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Afghanistan
Gen. Miller vows relentless pressure after the killing of ISIS Emir in Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The coalition forces in Afghanistan have confirmed the killing of ISIS Khurasan Emir in a U.S. Arclight airstrike in Afghanistan.

"United States forces in Afghanistan conducted a strike against the leader of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
‐ Khorasan group, known as Abu Saad Orakzai, in the eastern area of the Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
province of Afghanistan, August 25. The strike resulted in his death," a statement by the Resolute Support stated.

"America and her allies are in Afghanistan to maintain pressure on the networked, trans-regional turbans attempting to plot, resource and direct attacks from here," said U.S. Army General Scott Miller, commander of U.S. and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A cautionary tale of cost-benefit analysis....
forces in Afghanistan. "This is only part of the coalition’s work towards and Afghan security solution, but it is a vital part."

The statement further added that the death of Abu Saad Orakzai marks the third time U.S. forces have successfully targeted a self-proclaimed emir of Islamic State ‐ Khorasan group since July 2016.

Sources in the Afghan intelligence last week confirmed that the ISIS Khurasan Emir has been killed along with his nine butt buddies lovers comrades in Khogyani district of Nangarhar province.

The provincial governor’s front man Ataullah Khogyani said Abu Saad Orakzai was originally a resident of Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
of Pakistain and was appointed ISIS Emir after the killing of Haseeb Logari. Neither of them are currently residents of anywhere.
This article starring:
ABU SAAD ORAKZAIISIS Khurasan
HASIB LOGARIISIS Khurasan
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  The octagon of starving Pakistans terror exchange unit, the killing of this guy, an maybe a shore up could get US out, but knowing US, we are never out.

We Love these people too much. They showed US Lots.

I doubt Our interest in it's continuance but I would give it another shot if it keeps you from getting shot in the back when you leave.

It really is time to apply pressure here right now.

See what kind of area denial WE can come up with.
Posted by: newc || 09/04/2018 3:52 Comments || Top||

#2  This is the new guy from yesterday, chest pounding like he had something to do with it.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/04/2018 8:04 Comments || Top||

#3  How many times we've heard "vows relentless pressure" in Afghanistan?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 16:53 Comments || Top||

#4  ...now 'relentless pressure on Pakistan' would probably bring quicker results.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/04/2018 17:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Like the Don cutting off their allowance?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 17:20 Comments || Top||

#6  hmmmm....recognize China's sovereignty (via the Mongol Yuan Dynasty) to the place, much like a lot of 'historic' claims, and point out how they treat troublesome Islamics as in their Western (now Middle) provinces.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/04/2018 17:29 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Spain cancels 9.2mn Euro deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs
[PRESSTV] The Saudi-led coalition’s recent slaughter of Yemeni children has prompted the Spanish defense ministry to cancel a €9.2-million deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs.

The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it will return the 9.2 million euros already paid by Saudi Arabia to buy 400 Spanish-made precision bombs amid fears that they could be used to target the innocent people of Yemen, the El Mundo reported.
If they're precision, wouldn't that lessen the chances of them hitting innocents? Or am I missing something?
The arms deal had been negotiated and finalized by former Spanish defense ministers Pedro Morenés Eulate and Maria Dolores de Cospedal.

However, the recent deadly attack on a bus carrying Yemeni students, which killed 51 people including 40 children, prompted incumbent minister Margarita Robles to revise all arms deals with the Arab kingdom. The recent decision to freeze the bomb sale contract is said to be the first stage of the revision process.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  That's the way if you don't want them to "slaughter children" with imprecise bombing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 2:48 Comments || Top||

#2  This would be the GBU (Guernica Bomba Unit) 2500 with the ETU (El Toro Loco) guidance kit. designed and manufactured by the same people who brought you the SUX-6000 before the division was sold to a Spanish industrial consortium.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/04/2018 16:17 Comments || Top||


Europe
Amsterdam attack suspect remains in custody, suspected of terror motive
[IsraelTimes] Dutch prosecutors say Afghan asylum seeker Jawed S. was motivated by ’insults to Islam,’ mentioned far-right MP Geert Wilders

A 19-year-old Afghan man suspected in last week’s stabbing of two US tourists at Amsterdam Central Station said Monday he was motivated by insults to Islam, prosecutors said.

"The man is of the opinion that in the Netherlands ’the Prophet Mohammad, the Koran, the Islam and Allah have often been insulted,'" the Dutch prosecution service said in a statement.

The suspect, identified as "Jawed S.," had a terrorist motive and traveled to the Netherlands with that aim," the statement added.

The Afghan teenager mentioned far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The suspect, identified as "Jawed S.," had a terrorist motive and traveled to the Netherlands with that aim," the statement added.
Friday’s attack came a day after an announcement by anti-Islam politician Wilders that he was cancelling moves to stage a cartoon competition to caricature the Prophet Mohammad, a plan that had angered many Moslems.

Known for his virulent anti-Islamic views, Wilders on Thursday said he was nixing plans to stage the competition to "avoid the risk of making people victims of Islamist violence."

Suspect behind bars
Earlier Monday, Jawed S. appeared before a Dutch judge in connection with the case.

He was remanded in jug and will appear again before judges in two weeks, while police continue their probe.

He remains behind bars under maximum security and is only allowed visits by his lawyer.

Two American tourists were seriously injured when a knife-wielding man attacked bystanders around noon on Friday at the busy train station next to Amsterdam’s historic city center.

Police reacted quickly and shot the man in the lower body. He and the injured tourists, both men aged 38, were taken to hospital.

The US State Department on Sunday condemned what it called an "unprovoked, horrifying attack," and offered full support to Dutch authorities, both in their investigation and "in our common fight against terrorism in all forms."

Both of the maimed American men remained in a satisfactory condition in hospital Monday, according to Dutch media.

German police on Saturday raided the suspect’s home, which Dutch newspapers said was located in the western Rhineland-Palatinate state.

A German foreign ministry official Monday confirmed the suspect is an asylum seeker who was appealing a decision to reject his claim. The man had a German residency permit.

German police had no information linking the alleged attacker to any terror groups, the official said.

The Netherlands has been largely spared the kind of terror attacks that have rocked its closest European neighbors in the past few years.

But amid a number of scares and reports that people linked to some of those attacks may have crossed briefly into the country, top Dutch security and intelligence officials have stressed that the threat level is substantial.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


#2  At first I read this as "Amsterdam attack suspect remains in custody..." as in the suspect remains was attacked!

One can dream...
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 09/04/2018 16:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Can we request extradition? That would give the Dutch government an excuse for avoiding fumbling this. I believe since the Klinghoffer affair, there's something on the books to ritualistically deal with it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/04/2018 17:23 Comments || Top||


Czech Prime Minister: ‘Illegal Immigration Is a Threat to European Civilisation’
[BREITBART] Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš has condemned the past approach of Merkel’s Germany and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
to illegal immigration, branding it a "threat to European civilisation".

Andrej Babiš, a Slovak-origin populist and billionaire tycoon sometimes described as the ’Czech Trump’, told national television: "We do not want to live here in Africa or the Middle East. We have to stop [immigration from these places]."

He predicted that if immigration was not brought under control, public anger and disillusionment would grow, warning "Chemnitz is around the corner" ‐ a reference to the large-scale public protests against Germany’s migrant policy following the fatal stabbing of a local man, allegedly by a Syrian and an Iraqi with a string of previous convictions.

"We have 1.5 million illegal migrants colonists here. Our return policy is bad," added the ANO leader, referring to the EU’s weak record on returning bogus asylum seekers, including the aforementioned Iraqi in Chemnitz, and killers like Anis Amri, who should not have been in Germany at all when he drove a stolen lorry into a packed Christmas market, having lied about his nationality, used multiple false identities, and been scheduled for deportation but was not detained while it was arranged.

As the leader of one of the Visegrád group of Central European nations opposed to mass migration and multiculturalism, now allied with Austria’s new conservative-nationalist coalition government and Italia’s murderous Moslem populist coalition, Babiš was blunt on those Western European countries still pushing open borders policies.

"If they want to have more Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
supporters in La Belle France, the Netherlands or Belgium than they have now, that’s up to them," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  ‘Illegal Immigration Is a Threat to European Civilisation’

Which is why Brussels with Angela's support promotes it.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 09/04/2018 7:08 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
Pre-emptive Lawfare: Israeli Farmers Travel To Hague, File War Crimes Complaint Against Hamas
Nothing will be accomplished directly, but a counter-narrative now appears.
[Jpost] "World stood by in silence" while farmers endured arson attacks, law center said.

A group of Israeli farmers traveled to The Hague in the Netherlands on Monday and filed a war crimes complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against top Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood, officials for what they called fire kite terror during the Gazoo border crisis.

The complaint was drafted by Shurat Hadin-Israel Law Center, and co-signed by the farmers and some 50,000 concerned individuals worldwide. It is part of an effort to turn the tables on Israel’s critics who have accused the IDF of war crimes for killing approximately 170 Paleostinians during the crisis.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Iraq
Iraqi prime minister names himself Hashd al-Sha'abi head
[PRESSTV] Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has declared himself the head of the pro-government Popular Mobilization Units, only a few days after he dismissed their former leader over alleged involvement in "political and partisan work."

The premier’s office, in a statement released on Monday, announced that the commander-in-chief of Iraqi forces has visited the command center of the volunteer fighters ‐ better known by their Arabic name as Hashd al-Sha’abi ‐ to oversee the situation there.

"He (Abadi) lauded the hero fighters of the Hashd al-Sha’abi, their enormous sacrifices to achieve victory over terrorism in addition to their continued efforts to rebuild and reconstruct the country," the statement added.

The statement concluded, "He is keen on the rights of the fighters, and is willing to provide them with all forms of support."

Falih al-Fayyadh was removed from his post as head of Hashd al-Sha'abi on Friday with Abadi's office stating that the decision was taken due to his involvement in government formation talks, adding that this would undermine the performance of the country’s security apparatus.

The decision has largely been attributed to the country’s ongoing efforts to form a new government following parliamentary elections in May.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Sadr-Abadi alliance announces formation of biggest parliamentary bloc
More about this round up from yesterday.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ A new Iraqi alliance grouping Shia holy man Moqtada Tater al-Sadr
... the Iranian catspaw holy man who was 22 years old in 2003 and was nearing 40 in 2010. He spends most of his time in Iran, safely out of the line of fire, where he's learning to be an ayatollah...
and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced that it managed to form the biggest parliamentary bloc, a move which will give it the power to make up the new government.

"The Alliance of Reform and Building, which consists of Sadr’s Sairoon, Abadi’s Victory and 16 other political groups, has been registered as the biggest bloc in the parliament," Baghdad Today quoted Jassem al-Helfy, a big shot in the Sairoon alliance, as saying on Monday.

According to al-Helfy, "the parliament will officially name the biggest parliamentary bloc later today after all alliances reveal names of their affiliated MPs".

The Sadr-Abadi alliance also includes the blocs of Vice President Ayad Allawi and Shiite Moslem holy man Ammar al-Hakim, as well as several Sunni Moslem politicians and ones representing Turkmen, Yazidi, Mandaean and Christian minorities.

It does not include Kurdish groups.

The Iraqi parliament held its first session early Monday in its new formation after the final results were endorsed by the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court two weeks ago.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
US reportedly warned Israel not to strike Iraq
[IsraelTimes] US officials recently warned Israel not to strike Iraq, the Kan public broadcaster reported, as Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman signaled the IDF could target Iranian military targets in Iraq if they threatened the Jewish state.

Arab sources tell the broadcaster that the US asked Israel not to carry out any Arclight airstrikes in Iraqi territory, reportedly saying "please leave Iraq to us."

The report says the American warning came several weeks ago, before Tehran deployed ballistic missiles on Saturday, inside Iraq, that are capable of hitting Israel and 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...
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  please leave Iraq to us.

The Trump administration will end in early '25 at the latest.

When Obama succeeded Bush the "Bush-Sharon letter exchange" turned into a non binding declaration of intent by a former US administration, even though at the time it was seen as a de facto agreement.

'Statements by the US' (by whom and under whose authority) carry much less weight than official letters signed by a POTUS.

This is a problem.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 09/04/2018 3:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Wherever I see Iran moving arms toward my doorstep, It is mitzvot that I destroy them. No matter where they are.

Signed: The LORD and Israel.
Posted by: newc || 09/04/2018 3:46 Comments || Top||

#3  We already took out Iraq to protect Israel. Now we have to do it again? How many wars are we going to start on their behalf?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/04/2018 4:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Shut up and do what your rulers tell you to, McCoy!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 5:16 Comments || Top||

#5  US reportedly warned Israel not to strike Iraq

Hope they got a big FU in return.
Posted by: Skidmark || 09/04/2018 6:12 Comments || Top||

#6  We already took out Iraq to protect Israel.

Eh? All Saddam Hussein did against Israel before the invasion was provide pensions to the familiesof Palestiniansuicide bombers. His ambition to do more was stymied when Israeli pilots destroyed the unfinished Osirik nuclear reactor in 1981.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 7:32 Comments || Top||

#7  ...and of course the decade-long Iran-Iraq war and international sanctions lasting until the invasion of 2003 were further distractions. Saddam Hussein was perfectly happy to train terrorists of all sorts, including non-Muslim ones, but his real concerns were much closer to home than Israel, it seems to me.

Honestly, while all the Muslim countries can be counted on to rant ad infinitum about Israel, and they all would go into raptures if the Jews were driven out, each time they tried open war it was a mortifying fiasco (1948: 1956,1967, 1973). This is why they sponsored the PLO, etc. to act as proxies — the intifadas and general mayhem were intended to conquer where the Mighty Arab Armies (tm) had failed. As we have seen, however, Palestinian terror has been just as ineffective as those armies. As have the BDS movement, international diplomatic pressure, and those silly Gaza flotillas.

In fact, while the Arabs and their Palestinian sock puppets have been focussed on persuading the West to take their side of things, Israel has been building unsentimental trade and diplomatic ties to the rest of the world. Bibi Netanyahu is as hard-headed a businessman as Donald Trump, and the de-socialization of the Israeli economy has yielded all sorts of interesting results.

... or were you being sarcastic, Mr. McCoy?
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 8:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Hope they got a big FU in return.

Sounds to me like a public Cover Your Ass move. "Hey, we told them not to, but they did it anyway. You know how they get. Them Juice are crazy, man!"
Posted by: SteveS || 09/04/2018 8:20 Comments || Top||

#9  If Mexico was posing a military threat to the US (Oh, wait, cartels...) we'd be interested in exactly how much "advice" from other countries about what to do or not do about it? Besides, we don't need outside advice, we have Soros, the Kochs, the Chamver of Commerce and the dumbocrap party. We don't need any steenking "advice" from foreign countries...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 09/04/2018 10:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Let us not forget Saddam's highly inaccurate Scud missiles that he fired in Israel's direction in Hope's of taking out the refinery, endangering both civilians and neighboring countries.
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2018 10:51 Comments || Top||

#11  We certainly didn't attack Iraq to prevent them from using WMD. Because there weren't any.

Israel felt threatened so we had to take them out.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 09/04/2018 13:18 Comments || Top||

#12  Ok, he knows too much - dispatch the black quadcopter drone to Herb's location.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 13:36 Comments || Top||

#13  Shhhh, g(r)omgoru. We don’t want to give away all the secrets. A swarm of artificial hymenoptera will be much more discreet.
Posted by: trailng wife || 09/04/2018 13:47 Comments || Top||

#14  The ones with the cameras and long range microphones?
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2018 14:18 Comments || Top||

#15  @herb

The Kurds Saddam gassed to death beg to differ.
Posted by: mossomo || 09/04/2018 18:13 Comments || Top||

#16  HM's a "Concerned Conservative"
Posted by: Frank G || 09/04/2018 18:47 Comments || Top||


Israel will act ‘unilaterally’ on Gaza Strip, West Bank issues: Lieberman
[PRESSTV] Israel’s minister for military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, says negotiations with Paleostinian authorities on the situation in both besieged Gazoo Strip and the occupied west Bank are pointless and that Tel Aviv should act on the Paleostinian issue in both regions "unilaterally."
The Israeli minister for military affairs is speaking hypothetically about a subject for which he does not hold the portfolio, making it perfect for the Iranian government mouthpiece to wax indignant upon.
"I’m aware of all the negotiations and all the mediators and everything going on there. The negotiations, regardless of whether they’re on Ramallah or Gazoo [City], won't lead us anywhere," he said at a presser at Jerusalem al-Quds on Monday, referring to the capital cities of the West bank and Gazoo Strip, respectively.

Lieberman’s comments came as Egypt and the United Nations
...boodling on the grand scale...
are working to hammer out a lasting ceasefire between the Paleostinian Hamas, one of the armed feet of the Moslem Brüderbung millipede, resistance movement, which has been running the Gazoo Strip since 2006, and the Israeli regime after months of tensions and violence in the occupied territories.

"All the negotiations have led us to a dead end, therefore we need to act on the Paleostinian issue -- regarding Ramallah and Gazoo -- unilaterally, and define the reality unilaterally, according to our understanding," Lieberman added.

Tensions have been running high along the Gazoo fence since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests, dubbed "The Great March of Return," demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland by Israel.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  The Israeli minister for military affairs is speaking hypothetically about a subject for which he does not hold the portfolio

Lieberman is Minister for Defense and Paleostinians ARE in his area of authority - as experience shows that you can't negotiate with them, only stop them by force.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 2:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Give Jordan access to the sea by a big tunnel to Gaza if they take over what is NOW Palestine and Gaza.
Posted by: Greart Chert6075 || 09/04/2018 11:38 Comments || Top||


50% Of Agency For Terror-Finance Reports Helped Shin Bet In Terror Cases
[Jpost] The state said that there was an 18% increase in requests for information from foreign countries, which since 2013 adds up to a 162% increase.

Around 50% of intelligence cables which the Authority for Combating Money-Laundering and Terror Financing forwarded to the Shin Bet during the past year successfully contributed to the security agency’s counter-terror activities.

The statistics were presented on Monday as part of the Authority’s annual report, which said that the high percentage showed its strong effectiveness.

In addition, the report noted a 26% increase in reports of irregularities in the Bitcoin sector over the last year, as that sector has grown and the state has taken a keener interest in its regulation.

Finally, the state said that there was an 18% increase in requests for information from foreign countries, which since 2013, adds up to a 162% increase.

The report said that this shows Israel’s advancement in enforcing complex areas of terror-financing law and the world’s recognition of that advancement.
Posted by: trailing wife || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:


Trump says Arabs can fund UNRWA on US terms
[PRESSTV] After cutting money to the UN refugee agency helping Paleostinians, the United States now says Persian Gulf Arab states can plug the gap provided that they meet the new guidelines set out by the Trump administration.

According to Israel's Channel Two, American officials have informed Israel that any further funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) would be on US terms.

The US announced on Friday that it will no longer support UNRWA, saying the agency needed to make unspecified reforms as it called on Paleostinians to renew "peace" talks with Israel.

Channel Two said that US officials have allegedly allowed Persian Gulf states to fund UNWRA projects in the short term, but the ultimate plan is to close down the agency once and for all.

"US approval for funding would include any future sponsors to UNWRA committing to redefining the status of the agency, as well as the definition of Paleostinian refugees, with the ultimate aim of eventually closing down the agency," it said

It is not yet clear which Persian Gulf states have received the green light to partly compensate for UNRWA's budget deficit of $217 million, which has deepened a cash crisis at the agency in the wake of President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
's decision.

UNRWA supports more than five million Paleostinians in Gazoo, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Leb, providing healthcare, education and social services.

Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

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Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 09/04/2018 3:01 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Report: Secret Iranian Gun-Smuggling Air Routes To Hezbollah Exposed
[Jpost] Two flights carried out by Qeshm Fars Air took unusual routs to get to Leb, arousing concern they were used to deliver weapons to Hezbollah.

Iranian aviation company Qeshm Fars Air is suspected of smuggling weapons into Leb, Fox News reports on Monday.

Citing a western intelligence sources, Fox News revealed that they were able to unmask the methods Iran is using to deliver weapons into Leb.

The first flight involved a Boeing 747 and took place on July 9'th and departed from a military airbase in Tehran to Beirut, but not before stopping in Damascus for a lay-over.

The flight route went over northern Leb and is not one usually used.

"The Iranians are trying to come up with new ways and routes to smuggle weapons from Iran to its allies in the Middle East", reported Fox News citing an anonymous regional intelligence expert,"testing and defying the West’s abilities to track them down."

The US, Israel, and other Western nations have ample evidence that Iran is operating weapons factories in Yemen, Syria and Leb.

The second flight took place on August 2'd and flew from Tehran to Beirut while flying over northern Syria.

Qeshm Fars Air is regarded as one of the aviation companies used by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to smuggle arms. Three IRGC members currently serve on the board of Qeshm Fars Air.

A report by Rooters over the weekend stated that Iran had already transferred ballistic missiles to Shi’ite proxies in Iraq over the course of several months and that it is developing the capacity to build more there.

The missiles include the Fateh-110, Zolfaqar and Zelzal types, which have ranges of 200-700 km., allowing them to be able to threaten both 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 Israel.

A bigwig in the IRGC stated that "We have bases in many places, and Iraq is one of them."

He further stated that should the US decide to strike Iranian targets, these bases outside the country are expected to allow Iran to strike back.
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#2  Any chance the Israelis are champing at the bit to shoot down a 747?
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/04/2018 15:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Silk Air out of Ajabijan (sorry, spelling - on phone) is another airline to check out.
Posted by: mossomo || 09/04/2018 18:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Pardon - Silk Way Airlines
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Coalition Denies Report Of Airstrikes Near Its Tanf Base In Syria
[Jpost] On Saturday "unknown forces" fired toward a US-led anti-ISIS Coalition base at Tanf in Syria. The Tanf Garrison "received fire" but "there are no reported damages or injuries."

The US-led Coalition disputed claims by Syrian sources that there were festivities near Tanf in Syria over the weekend.

On Saturday "unknown forces" fired toward a US-led anti-ISIS Coalition base at Tanf in Syria. The Tanf Garrison "received fire" but "there are no reported damages or injuries, and Coalition forces did not fire back," according to a statement from the Coalition.

Yet the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Sunday that 8 Iranian-backed forces were killed and 11 injured in a battle in eastern Homs province near the border with Jordan and Iraq. "A column of Iranian Forces and their loyal button men of Syrian and non-Syrian nationalities were hit by warplanes that were not known if they belong to the International Coalition, as they pass near al-Tanf area which is controlled by forces of the International Coalition," the SOHR wrote.

The Tanf base is an anomaly in Syria. It was established in 2016 to train anti-ISIS Syrian fighters. However the base soon became cut off from ISIS-held areas as the Syrian regime surrounded the area and retook the border area with Iraq east of the base, and with Jordan west of the base. So the garrison consists of a 55km radius, a kind of giant half circle, stretching out from where the Jordan-Iraq-Syria borders meet. In this lonely desert outpost are anti-ISIS Syrian fighters and their Coalition trainers and supporters.

In May 2017 when a Syrian regime-backed column advanced toward Tanf, the Coalition struck it with warplanes. In June this year the US shot down a drone near Tanf.

Russia and the Syrian regime have both pressured the US to leave Tanf. In March, Russia’s official TASS News Agency notes that a Russian diplomat "finds worrisome the activities of the US-led coalition in the area of Syria’s al-Tanf." Pro-regime social media have sought to accuse US forces at Tanf of harboring Lion of Islams, Lions of Islam and being involved in Arclight airstrikes.

Most recently the Syrian regime allowed ISIS fighters evacuated from Damascus to move to an area between Tanf and Suwayda. Then when the ISIS attacked the Druze area of Suwayda regime supporters blamed the US for "coordinating" with them. Over the last two days the pro-regime sources and Russia-based RT also claimed that US-backed rebels from Tanf sought to attack Palmyra. It was in this context that the SOHR then claimed airstrikes had hit Iranian-backed forces.

The presence of Iranian forces in Syria is opposed by both the US and Israel. Iran’s foreign minister Javad Zarif was in Syria on Sunday to discuss the upcoming Idlib offensive in northern Syria. The airstrikes near Tanf also came a day after reports of a massive kaboom at the Mezzeh military area in Damascus. The Syrian regime claimed the kaboom was an electrical fault that blew up ammunition. As with the Tanf incident, the full story remains clouded in mystery and denials.
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Kerry: U.S. 'paid a price' for not enforcing red line in Syria
[CBS News]
Posted by: Fred || 09/04/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  The link seems to go nowhere.
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2018 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Link goodness is here.
Posted by: Raj || 09/04/2018 0:34 Comments || Top||

#3  The Kerry link seems to go nowhere? Yep, that's ironic. But not surprising.

I wonder if all the Kerry stories in the news lately are a bit of battlespace prep for 2020. Seems a might early to start. But then he has a long way to go to be taken seriously.
Posted by: SteveS || 09/04/2018 0:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Kerry sold his yacht, the Scaramouche, two years ago because he (in his own words) was too old to operate it, and we're supposed to believe he's seriously gonna run for Prez in 2020? Now that's funny!
Posted by: Raj || 09/04/2018 1:24 Comments || Top||

#5  0bumhole was always a chickenshit. Even Iran could roll him.
Posted by: gorb || 09/04/2018 1:52 Comments || Top||

#6  ...Dear Mr. Secretary:

No sh!t.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 09/04/2018 4:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Not nearly as big a price as the people in Syria, Bugwit.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 09/04/2018 7:25 Comments || Top||

#8  He is UNFIT for Command, period!
Posted by: 746 || 09/04/2018 14:28 Comments || Top||

#9  "The U.S. 'Paid A Price' for not enforcing Red Line being stupid enough to make empty threats in Syria."
FIFY
Posted by: magpie || 09/04/2018 15:00 Comments || Top||

#10  gorb, I kinda think you should add "spineless coward" to the descriptions of the empty suit
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 09/04/2018 15:36 Comments || Top||

#11  Exactly what I was thinking Deacon.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 09/04/2018 19:00 Comments || Top||

#12  Back to your cave, bat.
/channeling Fred Sanford
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 09/04/2018 19:52 Comments || Top||



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