[Dawn] BEIJING: China said on Friday it was willing to have more discussions with all parties concerned, including India, on blacklisting the head of Jaish-e-Mohammad ...literally Army of Mohammad, a Pak-based Deobandi terror group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar in 2000, after he split with the Harkat-ul-Mujaheddin. In 2002 the government of Pervez Musharraf banned the group, which changed its name to Khaddam ul-Islam and continued doing what it had been doing before without missing a beat... (JeM), which grabbed credit for the attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy in held Kashmire in February.
China prevented a UN Security Council committee on Wednesday from blacklisting JeM founder Masood Azhar.
India said it was disappointed at the block, while the United States said it was counter to a goal it shared with China of achieving regional peace and stability.
In a statement faxed to Rooters late on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry reiterated that the "technical hold" on the blacklisting was to give more time for the committee to have further consultations on the issue.
China hoped the committee’s actions could "benefit reducing the tense situation and protect regional stability", the ministry said, responding to a question about calls for boycott of Chinese products in India.
"China is willing to strengthen communication with all parties, including India, to appropriately handle this issue," it added, without elaborating.
The US, Britannia and La Belle France had asked the Security Council’s 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.... and Al Qaeda sanctions committee to subject Azhar to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze. The 15-member committee operates by consensus. China had previously prevented the sanctions committee from sanctioning Azhar in 2016 and 2017.
Western powers could also blacklist Azhar by adopting a Security Council resolution, which needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes by Russia, China, the United States, Britannia or La Belle France. Already blacklisted by the UN Security Council in 2001, JeM is a primarily anti-India group.
[IsraelTimes] So-called ’zero-click’ technology allows hackers to access victims’ data without any action by the target; newspaper says it was used to hack Gantz’s phone.
Russia recently supplied Iran with advanced technology that allows remote hacking of cellphones without the victim taking any action, Channel 12 news reported Saturday.
Currently, most phone hacking relies on Trojan horse malware that downloads itself and infects the device after the user is baited to click a link or open a file.
The report, citing cyber experts, said the so-called zero-click technology allows hostile hackers to quietly access sensitive systems, without any interaction by the user.
The report came three days after news broke that Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz’s cellphone was hacked by Iran.
Yaniv Balmas, head of cyber research at Check Point Software Technologies, told the Globes newspaper on Saturday that it seemed Gantz’s phone was hacked "with a zero-click type attack."
In such attacks, he said, "it’s enough for the attacker to know the target’s phone number. If, for instance, the attacker knows the target uses an iPhone, and he knows of a vulnerability in a specific component of the iPhone’s cellular modem... it’s enough to send a text to the phone in order to gain control of it."
Channel 12 news first reported Thursday that Gantz, a former military chief, was approached five weeks ago by officials from the Shin Bet security service who informed him that his personal phone had been hacked by Iran following his formal entry into politics in December.
The Shin Bet agents reportedly told Gantz that hackers in Tehran got hold of his personal details and text messages and that he should assume that any sensitive information in the phone could be used against him in the future. They told him to proceed as he saw fit.
Blue and White, and Gantz himself, have stressed no sensitive information was on the phone and noted it was hacked four years after he retired as army chief of staff.
In January, Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman warned that a foreign state "intends to intervene" in Israel’s upcoming elections on April 9.
Though the comments were made in a public forum, the military censor placed a gag order on much of what Argaman said.
Days later, Russia said it was not planning to interfere in the polling, with a Kremlin front man saying Moscow "has never interfered in elections in any country."
[IsraelTimes] BDS event in German capital called off after authorities cancel visa for speaker Rasmea Odeh, who spent 10 years in jail for deadly Jerusalem supermarket bombing.
Berlin has blocked an appearance by convicted Paleostinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh, who had been scheduled to speak at a conference on "Paleostinian Women Fighting for Liberation."
Following protests, the city’s department for interior affairs announced late Friday afternoon that they had barred Odeh from speaking in the city and cancelled her visa, on the grounds that the political activities of a non-citizen can be limited or prohibited if these activities break German law or endanger the peace.
The venue also has cancelled its rental for the event that was organized by the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Odeh, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine, was found guilty in 1970 of participating in the 1969 murder of two Jewish students, Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe in an attack on a Jerusalem supermarket.
The co-organizers of the Berlin event were the Samidoun network of activists, affiliated with the PFLP and Hirak ‐ the Paleostinian Youth Movement, also tied to the PFLP.
The PFLP is designated by Israel, the US, the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... and others as a terrorist organization.
Israel placed in durance vile Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up! Odeh for life for her role in the bombing, but she was released in a prisoner exchange with the PFLP in 1980 and immigrated to the United States. She has said her confession to the bombing was the result of severe torture by Israeli security forces.
Odeh obtained her US immigrant visa in 1994 and her citizenship in 2004. In both applications, she failed to disclose her arrest and convictions in the bombings. She pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration applications and was deported to Jordan in September of last year.
Odeh served as the longtime associate director at the Arab American Action Network in reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,... before her deportation.
A planned protest against her appearance was to be held in Berlin despite the event’s cancellation, its organizer told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
Odeh’s planned appearance had triggered a storm of protest among Jewish and politicians. The Central Council of Jews in Germany had issued a statement condemning the invitation to Odeh.
Council president Josef Schuster told the Taz newspaper in Berlin that he was "appalled that a convicted Paleostinian terrorist who killed and injured Israelis is permitted to appear in Berlin."The public appearance of someone sentenced for murder, terrorism and immigration fraud "legitimizes anti-Semitism at a time when we should be condemning it," US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell said in an interview with Fox News.
Also weighing in against Odeh’s appearance were Berlin’s mayor, Michael Muller, and Hellmut Königshaus, head of the German-Israel Society.
[Jpost] The German government canceled an event on Friday with a convicted Paleostinian terrorist who murdered two Israeli students, following a strongly worded statement from US Ambassador Richard Grenell that was prominently featured in the nation’s daily newspapers.
Berlin’s department for interior announced in a statement on Friday that they barred Rasmea Odeh from speaking in the capital and revoked her visa. The German authorities said Odeh must immediately leave the Schengen Area that is comprised of 26 European nations.
The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reported on Thursday that Grenell “petitioned German leaders on behalf of the Trump administration to ban Odeh from entering the country.” Kredo noted: “Odeh was reportedly invited to speak in Berlin on Friday by the ‘pro-BDS group Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East, which is a supporter of the alliance of BDS groups.’”
Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East defended Odeh on its Facebook page against the alleged defamation campaign she experienced in Germany.
[Ynet] La Belle France has repatriated several young children from camps in Northern Syria, its foreign ministry said on Friday, reiterating that faceless myrmidons who joined 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.... should be tried where they committed crimes abroad.
The ministry said the children were either orphans or separated from their parents in the camp.
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[AlAhram] Turkey’s Erdogan is busy attacking former allies. But will rhetoric alone save him at the polls
Once again, Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First ... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey... dug into his rhetorical quiver, pulled out the word "traitor," and fired it, not at adversaries this time but at former companions with whom he had parted ways. In a recent campaign rally in Tokat, he lashed out against fellow founders and members of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) whom he had cast aside, one after the other, in the course of his quest for autocratic power.
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NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The sparring between India and Pakistan last month threatened to spiral out of control and only interventions by U.S. officials, including National Security Advisor John Bolton, headed off a bigger conflict, five sources familiar with the events said.
At one stage, India threatened to fire at least six missiles at Pakistan, and Islamabad said it would respond with its own missile strikes "three times over", according to Western diplomats and government sources in New Delhi, Islamabad and Washington.
The way in which tensions suddenly worsened and threatened to trigger a war between the nuclear-armed nations shows how the Kashmir region, which both claim and is at the core of their enmity, remains one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.
The exchanges did not get beyond threats, and there was no suggestion that the missiles involved were anything more than conventional weapons, but they created consternation in official circles in Washington, Beijing and London.
Reuters has pieced together the events that led to the most serious military crisis in South Asia since 2008, as well as the concerted diplomatic efforts to get both sides to back down.
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[Dawn] KARACHI: "Shutting down madressahs in the aftermath of Pulwama is wrong timing. We should have done it anyway but our doing it now has India pointing fingers at us, saying that ’see Pakistain has had to take measures’ to prevent a repeat of the incident," said a retired general on Saturday.
Retired Lt Gen Tariq Waseem Ghazi, who also served as the defence secretary after his retirement from the army, was speaking at a programme on the future of the current stand-off between Pakistain and India at the Pakistain Institute of International Affairs.
"The trigger for the recent escalation between Pakistain and India is Pulwama, and Pulwama had nothing to do with us. It was nurtured and home-grown in India," he said.
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[Rudaw] 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.... (ISIS) forces of Evil entered the village of Kocho, 25 km southeast of Sinjar city, on August 3, 2014. For several days after their arrival, nothing happened. Then, on August 15, the jihadists launched their genocide of the Yezidis.
They took 1,250 men, women and kiddies into Kocho High School. Four-hundred men were then taken to the outskirts of the village where they were killed. Just 19 survived to bear witness.
Finding no use for them, ISIS also slaughtered 77 older women. Children were indoctrinated, radicalized, and taught how to fight. At least 850 women and girls were taken as slaves.
"Our neighbors betrayed us and killed all our brothers," said Shada Salih, a survivor of Kocho.
"They were held captive for 14 days and no one tried to rescue them. Our brothers were just shepherds and young boys. Neighbors turned to ’faith’ and became our enemies and killed our brothers in groups," she wept.
Almost four-and-a-half years later, the Iraqi government, United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... , and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) are supporting an experienced international team, which began exhuming the suspected mass gravesites of Kocho on Friday.
"This is a site of killing, of mass graves," said Khan Karim, a British QC who is heading the UNITAD-Iraq investigation.
"It is one of 11 mass graves in Kocho, one of 70 mass graves in Sinjar, and one of hundreds of mass graves in Iraq that are the result of ISIS crimes," he said, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.
"So of course what we have to do is to uncover them, see what the evidence is, look at the rounds, look at the bullets, look at other information or evidence that may feed into a criminal trial in accordance with international standards," he added.
This start of the exhumation process in Shingal is the first under the auspices of the UN since the genocidal campaign by ISIS.
Today, nobody lives in Kocho. Most buildings have collapsed and are unsuitable to use. Political tensions exist between the Iraqi federal government, KRG, federal police, the army, Peshmerga, gangs, and Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitias.
Locals say just 630 of the village’s original inhabitance are living. They will not return any time soon, and most live in IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region.
"Much of my family was lost, and with the loss of Kocho’s villagers, almost all were killed," said Shreen Ibrahim, a survivor of Kocho.
"Few survived ‐ from my whole family, only my sister and me. The rest all were killed in the massacres."
"We have lost a lot."
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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) ‐ The Iraqi Defense Ministry denied on Saturday media reports that its warplanes targeted an 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.... position in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk.
In a press statement, a copy of which was obtained by Alghad Press, the ministry denied that its F16 jet fighters raided a hideout of nine Islamic State turbans in Wadi Abul Khanager area between al-Riyad and al-Rashad districts in Kirkuk.
"All reports circulated in this regard are baseless," the statement read.
Kirkuk officials previously urged reinforcing military troops in the south and west of the province, as the region still has Islamic State members who escaped during the liberation of Hawija to remote areas.
[AlMasdar] Russia started its military operation in Syria on September 30, 2015, upon request of Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad Oppressor of the Syrians and the Lebs... On December 6, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin ...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances... said that 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.... had been totally defeated on both banks of the Euphrates in Syria and on December 11, he issued an order to withdraw Russian troops from Syria.
On December 22, 2017, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the head of state that Russian troops had been withdrawn from Syria, with only three military police battalions, the Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties and two bases, in Hmeymim and Tartus, remaining in Syria.
[AlMasdar] The U.S. administration, at the direction of President Donald Trump, will be providing an addition $5 million to the White Helmets
...also known as Syrian Civil Defense, last summer 422 members and their families slipped over the the Israeli border in the Golan Heights, and from thence to Jordan and asylum in the West ahead of the Russian/Syrian army reconquest of Quneitra and Daraa; a similar number remained behind, refusing to be polluted by association with those dreadful Joooooos...
in Syria, the State Department announced on Friday.
“At the direction of the President, subject to congressional approval, the United States intends to provide $5 million for the continuation of the vital, life-saving operations of the White Helmets in Syria and in support of the UN’s International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) which is charged with assisting the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in Syria since March 2011.
Today, at the third Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey publicly announced these contributions. In addition to those made last year, these contributions to the White Helmets and IIIM demonstrate the United States’ commitment and ongoing support for justice and accountability in Syria.
The United States Government strongly supports the work of the White Helmets. They have saved more than 114,000 lives since the conflict began, including victims of Assad’s vicious chemical weapons attacks. With over 2,800 volunteers, they continue to provide search and rescue, emergency response, and early recovery operations helping civilians in areas outside of the control of the regime.
These heroic first responders have the most dangerous job in the world. In addition to operating in an active war zone and in dire humanitarian circumstances, the Syrian regime and Russia deliberately target White Helmets’ centers and volunteers; since 2013 more than 250 White Helmets have been killed—many in so called “double-tap strikes”—and 60 White Helmets’ centers have been damaged or destroyed by Russian and regime airstrikes and the regime. Despite these dangers, the White Helmets provide these services based on strict humanitarian principles and have become a symbol in Syria and world-wide for these courageous values,”
[Jpost] The organization, which proclaims to be "a women-led grassroots organization working to end US wars and militarism [and] support peace and human rights ...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless... initiatives," has just returned from Iran.
Move over Stockholm Syndrome; make way for the Tehran Effect. If there isn’t yet a name for the phenomenon in which liberal, left-leaning Westerners are captivated by the charms of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran, there should be.
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[AnNahar] An online propaganda magazine 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.... group has confirmed the death of two French brothers who were members in air strikes by the U.S.-led coalition.
In its issue published Thursday, al-Naba wrote about Fabien Clain and his brother Jean-Michel in a section called "the life of a martyr."
"A Crusader airplane targeted him and he was killed," it said, referring to the coalition.
"A few days later, his brother Abu Othman (Jean-Michel) was killed in the same way," it said.
IS fighters are defending the last shreds of their "caliphate" against Kurdish-led forces backed by the coalition in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz.
Fabien's "eldest daughter... was killed in Baghouz, and he did not survive her for long", the IS publication said.
During most of his time, Fabien worked at al-Bayan Radio, it said.
His brother Jean-Michel worked at Ajnad, an IS media production group.
"They produced a lot of chants, as well as propaganda and inciting audio tracks," the propaganda outlet added.
Fabien "waged a lot of attacks, in defense of the homes of Moslems," it added.
The US-led coalition, of which La Belle France is also a member, confirmed Fabien's death last month.
Fabien, 41, gained notoriety after voicing an audio recording claiming responsibility for the November 2015 attacks in Gay Paree, when IS jihadists slaughtered 129 people.
After fleeing Baghouz, Jean-Marc's wife Dorothee Maquere told AFP earlier this month that her husband had been killed after her brother-in-law.
Fabien was killed by a drone, and then Jean-Michel was killed by a mortar round, she said.
On its Telegram channels on Friday, IS released an infographic titled, "So you think we're going to go away?"
Below, it listed a series of attacks it claimed to have carried out including in Nigeria, Syria and Iraq.
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"A Crusader airplane"
I like that
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Huh... filter no like Tootsietoy Crusader. Oh, well. Wuz cute.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.