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Iraq arrests Islamic State cell, including Baghdadi aide, in Nineveh
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
US general: Cartels are using migrants to distract from drug smuggling at the border
[Washington Examiner] Criminal cartels are using groups of migrants as a distraction for their drug smuggling activities on the southern border, according to the commander of U.S. Northern Command.

The military has noticed a "relationship" exists between migrants and drug flows, Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy said during a talk the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday. His command is trying to help the Department of Homeland Security counter the problem.

"The same cartels that are working the drug smuggling are working the migrants and where the migrants are going," O'Shaughnessy said. "We also see them using the migrants as a distraction. And so as they push a group of migrants over here, the drug smuggling goes over there. And we see that coordinated behavior, which we are trying to help plug some of those gaps."

O'Shaughnessy said he was surprised to learn the severity of the narcotics problem when he took over as the head of NORTHCOM in May 2018. As the military command principally responsible for the defense of the U.S. homeland, NORTHCOM plays a supporting role in counternarcotics initiatives, specifically with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"And why? It's because this is a national crisis. 70,000 Americans killed [by] overdose," O'Shaughnessy said. "How can the Department of Defense not be part of that solution set?"
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/23/2019 06:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [244 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Duh.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/23/2019 10:03 Comments || Top||

#2  In Operation order Ranger I and II in 89 & 90 our OP and surveillance personnel noted this as common practice. The Border Patrol agents called it flooding the zone even then. When we built the first wall along the 14 miles in San Diego, they shifted to Tecate and the Pinto Wash. 30 ytlatsr, same sh*t, different day.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/23/2019 15:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Border Ranger I & II..........30 years later....
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/23/2019 15:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Yep - Smuggler's Gulch was the original point. Cut off and they moved toward Tecate
Posted by: Frank G || 07/23/2019 19:03 Comments || Top||

#5  We used to watch the illegals play soccer and use the refreshment stands on the edges of that plataeau before bull-rushing the Gulch at night. My Team Engineer used up almost every piece of steel landing plate in CONUS to build the first 14 mile walls...
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 07/23/2019 20:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Thank You!
Posted by: Frank G || 07/23/2019 21:02 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Telecom Companies In Balkh Shut Down Services At Nights
[ToloNews] Local officials said telecom companies’ offices were closed for 24 hours for shutting down their services at nights.

Telecom services are shutting down their services in the last two nights in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif apparently due to "security threats", residents and local officials said.

The telecom companies have not commented on this decision but sources said that the telecom companies shut down their activities due to security threats.

Balkh Police Chief Gen. Munir Ahmad Fayiz said the offices of the four major telecom companies ‐ Afghan Wireless, Roshan, Etisalat, and MTN ‐ were closed for 24 hours for disconnecting their services in the last two nights.

He said telecom companies have not shared the problem with the police.

"There is no major security threat to them [telecom companies in Mazar]," the Police chief said. "We have not been informed about any threats to them. We sealed their offices according to the warning we had given to them."

The shutdown in services has increased the price of the SIM card of government-owned Salaam Company to Afs1,200, almost $15 ‐ in the black market.

"We will introduce them to judicial institutions if they sold the SIM cards more than its normal price," said Mohammad Taqi Poya, the head of Directorate of Telecommunication and Information Technology in Balkh.

Balkh residents said the issue is concerning and it must be solved.

"SIM cards are not available; they are found in the black market," said Khwaja Sharif, a Balkh resident.

"People are facing problems and all communications were disconnected," said Qadir, a Balkh resident.

Head of Balkh Provincial Council, Afzal Hadid, said efforts are underway to solve the problem.

"What is the solution? Those who want to create a problem for our people must be stopped. We are trying to find alternatives and I am sure that this problem will be solved in the near future," he said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:


Can win the war in Afghanistan in a week but don’t want to kill 10 million people: Trump
[KhaamaPress] The U.S. President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
has claimed that he could win the war in Afghanistan in a week and could wipe the country ’off the face of the earth’ in ten days.

However,
you can observe a lot just by watching...
he said he did not want to kill ten million people, suggesting that pakistan could play a vital role to ’help the U.S. out.’

He made the remarks during a presser with the visiting Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka The Great Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
at the White House.

Calling the war ’ridiculous’, Trump went on to claim that the fight against Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
has made the US the world’s ’coppers.’

He Said "I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the earth, would be gone, it would be over. Literally in ten days."

Meanwhile,
...back at the secret hideout, Scarface Al sneeringly put his proposition to little Nell...
the Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan said "And there is no military solution in Afghanistan, there is no military solution because as Mr. President says if you go out all military there will be millions and millions of people who would die."

He also expressed hopes that they would be able to ask the Taliban in coming days to negotiate with the Afghan government and come to a settlement and political solution.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  that is the crux of it
Posted by: lord garth || 07/23/2019 1:04 Comments || Top||

#2  We would have to destroy the country in order to save it, and it just isn't worth it.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/23/2019 2:50 Comments || Top||

#3  A very good place to be away from. As far away as possible.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/23/2019 5:25 Comments || Top||

#4  ^They migrate
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 7:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Can win the war in Afghanistan in a week but don’t want to kill 10 million people and turn Pakistan into a paved parking lot.

FIFY
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/23/2019 7:26 Comments || Top||

#6  What's wrong with large parking lots?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/23/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Fuck off herb
Posted by: chris || 07/23/2019 12:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Our Defender of All that is True and Right slurs everyone else. Fuck off anti-American hater
Posted by: Frank G || 07/23/2019 12:35 Comments || Top||

#9  Hey Herb read history? Anyone f*** with the Mongols? Sherman said it correctly - war is hell. We just don't practice war anymore. Probably why we don't see any 'win' anymore just endless police actions around the world.

Don't do war. It's nasty, destructive, and exhausting. However, as Trotsky said - you may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you. If you are going to do it, don't hold back. Don't let anyone tell you how to fight a war without explaining what 'winning' means. Winning isn't about making friends or making people feel virtuous about themselves. Winning means they leave you alone and don't disturb you.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/23/2019 12:49 Comments || Top||

#10  Putting on my contrarian hat let me (partially) agree with HMcC. It is crappy that I have reached the point that genocide is not a horrific idea. On the other hand, I put the blame where it belongs - on a 8th century mindset that not just accepts genocide but makes a religious duty, along with slavery and subjugation of everyone other than their own particular cult/sect.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/23/2019 13:02 Comments || Top||

#11  I didn't make the world, Herb, I just live in it. Where do you live?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/23/2019 13:03 Comments || Top||


U.S. officials, Pakistani Army Chief to hold talks on Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistain Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and the U.S. officials will hold talks on Afghanistan in Washington.

Pakistain’s Dawn News reported that Gen Bajwa is expected to meet US defence secretary, the current and the newly nominated chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior military officials during his visit to the Pentagon

Meanwhile,
...back at the saw mill, Scarface Al had tied Little Nell to the log and was about to turn on the buzz saw...
officials in the United States have said the meetings will focus on Pakistain’s support for the Afghan grinding of the peace processor and the security situations in Afghanistan and Pakistain.

Furthermore, a senior U.S. official has told VOA that President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
will press Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka The Great Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
for assistance in advancing the grinding of the peace processor in Afghanistan when the two leaders meet at the White House on Monday.

The official further added that "The purpose of the visit is to press for concrete cooperation from Pakistain to advance the Afghanistan grinding of the peace processor and to encourage Pakistain to deepen and sustain its recent effort to crackdown on faceless myrmidons and gunnies within its territory."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Africa North
EU suspends migration control projects in Sudan amid repression fears
[DW] The EU has suspended projects targeting illegal migration in Sudan. The move comes amid fears they might have aided security forces responsible for violently repressing peaceful protests in the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Would rather bring them to EUrope and repress EUropeans?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 7:05 Comments || Top||


Egypt hands out 11 life sentences for joining Islamic State
[IsraelTimes] An Egyptian court has sentenced 11 people to life in prison on charges of joining 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....
jihadist group in Syria and Iraq.

The Giza criminal court says the defendants all traveled abroad to fight for IS and receive military training.

Two other defendants get 15-year sentences, and another is given three years for the same charges. These include possessing weapons and plotting attacks against security forces and state institutions.

The verdicts can be appealed, and the court has dropped the charges against another defendant.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Arabia
Detained Saudi cleric Awad Al-Qarni said the war on terror "is one of the tools of the West through which it establishes a new era of colonialism"
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  I dunno Asswad, if we were going to have colonies we might want them in pleasant places with literate, productive citizens.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/23/2019 7:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Not fair for Kaffirs to fight back against Jihad. Mo said so.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/23/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||


Britain
Jeremy_Hunt calls taking of British ship by #Iran an act of piracy
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Picked right up on that did you?

Does the Brit navy still have any yardarms?
Posted by: AlanC || 07/23/2019 7:37 Comments || Top||

#2  It is NOT an act of piracy. It was an act of war. There are differences. The people doing it should be treated like POWs if captured, for instance (they are actually wearing a uniform and making no bones about what they are up to). Pirates you can just shoot and dump overboard, should you feel like it. Also, it means that you should use your military to attack their nation and do things like seize their interests in your home territories rather just step up patrols of waters where pirates (non-state actors) are operating.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 07/23/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexico says US-border crossings down by 30%
[DW] On the eve of a US-imposed deadline to show progress on curbing migration, Mexico said border crossings had dipped in June. The US has put pressure on its southern neighbor to do more to stop Central American migration.

In April, the US president threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican products if the country did not "stop, or largely stop," the flow of migrants colonists.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Whereas our counts show the crossing going up by an order of magnitude.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/23/2019 8:17 Comments || Top||


Europe
EU Parliament Gives Platform To Well-Known PFLP Member
[Jpost] Khaled Barakat was invited to speak at the EU by pro-BDS MEP Manu Pineda, who has met with Hamas and PFLP leaders in Gaza.

The EU has allowed a well known member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine to speak at the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Parliament in Brussels.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: PFLP

#1  Well, they've a lot in common.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 7:06 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Rumor: Erdogan dead of heart attack
from a tweet
At least THREE Arab media outlets reporting Turkish President @RTErdogan dead of a heart attack. If true, this will have massive implications for #Turkey, Syria, Iraq, #NATO, Russia.

http://www.alraeesnews.com/31819

https://news-sinaa.com/mix/5482467/

https://palsawa.com/post/216261/
Posted by: lord garth || 07/23/2019 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Induced or natural?
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/23/2019 2:49 Comments || Top||

#2  We will never know.
Posted by: Snavimble Bucket1794 || 07/23/2019 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Oh gee darn...
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/23/2019 8:52 Comments || Top||

#4  A situation where Rantburg could use a "Like" button.
Posted by: 3dc || 07/23/2019 10:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Gotta have a heart first...
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/23/2019 12:57 Comments || Top||

#6  'E's not dead, 'E's pinimg!
Posted by: Bugs Prince of the Danes7415 || 07/23/2019 15:43 Comments || Top||

#7  Any truth to this yet? Do we call it if he's not seen by the end of the week?
Posted by: Charles || 07/23/2019 18:14 Comments || Top||


Turkey will launch operation in Syria if safe zone not established - minister
[Ynet] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday that if a planned safe zone in northern Syria is not established, and if threats continue against Turkey, Ankara will launch a military operation east of the Euphrates river.

Turkey has been in talks with the United States over the establishment of a safe zone across its border in northeast Syria, where the United States supports the Kurdish YPG militia. Ankara sees the YPG as a terrorist organization.

In an interview with broadcaster TGRT Haber, Cavusoglu also said he hopes an agreement will be reached after talks on Monday with U.S. special envoy for Syria James Jeffrey, who is visiting Turkey.

Ankara wants YPG fighters to withdraw from the border area, while Washington wants guarantees that its Kurdish-led allies in the campaign to defeat 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....
in Syria will not be harmed.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [113 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Turkey to expel Syrians living illegally in Istanbul
[AlAhram] Syrians living illegally in Istanbul have until August 20 to leave the city or face expulsion, authorities warned Monday, as hostility mounts towards the millions of refugees in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
Turkey has 3.5 million Syrian refugees -- more than any other country -- but they are only under "temporary protection" because the government does not offer them formal refugee status.

Under the system, they must stay in the province to which they are assigned, and can only visit other cities with short-term passes.

In a statement published in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, the Istanbul governor's office said it would no longer tolerate Syrians who are assigned to other provinces.

"Foreigners of Syrian nationality who are not registered under the system of temporary protection or who do not have a residency permit will be expelled to their designated provinces by the Ministry of the Interior," it said.

Those without any registration papers at all would be sent back to Syria, it added.

But Mahdi Daoud, who heads a coalition of Syrian NGOs in Istanbul, said more than 600 people were already sent back to Syria last week -- even though most had protection cards issued for other Ottoman Turkish provinces.

"They were forced to sign documents saying they returned voluntarily to Syria," he told AFP.

He said his coalition, the Forum for Syrian Associations, had complained to the Ottoman Turkish authorities and there had not been any new cases since Saturday.

Security forces have stepped up identity checks in recent days in Istanbul -- at metro and railway stations and in areas with large numbers of Syrians.

There are currently 547,000 Syrians living in the city, according to the governor's office, which said no new registrations were being accepted for refugees.

Daoud said nearly 26,000 Syrians live in Istanbul without a protection card. He was not sure how many had cards from other provinces.

A survey published this month by Kadir Has University in Istanbul showed growing hostility towards Syrian refugees in the city, rising from 54.5 percent of respondents in 2017 to 67.7 percent in 2019.

#SyriansOut became part of the discourse during municipal elections this year -- with many complaining about the number of Arabic signs appearing on shops in Istanbul and elsewhere.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Trump offered to mediate the decades-long Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [90 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Saudi blogger visiting Israel attacked by Palestinians at Temple Mount
[IsraelTimes] Mohammed Saud, a Netanyahu fan touring the country at the Foreign Ministry’s invitation, is heckled, spat on and has chairs hurled at him.

A Saudi blogger who is in Israel at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry was attacked and cursed at Monday, during a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City.

Video of the incident shows a child spitting on Mohammed Saud as he visited the holy site, while others yell at him to leave.

In another clip, chairs and other objects are thrown at Saud as he walks through one of the Old City’s alleys.

One man is heard shouting at Saud, "Go to a synagogue." Others are heard calling him an "animal" and "Zionist trash."

A Foreign Ministry front man condemned Saud’s harassment.

"We strongly condemn the cruel and immoral behavior of some Paleostinians near the al-Aqsa Mosque toward a Saudi media personality who came to Jerusalem to be a bridge to peace and understanding between peoples," Nizar Amer wrote on Twitter.

Saud is one of six Arab journalists and bloggers, including representatives from Jordan and Iraq, brought to Israel by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which has sought to highlight growing ties between Israel and the Arab world.

The blogger, who speaks Hebrew, is an unabashed partisan of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; his Twitter feed is loaded with messages of support for Israel, Netanyahu and the Likud party. His username on the micro-blogging platform is written in Hebrew as well as in Arabic, and his description includes an Israeli flag emoji and the words "Only Bibi!" using Netanyahu’s nickname.

The group of journalists and bloggers were slated to visit Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, the Knesset, holy sites, and to meet with members of Israeli academia during the trip.

Saud is also reportedly expected to meet Netanyahu on Tuesday.

The ministry has said the visit has "the aim of exposing the journalists ‐- some of whom come from countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel -‐ to Israeli positions on diplomatic and geopolitical issues."
Rudaw adds:
Both the Foreign Ministry of Iraq and members of parliament’s foreign affairs committee were not able to comment on the issue to Rudaw English on Monday.

Earlier this month, Iraq’s Ambassador to United States Fareed Yasseen seemed to argue that Baghdad should have some kind of relations with Israel, noting the Iraqi diaspora there.

Some in the Iraqi government attacked the diplomat and called for his resignation. However,
alcohol has never solved anybody's problems. But then, neither has milk...
the Iraqi foreign ministry defended their diplomat and accused some media of twisting his message.

Upon receiving news of the Iraqi journalist's visit to Israel from some local media agencies, the Iraqi Syndicate of Journalists strongly condemned the visit.

"We strongly condemn any Iraqi journalist who visits Israel, due to political reasons, the hatred Israel has toward Arab states in the Middle East, and all the killings and massacres Israel is committing against the people of Paleostine," it responded.

"The syndicate will take legal action against any Iraqi journalist who would visit Israel now or in the future."
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [232 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Something I don't get here. If he is a Saudi blogger how is Iraq in this story?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/23/2019 18:53 Comments || Top||

#2  There is an unnamed Iraqi journalist there, too, 3dc. Only Mohammed Saud of Saudi Arabia is named.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/23/2019 21:46 Comments || Top||


Israeli minister boasts his country 'is the only one that's been killing Iranians' amid heightened tensions in the Gulf
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] An Israeli minister boasted Sunday that his country was the only one that 'has been killing Iranians', after tensions between Britain and Iran rose in the Gulf.

Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi's comments to public radio were a reference to Israeli strikes in neighbouring Syria against Iranian and Hezbollah military targets.

But they came after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker on Friday, adding to tensions between Washington and Tehran linked to a 2015 nuclear deal.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As always Israelis overplaying their hand and saying stupid things.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 07/23/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Hopefully, there are others who are just quieter...
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/23/2019 8:15 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Another Iranian F-14A Tomcat Just Bit the Dust
That's what happens when you take out unused hardware and try to dust it off, I guess.
According to Scramble Facebook News Magazine, it is now (still unconfirmed) reported that the aircraft involved is F-14A 3-6003. According to the picture of the fatal Tomcat, the airframe is completely destroyed.

As we have reported yesterday, one of the few remaining IRIAF F-14A Tomcat fighter jets was involved in a crash at home base Esfahãn-Shahid Beheshti International Airport (Iran).

The IRIAF F-14A from the 8th Tactical Air Base crashed while it was landing. The aircraft reported an emergency to air traffic control during its training flight, subsequently the fighter was approved to make a quick landing at Esfahãn, but the aircraft was not able to hold position and skidded off the runway. Both pilot and Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) were forced to eject. They parachuted safely to mother earth.
I guess they weren't aware that an F-35 can do that.
It is said that the IRIAF only have some twelve to fourteen operational F-14A and F-14AMs left. The IRIAF faces large problems to keep their Tomcats in the air (the AM version is locally modified and equipped with new avionics and multi-function displays in the cockpit, counter measure systems, radar warning receivers and an inertial navigation system).

The U.S. Navy retired the iconic Tomcat on Sep. 22, 2006 and today the F-14 remains in service with IRIAF.

In January 2007, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced that sales of spare F-14 parts would be suspended over concerns of the parts ending up in Iran and in Jul. 2007 the remaining U.S. F-14s were shredded to ensure that any parts could not be acquired.

However in Oct. 2010 IRIAF commander stated that his country was overhauling its F-14s and mentioned that Iran-made radar system had been installed on the fighter.

Moreover in the summer of 2010, Iran requested that the U.S. deliver the 80th F-14 it had purchased in 1974, but delivery was denied after the Islamic Revolution.
Posted by: gorb || 07/23/2019 13:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  And Tom Cruise is going to play a 57-year-old fighter pilot. And aviationist.com wears out their 150th keyboard this year pressing the "starwars canyon" macro keys...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/23/2019 14:53 Comments || Top||


Russia Is Jamming the Air Force's F-35s and F-22s near Iran
Classy move, Russia. I don't know what effect you think it will have such as preventing war or the effective use of military force, but it shows your intentions.
The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations and Israeli Airports Authority in late June 2019 announced that many flights lost the GPS satellite signal while flying into or out of Ben Gurion International in Israel, Breaking Defense reported. There has been no risk to passengers, according to the IAA. The affected aircraft simply switched to backup systems.

Russian forces have been jamming GPS systems in the Middle East. The electronic-warfare campaign could affect U.S. forces gathering in the region in advance of potential strikes on Iran.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: gorb || 07/23/2019 13:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [372 views] Top|| File under:

#1  According to Wikipedia Russia has 24 operational Glonass Satellites.
A single Starship mission (when operational sometime next year) should be able to open it's maw and capture all 24, bring them back to the Earth and turn them over to the NRO for modification and reorbit...
It would be turnabout fair play!
List of functional Glonass Sats
Posted by: 3dc || 07/23/2019 14:19 Comments || Top||

#2  My idea of a good time, 3dc. I'd maybe put the NSA / NRO at arms length on the mission...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/23/2019 15:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Wonder if there's a variant of the HARM missle that homes on GPS spoofers.... if not, can I trademark the idea?
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/23/2019 15:20 Comments || Top||

#4  The Russians are jamming from Latakia where they have Hmeimen air base. The jihadis have been sending suicide drones to Hmeimen. Nothing about supporting Iran or messing with US aircraft.
Posted by: Angaiting Thising6508 || 07/23/2019 15:28 Comments || Top||

#5  "ground-based GPS systems are unaffected"
The ground based receivers are below the radio horizon and aren't 'hearing' the jamming. The ones in the air are getting blotted out by the louder signal.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/23/2019 19:30 Comments || Top||


Release tanker and crew immediately, Britain tells Iran
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Britannia called on 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 Monday to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz as illegal, Prime Minister Theresa May’s front man said.

May is chairing a meeting of Britannia’s COBR emergency response committee and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt is expected to make a statement to parliament later on Monday to face criticism that Britannia should have escorted the ship.

"The ship was seized under false and illegal pretenses and the Iranians should release it and its crew immediately," the front man told news hounds.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [200 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Or, we'll deal with you like we dealt with Rotherham sex slavers?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 7:08 Comments || Top||

#2  When will someone finally discover that dialogue with these foks accomplishes nothing at all ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/23/2019 7:10 Comments || Top||

#3  ^One country
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/23/2019 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Who remembers why we developed the Marine Corp?
Posted by: Beau || 07/23/2019 7:20 Comments || Top||

#5  "Let them hate, so long as they fear"
Posted by: SteveS || 07/23/2019 11:22 Comments || Top||


Trump says the ‘report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  "...now a list of journalists who work with the CIA, I can provide to sort this all out."

[you think that would tighten the leak sphincters?]
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/23/2019 7:31 Comments || Top||


Russia denies its planes bombed rebel-held Syrian city
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russia’s Ministry of Defense denied on Monday its planes carried out Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s on the rebel-held Syrian city of Maarat al-Numan that hit a popular market and residential neighborhoods.

The raids killed at least 20 people in the densely-populated city in the south of Idlib province earlier on Monday and were believed to have been carried out by either Syrian or Russian jets, rescuers and residents said.

"Russia’s Air Force did not carry out any missions in the given region of the Syrian Arab Republic," the ministry said in a statement.
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [177 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Hamas group visiting Iran has met with the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Britain will seek to put together a European-led maritime protection mission to ensure safe shipping through the Strait of Hormuz
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/23/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Not saying it is unpossible, but it comes down to capability + will. You could do this with a little frigate navy, but are the Euros willing to but heads with Iran? Doubtful. First casualty would be that lame-ass nuke treaty the Persians are already cheating on.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/23/2019 18:39 Comments || Top||



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