[PRESSTV] In a move to get the long-running tough talks going, the co-founder of the Taliban ...Arabic for students... bad boy group and Washington’s special envoy for Afghanistan have traveled to Pakistain.
Mullah Baradar, at the head of the Taliban delegation, and Zalmay Khalilzad with his team arrived in Islamabad early Wednesday.
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Posted by: Fred ||
10/03/2019 00:00 ||
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It could also be a good excuse to get the troops out of Qatar without publicly slapping the country in the face. Then just quietly put off going back to the Home of the Moslem Brüderbünd until two or three weeks after the Last Trumpet sounds.
An Air Force HQ is moving from Qatar to Shaw AFB (in SC). The huge Al-Udeid Air Base is still there and operational. This will make it easier to wage war against Iran since the Air HQ will no longer have to be protected against attack.
Posted by: Harry Angomoque6080 ||
10/03/2019 1:03 Comments ||
Good catch. I'm sure the Persians have figured this out, and can grasp the implications. PressTV is just lying as usual.
A smaller HQ footprint at forward base Qatar will enable a surge from CONUS back to Qatar as the need arises, or elsewhere. Same strategy was employed by ARCENT (Army Central Command) at Camp Doha, Kuwait in the late 1990's.
Did the US Navy draw down its shore facilities and HQs in Qatar? I knew a guy that was a Navy staff officer in Qatar for large chunks of the WOT. He was a reservist and kept getting (voluntarily) reactivated.
Posted by: Frank G ||
10/03/2019 9:29 Comments ||
You say: "More and more, one gets the feeling that the only competent, reasonably honest and at least minimally well-managed large institution in this country is our military." If that is so, why was the US in Qatar in the first place. The ruling al=Thani family has been for decades a major funder of the Muslim Brotherhood. Nonetheless, despite this knowledge, first the military and then the Clinton Foundation, Brookings and others NGOs have screwed around in Qatar.
Great image from @maxar's Worldview-3 satellite of Iranian tanker Adrian Darya 1 with another tanker, identified as Iranian-flagged Jasmine (IMO: 9105085), together off Syria yesterday. Jasmine transited Suez Canal into Med on 8 May and disappeared from AIS five days later. pic.twitter.com/cHWc1YX0VG
We had the story yesterday, but Fred’s in-lines are always worth savouring.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani , told Iranian state TV on Wednesday that he was present in Leb during the 34-day-long Hezbollah-Israel War in 2006. "Yep. There I wuz..."
During the 90-minute-long interview, Soleimani detailed his role in advising Hezbollah as they faced off against the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). "... so I gets him in me sights, an' I starts squeezin' off me round..."
The Quds Force commander said he was entrenched with the Hezbollah military commander at the time, Imad Moughniyeh, who was later assassinated in Damascus by Israel in 2008. "Yessir, there we wuz, me and Imad. 'Muggsy,' we used to call him..."
He would detail how he and Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah ...The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb... barely escaped a bomb that struck the Lebanese group’s operations room in Beirut’s southern suburbs "Tried to blow us up, the bustards! An' him a holy man!" However, a clean conscience makes a soft pillow... Soleimani said he was not deterred after the attack, as he remained inside of Leb for much of the war. "Nah. I wasn't scared. Not me. Takes more'n a bomb or two to scare me."
Soleimani’s interview marked the first time that the commander of the Quds Force discussed his role during the 2006 War. The Quds Force commander has played a major role in several regional conflicts since 2006; these include the Iraq War (2003-2010) and Syrian Conflict (2011-Present).
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