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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Hundreds of Central American migrants walk through Mexico in latest caravan making its way to U.S. - as border agents capture 1,800 illegal immigrants in just one day
[MAIL] Half of those detained on Tuesday crossing over from Mexico were found in the El Paso, Texas area, according to officials.

Border patrol said more than 980 were apprehended before 5am after crossing in three large groups. The groups were mostly made up of families from Central America.

Officials released night surveillance footage showing one large group making their way over the U.S.-Mexico border.

Other migrants were also detained in New Mexico and Arizona.

A group of more than 230 immigrants were detained at the Antelope Wells port of entry in remote New Mexico, before another group of 130 were apprehended there later in the day.

Agents detained an additional 360 near Sunland Park, New Mexico.

A group of 360 were apprehended near the Ajo Station in Tucson after agents spotted multiple buses arriving near the border.
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Africa North
No military solution to Libyan crisis, need to return to dialogue says EU’s Mogherini
[Libya Herald] They always say there's no military solution, right up until somebody wins.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  White House says Trump spoke to Libyan commander Haftar on Monday
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/19/2019 13:04 Comments || Top||

Assad family cash frozen after dictator's niece found living in London
[STANDARD.CO.UK] Britannia's top law enforcement body has launched an attempt to seize thousands of pounds of suspected illicit cash from the niece of Syria’s president Bashar al Assad after discovering that she has been living and studying in London.

Anisseh Chawkat, whose late father Assef was a feared security chief killed in a suicide kaboom, has completed a degree in spatial design at the University of the Arts London and is still living in the capital despite members of her family being subject to international sanctions.

Her bank account, understood to contain just under £25,000, has now been frozen so the National Crime Agency can seek a cash forfeiture order that would allow it to seize the money.

Syrians will be surprised at the presence in London of a relative of the dictator, pictured, and will likely raise questions about how she was able to obtain a visa and fund herself.

Details emerged during a preliminary hearing of the case at Westminster magistrates’ court. It was adjourned until later this year after the court was told that Ms Chawkat, 22, would be contesting the application to seize her money.

No further details were given, but the NCA said its case was based on the fact that Ms Chawkat, whose final-year degree project was on "the bond between fashion and architecture" at Selfridges’ Oxford Street store, had no legitimate source of income in the UK and had family members who were on the international financial sanctions list.

Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  ..."the bond between fashion and architecture" at Selfridges’ Oxford Street store

So the Bauhaus lives again?
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2019 6:57 Comments || Top||

#2  At the moment Assad has vastly more democratic credentials than British remainiac MPs.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/19/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Then:
Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs.
Napier, William. (1851) History of General Sir Charles Napier's Administration of Scinde, London: Chapman and Hall p. 35
Burn the Witch! She is a relative to a Witch! Seize her property and throw her into the flames!
Posted by: magpie || 04/19/2019 11:24 Comments || Top||

Sweden launches new ‘top secret’ spy ship
[ALMASDARNEWS] But don't tell nobody, okay? It's Top Secret.
Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under:

#1  HMS Artemis, after the ancient Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity.

This vessel is stealthy and graceful;
Her mission, alas, is distasteful:
To tape all the "balms,"
"apes" and "rapes" and "salaams"
Of the Swedish Mohammedan faithful.
Posted by: Omirt Stalin2649 || 04/19/2019 2:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Comes with a French white flag. To please allen or allah of course.
Posted by: Woodrow || 04/19/2019 5:44 Comments || Top||

#3  '...someone had blundered.'
Posted by: Cesare || 04/19/2019 10:09 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey Freezes Assets of Senior Yemeni Huthi Militias
[AnNahar] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor....
has frozen assets of three senior Yemeni Huthi militia leaders in line with UN Security Council sanctions against the rebels, the state's official gazette said on Thursday.

The UN imposed sanctions in 2014 on the Huthi leadership and then Yemeni president former President-for-Life Ali Abdullah Saleh
... Saleh initially took power as a strongman of North Yemen in 1977, when disco was in flower, but he didn't invite Donna Summer to the inauguration and Blondie couldn't make it...
, who was forced out in 2012 and blacklisted for obstructing peace by later backing the Shiite militia after it seized power in Sanaa.

Ankara has in the past targeted assets of Saleh and his son, in line with UN sanctions against the ousted strongman who was assassinated two years ago.

The official gazette said the new sanctions targeted Huthi leader Abdulmalek al-Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
and two military commanders Abd al-Khaliq al-Houthi and Abdullah Yahya al-Hakim.

It also listed Saleh and his son Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Assets belonging to Saleh and his son in Ottoman Turkish banks and other financial institutions were already temporarily frozen more than two years ago.

Saleh amassed between $32 billion and $60 billion (28 billion euros and 53 billion euros) through corruption and stashed assets in at least 20 countries during his 33 years in power, according to a UN report.

The Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
conflict pits the Iran-linked Huthis against a regional pro-government coalition led by 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...
, which intervened in the conflict four years ago.

Since then the war has killed around 10,000 Yemenis, according to the World Health Organization, triggering what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.
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Mosul prison using torture to extract ISIS affiliation confessions: HRW
[Rudaw] Iraqi authorities have ignored repeated requests by Human Rights Watch (HRW) to investigate "credible" allegations of torture, including flogging, at a detention facility in the northern city of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, the New York-based watchdog said Thursday.

The damning allegations come after the Iraqi government told western countries it is prepared to try hundreds of foreign ISIS fighters through its justice system in return for billions of dollars, despite serious concerns over corruption and due process.

The watchdog raised the alarm about torture potentially taking place at three facilities under ministry of interior control in Mosul in August 2018. However,
there is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened...
researchers found the alleged abuses had continued into the early months of 2019.

The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has not provided answers, HRW said.

"Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi’s government should demonstrate to the Iraqi people that it is serious about ending torture in Iraq’s detention facilities," Lama Fakih, HRW deputy Middle East director, said in a statement.
Some paragraphs detailing tortures can be read at the link, for those interested in such things.
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#1  HRW, why are we supposed to care?
Posted by: 3dc || 04/19/2019 5:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Is it working?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 12:46 Comments || Top||

#3  I would certainly hope so...
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/19/2019 14:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Awwwww, aren't they....special.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 04/19/2019 16:01 Comments || Top||

#5  'Achmed - use the #9 truncheon...'
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2019 17:59 Comments || Top||

Is ISIS winning hearts and minds in Iraq’s Makhmour?
[Rudaw] Months of heavy rain have turned the normally arid plains of Qarachogh a verdant green. In this hotly disputed territory of northern Iraq, the increasingly brazen presence of bearded button men in the hills suggests the bad boy threat once thought defeated is also growing back anew.

An hour and a half’s drive southwest of Erbil is the last Peshmerga checkpoint before travelers enter a vast no man’s land ‐ one of several disputed areas that opened up between Kurdish and federal government lines when the two sides clashed in October 2017.

These ungoverned spaces, awash with rival armies and militias competing for supremacy, have left fertile ground for Iraq’s next insurgency to thrive and the resurgence of the Islamic State
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Iraqi court frees French ISIS suspect it says went to Syria to ‘help Yezidis’
[Rudaw] Iraq’s terror court has released one of the French 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) suspects captured in Syria it had pledged to prosecute in a landmark deal that appeared to resolve the legal conundrum Western power faced with respect to their nationals who allegedly joined the hard boy group.

The unnamed suspect was released by the Karkh Investigative Court, which is specialized in terror cases, "due to lack of evidence," the Supreme Judicial Council announced on Thursday.

"The investigation of him continued for three months and it was proven that he had illegally entered into Syrian territory," the council stated.

In the investigation, they also found that "his military contribution to any military operation wasn't proven and his entry was to help the cause of the Yezidis triumph."

The judicial council does not indicate how the investigation was conducted and what evidence was found that led them to their conclusion.

Vian Dakhil, a Yezidi and former member of the Iraqi parliament, reacted to the announced release of the Frenchie, tweeting that she had many questions about the case.

"We don’t know how and what he was doing with them. A journalist? NGOs? Just there watching the battles?" she asked. "I hope not all the ISIS members come out innocent. forbid."

ISIS committed genocide against the Yezidis, killing thousands of men and older persons when they swept across northern Iraq in 2014. The jihadists kidnapped and enslaved more than 6,000 Yezidi women and kiddies. The fates of 2,992 of them are still unknown, according to the most recent figures from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s office of Yezidi affairs. The Iraqi government, with the support of the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
, has begun exhuming mass graves believed to hold the remains of hundreds of Yezidis executed by ISIS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Iraqi Army receives new batch of Russian T-90 tanks
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iraqi Armed Forces have reportedly received a new batch of T-90 tanks from the Russian military, Iraqi News reported on Wednesday.

Citing the commander of the 9th Armored Division’s commander Major General Walid Khalifa’s interview with the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) on Tuesday, Iraqi News reported that the Iraqi Ministry of Defense received their fourth batch of Russian-made T-90 tanks.

The Iraqi military will begin using the tanks once they complete training, the Iraqi News report added.

Iraq first agreed to receive the T-90 tank in 2017 after seeing the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) success on the battlefield.

Speaking to Sputnik, Russian military expert Viktor Murakhovsky recalled that "the conditions of Iraq and Syria are desert and semi-desert areas and a long range of open spaces."

"The T-90 is already successfully using guided missiles launched through the barrel; in this regard, a high-precision missile with a range of up to five kilometers can be described as a sort of [the T-90’s] ’high-precision hand’," Murakhovsky said.

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Army announces 9-day closure of West Bank, Gaza for Passover holiday
[IsraelTimes] Checkpoints, crossings to remain shuttered from Friday morning until next Saturday, except for humanitarian and other special cases.
So hopefully there won’t be any news from Israel over the holiday.
The closure will affect the tens of thousands of Paleostinians who legally work in Israel every day, most of them in construction and maintenance.

Israeli citizens will still be permitted to move between the West Bank and Israel.

Closures for Jewish and Israeli holidays are a routine procedure, intended both to prevent terror attack attempts in Israel during the holiday period and to allow Israeli security officials, who operate the crossings, to celebrate the festival.
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USAID To Lay Off Most Of Its West Bank And Gaza Staff
[JPOST] The US Agency for International Development is preparing to lay off most of its aid workers in the West Bank and Gazoo.

The local staff, mostly Paleostinians and Israeli Arabs, but also some Jewish Israelis, will be culled from about 100 employees to 14, National Public Radio reported on Thursday, citing internal agency communications.

USAID told NPR in a statement that it was not planning on closing the West Bank and Gazoo mission completely.

The cuts come after the Trump administration has cancelled hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Paleostinians, including humanitarian programs such as food and hospitals
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#1  Watch which NGOs hire them. Watch who gets hired.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/19/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Report to the US EMBASSY Mogadishu? I know I just completed my new employee probationary period, but WTF are you telling me ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/19/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

IDF general vows to destroy Syrian S-300 systems if used against Israeli warplanes
“Go ahead — turn ‘em on. I double dog dare ya!” quoth the general, arrayed in all his army green glory.
[MOBILE.ALMASDARNEWS] The commander of the Israeli Defense Forces’ (IDF) Northern Command, General Yoel Strick, sat down for an interview with Ynet News this week to discuss the situations in Leb and Syria.

The IDF commander said if Hezbollah launched any cross-border attacks in Israel that his forces would make Leb pay dearly.

He said it would be a mistake to think that Leb would be spared in a war between Hezbollah and the Israeli Defense Forces.

The commander of the IDF’s Northern Command was then asked about Hezbollah’s tunnels near the Israeli border.

Strick said that he is not sure if they are all destroyed, but hopes they will not be able to replicate them.

"In my profession, there is no certainty, so I will say as far as I am aware ‐ with the means available to us I can say with a high degree of confidence that the threat from attack tunnels has been removed. Can they be developed again? I hope not," Strick said.

In regards to Syria, the IDF general vowed to destroy the Syrian military’s S-300 systems if they were used on an Israeli warplane.

"We will introduce advanced weapons systems into the area but Israel has an excellent air force. I will not go into detail of our options, but if the Syrians employ Russian S-300s against our planes, and we take them out, it will be seen as a legitimate move on our part. I see that happening though I hope we don’t get to that. But if our freedom of movement is threatened we will remove the threat. We know how to do that," he added.

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Iranian commander claims Iran is among top 5 drone powers in the world
Yes, yes it’s is just as you say, O noble Lion of Shiism.
[ALMASDARNEWS] An Iranian military commander said on Thursday that the Islamic Theocratic Republic is one of the top 5 drone powers in the world.

"Today, thanks to the blessings of the Islamic Revolution, we enjoy indigenized production lines and technology to use drones. Actually, we have reached the peaks and a high degree in production of the UAVs," Commander of the Army Ground Force’s Drone Unit General Shahram Hassannejad told FNA.

"Based on official sources, the Islamic Iran is standing among the 5 advanced world states in production of drones," he added.

Iran has recently made major advancements in their aerospace industries, especially in designing and manufacturing death droids.

Kaman-12, the first home-made wide-body drone with a jet engine, was unveiled in late January in an exhibition held by Armed Forces in Tehran.

Also, in March, Commander of the Iranian Air Force Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh and Vice-President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari officially opened the mass-production lines of Kaman-12 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

During the Thursday ceremony, also the first aeronautical center, equipped with laser technology of Launch Services Program (LSP), was inaugurated in Army Aerospace Force Self Sufficiency Jihad Organization (ASF SSJO).

Iranian experts have omitted hydraulic system in the plane and replaced it with electromechanical operators.

The drone is able to send information obtained by sensors to the automatic pilot system and uses INS/GPS navigation system. The Iranian-made plane also enjoys capabilities to send high-quality images to the earth.

The J33 engine has also been replaced with J85 engine which is more powerful and displayed more proper operational capabilities.

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#1  You use that word, 'power'. I don't think it means what you think it means.
Posted by: Raj || 04/19/2019 6:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Is he talking about mechanical drones or the parasites that affect any society?
Posted by: Jusorong Hitler4926 || 04/19/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#3  The droning continues.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 9:04 Comments || Top||

#4  ...That's nice. Pull the other one.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 04/19/2019 11:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Yes, your society is made up of drones.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 04/19/2019 13:13 Comments || Top||

#6  US civilians have registered over 1,000,000 drones with the FAA. They may not have jet engines, but which country will have a deeper AND wider talent pool to draw on?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/19/2019 23:03 Comments || Top||

Chinese radar system destroyed by Israel has been restored by the Syrian Army
“Hey, Yossi — ready to up your score? They’ve set up another round of pins for your ‘bowling ball’ to knock down, and Omri over in unit B thinks he might actually beat you this time.”
[ALMASDARNEWS] The JY-27 ’Wide Mat’ long-range early warning radar which was reported destroyed during the 20 January Israeli Air Force strike on the Damascus airport has been successfully restored, the Sina news portal has reported, citing fresh satellite photos of the airport and the surrounding area.

According to the portal, media reportsabout the destruction of the JY-27 were premature, since the strike appeared to have destroyed only the JY-27’s antenna, not its transmitter, with Syrian air defence troops able to simply replace the antenna with a spare and turn the system back on. "Otherwise, it would be much more difficult to redeploy the radar," Sina indicated.

Sina suggested that Israel targeted the radar system repeatedly for its "good anti-stealth capability", including its alleged ability to detect IAF F-35s.
Ultimately, the portal indicated that Syria may strengthen defences around the Damascus airport by deploying its newly-received S-300 missile systems in the area, combining these with Syria’s existing stock of SA-11 and Pantsir-S1 air defences, creating a relatively large "challenge" for the IAF.
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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri heads to Saudi Arabia for first time since 2017 debacle
[ALMASDARNEWS] Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
Second son of Rafik Hariri, the Leb PM who was assassinated in 2005. He has was prime minister in his own right from 2009 through early 2011. He was born in Riyadh to an Iraqi mother and graduated from Georgetown University. He managed his father's business interests in Riyadh until his father's assassination. When his father died he inherited a fortune of some $4.1 billion, which won't do him much good if Hizbullah has him bumped off, too.
is on the way to Riyadh this afternoon for a meeting with several Saudi officials, the premier’s office said on Thursday.

Hariri will be meeting with several high ranking Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

This will be Hariri’s first official visit to 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...
since he was summoned to Riyadh in 2017.

While the details from that debacle are still not clear, it was rumored that Hariri was forced to stay in Riyadh against his will and then release a statement after several world leaders expressed concern over his well-being.

Hariri temporarily resigned from his post as Prime Minister during his time in Riyadh; he would later retain the premiership once he returned to Beirut.

Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6493 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

US-backed commander vows to capture Afrin and Idlib from Turkey
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the U.S.-backer Jaish al-Thuwar(al-Thewar Army) faction, Ahmad al-Sultan (AKA Abu Arraj) told ANHA this week that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s position in Syria both "difficult and shameful".

Al-Sultan said that Turkey is between a rock and a hard place regarding the acquisition of Russia’s S-400, pointing out that if they do receive them, they will cause a great deal of turmoil with their NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
partners, most notably the United States.

The Jaish al-Thuwar commander also criticized Turkey’s role in Idlib, which he described as disastrous because of the ongoing conflicts between their allied rebel groups and the Syrian Armed Forces.

"Idlib’s southern countryside has been destroyed by aircraft, the Syrian regime, and the modern weapons that Russia is testing in that region," al-Sultan claimed.

He claimed that if the Syrian military were to attack Idlib, it would cause a humanitarian disaster with over one million people fleeing the Syrian governorate.

The Jaish al-Thuwar commander would conclude by renewing his pledge to retake Afrin from the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces and their allies, and then go to Idlib and clear the governorate as well.

The commander concluded by pledging to "walk on their approach until the liberation of the city of Afrin from the Ottoman Turkish occupation and to go to the province of Idlib."

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Brazil, India to reopen embassies in Syria
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Iran says its armed forces are not a regional threat
[UK.REUTERS] President Hassan Rouhani said Iran’s armed forces did not pose a threat to its neighbours as he addressed a display on Thursday of Iran’s latest military equipment, including domestically produced fighter jets and Russian-made missile systems.

The parade to mark Army Day came as U.S. 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...
pursues his drive to contain Iran’s power in the Middle East by means of sanctions.

Thousands of soldiers marched past Rouhani and top military commanders at the parade in Tehran marking Army Day while new Iranian-built fighter jets flew overhead.

Iran also showed off missiles, submarines, armoured vehicles, radars and its Russian-supplied S-300 defence system that can take down aircraft and missiles in the sky.

"I want to tell the regional countries that the armed forces of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran are not against you and your national interests. They stand against invaders... The roots of our problems are the Zionist regime and American imperialism," Rouhani said.

He also said Iran sought "regional security and stability".

Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Well yeah, not if they're in Africa!
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/19/2019 12:47 Comments || Top||

#2  But did NOT claim they weren't a regional target....
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 04/19/2019 15:43 Comments || Top||

SDF is preparing for a military offensive to capture Al-Bukamal,and the area from Al-Asharah until Al-Bukamal from The Assad Regime and Iranian Forces

Posted by: Fred || 04/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Military experts from North Korea, Belarus and Iran titzup in the attack on the scientific research center in Musayaf
Goodness. That’s like when the Israelis destroyed Syria’s nuclear bomb facility and wiped out the entire assembly crew sent over from North Korea.
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Posted by: 3dc || 04/19/2019 1:33 Comments || Top||

#2  The first news item to cause a smile this AM.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/19/2019 7:12 Comments || Top||

#3  ditto #2
Posted by: AlanC || 04/19/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

Who's in the News
7Islamic State
6Govt of Syria
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Fri 2019-04-19
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Thu 2019-04-18
  German Police Arrest Man Suspected Of Recruiting ISIS Members To Syria
Wed 2019-04-17
  Houthis in Yemen introduced a new airburst ballistic missile that spreads 14,000 pieces of shrapnel over a large area
Tue 2019-04-16
  Violence and dozens of arson attacks in Copenhagen after anti-Islam politician throws Koran in migrant neighbourhood
Mon 2019-04-15
  Notre Dame Cathedral is burning
Sun 2019-04-14
  Taliban’s shadow governor for Helmand succumbs to injuries sustained in an airstrike
Sat 2019-04-13
  Algerian police fire water cannon at protesters
Fri 2019-04-12
  Sudan President al-Bashir officially arrested
Thu 2019-04-11
  Ecuador withdraws asylum from Julian Assange, arrested by UK police
Wed 2019-04-10
  Election Council Rejects Erdogan's Party Demand for Full Istanbul Recount
Tue 2019-04-09
  Maryland man accused of stealing U-Haul truck in 'ISIS-inspired attack'
Mon 2019-04-08
  Major showdown brewing in Tripoli as rival Libyan forces clash near capital city
Sun 2019-04-07
  Libya U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa Command temporarily relocated
Sat 2019-04-06
  Egypt kills hundreds of suspected militants in disputed gun battles
Fri 2019-04-05
  German police arrest teen who says he planned shooting

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