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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Hundreds of migrant caravan members found to have US criminal histories: DHS files
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Afghanistan
Taliban delegation holds talks in China as part of peace push
[DAWN] China recently played host to a Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
delegation as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, China's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

Representatives of the Taliban, who have been fighting for years to expel foreign forces and defeat the US-backed government in Kabul, have been holding talks with US diplomats for months.

The focus has been the Taliban demand for the withdrawal of US and other foreign forces, in exchange for guarantees that Afghanistan will not be used as a base for Death Eater attacks.

Taliban negotiators have also met senior Afghan politicians and civil society representatives, including in Moscow recently, as part of so-called intra-Afghan dialogue to discuss their country's future.

Chinese foreign ministry front man Lu Kang told a daily news briefing that Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban representative in Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
, and some of his colleagues had recently visited China, though he did not say exactly when.

Chinese officials met them to discuss the Afghan grinding of the peace processor and counter-terror issues, Lu told the briefing, without saying who met the delegation.

"China pays great attention to the evolving situation in Afghanistan in recent years. We have always played a positive role in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process," Lu said.

Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Arab Parliament Warns Kenya Against Invading Somalia’s Territory
[RADIOSHABELLE] The Arab Parliament
...At the Arab League Summit of 2001-Amman, the Arab states came up with a resolution to have the Secretary General create a Parliament. Since throughout the Arab world rights accrue to the states, not to the people, each member state sends four members and nobody gets to vote on whom. The headquarters was in Damascus until in 2012 the sessions were suspended and transferred to Cairo. The League is now preparing to move the headquarters of the parliament to Baghdad, from whence it will issue Pronouncements of Grave Import....
on Thursday cautioned the Kenyan government against interfering with the territorial borders of neighbouring Somalia.

The Arab body rejected Kenya’s threats to meddle in Somalia’s internal affairs, arguing that the move violates neighbourly principles.

The decision by the Arab Parliament is now thought to pose a new hurdle to Kenya’s efforts to lobby for support in resolving the dispute. By the time of going to press, the Kenyan authorities had not issued a statement regarding the new development.

The Kenya-Somalia tussle began in August 2014 after the latter filed a suit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over alleged unlawful operations within her maritime territory.
You know, the one that all the pirates were operating with impunity from - til the world's navies kicked their skinny asses?
Over the past few weeks, the tussle has taken a fresh twist after Kenya closed her border points in Lamu as tension escalates. This comes after Kenya deported several Somalia high profile officials who had just landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for failing to meet immigration requirements.

Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa North
Egypt says Erdogan claims over Morsi death 'irresponsible'
[DAWN] Egypt's foreign minister on Thursday condemned as "irresponsible" accusations by Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, 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. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
that his ousted Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Morsi had been killed.

In a statement, Sameh Shoukry strongly condemned the "repeated, irresponsible accusations by the Ottoman Turkish president about Egypt," following Morsi's death on Monday after falling ill during a court hearing.

Erdogan was a close ally of Morsi during the Islamist's turbulent single year in office and since the military overthrew him in 2013, relations between Ankara and Cairo have deteriorated sharply.

On Wednesday, Erdogan accused Egyptian authorities of failing to take action to save Morsi's life after his collapse in a Cairo courtroom.

"Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes.

Authorities unfortunately did not intervene to save him," Erdogan said in a televised speech in Istanbul.

"Morsi was killed. He did not die of natural causes."

Since Morsi's overthrow, former army chief, now President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has pressed ahead with a sweeping a crackdown on dissent that has seen thousands of Islamists placed in durance vile
Youse'll never take me alive coppers!... [BANG!]... Ow!... I quit!
and hundreds facing death sentence
...the barbaric practice of sentencing a murderer to be punished for as long as his/her/its victim is dead...
s.

Egypt has accused The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
of giving refuge to runaways from the crackdown.

There has been widespread criticism of the conditions of Morsi's detention during his nearly six years in jug, much of it in solitary confinement.

The UN human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
office has called for an "independent inquiry" into Morsi's death that would "encompass all aspects of the authorities' treatment ... to examine whether the conditions of his detention had an impact on his death."

Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Cyber
Florida city agrees to pay nearly $600,000 after ransomware attack
[THEHILL] A Florida city has agreed to pay hackers who incapacitated their computer system nearly $600,000 in ransom.

The Riviera Beach, Fla., City Council voted unanimously Monday night to have its insurer pay a hacker’s demand for 65 bitcoin, valued at $592,000. The city will pay an addition $25,000 to cover its deductible, according to The Palm Beach Post.

The attack began on May 29, when a police department employee in Riviera Beach, a city of 35,000 people north of West Palm Beach, downloaded an infected email attachment, The Palm Beach Post reported.

The virus paralyzed the city’s online system, including email, phones and water utility pump stations. Utility bills to the city could only be paid in person or by mail, and only in check or cash, according to The New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

"Anything that was done online, we did not have access to," Rose Anne Brown, a city spokesperson, told The New York Times. "We were able to make payroll and make vendor payments."

City finance department staffers were paid overtime because they had to print paychecks that were supposed to be direct deposited into employee’s bank accounts. City law enforcement had to write residents paper traffic citations.

Interim Information Technology Manager Justin Williams told the City Council on Monday that city email and websites are back up, as well as the finance department and water utility pump stations, The Palm Beach Post reported.
Til the hackers come back for Round II
Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Some people never learn the lesson of Danegeld....
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/21/2019 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  ...it's the Left Jake, they burned history. You can't learn from it if you don't have any.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/21/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, it makes sense that a Florida city council is full of Florida men persons.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/21/2019 7:35 Comments || Top||

#4  And of course, the taxpayer will be on the hook for the incompetence of municipal officials paid with taxpayer dollars in the first place. Also factor in there will be no accountability nor employment consequences for anyone involved.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/21/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#5  #4, bottom line. Oh for the want of Malwarebytes etc.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/21/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#6  I can buy a lot of internal network security for $600K.

Just sayin'.

Or 800 seats, for 30 years, for a high-level enterprise endpoint.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/21/2019 9:57 Comments || Top||

#7  The city will pay an addition $25,000 to cover its deductible,

A lot cheaper than the cost of a secure infostructure. I expect it was proposed but voted down in favor of 3-way signs for the public bathrooms.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/21/2019 14:17 Comments || Top||

#8  "Prime suspect is Peggy the Hacker,
The dread Russian cyber-attacker."
"So, who squeezed this goose?"
"Surely someone with juice
Poached the egg..." "Someone yeggy?" "A cracker."
Posted by: Elmomong Speasing6180 || 06/21/2019 17:53 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Islamic Supremacist Omar Goes All In To Defend World's Leading State Sponsor Of Jihad
[DailyWire] Far-left Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) repeatedly advocated for Iran — the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism — on Thursday, tweeting multiple times that the United States should not take action against Iran, even as Iran has repeatedly attacked cargo ships in the area and shot down a U.S. military drone this week.

"'To carry out such wars, American leaders have contrived pretexts to justify American aggression," Omar said in a tweet that included a link to a news article. "That’s what Donald Trump’s administration—and especially its national security adviser, John Bolton—is doing now with Iran.'"
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#1  It's almost like Herb wrote that first sentence for her.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/21/2019 12:49 Comments || Top||

#2  "I am not far left!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/21/2019 17:36 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Calling Trump's bluff, Erdogan says US sanctions will not happen
[Al Jazeera] Ottoman Turkish President His Enormity, 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. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
has said the United States will refrain from imposing sanctions on The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
over Ankara's planned purchase of a missile defence system from Russia. But he pledged to retaliate if the punitive measures do materialise.

Speaking at a rare news conference for foreign media in Istanbul, Erdogan repeated on Thursday that the purchase of Russian S-400 systems was a "done deal" and said the US should think carefully before imposing sanctions on Turkey, a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
).

"I say this very openly and sincerely, our relations with [US President Donald] Trump are at a place that I can call really good," Erdogan said. "In the event of any issues, we immediately work the phones."

"I do not see any possibility of these sanctions happening," Erdogan added. But he said Turkey would respond proportionately. "The US has to think about this very carefully. We will have sanctions of our own."

However,
some men learn by reading. A few learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves...
some experts say Trump will have no choice but to slap sanctions on Turkey under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), a 2017 Congressional bill penalising any entity that has purchased military equipment from an American foe.

"If Turkey takes delivery of the S-400, the CAATSA legislation directs the president to impose sanctions on Turkey for buying defence articles from Russia," said Steven Cook, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. "The legislation gives the president the option of choosing five of 12 areas where he 'shall' apply sanctions."

But Cook told Al Jazeera that "the president can apply sanctions and immediately suspend [them] for 180 days for an unlimited amount of times...There may be sanctions and no sanctions all at the same time".
An Nahar adds:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he will use his "good" relationship with U.S. leader Donald Trump
...Oh, noze!...
to try to defuse a crisis between the NATO allies over Ankara's purchase of Russian missiles.

Erdogan and Trump are due to meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, at the end of June, a month before a US deadline to Turkey to renounce its deal with Moscow for the S-400s.

During a rare foreign media briefing in Istanbul, Erdogan insisted on his affinity with Trump, and drew a distinction between the US president and the administration.
How terribly, terribly clever of him, to be sure.
Erdogan said his close relationship with Trump could allow for a favourable outcome to reduce tensions that have poisoned relations between the allies for several months.

"Our relations with Trump are at a level that I would describe as good. We discuss matters when there is a problem, we conduct telephone diplomacy," Erdogan said.

The Turkish head of state said he would ask Trump during their meeting at the G-20 whether he felt sanctions against Turkey were suitable.

"I am sure he does not believe this," Erdogan said, add that he did "not see such sanctions happening".
Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  make this pos crumple at the knees
Posted by: chris || 06/21/2019 7:56 Comments || Top||

#2  "The US has to think about this very carefully. We will have sanctions of our own."

Riiiiiight.... Remember, you need us a hell of a lot more than we need you.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/21/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Where will we get our fez hats now?
Posted by: Raj || 06/21/2019 9:23 Comments || Top||

#4  The Shriners, Raj.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/21/2019 14:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Smallish red Jeeps. They'll all be driving smallish red jeeps.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/21/2019 15:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Time to transit US warships out of the Black Sea? Time to leave Incirlik? Erdogan isn't trustworthy.
Posted by: magpie || 06/21/2019 16:14 Comments || Top||

#7  YES on Incirlik removal. Demand transit rights
Posted by: Frank G || 06/21/2019 20:49 Comments || Top||


Turkey unveils new 5th generation fighter jet
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's colony in Asia Minor...
’s primary aircraft design bureau put forward at the air show Ankara’s answer to the loss of the F-35, a plane Turkey had once hoped to buy 100 of from the US. Washington recently put that deal on hold over its continued objection to Ankara’s purchasing of S-400 air defense systems from Russia.

On the tarmac at Gay Paree-Le Bourget Airport, the dramatic unveiling showed the world a twin-engine, canted-vertical-tail fighter that looks a bit like an F-35, but with a narrower

​The resemblance should come as little surprise.

"On the F-35, actually, my company is building the center fuselage," TAI President and CEO Temel Kotil said at the ceremony. TAI served as a secondary supplier to US-based contractor Northrop Grumman, which builds the majority of F-35 center fuselages, Defense News noted.

"So this means, in terms of manufacturing, Ottoman Turkish Aerospace has enough strength to build this fighter," Kotil said. "Our machine is a mock-up, but in 2023 there will be a real machine, and first flight is in 2025, and [it will be in] service in 2028."

According to Defense News, the TF-X will have a top speed of Mach 2, a range of 600 miles, and will be capable of lifting 60,000 pounds upon takeoff. Its engines will provide the jet with 20,000 pounds of thrust each, making it roughly comparable to the Joint Strike Fighter, although a tad faster.
although a tad faster...auguring into the ground

Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  the reason small countries don't usually build these kind of premium jet fighters is that theu

- cost a lot

- tie up enormous amounts of capital and high quality engineering personnel

- require a lot of testing over years before completing

Turkey will probably not finish this project.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/21/2019 2:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Got a ways to go...after all:

"the sins of the fathers will fall on the backs of their children, yea unto the seventh generation"
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/21/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#3  5th generation my butt. Maybe... MAYBE a 4+ generation.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/21/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#4  in 2023 there will be a real machine, and first flight is in 2025, and in ...

Dates pulled out of a fez cap. Shows what they know about the dev cycle of a fighter jet. Any remotely competent engineering company can make a fuselage from design and material specs.

Turkey wants to go from this


to this
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/21/2019 9:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Who, pray tell, is going to sell them the high, very high performance jet engines the 5th-Gen fighter will need? Shangri-La? Erewhon? Atlantis?
Posted by: magpie || 06/21/2019 19:52 Comments || Top||

#6  ^^Think of all the problems the Russians, Chinese and lately the Indians have had trying to get a high performance jet engine that they can produce locally...!
Posted by: magpie || 06/21/2019 19:55 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Schumer: Says Dems are insisting on on Iran amendment next week
[Twitter]

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#1  Schumer just being an attention ‘ho and trying to obstruct the President. The Dems like to cause trouble like this rather do responsible work in the Congress.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 06/21/2019 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Sure.

Introduce a bill that says that the President may authorize military action against Iran if needed to prevent harm to US forces.

Let's let Bernie and a few others vote against it.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/21/2019 2:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Who were the idiots who let Iran blackmail us
just to get a worthless JCPOA agreement.
Before the JCPOA Iran was under heavy sanctions from the Bush administration just as they are now with Trump so that Iran is bleeding money.
Obama did the JCPOA so that Iran could blackmail us to remove the hard hitting sanctions and so Europe would not have to enforce sanctions, but could trade with Iran so Iran could profit and spend more money to develop nuclear and non-nuclear weapons systems that are threatening us, the US, now and international trade through the Strait of Hormuz.
Then Obama paid Iran billions of dollars so Iran could subvert more countries like Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Venezuela, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
Now that Trump has Iran bottled up again with sanctions like it should be Schumer and Kerry (I saved the Viet Cong you know) want to throw a lifeline to Iran so they can breakout and obtain a nuclear weapon.
Then these miscreants will tell us they are the only ones who know how to deal with Iran now that Iran has nuclear weapons.
Then they will use the resulting chaos to create their socialist empire just like Hugo Chavez did in Venezuela with the help of Cuba and Iran.
Why should we listen to Democrats when our failure to do the right thing and achieve the best outcome for our country would benefit them to usurp power for their socialist agenda.
We should not let up on Iran or Cuba or North Korea, or Venezuela till they are all allowed to fail like they should.
Of course, John Kerry and all bleeding liberals would throw a lifeline to these countries to achieve there goals.
Posted by: boomerc || 06/21/2019 6:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Schumer (and Nancy) are putting themselves at the mercy of actions now by Iran. If something 'blows up' they're included (not to mention being tagged as unregistered lobbyists for a foreign power).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/21/2019 10:56 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Plans To Evacuate Hundreds Of U.S. Contractors From Balad
[yahoo]
PLANS TO EVACUATE HUNDREDS OF U.S. CONTRACTORS FROM IRAQ'S BALAD BASE COMES OVER 'POTENTIAL SECURITY THREATS' - IRAQI MILITARY SOURCES
Posted by: 3dc || 06/21/2019 16:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:


Iran-Iraq relations flourish despite US pressure: senior Iran official
[Rudaw] Iran’s political and economic relations with Iraq are in their best possible condition despite US pressure, a senior Iranian economic official working to develop ties with Iraq and Syria said on Wednesday.

"Since 2003, we have experienced a noticeable growth in goods export to Iraq, to an extent that 33% of all our non-oil exports is to Iraq," Hassan Danaeifar, secretary of the Committee to Develop Iranian Economic Ties with Iraq and Syria said in the western province of Lorestan.

Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
exported just over 790 million dollars’ worth of goods and services to Iraq in 2006, Danaeifar said. That figure has now soared to 12 billion dollars.

Washington re-imposed crippling sanctions on Iran in November 2018 after withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, in May of that year.

Iran’s dealings with its western neighbor have since come under increased scrutiny from the American Treasury officials in charge of implementing economic sanctions on Iran.

Suffering from a long-term lack of investment in its national grid and increasing demand, Iraq’s southern provinces have relied on Iran’s supply of electricity and natural gas for more than a decade.

While the US has pressured Iraq to cut its energy ties with Iran, it has been forced to grant Iraq short-term exceptions. Four energy waivers have been offered to Baghdad since 2018 to allow continued imports of natural gas and electricity from Iran.

"Currently, our exchange with Iraq is in the fields of engineering, energy and tourism, and we are ushering in a new phase of cooperation and exports to Iraq," Danaeifar said. "Today Iraq is in a post-ISIS era and needs $300 billion for reconstruction. We believe that we have overcome the phase of exporting goods to Iraq; we need to think about joint production."

Danaeifar, an architect of Iran-Iraq relations following the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime in 2003, is a towering Iranian figure of influence in Iraq. He is a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, and former Iran ambassador to Iraq from 2010 to 2017.

US Treasury officials have frequented both Baghdad and Erbil in recent months to put pressure on Iraq to cut their ties with on Iran as part of the US maximum pressure on Tehran.

However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
given Iran’s long term relations with the main political forces in Iraq over the last four decades, Tehran hopes to turn this challenge into an undermining of sanctions and an opportunity for trade.

An Iranian parliament analysis of US economic pressure said this week that while Iran is under pressure from US allies in the region, including 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...
, UAE , Kuwait and Bahrain, Iran "is using its close ties to the Shiite government of Iraq to circumvent the sanctions."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iranian tourists visiting Shia holy sites in Iraq have slowed to a trickle. Kerbala is a ghost town.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 06/21/2019 10:02 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Myth: Israel Is the Largest Beneficiary of US Military Aid
[BesaCenter] Countless articles discrediting Israel (as well as many other better-intentioned articles) ask how it is that a country as small as Israel receives the bulk of US military aid. Israel receives 55%, or $US3.1 billion per year, followed by Egypt, which receives 23%. This largesse comes at the expense, so it is claimed, of other equal or more important allies, such as Germany, Japan, and South Korea. The complaint conjures the specter of an all-powerful Israel lobby that has turned the US Congress into its pawn.

The response to the charge is simple: Israel is not even a major beneficiary of American military aid. The numerical figure reflects official direct US military aid, but is almost meaningless compared to the real costs and benefits of US military aid ‐ which include, above all, American boots on the ground in the host states.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/21/2019 08:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...which include, above all, American boots on the ground in the host states.

I will take a bet that the on the ground cost are simply their salaries not the total costs that range from dependent support to retirement.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/21/2019 10:53 Comments || Top||

#2  So it's true then.

Why are we giving aid payments to a developed first world nation? They are well capable of paying for themselves.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 06/21/2019 12:54 Comments || Top||

#3  Because the CIA's 'A's are not better than the Mossad's 'B's.

One of the most significant contributions Israel has made to U.S. security has been shared intelligence. In post-revolutionary Iran, the CIA no longer had a presence and the CIA's Lebanon station was virtually wiped out in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut. The United States relies on the Mossad and other Israeli agencies for information about terrorism, radical Islamic movements, weapons proliferation and other Middle East-related events. For many years, Israel played a key role in assisting U.S. intelligence through the capture and transfer of Soviet weapons systems. For example, Israel supplied the United States with valuable intelligence about Soviet fighters and their avionics.

Remember Russkie Metrojet 9268 ? Israel provided the intel on the bomb. Democrat senators in 2014 themselves reported that Israel has been assisting in the fight against ISIS by providing the US with intel, including lists of Americans and Brits who have joined ISIS. Israel has also provided vital intelligence support in the form of drones flying over ISIS territory.

NATO expenses in 2017 cost the US some $680Bn. An organization to which the other countries contribute nothing. US aid to Israel for '17-'18 cost $35Bn, and renewed a robust intel sharing partnership with fair and mutually beneficial contracts with Elbit and other companies.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/21/2019 13:59 Comments || Top||

#4  But Herb has a subtext: the Juice are even ickier than our other Military-Industrial Cabal partners
Posted by: Frank G || 06/21/2019 14:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Why?
Because Israel can project more advanced R&D without leftist (you) scrutiny and US Congressional infighting impeding advancement.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/21/2019 14:14 Comments || Top||

#6  "This largesse comes at the expense, so it is claimed, of other equal or more important allies, such as Germany, Japan, and South Korea."

These days, I don't know if I would include Germany as an ally. Japan is probably strong enough to stand on its own. South Korea has quite a number of troops on the ground.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/21/2019 14:21 Comments || Top||

#7  Not to be an OPSEC nazi, but #3 may be cutting it a little close. We have... shall I say, a rather diverse readership.

Thanks for your insights and all you post Dron.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/21/2019 16:04 Comments || Top||

#8  If we didn't meddle in the middle east, we wouldn't need any intelligence.

I'm not a leftist. STFU about that. I believe we need to mind our own goddamned business and stop bombing other countries. Something that was non controversial until I guess recently? Endless war, endless cost, and the American people pick up the ruinous cost. If we quit starting new wars, the problem would fix itself. Did you know we created the Islamic Republic of Iran? Who here doesn't know?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 06/21/2019 16:33 Comments || Top||

#9  So the USA government and business entities should cease using the Suez Canal?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/21/2019 17:49 Comments || Top||

#10  We stopped minding our own business when President Jefferson sent the Marines to Tripoli in 1801, Herb, because he had realized that the nasties of the world don’t care that we want to remain pure and unencumbered by foreign entanglements. Like the scorpion, they will sting us anyway.

Suppose we were to pull completely out of the Middle East. We would still have to deal with IRGC, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda entanglements with various drug gangs throughout the Americas, including their United States subsidiaries. We would have to deal with Al Shabaab among our Somali immigrants, Iranian agents among our Iranian immigrants, the Moslem Brotherhood in its various forms among our Moslem Arab immigrants and Moslem university students, Al Qaeda and allies among our Pakistani immigrants, ISIS among those who spend time on the internet... How on earth did you imagine we were able to ensure that almost all the wannabe jihadis in this country end up plotting with FBI informants, Herb?

For that matter, how do you think America could have prevented the overthrow of the Shah of Iran during the presidency of the odious Jimmy Carter?
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/21/2019 19:37 Comments || Top||

#11  America didn't prevent the overthrow of the Shah. They actively participated in it.

Hey, quick question, why did Osama bin Laden make war on us? Was it due to meddling? Just imagine, no Osama, no 9/11, and we'd have our six trillion dollars back, to spend on nice things for ourselves. What a horrible dystopia that would be!
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 06/21/2019 20:38 Comments || Top||

#12  You're right. You aren't a leftist, Islamist, anti-Israel or any other alliance. You're just a "Anti-NeoCon" questioning, right?

Nice try. Nobody's fooled. Foreign IP.
Posted by: Frank G || 06/21/2019 20:47 Comments || Top||

#13  Busted, Herb.

The we-created-Osama conspiracy hoax gave away the game.

Fwiw, I don't support endless wars, either. But I don't buy the notion that we're "meddling" in the Middle East.

We're the sole responsible superpower on the planet. Exit the Middle East, and kiss goodbye any hope of global stability.

Also, to Dron's point: We are literally flying blind in the Middle East now, and have been at least since the time of COA Chief Buckley's murder by Hezbollah in the '80s. We cannot have any chance of being effective there without a close alliance with Israel, and without cooperation with the Magic Kingdom as well.

Your fond hope is that we can somehow, as the old Puritans had it, be "in the world but not of it."

Wrong.
We are in the world to be of the world.
Posted by: Lex || 06/21/2019 21:12 Comments || Top||

#14  Nice try. Nobody's fooled. Foreign IP.

Wait, are you saying Herb is a false flag op?
Posted by: SteveS || 06/21/2019 21:37 Comments || Top||

#15  Back when I lived in People Town, I met survivors who would throat punch a person who said this to their face.

I also met people who make these same time travel left handed cigarette theories. What if, man, if the Romans had just not got involved with the Etruscans' business, then the Mongols would never had come from the Steppes therefore peace. Or that wars in the Middle East had been going on since before the first laws were chiseled into clay.

Fact is we have been meddling in the affairs of others since before we were a gleam in Paul Revere's eye.

Even the 'Isolationist Years' leading to our entry into WWI, the USA was conducting trade with both blocs to the point that the winners would have had legitimate grievances with the USA.

Thing is, there are plenty of people like me who for various reasons would prefer to be as isolationist as realistically possible who consider arguments like Herb's to be false flags in their own sense, with their garbage macros and false thinking these lazy Emersons blow chaff in the eyes of those who would listen and cause us to check our math.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/21/2019 21:46 Comments || Top||


Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka to Charge Police for 'Lapses' over Easter Attacks
[AnNahar] Sri Lankan authorities Thursday ordered the first criminal charges against security personnel for "lapses" before the Easter Sunday suicide kabooms that killed 258 people.

Nine coppers will face "criminal investigations" for failing to act on warnings ahead of the April 21 bombings on three churches and three hotels carried out by Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
-backed jihadists.

In a notice ordering the probe, Attorney General Dappula de Livera said an inquiry commission appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena had found the officers liable for criminal negligence.

All nine were senior officers in the districts where the attacks were carried out.

Authorities have admitted that warnings sent by neighbouring India of an impending attack by a local group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) were ignored.

Forty-five foreign nationals were among the dead and 500 people were maimed in the attacks. The tourist hotspot has been under a state of emergency since.

Sri Lanka's State Intelligence Service (SIS) has been criticized for failing to act on the Indian warnings.

Sirisena, who is also defence minister and law and order minister, has also faced allegations that he could have prevented the attacks.

The president has objected to a parliamentary investigation into the attacks and ordered police not to cooperate. But the hearings have gone ahead and police have testified before politicians.

Earlier this month, Sirisena sacked national intelligence chief Sisira Mendis after he testified that the attacks could have been prevented.

Mendis said the president had failed to hold regular security meetings to assess security threats.

Defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and police chief Pujith Jayasundara also suggested Sirisena did not follow proper protocol in dealing with the intelligence warnings from India.

Fernando was forced to resign, while Jayasundara has been suspended from duty.

Indian intelligence shared information about the targets -- gleaned from a jihadist in Indian custody -- as early as April 4.
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#1  Time for a new Prez. This one's done.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/21/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||


Sri Lanka cardinal says government hiding truth over Easter attacks
[DAWN] The head of the Catholic church in Sri Lanka on Thursday issued a scathing criticism of the government over the Easter attacks that killed more than 250 people, decrying a "total lack of interest" in determining why intelligence reports were ignored.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith spoke of his frustrations just hours before he was due to meet Pope Francis and show the pontiff a video with graphic images of the April 21 attacks on three churches and four hotels. The attacks were claimed by krazed killer Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group.

"There was a serious lack of responsibility on the part of the government," Ranjith told news hounds. "Now they have appointed all kinds of committees and commissions and there is bickering going on between the sides, you know, (about) who is responsible."

President Maithripala Sirisena has criticised a parliamentary investigation, where some have accused him of mishandling national security.

Ranjith, 71, said Indian intelligence services first notified Sri Lanka on April 4 of an impending attack and then three times more, including a phone call at 6.45am on the day of the blasts.

"But nobody took serious note. This disaster could have been prevented because if I knew that there was an attack planned I would have closed the churches and told the people to go home," he said in answer to a question.

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#1  Just like Clinton and Bush over 9-11 and priors.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/21/2019 8:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Beating about the bush after the fact. Why does the pope not clearly distance 'the church' from the progressive 'diversity' doctrine if he's so concerned about catholics ?

Organized religion. The same everywhere.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/21/2019 14:10 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Surveillance drone may have tracked Japanese tanker
I believe Iran attacked the drone because it was causing them problems. There were only four of them in the world before yesterday, now there are only three. Of course, they had to attack the drone under false or deniable pretenses. Not exactly the Gulf of Tonkin, but should be along the lines of things that Herb likes to discuss.
A "flying object" which flew over a Japanese tanker before it was rocked by a blast in strategic Gulf waters last week could have been a reconnaissance drone, experts have told AFP.

The owner of the Kokuka Courageous said the tanker's Japanese and Filipino crew saw a "flying object", just before a blast that caused a fire on board the vessel, sparking a crisis between Washington and Iran.

"The crew members are saying that they were hit by a flying object. They saw it with their own eyes," Yutaka Katada, head of Kokuka Sangyo shipping company, said the day after the mysterious June 13 attack.

"We have received a report saying that something seems to have flew in, there was an explosion and it created a hole in the body of the ship," he told reporters in Tokyo.

Katada said the unidentified object flew over the methanol-laden tanker a first time -- and returned a second time three hours later, when the blast went off.

The Kokuka Courageous was hit around the same time as another tanker in the area, the Norwegian-owned Front Altair, which was hit by three explosions, according to the Norwegian Maritime Authority.

They were transiting through the strategic Strait of Hormuz towards the Indian Ocean.

The United States -- as well as Britain and Saudi Arabia -- have accused Iran of being behind the attacks but Tehran has denied any involvement.

The US navy says limpet mines, classic maritime weapons used during World War II, were placed above the water level on the hull of the Kokuka Courageous, and caused the blast. Experts agree.

They point to evidence found after the attack of explosives linked to the cone-shaped devices that can be nailed or magnetically attached to the metal hull of a vessel.

"When we observe the evidence, it is not something caused by an object impacting the vessel," says Jean-Louis Vichot, a former director of the French Naval Academy and retired vice admiral.

"It is in fact a footprint of a limpet mine, one that has not exploded," he said.

"The crew spoke of a drone... maybe a device sent on a reconnaissance mission," Vichot added.

- ANTI-DRONE SYSTEMS -
The possibility that an observation drone was launched to track a future target, formally identify it and monitor its surroundings, is also shared by the former head of a French intelligence service who declined to be named.

"One or several drones could have been used to surveil the most vulnerable vessels," he told AFP.

"It is a classic technique of asymmetrical warfare," the expert added.

Shortly after the drone's initial flight, the assailants must have approached the tanker from behind -- to avoid being spotted by the crew who were on deck -- and discreetly planted the mines before disappearing, experts said.

This would mean that the crew on board the ill-fated tanker could have, in all good faith, thought that the "flying object" they had seen overhead had indeed hit their vessel.

But the former intelligence chief said drones could in the long term be a key device used by assailants to carry out attacks, which will prompt the adoption of a series of security and defensive measures to protect shipping.

He also noted that Iran "considers itself among the world's top five drone powers".

Systems to detect and neutralise drones exist but their performance has yet to be tested efficiently, and their cost for civilian shipping is exorbitant, experts say.
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Tasnim News: Iran Says It Refrained From Shooting Down U.S. Plane With 35 On Board
Anybody have any further information about this?
[Jpost] Iran refrained from shooting down a US plane with 35 people on board that was accompanying the downed drone in the Gulf, a Revolutionary Guards commander said on Friday.

Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency: "With the US drone in the region there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board. This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not."
Posted by: gorb || 06/21/2019 11:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  We are so virtuous! Gives us back our Obama-Deal!
Posted by: Bobby || 06/21/2019 11:29 Comments || Top||

#2  How about when we do respond, don't do a measured response, don't build a nation... JUST BURN THE SHITHOUSE DOWN.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/21/2019 11:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Um... P-8s don't carry 35 people. 7 is the standard crew size during a mission.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/21/2019 11:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Since they're not shooting down passenger planes, perhaps we should send one over with Schumer and Pelosi and crew so they could see for themselves?
Posted by: gorb || 06/21/2019 12:00 Comments || Top||

#5  The warlike POTUS must be given ground truth. Orbiting congressional delegations at once !
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/21/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

#6  Refrained, or they missed.
35 poss civilian transport not the 7 mission load.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/21/2019 14:09 Comments || Top||

#7  More like: Iran Says It Refrained From Shooting Down U.S. Plane With 35 On Board Committing National Suicide.
Posted by: jpal || 06/21/2019 15:30 Comments || Top||

#8  #7 - absolutely. Kill Americans in Int'l space = an ass whooping. I'd target every economic target owned by the Ayatollahs and Military/IRGC. Hit THEIR pocketbooks first
Posted by: Frank G || 06/21/2019 20:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Iran Says It Refrained From Committing National Suicide.

9/11 wasn't national suicide, neither for Afghanistan nor for the Pashtuns nor for the Taliban as a political movement.

Precedent is more important than rhetoric and threats.

Western deterrence has eroded.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 06/21/2019 22:59 Comments || Top||


Iran says it refrained from blowing up US plane carrying 35 people
[NYPOST] Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
refrained from blowing up an American plane with 35 people on board that was accompanying the unmanned drone the Revolutionary Guard Corps shot down, an Iranian commander said Friday.

"With the US drone in the region there was also an American P-8 plane with 35 people on board," Amir Ali Hajizadeh, head of the Guard’s Aerospace Force, was quoted as saying by the Tasnim news agency.

"This plane also entered our airspace and we could have shot it down, but we did not," he said.

The P-8 Poseidon ‐ based on Boeing’s 737-800 airframe ‐ carries anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare equipment, as well as shipping interdiction and electronic support measures.

Hajizadeh said his forces shot down the RQ-4A Global Hawk drone 10 minutes after issuing a final warning.

Iranian state media on Friday released images of what the Revolutionary Guard said are pieces from the obliterated drone.

Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 10:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  That's mighty Persian of you.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/21/2019 16:38 Comments || Top||


Yezidi journalist rescued from ISIS captivity
[Rudaw] Naveen Rasho, a 24-year-old Yezidi journalist, has been reunited with her family after five years held captive by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really 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 western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) group.

Naveen was kidnapped in 2014 when ISIS seized vast swathes of northern Iraq, including the Yezidi homeland of Shingal. ISIS committed genocide against the ethnoreligious minority, and thousands of women were sold into sexual slavery.

Some 6,417 Yezidis were kidnapped by ISIS in summer 2014. According to the most recent data from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)’s Yezidi Affairs Office, the fate of 2,992 Yezidis is still unknown.

Naveen says she made five unsuccessful attempts to escape ISIS captivity.

Alongside 13 others rescued from al-Hol camp in northern Syria, she was returned to Shingal in July 2019 by Yezidi House ‐ a shelter run by the Kurdish-led authority of northern Syria in Hasakah province.

The House acts as a transitional location for rescued Yezidis before they are transferred back to their families in northern Iraq.

Before she was captured, Naveen worked for two years as a radio journalist and presenter for Voice of Shingal Mountain.

"I couldn’t tell them I was a journalist because I feared they might kill me. If they were to find out that I would write about them in a newspaper or talk about them on the radio, they surely would have killed me," she told Rudaw.

Naveen showed Rudaw pictures taken during her time in captivity, donning the all-black niqab women, including Yezidi captives, wore under ISIS rule.

On the day ISIS swept into Shingal, Naveen was captured along with her mother and two nieces on the outskirts of town as they fled to nearby Snune.

None of her fellow journalist fell into ISIS hands, she said.

Asked how she was found in al-Hol Camp, she said: "After two and a half months I revealed my identity as a Yezidi to two journalists, a Kurd and a foreigner, when they came to al-Hol Camp a few times."

The journalists then helped her leave the camp.

Al-Hol has been divided into three sections, dividing Syrians, Iraqis, and foreigners, she explained.

"I was among the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
ans where there was no electricity, TV, phones at all," she said. I was "very afraid of revealing that I am a Yezidi," she added.

When ISIS captured her, they "took me to Syria and I stayed there for one week. They later took me back to djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and several different places around Mosul. They finally took me back to Syria where I was put in Raqqa and its surroundings and finally to Baghouz before I ended up in al-Hol camp."

Naveen’s father says her return has brought joy back to the family. He described the moment he received her phone call on May 19.

"When she called me, telling me ’Dad I am free and have reached the Yezidi House’, I was very happy, and I was elated by her call," Rasho Darwesh told Rudaw.

Now living in Ba’adrah, Duhok province, Naveen describes how it feels to be free after her long captivity.

"It is like when you break a walnut shell and the walnut is out. This is what happened to me after five years. I have come to the world anew. It is a very joyful life that I have come out of a prison after five years," she added.

After a period of rest, she plans to return to her job as a journalist. She someday hopes to write an autobiography.
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Iranian forces on high alert in eastern Syria
“Cap’n, I’ve got the spy squirrels ready, and the “dragonflies” and “bee” swarms are loaded with their cameras and tiny flechette missiles, so we can send them out as soon as you pass the word. The sharks with frikkin’ lasers on their heads have been cruising the Gulf for weeks — they’re getting hungry, so we’re going to need some Iranian sailors dumped into the drink sooner rather than later. Just so you know for your meeting with the brass, sir.”
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Iranian forces and their allied paramilitary groups are on high alert in eastern Syria, a source from the Syrian military told al-Masdar News from Damascus.

According to the Syrian military source, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and several allied paramilitary units have increased their security measures around the border city of Albukamal as they anticipate a potential response from the U.S. over the downing of their drone near the Strait of Hormuz.

The IRGC is primarily based in two locations in Syria: al-Safira (southern Aleppo) and Albukamal (eastern Deir Ezzor).

While Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone near the Strait of Hormuz has made headlines across the world, this is not the first time that they have targeted American unmanned aerial vehicles.

In February, Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
hacked a U.S. drone in eastern Syria, forcing the American forces to destroy the UAV.

Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


US to deploy Patriot missiles to Middle East
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Pentagon will send Patriot missile systems, drones and surveillance planes in the Middle East as part of its planned deployment of additional 1,000 servicemen in the region amid tensions with Iran, the US Department of Defense said.

The Pentagon said in a statement that following a request from US CENTCOM, it will send a Patriot missile regiment, manned and unmanned surveillance aircraft and "other deterrence capabilities."

"The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend U.S. forces and interests in the region," the statement reads.

Two tankers caught fire in the Gulf of Oman last Thursday, the causes of the incident are being investigated now. The crewmembers, including Russian nationals, were evacuated by the Iranian emergency services and transferred to the Iranian port of Jask. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pointed fingers at Iran, his statement was supported by the United Kingdom 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...
. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has denied these accusations.

On Monday, Acting US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved sending additional 1,000 American servicemen to the Middle East "for defensive purposes" amid the situation around Iran.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said earlier this week the United States kept all options of countering Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
on the table, including a military confrontation.

Posted by: Fred || 06/21/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies



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