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Possible terror attack with automatic guns in Halle (Germany)
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Afghanistan
Taliban: Claims about death of Al Qaeda leader in Helmand are false
Does he mean Asim Umar, chief of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) whose death was reported yesterday, or someone else?
[ALEMARAHENGLISH] Officials of the stooge Kabul administration claimed to have killed a leader associated with Al Qaeda organization during the raid and bombing of a wedding in Musa Kala district, Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
We categorically reject this claim by Kabul officials and consider it a part of enemy fabricated propaganda.

Truth of the matter remains that the said operation in Musa Kala district only caused heavy civilian losses and tens of ordinary civilian Afghans including those participating in a wedding ceremony were martyred and maimed.

The enemy is trying to use such claims to conceal the crime it perpetrated in Musa Kala.

Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Qari Muhammad Yousuf Ahmadi

Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [257 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Sudan has received half of $3 bln aid promised by Saudi and UAE
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Sudan has received half of $3 billion in aid promised by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
and the United Arab Emirates in April and expects the remainder to be paid by the end of next year, Sudan’s finance minister said late on Monday.

The Gulf countries agreed the aid package soon after former President Omar al-Bashir
...Former President-for-Life of Sudan He came to power in 1989 when he, as a brigadier in the Sudanese army, led a group of officers in a bloodless military coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi and eventually appointed himself head cheese. He fell out with his Islamic mentor, Hasan al-Turabi, tried to impose shariah on the Christian and animist south, resulting in its secessesion, and attempted to Arabize Darfur by unleashing the barbaric Janjaweed on it. Sudan's potential prosperity has been pissed away in warfare that has left as many as 400,000 people dead and 2.5 million displaced. Hee was overthrown by popular consent in 2019. Omar has been indicted for genocide by the International Criminal Court but nothing is expected to come of it...
was ousted, throwing a lifeline to Sudan’s new military leaders at the time.

Finance Minister Ibrahim Elbadawi said Saudi Arabia and the UAE had deposited $500 million in the Sudanese central bank, while $1 billion worth of petroleum products, wheat and agricultural production inputs had been received.

Long lines for bread and fuel are a recurring feature of Sudan’s economic crisis.

"I met with the ambassadors of the Kingdom and of the UAE, and we agreed on a programmed schedule that will God willing take us to the end of 2020, to finish off the rest of the grant," Elbadawi said.

Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  I forget. Which gang of kleptos is in charge these days?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 9:30 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Al-Sarraj: Forces attacking Tripoli responsible for terrorists' reemergence
[Libya Observer] The Head of the Presidential Council Fayez al-Sarraj said terrorist cells have stepped up their activities over the last few months due to the recurrent military operations in different areas in Libya, adding that they have taken advantage of the security vacuum caused by ongoing fighting in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
"The attacking forces (Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
's forces) are to blame for the reemergence of turbans in Libya." al-Sarraj remarked as he addressed the attendees of the ceremony of Police Day 55th Anniversary.

He added that the security arrangements started by the Interior Ministry before Tripoli offensive are still ongoing, saying the safety of people is a priority for his government.

He hailed the acts of the Libyan Army forces and backup forces whom he said are defending building the civilian state. He also praised the police force for their work.

"Libyans revolted against tyranny, totalitarianism, dictatorship and for a civilian and democratic state. We will continue to achieve the goals and no party can defeat the will of the people." al-Sarraj said.

He reiterated that they will keep fighting till the attacking forces are defeated or retreated to their previous positions as before April 04, stressing the need for returning to the political process under the auspices of the UN, which he said goes along with his initiative for a national conference that sets up a constitutional basis for elections.

"There's no political dialogue with those who call for dictatorship and committed war crimes." He explained.

He promised to improve public services for Libyans by expanding expenditure in education, health, transportation and construction sectors.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [206 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Algiers police prevent weekly student demo for first time
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Algerian police on Tuesday prevented a weekly protest by students in the capital for the first time since an anti-regime movement erupted into the streets in February, AFP journalists and witnesses said.

They forcefully barred access to a square in central Algiers and managed to disperse the demonstrators after several forays, making at least 14 arrests, an action group for the release of detainees said.

"Police brutality reached a level not seen since the start of the demonstrations, according to several students," El-Watan newspaper wrote on its website.

The prevention of the student march - a rally that takes place each Tuesday - follows a wave of arrests of journalists, activists and figures opposed to a December 12 presidential vote to replace longtime leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika
...10th president-for-life of Algeria. He was elected in 1999 and served on his third or four terms. When he announced for the fifth, or maybe it was the sixth, visibly doddering, a grateful nation rose up in its wrath and threw him out...
who resigned in April after mass protests.

Security forces have toughened their line against protests - including much larger rallies held each Friday, extending well beyond the student community - since the election date was confirmed in a mid-September announcement.

Protesters have been demanding political reforms and the removal of regime insiders - including Gaid Salah himself - before any vote.

Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


1.070 teachers sacked over Brotherhood links: Education minister
[AlAhram] Education minister Tarek Shawki said on Monday that 1,070 teachers were fired due to their ties with the terrorist Moslem Brüderbund group.

Speaking at a presser, Shawky said the move aimed at "purging the ministry off any [extremist] thought that could affect students."

The minister noted that a presser would be held on Tuesday to announce the new criteria of appointing teachers.

He said an e-portal would be launched on Wednesday for those seeking jobs at public and private schools.

The ministry will hire 120,000 teachers on a contractual basis for a year, the minister said, adding that the contracts could then be renewed every three years and will cost the ministry EGP 1.6 billion.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Arabia
German MPs blame Iran after visit to Saudi Aramco attack site
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] German federal parliamentary members said on Tuesday that responsibility for last month’s attacks on Saudi Aramco oil facilities were "plausibly imputable to 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...
directly," following a visit to the Abqaiq facility in 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 responsibility for this attack is plausibly imputable to Iran directly. Iran’s policy to support terrorist & destabilizing other states is unacceptable!" Olav Gutting and Nikolas Lobel, members of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union party, shared in posts on Twitter.

The parliamentary officials’ comments are in alignment with a joint statement issued by their home country of Germany, Britannia, and La Belle France. The Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an countries blamed Iran for the attack on Saudi Arabian oil facilities and said the time had come for Iran to accept negotiations on its missile program and issues of regional security.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia


Europe
Germany's Horst Seehofer warns of 'refugee wave' bigger than in 2015
[DW] German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has called on the EU to do more to support Turkey and avoid another refugee crisis. If nothing is done, he said, the crisis may become "even greater than four years ago."

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has warned of a larger influx of refugees than that seen in Europe in 2015. He made the statement during an official visit to Greece.

Traveling with incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Seehofer also said the EU had to do more to support Turkey so that refugees did not attempt the often dangerous crossing to Greece.

"We have to help our European partners even more in patrolling the EU's external borders; we have left them alone for too long," Seehofer told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, referring not only to Greece but also to Spain and Italy. "If we don't, we will once again see a refugee wave like in 2015 ‐ maybe even greater than four years ago."

Seehofer said Europe had to avoid a crisis for which it was unprepared, as it had been in 2015. He clarified that he had "the full support" of Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he has publicly differed on refugee policy in the past.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 00:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [332 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's called an invasion.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/09/2019 1:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Somehow, I can't see the rulers of EUrope changing their ways without a gun stuck to the back of their heads.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 2:04 Comments || Top||

#3  What if you just didn't let them in?

I know, I know, that makes too much sense......
Posted by: no mo uro || 10/09/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#4  Possible terror attack with automatic guns in front of a synagogue in Halle (Germany). If a mod is watching, I posted an article and would have updates.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/09/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Germany synagogue shooting
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 8:17 Comments || Top||

#6  Definitely a terror attack. Developing
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/09/2019 8:21 Comments || Top||

#7  German press reports that at least two people have been killed after gunmen opened fire outside a synagogue in Germany on Yom Kippur. Two attackers, believed to be wearing a military-style uniforms, opened fire with a submachine gun. A grenade was also thrown into the Jewish cemetery before the attackers fled. Man hunt under way.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/09/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||

#8  One man is supposed to have tried to forcefully enter a synagogue.
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/09/2019 8:27 Comments || Top||

#9  If a mod is watching, I posted an article and would have updates.

Noted (I saw this comment first) and now published. I am about to copy the comments in this thread to add to it for continuity of information. Thank you for being on top of this for us, European Conservative and g(r)omgoru. It’s nice that I can sleep knowing that others are on watch.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2019 9:00 Comments || Top||

#10  tw you don't have to carry my comments over
Posted by: European Conservative || 10/09/2019 9:03 Comments || Top||

#11  Wait... I've seen this one! Isn't this a repeat of the 3-5th centuries?

Man, even history is rebooting story lines now....
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/09/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#12  EU simply needs to insist Asylum seekers claim in first safe country they pass through...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/09/2019 11:39 Comments || Top||

#13  Me from Monday:

My prediction, and this is a long shot, is that regardless, Turkey will initiate the journey of some 20,000 refugees, or even as few at 5,000, enough to be large enough to not be bothered as they walk to a major European city, preferably with some symbolism. Say, Vienna. Only instead of Kara Mustafa Pasha and a dredge of wailing imams leading the horde, it will be Doctors without Borders, the video production arm of Red Crescent, and the fokkin Pope, and everyone who asks where the food and winter clothing is coming from gets branded a white nationalist or Nazi.

How many Bearded Man events in Germany the last 72 hours?

Turkey needs immediate help from the EU or else?

Merkel wetting her beak?

Seehofer said Europe had to avoid a crisis for which it was unprepared, as it had been in 2015. He clarified that he had "the full support" of Chancellor Angela Merkel, with whom he has publicly differed on refugee policy in the past.

That doesn't sound reassuring, that sounds ominous.

*Dons elemental chapeau of aluminum*
"Dear Poland. If we think for a second you in any ways assist Brexit, we will march this new wave right across your border with the Holy Pope Himself in the lead."

And there is just enough time left in the campaigning season to get somewhere, then camp for the winter. Unless you haters want babies dredging the Danube to make mud huts.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/09/2019 12:54 Comments || Top||

#14  Isn't this a repeat of the 3-5th centuries?

That's why churches places of worship are still built in defensible architecture.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 13:05 Comments || Top||


Macron vows to fight against ‘Islamist terror’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] French President Emmanuel Macron vowed an "unrelenting fight in the face of Islamist terrorism" on Tuesday as he paid tribute to the four Gay Paree police staff stabbed to death last week by a radicalized colleague.

"We will wage an unrelenting fight in the face of Islamist terrorism," Macron told a ceremony at the police headquarters where the attack took place.

Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert in the police intelligence-gathering department, used a kitchen knife and an oyster shucker to kill three male and one female colleague in a 30-minute rampage that ended when an officer shot him in the head.

He had converted to Islam about 10 years ago and adopted increasingly radical beliefs, according to Sherlocks.

The killings have raised questions about how he managed to avoid detection by the police, despite having top-level security clearance.

Macron said it was "inconceivable and unacceptable" that Harpon, who had worked for the police since 2003, had managed to carry out an attack "in the very place where we pursue faceless myrmidons and criminals."

Addressing the police he said: "Your colleagues fell under the blows of a distorted, deadly Islam which we must eradicate."

Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [242 views] Top|| File under: Salafists

#1  Macron said it was "inconceivable and unacceptable" that Harpon, who had worked for the police since 2003, had managed to carry out an attack "in the very place where we pursue faceless myrmidons and criminals."

Inconceivable and unacceptable. Yet this is exactly what happened. And by "worked for the police", you mean worked in an intelligence section.

"Your colleagues fell under the blows of a distorted, deadly Islam which we must eradicate."

Ah, this will be an unrelenting fight against Islamophobia. That I can believe.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/09/2019 2:30 Comments || Top||

#2  By letting another million Muslims into France.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 3:00 Comments || Top||

#3  By farting in their general direction.
Posted by: AlanC || 10/09/2019 8:01 Comments || Top||

#4  Asshole politician.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/09/2019 18:32 Comments || Top||


Cyprus’ president condemns Turkey's ‘unacceptable actions’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
has carried out "unacceptable actions" and Cyprus will pursue diplomatic action to put an end to Ottoman Turkish attacks, said Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday.

Anastasiades was attending the Cairo Summit in Egypt, where Cyprus, Greece, and Egypt reaffirmed their ties.

The Cypriot President also stressed the importance of the territorial integrity of Libya and Syria and the need for the establishment of a Paleostinian state, and discussed the issue of illegal immigration and their economic consequences.

Anastasiades called on the international community to exert more efforts to combat terrorism and enhance energy security, stressing that the investment mechanism between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece should be encouraged.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [182 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Recep has a real talent for making enemies.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  It is only "unacceptable" of someone forces Turkey to stop. Otherwise it is a successful tactic that will keep being repeated.
Who will stop Erdogan, hmm?
Posted by: magpie || 10/09/2019 18:17 Comments || Top||


Cyprus buys Israel drones to monitor waters amid Turkey natural gas tensions
[IsraelTimes] Local media reports $13 million purchase of four Aerostar Tactical aircraft, which will keep an eye on exclusive economic zone.
Drones have so many interesting uses besides just watching...
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


India-Pakistan
Shakil Afridi: The doctor who helped the CIA find Bin Laden case to be heard
[BBC] A Pakistani court is due to hear an appeal to free a doctor accused of helping the US track down al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

The Peshawar High Court will hear Shakil Afridi's case on Wednesday, the first time it will be heard in an open court in Pakistan.

He was never formally charged for his role in the 2011 operation to hunt down and kill the world's most-wanted man.

Dr Afridi has always argued that he was denied a fair trial.

His imprisonment caused outrage and saw the US cut federal aid to Pakistan by $33m (£27m) - $1m for every year of his jail sentence.

US President Donald Trump promised in his 2016 election campaign that he would get Dr Afridi released in "two minutes" if elected - but that never happened.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 01:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [278 views] Top|| File under:

#1  US President Donald Trump promised in his 2016 election campaign that he would get Dr Afridi released in "two minutes" if elected - but that never happened.

And by 'never', we mean it has not happened yet. I wouldn't bet against the Donald. Just sayin'...
Posted by: SteveS || 10/09/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#2  His imprisonment caused outrage and saw the US cut federal aid to Pakistan by $33m (£27m) - $1m for every year of his jail sentence.

Anyone ever read, or hear bout about the DoS or Klingon foreign aid protestations? No, me neither.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  well it only saved them another $33 million on top of the 25 million the doc didn't get as the reward money. They need too get that man out and do him right.
Posted by: chris || 10/09/2019 13:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Their previous law minister, Zahid Hamilton said: “Afridi worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistan government has repeatedly been telling the United States that under our law he committed a crime and was facing the law.”

The unwritten law he had violated in Pakistain was aiding US intelligence to bring to justice a Pak abetted terrorist, who was evading justice after successfully killing thousands of US citizens. Pakistain couldn't be gladder just then when the schweinhund was living off farm chickens in Abbitabad, but this guy had to ruin their fun by aiding the Americans in getting to him.

This year Imran Khan proposed a swap for Aafia Siddiqui self admittedly Al-Qaeda, also dubbed the 'Grey Lady of Bagram' who shot at American soldiers in Afghanistan. It proves beyond doubt that Pak is the clearing house for all sasquatch groups in Asia.

I think the poor bastard is safer off in jail, if you can't give him sanctuary outside the 'Stain.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/09/2019 15:16 Comments || Top||

#5  I think he deserves sanctuary outside of the stain. If someone is deserving of asylum in the US it would be him.
Posted by: chris || 10/09/2019 16:53 Comments || Top||

#6  I suspect he's destined for a tragic accident.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/09/2019 17:03 Comments || Top||

#7  I think he deserves sanctuary outside of the stain.

Indeed. Be funny if Trump sent a SEAL team & friends to spring him. Heliborne assault is just diplomacy by other means.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/09/2019 17:07 Comments || Top||


AJK premier urges JKLF protesters to call off march to LoC as 'purpose largely met'
[DAWN] Azad Jammu and Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
(AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Tuesday urged the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)-led marchers to call off their march as the purpose of their programme had been "largely met".

The JKLF-led march had come to a halt some eight kilometres before the Line of Control (LoC) in Chakothi sector on Sunday due to the blockade of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road at the hands of the administration.

Ever since then, the marchers had been staging a sit-in under large tents, erected on the main road before the blockade on Sunday night.

On Monday, JKLF leaders had renewed their appeal to the AJK government to remove the obstacles and allow the marchers to cross the ceasefire line (LoC) or else they would continue their sit-in at this place for "an indefinite period."

As an alternative, the JKLF had demanded of the AJK government to bring any special representative of the UN Secretary General as well as representatives of the P5 members of Security Council to whom they could present their charter of demands.

In his cautious response, Prime Minister Haider said: "Those who have gone there (towards the LoC) are our brothers. They have succeeded in letting the world know what they wanted it to know. I hope they will return after they have shown their resolve and commitment to the whole world."

"Such things (march towards the LoC) would continue to happen repeatedly. Eventually, this ill-omened line has to vanish, either in a peaceful way or otherwise. People should make preparations for it from now on," he said.

"God willing this is bound to happen, sooner or later," he added.

Haider stressed that there should not be any conceptual chaos in the ranks of Kashmiris.

"We all should raise one slogan and make one demand, that is, plebiscite," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [215 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


International-UN-NGOs
Oil prices fall after US expands China blacklist
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Oil prices fell on Tuesday as the US announced the blacklisting of more Chinese firms, dampening expectations for a trade deal between the world's two largest economies.

Brent crude fell nearly 1 percent to $57.79 a barrel, while US crude prices dropped 1.1 percent to $52.18 a barrel.

On Monday, the US government said the blacklist would include some of China’s top artificial intelligence startups, ahead of trade-talks in Washington later this week.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, bullets whapped! around Butch as he tried to tie his scarf around his shoulder as a tourniquet......
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...
’s Council of Ministers, chaired by King Salman
...either the largest species of Pacific salmon or the current Sheikh of the Burnin' Sands, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Lord of Most of the Arabians...
bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, reaffirmed on Tuesday the Kingdom’s readiness to meet global oil needs.

Oil futures rose in early morning trading due to unrest in Iraq, OPEC’s second-largest producer, and Ecuador.
Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [247 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Any connection except chronological?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 4:44 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
IS Threat to Spread if Turkey Invades Northern Syria
[AnNahar] A feared Ottoman Turkish invasion of northeast Syria could spark a resurgence of 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....
group, analysts and Kurdish forces have warned, despite Ankara's pledge to prevent the jihadists' return.

While a Kurdish-led operation earlier this year saw the death of IS's territorial caliphate, the organization isn't dead and sleeper cells have been active in SDF-held areas and in Syria's vast desert where they continue to hit regime forces with deadly attacks and ambushes.
Continued on Page 49
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#1  IMO, not as big a spread as allowing millions of Muslims into Europe - but what do I know?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 3:32 Comments || Top||


Damascus Says Would Welcome Kurds Back into Fold
See also here and here.
[AnNahar] Damascus is ready to welcome Syria's Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Ottoman Turkish military threats alone, a bigwig said in comments published Tuesday.

Ankara has threatened an offensive in Syria against Kurdish militias it considers forces of Evil and US forces on Monday pulled back from Ottoman Turkish border areas, opening the way for an invasion 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 could come at any moment.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/09/2019 00:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [269 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  AKA, Iraq is looking for someone who can be trusted in a fight.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 9:29 Comments || Top||


Lebanese PM Hariri says UAE promised Lebanon financial aid: Report
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Tuesday Leb was promised financial assistance by the United Arab Emirates during his visit there, Lebanese broadcaster al-Jadeed said.

"We were promised financial assistance that will revive the Lebanese economy and we are working on this matter," Hariri said in comments to news hounds.

"The atmosphere is excellent. We have obligations we must accelerate and soon you will hear very excellent news be it in the matter of investment or aid," he said, according to a headline from al-Jadeed.

Hariri, who led a Lebanese delegation to the Gulf state seeking funds to stem a loss of investor and depositor confidence at home, had hoped on Monday for a cash injection into Leb’s central bank.

But on Tuesday broadcaster MTV quoted him saying this option "requires study" and that discussions on the topic included risks to the UAE of such a move.

There have been no further official UAE statements on Hariri’s visit since his meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan on Monday, when the UAE lifted a ban on its citizens traveling to Leb.

Faced with one of the world’s highest debt burdens, low growth and crumbling infrastructure, Beirut has vowed to implement long-delayed reforms though little has so far been done.

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Iran sent thousands of troops to Iraq for Shia pilgrimage: Iranian commander
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] 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...
has sent 7,500 members of its special unit law enforcement force to Iraq, according to the force’s commander, amid accusations from Iraqi protesters that Iranians have been directly involved in the crackdown on the protests in Iraq.

Iran is sending these forces to provide security for the Arbaeen Pilgrimage, a Shia religious ceremony, claimed the commander of the "special unit law enforcement force" Gen. Hassan Karami, reported the semi-official Mehr news agency on Monday.

Iran also has undercover agents in the crowds to control the situation, he said.

The special unit law enforcement force is responsible for dealing with protests in the country, and it was heavily involved in the crackdown on the protests that broke out in Iran between December 2017 and January 2018 in over 100 cities.

During those protests, 30 Iranians were killed and over 5000 were arrested, 50 of whom were tortured to death.

The thousands of Iranian forces sent to Iraq have been sent to help suppress the current protests in the country, say some observers.

The Iraqi protesters have accused Iran of being directly involved in the crackdown of their protests.

An Iraqi protester interviewed by Rooters on October 3 said that Farsi-speaking Iranians, not Iraqi forces, have been shooting at people during Iraq’s recent deadly protests.

"There is no work, you come to protest, they fire at you. Live gunfire. They are all Iranian speaking in Farsi. You want to speak to them they answer in Farsi. The Iraqis would not fire at you," the Iraqi protester told Rooters.

At least 110 people have been killed across Iraq and more than 6,000 maimed, with protesters demanding the removal of Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi and a government they accuse of corruption.

Iraqis have also been shouting slogans against the Iranian presence in their country. Videos of the protests on social media show protesters tearing images of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
...the actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
in the Shia holy city of Karbala.

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#1  RPG's. What the well-dressed "police" force will wear in 2019.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||


French PM questions US hesitations over northeast Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] La Belle France’s prime minister defended his country’s policy in northeastern Syria on Tuesday saying that, unlike US hesitations, Gay Paree’ priority remained to defeat ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
and preserve Kurdish-led forces fighting the terrorist organization.

The US decision to withdraw from northeastern Syria leaving The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
to launch an offensive against Kurdish snuffies in the region has rattled allies, including La Belle France, one of Washington’s main partners in the US-led coalition fighting ISIS.

Responding in parliament to criticism of the French government from some opposition politicians for not publicly defending Kurdish forces in the face of a possible Ottoman Turkish offensive, Edouard Philippe said Gay Paree had not wavered on its policy unlike Washington.

"The fight against ISIS (ISIS) is not over and continues alongside the (Kurdish-led) Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)," Phillipe told politicians.

"Saying things with constancy and coherence is preferable to reacting to obvious hesitations from certain players notably our American friends," Philippe said, alluding to differences in the US administration.

Posted by: Fred || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [299 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Why can't USA imitate France?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 3:02 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ a distaste for anal sex?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  US role, or NATO role?
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/09/2019 16:23 Comments || Top||

#4  The French sit in judgment above
But remind us, when push comes to shove,
The Gauls who maligned us
Will stand tall behind us;
It's just an unspeakable love.
Posted by: Jomomp Gluper2846 || 10/09/2019 17:42 Comments || Top||

#5  Nobody's stopping France; sure team Syria/Russia/Iran will take anything available to thump Turkey.

I like it
(moves a couple rows back from ring side)
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/09/2019 19:54 Comments || Top||


Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces consider cooperation with Syria’s al-Assad
See also here and here.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Leaders of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are considering a partnership with Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Light of the Alawites...
ahead of The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
’s imminent invasion of northeast Syria.

"We are now looking into all options to deter a Ottoman Turkish attack, including communicating with Moscow and Damascus in the event that there is an American void," said a Syrian Kurdish official in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya English.

A potential collaboration between the SDF and al-Assad would be an alliance of convenience against Ankara. The two parties are not allied but have previously cooperated in the fight against ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
in SDF-controlled northeast Syria.

The possible cooperation follows US President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
’s order on Sunday for American troops to withdraw from northern Syria, a decision that enables Turkey to attack Kurdish forces inside Syria.

Turkey considers the SDF as an enemy due to its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Kurdish organization based in Turkey which has fought the Ankara government for Kurdish independence.

Trump’s order will remove the buffer of US troops preventing a Ottoman Turkish assault on SDF-controlled territory. The order came into effect Monday with about 50 to 100 US special operators pulling out of the area.

The Ottoman Turkish military carried out strikes overnight on Monday, targeting the Syrian-Iraqi border to prevent Kurdish forces using the route to reinforce northeast Syria, according to two unnamed Ottoman Turkish officials cited by Rooters.

According to Rooters, Ankara aims to drive out Kurdish forces from northeastern Syria and create a space to resettle the two million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey.

The SDF, with help of the US-led coalition, has spent years gaining ground in northern and eastern Syria against ISIS.

American political and military experts have expressed fear that pulling out troops would mean a possible resurgence of ISIS and would be a betrayal to the Kurds.

"We [The US] want to prevent an attack on the Kurds, who have fought against ISIS and now face the possibility of Ottoman Turkish incursion or perhaps an attack by the regime," International Crisis Group CEO Rob Malley told Al Arabiya English in an interview last month.

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Erdogan’s aide says Turkey to start Syria offensive ‘shortly’
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Ottoman Turkish military, together with the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
, will cross the Syrian border "shortly," President Tayyip Erdogan’s communications director said early on Wednesday, as Ankara starts a military incursion in the region.

In a tweet, Fahrettin Altun said that Kurdish murderous Moslems there could either defect or Ankara would have to "stop them from disrupting" The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
’s struggle against the ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
holy warrior group.

Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch cautiously raised his hat over the edge of the horse trough on the end of a stick......
the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) called on the international community to intervene and warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if the Ottoman Turkish army enters Syrian territory
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#1  First you have to clean last Gulenists from the officer corps?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 2:09 Comments || Top||



US prevents Turkish invasion of Syria by CAOC intelligence cutoff
[DEBKA] DEBKAfile sources refute the overblown reporting of a major US pullback from northeastern Syria and reveal that after 100-150 troops leave two observation posts, 2,250 remain in position.

Our military sources disclose that, early Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Pentagon cut the Ottoman Turkish army and air force off from US command and intelligence and the US regional Surveillance and Reconnaissance Task Force. Without these resources, Ankara cannot conduct any major aerial operation in Syria or elsewhere or launch an offensive operation outside The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
because it would be denied air cover.

Initial reporting on the US decision to leave two observation posts and so abandon the Kurds to a Ottoman Turkish invasion was highly exaggerated due to diverse ‐ often competing ‐ motives. Those two posts on the Ottoman Turkish border are not located in Kurdish territory. For now, there is no sign of the bulk of US forces quitting their air and other bases in Syria. Neither are Ottoman Turkish forces seen to be preparing to attack Kurdish towns in northern Syria. American training and its flow of equipment continue uninterrupted for the Syrian Defense Forces, of which the Kurdish YPG is the backbone.

As an added deterrent, President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
warned Turkey on Monday night if it "goes too far" ‐ meaning that if President Recep Erdogan carries out his repeated threats to attack the Syrian Kurds to clear them out of the regions abutting on the Ottoman Turkish border ‐ the Turks "would suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy" which is already in a very bad way.
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#1  Debka. Sometimes right on. Sometimes....er, not.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 9:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Prediction:
The Kurd Kommies get stomped.
The other Kurds work something out with Assad and the Russians for a de facto Kurdistan in Syria.
The Turks stay in their own neighborhood after some modest bloodshed.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/09/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Since the Turk just invaded, this falls into the "not" category.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 18:17 Comments || Top||


Kurdish YPG Revolutionaries - Who they are - Insider Account
[MotherJones] An anarchist revolution - and the Americans volunteering to defend it.

This story is part of Shane Bauer’s investigation into what Americans‐troops, militia volunteers, ISIS recruits, and others‐are doing in Syria. Bauer, who lived in Syria in the late 2000s, traveled to the Kurdish and Syrian rebel-controlled parts of the country in 2018. The area he visited is where Kurdish fighters are now preparing to make their last stand after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would not stand in the way of a Turkish offensive against them.
It seems to be an account of a trip and a talk with the people fighting for the PKK right now. Whether it's written to give an impression of the Kurds being 'not worth it', or if it's true, it's still a good read. And maybe justification for washing your hands off. Antifa in Syria ? It's only a short read, head to Mother Jones.

Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/09/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

#1  When USA become involved in Syrian civil war (whatever happened to Obama's red lines?) it needed local good guys - american public is Manichean.
After a couple of failures with Arabs (he, he), Kurds (who were smart enough to play along) were selected. An immense amount of image building followed.
And then, fracking came along.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 2:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Manichaen, G(r)om? Dis is us you talkin' to. Say White Hat/Black Hat.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/09/2019 9:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Can't, I like Modesitt's Recluse.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/09/2019 9:53 Comments || Top||



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