeting with the Afghan officials.

...back at the argument, Livia had made her point with her knee to Jane's stomach...
the officials in High Peace Council have said Hekmatyar has demanded the release of Hezb-e-Islami prisoners with the signing of the agreement besides removing his name together with his party member’s from the international blacklist.

The officials further added that the government is still at odds to reach an agreement on 3 remaining conditions of the party out 25 conditions put forward for peace deal.

Earlier, Deputy High Peace Council Chief Mawlavi Ata-ur-Rehman Salim said only President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
has the authority to decide regarding the remaining proposed conditions of Hezb-e-Islami, informing that the government has reached to an agreement on 20 conditions of the party.

Salim further added that the government is contact with the UN Security Council to remove Hekmatyar’s name from the blacklist and President Ghani has promised to send his final decisions in this regard to high peace council soon.

The delegation of Hezb-e-Islami arrived for peace talks to capital Kabul in mid March and shortly after the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) called on Death Eater groups to participate in direct peace talks with the Afghan government.

Hekmatyar is considered is a notorious warlord for his involvement in the devastating civil war and insurgency following activities following the fall of the Taliban group.

Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Hizb-i-Islami-Hekmatyar

#1  So he's throwing his support for a peace agreement. What are the odds he misses?

Snark of the day.
Posted by: Frank G || 05/07/2016 11:49 Comments || Top||

Africa North
Polisario Jihadist Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi Threatens MINURSO & Morocco
Islamist militant Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi, a member of the so-called People’s Army of Sahrawi Liberation (military branch of the polisario secessionist movement) who joined the terror organization ISIS, has threatened to attack MINURSO and foreign tourists in Sahara. In an audio recording aired by Al Jazeera, Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi has, for the first time, threatened overtly to attack members of the UN peacekeeping mission MINURSO.

The MINURSO currently maintains a limited presence in the Sahara after Moroccan government drastically reduced its civilian personnel in retaliation for comments made by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The polisario extremist has also threatened Moroccan security forces, popular tourist destinations and foreign targets in the region. In the audio, Abu Walid Al-Sahrawi also called on Muslims living in Morocco to support the Islamic Caliphate.

A confidential leaked e-mail sent to former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in January 2013 has exposed the secret deal the Algerian government reached with Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar to attack Moroccan interests in the Sahara

“According to sources with access to the Algerian intelligence agency DGSE, the Bouteflika government reached a highly secret understanding with Belmokhtar after the kidnapping in April 2012 of the Algerian consul in GAO (Mali)”, reveals the e-mail.

“Under this agreement, Belmokhtar concentrated his operations in Mali, and occasionally, with the encouragement of DGSE, attack Moroccan interests in Western Sahara, where the Algerians have territorial claims,” stresses the message made public by Wikileaks.

In 2011, an Italian and two Spanish aid workers were abducted from Tindouf camps, wherein Sahrawis are sequestered in Southern Algeria, and over the following years several polisario fighters were reported to have taken part in the militant Islamist advances in Mali. Top security experts have warned against the threat and collusion of the polisario fighters with Islamist extremist groups operating in the Sahel.

According to J. Peter Pham, director of the Washington–based think tank Atlantic Council’s Africa Center, the polisario should accept the Moroccan offer of autonomy, because an independent state would not be viable. “The last thing Africa needs is another failed state, and that’s exactly what Western Sahara would become if Morocco left,” he says.
How much money did the Moroccan king donate to the Atlantic Council?
“There are no real natural resources which can be commercially exploited, it would never be viable by itself. An independent Western Sahara would be an even bigger breeding ground for terrorists.”
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [187 views] Top|| File under:

Yemen govt urges UN action in Taiz
Pro tip: If the UN doesn't do anything but order the veal with the house red, it is engaging in "action"
KUWAIT: The head of the Yemeni government delegation at troubled peace talks in Kuwait demanded action from UN mediators on Thursday over rebel shelling of besieged third city Taiz.

Foreign Minister Abdulmalek Al-Mikhlafi said the artillery fire by rebels was in contravention of undertakings they had given when face-to-face negotiations resumed on Wednesday following a three-day walkout by his team.

Mikhlafi said his negotiators had submitted proposals to UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed for implementing an April 11 cease-fire in Taiz, where loyalist troops have been under rebel siege for months, trapping tens of thousands of civilians.

“We received a racist response” from the rebels, the minister said on Twitter, demanding action from the UN envoy.

He accused the rebels and their allies in renegade army units still loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh of “attacks on civilians in Taiz.”

Taiz lies on one of the fault lines of the conflict that has raged since March last year between the rebels and the government and its allies in a Saudi-led military coalition.

The city was part of north Yemen before the unification of the country in 1990 but, unlike the capital and the northern mountains where the Houthi Shiite rebels have their main support base, it is overwhelmingly Sunni.

Mikhlafi warned that rebel shelling of Taiz would “have serious consequences on the peace process,” unless the international community honors its undertakings to shore up the fragile cease-fire.

The warring parties have traded repeated allegations of truce violations.

The government delegation pulled out of the talks on Sunday in protest at the rebels’ overrunning of one of the few loyalist bases in the northern mountains in what it said was a clear breach.

There has been mounting international pressure to end the conflict that has killed more than 6,400 people and displaced 2.8 million since March last year.

The hard-won talks opened in Kuwait on April 21 but the first round of face-to-face negotiations was held only on Saturday.
Posted by: badanov || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [211 views] Top|| File under:

US offers assistance to Bangladesh to fight terrorism
The United States has put emphasis on "better understanding" with Bangladesh to counter terrorism and offered assistance to combat terrorism and violent extremism.
The B-Desh Observer publishes only the best press releases as news...
"We are ready to help Bangladesh in fighting terrorism and violent extremism by providing experts and technical supports," US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal said today.

Biswal made the offer when she paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office here this morning.

Expressing concern over recent killings in Bangladesh, Biswal said the USA and Bangladesh could share information over combating terrorism and violent extremism.
More units of the RAB?
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [190 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps the US could send an Aircraft Carrier to patrol the Bay of Bengal ? Or , how about an emergency airlift by C-130s loaded with Clark Bars.

Getting "involved" in Bangladesh is sort like petting a burning dog. I would avoid that sort of thing, if I were you.

BanglaDesh is a very very ( very) crowded SWAMP surrounded by Swamp and living deep in the middle of a swamp. Bring a Candle, its dark in there.
Posted by: Marilyn Jomotle6622 || 05/07/2016 8:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Getting "involved" in Bangladesh is sort like petting a burning dog. I would avoid that sort of thing, if I were you.

'Burning dogs' appear to be our specialty.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/07/2016 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  “The first draft of anything is shit.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Posted by: Shipman || 05/07/2016 11:09 Comments || Top||

Northwest Chinese province slams school Quran recital
[AA.TR] A video of a young girl reciting the Koran in a northwest China school has been slammed by local authorities, who claim that such activities are harmful to young people.

Outside of government-approved religious institutions, all schools in the northwest province of Gansu are banned from holding religious activities, offering religious classes or forcing students to follow any religion.

On Friday, the Global Times reported Gansu's education bureau as saying in a statement that a video uploaded to the Internet of the careful recital by a young girl wearing a black headscarf at a kindergarten in Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture had been strongly condemned by netizens.

It strongly denounced such activities, stating they "harm young people's well-being".

The statement -- released late Wednesday -- also underlined that all religious activities are banned in schools and ordered education departments at all levels to firmly put a stop to such activities.

According to China Ethnic News, around 1.8 million of residents in Linxia are religious, with Muslims making up around 63 percent.

The Global Times -- a Chinese government mouthpiece -- reported an official from Gansu's education bureau as contacting the Sina Weibo user who posted the video, but said he was unable to confirm at which kindergarten the video was filmed.

Sina Weibo provides a Twitter-like service that allows users to post a feed of up to 140 Chinese characters, to which they can attach multimedia.

The same video -- titled Chinese Young Girl Recites Koran -- is reported to have been uploaded to YouTube in 2014.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [149 views] Top|| File under:

Merkel Warns of Return to Nationalism Unless EU Protects Borders
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] German Chancellor Angela Merkel
...current chancellor of Germany. She was educated in East Germany when is was still run by commies, but in 1989 got involved with the growing democracy movement when the Berlin Wall fell. Merkel is sometimes referred to by Germans as Mom...
on Thursday urged European leaders to protect EU borders or risk a "return to nationalism" as the continent battles its worst migration crisis since World War II.

As Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi kicked off two days of talks in Rome with Merkel and senior EU officials, the German leader said Europe must defend its borders "from the Mediterranean to the North Pole" or suffer the political consequences.

Support for far-right and anti-immigrant parties is on the rise in several countries on the continent which saw more than a million people arrive on its shores last year.

In Austria, Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party is expected to win a presidential run-off on May 22 after romping to victory in the first round on an anti-immigration platform.

Merkel told a presser with Renzi that Europe's cherished freedom of movement is at threat, with ramped-up border controls in response to the crisis raising questions over whether the passport-free Schengen zone can survive.

With over 28,500 migrants colonists arriving since January 1, Italia has once again become the principal entry point for migrants colonists arriving in Europe, following a controversial EU-The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
deal and the closure of the Balkan route up from Greece.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [292 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When the open borders let in the attacking hordes, it might be a good idea to close the gates. A little nationalism beats being overrun and have your civilization destroyed. Merkal's got a death wish.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 05/07/2016 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Horse, barn, door. Try spraying Raid.
Posted by: Eohippus Snore8229 || 05/07/2016 1:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Go screw yourself you nasty East German commie bitch.

You ruined All of Europe.
Posted by: newc || 05/07/2016 1:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Now, now, newc---lets not confuse symptoms with the disease.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/07/2016 6:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Vee Villl be reeturning to Nationalizzzm as szon asz thezy finish the plasztik surgery on Merkel inn a likenessz of Herr Adolf!
Posted by: Phavique Chose9233 || 05/07/2016 7:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Nationalism suits her fine when England and France have separate permanent seats on the UNSC and not just one seat for the EU.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/07/2016 9:33 Comments || Top||

Belgian minister faces complaint for anti-Muslim remark
[AA.TR] A group of Belgians on Friday filed a criminal complaint against their Interior Minister Jan Jambon over his claims that many Muslims danced after the March 22 terror attacks in Brussels.

In an interview with the Belgian daily, De Standaard, published on April 16, Jambon claimed: "A significant section of the Muslim community danced when attacks took place."

The remarks followed the deadly airport and subway suicide kabooms in Brussels, which left 32 people dead.

The minister later also defended his claims in the parliament, but despite repeated requests by MPs, he had failed to provide any evidence to support his remarks.

A group of Belgians comprising Muslims and Christians gathered in front of the Palace of Justice Friday before they made an official complaint with the prosecutor’s office against Jambon, accusing him of discrimination.

One of the organizers, lawyer Marie Pierre, said that Jambon’s remarks only served to increase tension in the society.

"We do not accept this. This is not normal. The job of an interior minister is to ensure security. However,
nothing needs reforming like other people's bad habits...
these words increase tension in the society," Pierre said.

Another complainant, Liesbet Temmerman, asked Jambon to either take his words back or issue an apology.

"Although I am not a Muslim, I don’t agree with him. We want him to take his words back or apologize," Temmerman said.

Semir Hamdat, an Afghan-origin Belgian citizen, said that Jambon’s claims were not true, and he had to provide proof or take his words back.

Muslim politicians also slammed Jambon, accusing him of marginalizing a part of the community.

A Turkish-origin MP, Veli Yuksel, said that around 800,000 Muslim citizens lived in the country, and Jambon’s remarks were "unacceptable."

"Dividing the Belgian society as Muslims and others won’t benefit Belgium.

"This pain belongs to all of us. Portraying a large part of Muslims as if they are supporting terrorism is very dangerous," he said.

Another Turkish-Belgian MP, Mahinur Ozdemir, also condemned Jambon's "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...
" remarks.

"It is not nice for someone in the capacity of the interior minister to stigmatize Muslims," Ozdemir said.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under:

Most Germans don't have any Muslim friends
Almost two-thirds of non-Muslim Germans don't know any Muslims personally, a new survey has showed, casting light on increasing unease over the religion's place in society.
Most German Muslims don't have non-Muslim friends...
The YouGov poll for press agency DPA found that 62 percent of people said that they didn't count a single Muslim among their close personal friends. But that may be in the process of changing, as around half of young people aged 18-24 said that their social circles included Muslims.

Pollsters also found that the number of Muslim friends a person had was closely linked to their level of education. Among those who had graduated from high school with the Abitur academic qualification, 42 percent said they had Muslim friends. But just 28 percent of people who had finished their schooling with only a secondary education certificate could say the same.

“Our own surveys also show that higher levels of education go along with greater openness to diversity,” said Cornelia Schu, an expert with the German Foundations for Integration and Migration (SVR).
So, free college for everyone!
People with higher income also “generally tend to have a more positive attitude towards people with a migration background,” Schu said.

Public anxiety about Islam has led to increasing calls from politicians in recent weeks to police the religion and its followers.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) called recently for state surveillance of preachers in all mosques to make sure they weren't spreading radical ideas. And right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD) has made a ban on minarets, the Muslim call to prayer and full-face veils a key part of its policy platform.

More than half of non-Muslims surveyed said that they didn't have much idea about the content of the Muslim religion, while one in five said they knew nothing at all about it. What's more, 84 percent of non-Muslims said they had never been inside a mosque in Germany – although mosques have been holding open days since 1997 in a bid to boost understanding.

By contrast, 68 percent of Muslims said that they had good or very good knowledge about Christianity.

Around 60 percent of non-Muslims said they had noticed an increased number of Muslims in their everyday life, but most did not report encountering radical minorities.

Germany is home to more than four million Muslims. Many arrived in the late 20th Century as so-called “guest workers” - or are relatives of those same migrants. Some also arrived as refugees from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Iraq, while there is a small minority who have converted to Islam.

Most Muslims live in western Germany, with only two percent living in the states making up the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) before the refugee crisis began in 2015.
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [814 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Most German Muslims don't have non-Muslim friends...

Something to do with the Crayonic admonition not to take non-Muslims as friends, perhaps.
Posted by: SteveS || 05/07/2016 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  Chicken or the egg?

Quran 5:51 - Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends. They are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship shall become one of their number. God does not guide the wrong-doers.

Quran 98:6 - The unbelievers among the People of the Book [Bible] and the pagans shall burn for ever in the fire of Hell. They are the vilest of all creatures.

Quran 3:28 - Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless that ye but guard yourselves against them

Al-Bukhari Hadiths - We smile in the face of some people (non-Muslims) although our hearts curse them.

and so on and so on.
Posted by: Eohippus Snore8229 || 05/07/2016 1:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Funny you must learn these things the hard way. You started more wars yjan everyone on the planet than the moslems. It is funny how you never learned from all those defeats.

I get a very angry feeling inside after seeing what you did to all of Europe for your own stupid liberal self guilt.

Leftists will be the death of all of you with your fake caring and marxist bullshit pandering to "Victoms".
Frankly, I do not care now. You deserve to shoot yourselves in the head after the hell you gave this planet. But spreading it to your Neighbors is a major NO-GO.

You are again a useless or even destructive nation to all of Europe, and ... I Love you but you just don't care.

I have a Hint for you stupid HUN idiots...

Why would that be?
Posted by: newc || 05/07/2016 2:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Ignoring the hateful comment of newc, I'd just invite you to read the article a bit more carefully:

"Almost two-thirds of non-Muslim Germans don't know any Muslims personally"

"62 percent of people said that they didn't count a single Muslim among their close personal friends."

So what is it? There's quite a difference between "close personal friends" and "not knowing any Muslim personally".

How many "close friends" do you have?
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/07/2016 4:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Our own surveys also show that higher levels of education go along with greater openness to diversity

Muslims really eager to learn (some) organic chemistry, and (some) electrical engineering?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/07/2016 6:02 Comments || Top||

#6  They don't need 'friends.' They have Hefeweizen.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/07/2016 6:09 Comments || Top||

#7  I do not know any Amish or have any Amish friends but I do not have any desire to invade their farms, businesses or way of life. And I certainly respect their right to live the way they choose. Maybe because the Amish treat me the same. No friendship required.
Posted by: Airandee || 05/07/2016 6:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Our own surveys also show that higher levels of education go along with greater openness to diversity

Strange then that the 9/11 terrorists were not made up of vegetable or fruit sellers.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/07/2016 8:37 Comments || Top||

#9  The Germans I've known are not as liberal with friend as we Americans are. They know plenty of people, but a friend is someone they've let into their heart only after a long vetting to be sure that person can be trusted forever. A lovely woman explained to me, after having lived in America for half a decade, that they see their hearts as a pure, deep mountain lake hidden in the forest. One doesn't reveal that lake to one who might pollute it.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/07/2016 9:54 Comments || Top||

#10  Then there's this, from the article:

But that may be in the process of changing, as around half of young people aged 18-24 said that their social circles included Muslims.
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/07/2016 9:58 Comments || Top||

#11  @tw

You are very right. It takes time to develop true friendships in Germany. The South is more outgoing, but the rule still apply. Once friendship has been earned it's often forever.

It happens that Germans get invited to a Turkish wedding, and they rave about the generosity and hospitality of the Turks. But true friendships don't develop often out of this. Most of the time there simply is too little common ground.

It does happen though. But the poll doesn't surprise me at all.

Our family has close friends in the U.S., in France, UK, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia and Israel.

People from Muslim countries: Close friends, no, friendly acquaintances, yes.
Posted by: European Conservative || 05/07/2016 10:46 Comments || Top||

#12  Isn't beng close friends with infidels against Ialam? Unless you at lying to them and are ready to stab them in the back?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/07/2016 11:33 Comments || Top||

#13  "You will be assigned a Muslim 'friend'"
Posted by: Frank G || 05/07/2016 11:55 Comments || Top||

#14  "You will be assigned a Muslim 'friend'"
Posted by: Frank G

But your must first attend the gov't sponsored diversity training.
Posted by: Besoeker || 05/07/2016 14:03 Comments || Top||

#15  Thing is, I have seen the future. There is nothing there anyone will want.
Posted by: newc || 05/07/2016 14:11 Comments || Top||

#16  TW, du you know for sure about that?
Posted by: Shipman || 05/07/2016 15:00 Comments || Top||

#17  Rivers of blood - the Z man.
Posted by: newc || 05/07/2016 16:35 Comments || Top||

#18  TW, du you know for sure about that?

Shipman dear, you are clearly of the younger generation. My parents would have capitalized the Du in direct written address. ;-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 05/07/2016 17:34 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkish Authorities Shut down Zaman Daily
At the rate they're going, they soon won't have any news sources at all. Then who will announce to the populace that the Kurds dunnit?
The Ministry of Truth, of course...
[ENGLISH.ALMANAR.LB] Turkish government shut down Zaman newspaper, previously a strong critic of President Erdogan, which it seized control of in March.

Zaman was taken over by Ankara in early March. Following the seizure, the government immediately appointed new trustees for Feza Media Group, which owned the paper.

A number of other media outlets are also being closed by Ankara, according to CNN Turk.

Police also raided Zaman's offices to enforce a Turkish court order stating that the media outlet must be brought under government authority. The newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Abdulhamit Bilici, was fired soon after.

Once the state took over, the newspaper soon turned into a government mouthpiece. The first edition under the new ownership featured the image of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...

Critics slammed the government for the move, with Zaman supporters taking to the streets of Istanbul in protest. Police deployed tear gas, water cannon, and rubber bullets on the demonstrators.

Along with Zaman, a number of other Feza Media Group outlets will be shut down, including Cihan News Agency. Kure.tv will also be closed.

Erdogan has been fiercely criticized for his crackdown on press freedom in recent months, including the pre-trial detention of two journalists who published a report which purportedly showed intelligence officials transporting arms to Syria.

In late April, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
barred foreign journalists from entering the country, without providing any explanation for the move.

News of the shutdown of the media publications comes as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu effectively resigned following a rift with Erdogan, whose leadership has become increasingly authoritarian.
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Istanbul court jails Dundar and Gul for revaling state secrets
[AA.TR] A high court in Istanbul convicted Turkish journalists Can Dundar and Erdem Gul Friday night on charges of revealing state secrets, sentencing them to five years and 10 months, and five years in prison, respectively.

Dundar, the editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet newspaper and Erdem Gul, the paper’s Ankara bureau chief, were put on trial following the publication of images purporting to show arms being transported to Syria in trucks belonging to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s National Intelligence Organization, also known as the MIT.

The 14th High Criminal Court acquitted the duo of charges of attempting to overthrow the government, while ordering that the charges of "knowingly and willfully" helping the terrorist FETO/PDY organization or the so-called "parallel state" to be separated from the trial.

A few hours before the court announced the guilty verdict, Dundar had escaped a gun attack outside Istanbul's Caglayan courthouse, police said.

He was assaulted by a gunman outside the courthouse. Dundar was not maimed in the attack, but a Turkish news channel, NTV, Correspondent Yagiz Senkal was slightly injured.
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Home Front: WoT
120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran
UNITED NATIONS -- The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country.
Most of the "non-aligned movement" is run by thugs who are worried about the precedent the USSC set. Might the accounts in the Caymans be at risk?
A communique issued by the NAM's Coordinating Bureau follows an Iranian appeal to the United Nations last week to intervene with the U.S. government to prevent the loss of their funds. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the ruling an "outrageous robbery, disguised under a court order."

The NAM, comprising mainly failed developing countries, called the U.S. waiver of "the sovereign immunity of states and their institutions" a violation of U.S. international and treaty obligations.
Sovereign immunity is a European invention. Comes right out of the Treaty of Westphalia. You folks don't want to be aping the Euros, now do you?
It called on the U.S. government "to respect the principle of state immunity" and warned that failing to do so will have "adverse implications, including uncertainty and chaos in international relations." It also warned that a failure would also undermine the international rule of law "and would constitute an international wrongful act, which entails international responsibility."

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on April 23 that the families of victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran can collect nearly $2 billion in frozen funds from Iran as compensation. The court's ruling directly affects more than 1,300 relatives of victims, some who have been seeking compensation for more than 30 years. They include families of the 241 U.S. service members who died in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut.

Iran denies any links to the attacks.

Iran's U.N. Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo asked that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulate the NAM statement to the U.N. General Assembly and Security Council.

The NAM called for "dialogue and accommodation over coercion and confrontation" to peacefully settle disputes.
That'll work as well as it did last time...
In last week's letter, Iran's Zarif appealed to secretary-general Ban to use his good offices "to induce the U.S. government to adhere to its international obligations, put an end to the violation of the fundamental principle of state immunity."

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in response that "U.S. laws and the application of those laws by the courts of the United States comport with international law."
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [243 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In last week's letter, Iran's Zarif appealed to secretary-general Ban to use his good offices "to induce the U.S. government to adhere to its international obligations, put an end to the violation of the fundamental principle of state immunity."

TRANSLATION: "L'etat, c'est Moi...and no way does Moi want this aimed at Moi-self someday. Might cost money or liberty, and we can't have THAT."


Snark of the day.
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 05/07/2016 8:22 Comments || Top||

#2  fundamental principle of state immunity

Tell it to Serbia, Iraq, Libya, Syria
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/07/2016 11:40 Comments || Top||

Sharif equates opposition with anti-state forces
[DAWN] The prime minister, in a speech at the groundbreaking of a motorway section on Friday, equated the opposition parties agitating against his government with anti-state elements facing a military operation in the mountains.

"There is no difference between the enemies of the country against whom the Zarb-e-Azb
..the Pak offensive against Qaeda in Pakistain and the Pak Taliban in North Wazoo. The name refers to the sword of the Prophet (PTUI!)...
operation is under way and the united opposition pursuing the politics of sit-ins," Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
said at Salehpat after the ceremony marking start of work on the Sukkur-Multan portion of the Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
-Lahore motorway.

He accused opposition parties of banding together to "impede development", but expressed resolve that the government would "foil their designs" and complete all projects by 2018. "We will be able to win the the next general election by virtue of our performance in office."

Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
, the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
chief, did not take long to launch a counter-attack. He said peaceful protest was a part of democracy.
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US asks Pakistan to stop militants from using its soil
[DAWN] The US State Department has urged Pakistain to take military action against Taliban leaders who allegedly used its territory for cross-border attacks, besides continuing to encourage them to resume peace talks with Kabul
...the capital of Afghanistan. Home to continuous fighting from 1992 to 1996 between the forces of would-be strongman and Pak ISI/Jamaat-e-Islami sock puppet Gulbuddin Hekmayar and the Northern Alliance, a period which won Hek the title Most Evil Man in the World and didn't do much for the reputations of the Northern Alliance guys either....
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj PrunefaceAziz
...Adviser to Pak Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on National Security and Foreign Affairs, who believes in good jihadis and bad jihadis as a matter of national policy...
told news hounds in Islamabad earlier this week that Pakistain could not accept the Afghan demand to abandon its peace efforts and take immediate military action against the Taliban leaders. Instead, Mr Aziz offered to push for resuming the reconciliation talks as soon as possible.

When asked for comments on the Pak position, a State Department official reminded Islamabad that in December last year Afghanistan and Pakistain signed a joint statement, agreeing, "not to allow use of their respective soil against each other".

The official noted that Afghanistan and Pakistain had also agreed to "sternly handle any elements crossing over and getting involved in violence on either side, through active intelligence sharing and intelligence-based operations".

Last month, Afghanistan's Caped President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
urged Pakistain to evict Taliban forces of Evil through military action or arrest and hand them over to Kabul for trial and punishment for killing innocent Afghans. President Ghani also said that he would no longer seek Pakistain’s help in arranging reconciliation talks with the Taliban.

But Mr Aziz said on Tuesday that the Afghan outrage at Pakistain was "an expression of frustration" at the delay in reconciliation talks. He said it was unfortunate the Taliban had gone ahead with their Spring Offensive, pushing aside Islamabad’s efforts for re-starting the talks.

But the State Department official reminded Mr Aziz and other Pak officials that Pakistain had made a commitment to Afghanistan and other partners not to allow the holy warriors to use its territory.

"This is the commitment that Pakistain has made to its partners, and we expect it to take steps necessary to promote dialogue, reduce violence in Afghanistan, and encourage the Taliban to engage in meaningful negotiations," the official said.

When reminded that Mr Aziz clearly signalled they would not take military action against these Taliban leaders, the US official noted that Paks’ commitment to support a reconciliation process was clearly stated through the Quadrilateral Coordi­nation Group as well, which includes Afghanistan, China, Pakistain and the United States.

"That is the basis and expectation on which we will continue to engage Pakistain," he said.

The US official pointed out that at a recent congressional hearing, the United States underlined the need for an effective engagement with Pakistain as critical for promoting peace and stability in the region.

Asked what was the US policy regarding Pakistain’s support for the Haqqani Network and other Afghan Taliban groups allegedly operating from the Pak soil, the official said: "We have consistently expressed our concerns at the highest levels of the government of Pakistain about their continued tolerance for Afghan Taliban groups, such as the Haqqani Network operating from Pak soil. We did so again following the devastating suicide kaboom on April 19 in Kabul."

He said the US administration had "pressed" the Pak government to follow up on its commitment not to discriminate among terrorist groups, regardless of their agenda or affiliation, by undertaking concrete action against the Haqqanis.
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#1  Good luck with that
Posted by: chris || 05/07/2016 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Did we also ask for a pony?
Posted by: gorb || 05/07/2016 2:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Soil bombs...
Posted by: 3dc || 05/07/2016 13:13 Comments || Top||

Gaza sewage crisis poisons coast, threatens Israel
Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone. The sewage has damaged Gaza's limited fresh water supplies, decimated fishing zones, and after years of neglect, is now floating northward and affecting Israel as well, where a nearby desalination plant was forced to shut down, apparently due to pollution.
You know, the Israelis are looking for something to do with all those tunnels...
“It's certain that Gaza Strip's beaches are completely polluted and unsuitable for swimming and entertainment, especially in the summer,” said Ahmed Yaqoubi of the Palestinian Water Authority.

Environmentalists and international aid organizations say that if the problem isn't quickly addressed, it could spell even more trouble on both sides of the border.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [369 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  The shithole called gaza has been affecting Israel long before now.Douglasville
Posted by: chris || 05/07/2016 0:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I did not even start to do what they do to fresh water wells, like pumping sewage into them.
They are
Posted by: newc || 05/07/2016 1:13 Comments || Top||

#3  From HAMAS view if you think about it, it is much to their advantage to let this problem continue.

Posted by: BernardZ || 05/07/2016 3:24 Comments || Top||

#4  No Coptics in the population to do all the dirty work?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/07/2016 8:39 Comments || Top||

#5  Each day, millions of gallons of raw sewage pour into the Gaza Strip's Mediterranean beachfront, spewing out of a metal pipe and turning miles of once-scenic coastline into a stagnant dead zone.

If you kill the pipe at its source....
Posted by: Frank G || 05/07/2016 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Just plug up the pipe.

But I like the tunnel idea too...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 05/07/2016 10:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Fertilizer and water being wasted. Spread it on the land.
Posted by: 3dc || 05/07/2016 13:12 Comments || Top||

Hamas says not seeking war but will fight Israeli incursions
Hamas’ leader in Gaza said May 6 that his Islamist movement did not seek war with Israel
No, no, never war, not the boys in charge of Hamas, no, not that. Those rocket launches? That's not war, that's, um, something else...
but would resist incursions into the Palestinian enclave, following the worst cross-border violence since the 2014 war.

Three days of mortar and tank fire between Israel and Palestinian militants, as well as Israeli air strikes, have raised concerns of a new conflict in the Hamas-run territory.
"Please don't let them kill us!"
Ismail Haniyeh accused Israeli forces of intruding nearly 200 meters into Gazan territory.
Isn't it time for Haniyeh to find a new life? Or lose his current one?
“We are not calling for a new war, but we will not under any circumstances accept these incursions,” he said in a Friday prayer sermon in the Gaza Strip.

Earlier in the day Israeli aircraft carried out their fourth air raid on the Palestinian enclave since May 4, attacking sites at Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza and near Khan Yunis in the south of the territory, witnesses said. There were no reports of any casualties.

The Israeli army confirmed only one strike, saying it was a reaction to cross-border mortar fire.

“In response to the ongoing attacks against Israeli forces, Israel Air Force aircraft targeted a Hamas terror infrastructure,” an army statement said.

Since May 4, Hamas and other militant groups have fired at least 12 mortar rounds across the frontier, while Israeli tanks stationed on the border have fired repeatedly at what the army said were Hamas targets.
Time to fire up the dozers...
The Palestinian fire targeted Israeli forces searching along the border, and short distances inside Gaza, for infiltration tunnels leading into southern Israel -- among the most feared weapons of Hamas fighters during the 2014 conflict.

On May 5, Zeina Al-Amour, a 54-year-old Palestinian woman, became the first fatality of the flare-up after Israeli tank fire hit her home, medics said.
Which was above a tunnel...
The violence has raised concerns for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist rulers of Gaza, that has held since the 50-day war in 2014 left 2,251 Palestinians and 73 Israelis dead.
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Britain slams Russia for blocking UN condemnation of Aleppo fighting
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Britannia on Thursday slammed Russia for blocking a UN Security Council statement condemning the Syrian military offensive in the battleground city of Aleppo.

The statement was circulated to the 15-member council on Wednesday during an emergency meeting on Aleppo but was dismissed by Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin as a "propaganda coup".

British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said Russia’s refusal to back the statement "speaks volumes about their support for and protection of the Assad regime."

Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
’s forces launched an offensive in Aleppo on April 22 that they said was aimed at flushing out jihadists. But the West has accused Damascus of targeting civilians, hitting hospitals and markets.

After air strikes hit a camp of displaced Syrians near the Turkish border on Thursday, the British ambassador called for more pressure to be exerted to rein in the Damascus regime.

"It is really high time for every member of the Security Council to use every last drop of influence on the Assad regime to get them to respect the cessation of hostilities and every other obligation under international humanitarian law," said Rycroft.

At least 28 civilians, including women and kiddies, were killed Thursday in the bombing of the camp in Sarmada in Idlib province, which is controlled by Syria’s Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front.
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Saudi FM: Assad breached all international pacts
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir said on Thursday that the practices being pursued by Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Despoiler of Deraa...
against his people, especially the deliberate strikes on hospitals and civilians, have breached all international norms and treaties.

Addressing a joint presser with the Foreign Minister of Norway Borg Prendh at the ministry headquarters in Riyadh, Jubeir said Assad has not committed himself to ceasefire or halting of hostile acts in line with the directive of the UN Security Council. "Apart from this, he is continuing to violate the UN agreement in order to provoke the opposition," he said noting that Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the international community consider this as a criminal act.

Jubeir emphasized that complying with ceasefire is a commitment that should be fulfilled so as to allow humanitarian relief to be delivered to Aleppo and thus paving the way for the political process which enables the establishment of a transitional government without any role for Assad. "This is a step that guarantees the development of a democratic Syria," Jubeir said adding that Saudi Arabia favors Assad’s departure, which might come through political process or through a military action.

On his part, the Norwegian foreign minister said ISIS has lost vast terrain in Syria and Iraq thanks to the recent victories of the international coalition forces.
Posted by: Fred || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [320 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  That's exactly what Yemenis say about you.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 05/07/2016 11:54 Comments || Top||

#2  How many 9/11 hijackers were Syrian?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 05/07/2016 16:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Ahh, yes, have breached all international norms and treaties.. I think that the best thing would be to abrogate all "international norms and treaties" and start over.

The entire UN is a waste of space and oxygen, as are all other so called "international" organizations.
Posted by: AlanC || 05/07/2016 16:57 Comments || Top||

Norway to send 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting Isis
Norway announced on Monday that it would deploy 60 soldiers to train Syrians fighting the Islamic State (Isis) group, boosting its involvement in the international coalition against the jihadists. The soldiers belonging to the Norwegian special forces would conduct the training in Jordan, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said at a press conference in Oslo.
Maybe they'll have more luck then U.S. trainers had...
"The brutal acts by IS have cost many civilians their lives and led an even greater number to flee [the country]," Solberg said, employing one of several names used to describe the terrorist group.

The Isis group has also "brought terrorism to Europe and young people are radicalised and recruited in order to have foreign fighters," she added.

The Syrian groups that will be trained by the Norwegian soldiers were not identified, but according to Defence Minister Ine Eriksen SoreidIne Eriksen, they were chosen following a "thorough and systematic" selection process.

"One condition for our support is that their operations be directed against IS and that they do not harm any of the current peace efforts in Syria," Soreide said.

Norway is already involved in the anti-Isis coalition, in particular by training Kurdish peshmerga fighters in the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
That seems like a better bet...
Posted by: Steve White || 05/07/2016 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sandski Truppen!
Posted by: Shipman || 05/07/2016 15:03 Comments || Top||

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