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Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Portland: SUV hit and killed Antifa Outside Leftist Bar Then Crashed An SUV Into Democratic Party HQ
Another Tim Pool Timcast video
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [436 views] Top|| File under: Antifa

#1  Bleeding Kansas Oregon
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 1:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Somebody had enough?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 4:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Things that pop out of the article:
1. The vic had "friends"...who knew
2. The "friends" were armed
3. The full might and majesty of the LAW will come down on the murderous Nazi who killed poor sonny boy who was lead soprano in his Satanist Temple choir.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/14/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Spain 1936 all over again. Anarchist vs Communist vs other Communists vs other Anarchists
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  A twofer! One more makes a hat trick!
Whut!?!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 10/14/2019 10:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Rose City Antifa has issued a statement that the death was not related to 'fascist activity".
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/14/2019 11:50 Comments || Top||

#7  War = peace
Slavery = freedom
Black-clad masked fascist goons = opponents of fascism
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

#8  Curious... discharging fire arms at a vehicle does not seem to be the accepted response to a vehicular accident. Will this be investigated? lol..right
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 10/14/2019 12:19 Comments || Top||

#9  Now that more indepth articles are up, with Antifa telling their people to not help the police, plus a homeless guy saying there was two vehicles with an argument between them, I suspect the killer is another member of Antifa. You know if anyone but their own had done it, they'd be using him to wave the bloody shirt but they are claiming the motives aren't 'fascists' (Other than themselves). So yeah, Red on Red.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/14/2019 16:26 Comments || Top||

#10  We need SUV control!
Posted by: gorb || 10/14/2019 16:37 Comments || Top||

#11  I guess I'm supposed to feel bad about this.

(Checks feelings)

Nope!
Posted by: charger || 10/14/2019 19:15 Comments || Top||

#12  Yo mama so unequal, she's a Trotsky!

You sonnuvabitch!
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/14/2019 19:23 Comments || Top||

#13  Yo mama so unequal, she's a Trotsky!
Guess they ran out of icepicks.
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 19:25 Comments || Top||

#14  https://babylonbee.com/news/portland-police-wish-there-were-some-kind-of-organized-armed-force-that-could-fight-back-against-antifa
Posted by: 746 || 10/14/2019 19:36 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot while searching for Army deserter
[FoxNews] Retired Army Master Sgt. Mark Allen died on Saturday, 10 years after he was shot while looking for a missing soldier in Afghanistan back in 2009. He was 46.

Allen was unable to walk or speak since being shot in the head by a sniper in July 2009 during his attempted search for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan and was imprisoned by the Taliban for five years.
Courtesy of Beavis, WSBTV has more here.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/14/2019 03:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Always, always it's the other people who pay.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Where the f--- is the reference to the man who sprung Bergdahl? Why no attempt to even ask Obama for comment?
Shame on Fox.
What an absolute disgrace.
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  RIP
Posted by: 49 Pan || 10/14/2019 12:41 Comments || Top||

#4  I wish they could charge bergdahl with wrongful death or something.
Posted by: chris || 10/14/2019 16:57 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
South Sudan says will host peace talks between Sudan and rebels
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Sudanese Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok will attend peace talks in the South Sudan capital on Monday with rebel leaders from several Sudanese states, said official sources in Juba.

"Tomorrow’s meeting is to mark the launching of Sudan’s peace talks," Ateny Wek Ateny, front man for South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, told AFP on Sunday.

Hamdok, who was only appointed in August in a deal between the army and the opposition, will meet rebel leaders from the Sudanese states of Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Kiir, who just a few weeks ago signed his own peace deal with rebel leader Riek Machar, offered to mediate between Sudan and the rebels back in November 2018.

This new set of talks follow a first round in September when both sides agreed on a road map for the negotiations.

This week’s meeting is intended to tackle the main issues, said Ateny.

Also attending will be Æthiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who last week won the Nobel Peace Prize, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
...President-for-Life of Uganda. He assumed office in 1985. His primary virtue is being prefereable to both his predecessors, Idi Amin and Milton Obote...
and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Their presence, said Ateny, was to give the talks more weight.

A senior Sudanese delegation arrived in Juba on Sunday.

The Sudanese delegation will meet Abdulaziz al-Hilu, leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), which is active in Bule Nile and South Kordofan states.

Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [134 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan


Africa North
Algerians clash with riot police during protest over hydrocarbon bill
[AFRICANEWS] Algerian protesters clashed with riot police during an anti-government protest in Algiers Sunday. More than a thousand Algerians are denouncing a draft energy law.

The law is expected to be examined by the Algerian cabinet ahead of its adoption. The law is aimed at attracting foreign investors to assist the North African nation to strengthen its energy output. It will however maintain a 49 percent foreign ownership if passed into law by parliament.

’’They sold (fabricated the law) the hydrocarbons law in the military barracks, so let the Algerian people know that they are the products of our country and the future generations, from our children and grandchildren, they are gambling with Algeria and its goods", a merchant Suleiman said.

For Mehdi, "the hydrocarbons law introduced in this period is considered to be one of the reasons why they have committed to the Algerian state, and therefore to the Algerian people by the gang of parliament and the gang of government."

Algeria produces 1.2 million barrels of oil per day and hydrocarbons account for more than 95% of its external revenues and contribute 60% to state budget.
Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Independent academic Kais Saied wins Tunisia's presidential runoff: exit polls
[DAILYSABAH] Tunisian independent candidate Kais Saied has secured more than 72% of votes in the presidential elections held on Sunday, according to exit polls.

Saied's supporters went kaboom! with joy, celebrating on the main boulevard of Tunis even though official results from Sunday's runoff vote weren't expected until Tuesday.

The winner of Sunday's vote will replace Tunisia's first freely elected President Beji Caid Essebsi, who died last July. The new president will also inherit a North African country struggling to create jobs, revive tourism and overcome sporadic terrorism ‐ but proud of its still-budding democracy. This is only Tunisia's second free presidential election.

Polls carried in Tunisian media by Sigma Conseil and Emhrod Consulting forecast that Saied would come out on top with between 72% and 77% of the vote. Rival Nabil Karoui, who was in jail for most of the campaign, was projected to win between 23% and 27%.

Tunisians went to polling stations on Sunday to elect the country's second elected president since the 2011 uprising.

Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [142 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Saied is hardly independent. He had the backing of the powerful En Nahda, a Muslim Brotherhood Chapter
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 10/14/2019 8:24 Comments || Top||


Britain
Labour Party faces bankruptcy amid antisemitism allegations
*Snicker*
[Jpost] Members of the National Executive Committee (NEC), the governing body of the UK Labour Party, have privately expressed concern that the Equality and Human Rights Commission's (EHRC) antisemitism probe could effectively bankrupt the party if the watchdog hands down a negative ruling, according to a report by The Independent.

The report states that the main point of contention was discussed during a recent NEC meeting. Members of the executive are worried that a bleak determination by the commission proclaiming improper handling of antisemitic abuses within the Labour Party could open them up to a financially crippling amount of lawsuits from former members of their party, ending in considerable damages going to the plaintiffs of many these cases, according to the report.

Many members of the NEC are worried about who will be held financially responsible for the hypothetical scenario. "Party officials and allies of Jeremy Corbyn" promptly "shut down" the discussion at the meeting after some wondered if the committee had a strategy in play for handling the legal fees for litigation proceedings and possible settlements awaiting them on the other side of the commission's verdict, according to the report.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2019 08:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bankrupt, in every sense of the word.
Posted by: Raj || 10/14/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#2  "Proves everything we been saying about Jewish bankers"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 11:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Open borders for Israel. If they're good for the UK they're good for Israel too.
Posted by: Gerthudion Shaviter5068 || 10/14/2019 12:01 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Well, that's pretty stoopid
Posted by: Frank G || 10/14/2019 13:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Why would open borders be good for the UK but bad for Israel?
Posted by: Gerthudion Shaviter5068 || 10/14/2019 15:13 Comments || Top||

#6  EHRC: I am shocked, shocked I tell you.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/14/2019 15:33 Comments || Top||

#7  the (non) liberal (anti) democrats will gain and they're even worse!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/14/2019 15:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Open antisemitism hasn't stopped American Jews from joining the Democrat party.
Posted by: ruprecht || 10/14/2019 23:17 Comments || Top||

#9  It’s worse in Britain, ruprecht.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2019 23:34 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Caravan of up to 2,000 migrants headed to the US from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America is abruptly stopped and detained by Mexico
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • It's estimated up to 2,000 people were part of the caravan stopped Saturday

  • Hundreds of migrants were said to have been detained on Sunday

  • The migrants were largely from Africa, the Carribean and Central America

  • They were heading north through Mexico, attempting to reach the US

  • Many had been marooned for months in Tapachula, Mexico, unsuccessfully trying to get transit visas.

  • Mexican National Guard agents and police stopped the caravan on the highway at the end of the day’s 20 mile hike

  • The migrants were put on buses to take them back where they had started

  • It's unclear if the migrants will be deported back to their home countries

Related:
Two Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks off Mexico

[AnNahar] A small boat carrying African migrants colonists off the coast of southern Mexico sank Friday, leaving two people dead and one missing, authorities said.

The boat was traveling off the southern border state of Chiapas when it listed to one side, pitching its occupants into the water, the state prosecutor's office said in a statement.

A 39-year-old man was found dead, it added, washed up on the shore. A second body was later located a few hundred metres from the first.

A search operation "managed to rescue eight migrants colonists alive," the prosecutor's office said, adding one person was still missing.

All were from Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
, a country that has seen a growing exodus of refugees amid an increasingly violent conflict between its French- and English-speaking communities.

Chiapas is a main crossroads for migrants colonists crossing Mexico toward the United States. They are mostly Central Americans, but in recent years there has been an increasing number of Africans, who often fly to South America and then make long treks overland and by boat.

African migrants colonists in Chiapas regularly stage protests demanding the Mexican authorities allow them to continue their journey toward the United States.

Undocumented migrants colonists regularly use boats to evade the authorities in southern Mexico, where the government has deployed 6,000 National Guardsmen to tighten the border.

The move is part of its efforts to crack down on irregular migration under a deal to avoid US President Donald Trump
...His ancestors didn't own any slaves...
's threat to impose steep tariffs on Mexican goods.

Under the deal, the Mexican government has deployed another 15,000 National Guardsmen along its northern border and accepted the return of more than 50,000 migrants colonists seeking asylum in the US, who must now wait in Mexico while their claims are processed.
Posted by: Skidmark || 10/14/2019 04:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Orange man bad. Completely destroyed USA - Mexico relations.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 4:41 Comments || Top||

#2 
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/14/2019 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  #2 Chuckle, chuckle. Good one.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/14/2019 16:23 Comments || Top||


Europe
Italy backs EU ban on arms sales to Turkey
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday he would press for an EU ban on arms sales to The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
, as Ankara pressed its attack on Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Conte was speaking ahead of a meeting in Luxembourg on Monday of the Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Union’s foreign affairs committee on the issue - and a day after both La Belle France and Germany joined a list of countries halting arms supplies to Turkey.

A government statement said that Rome had been working since Saturday for a moratorium on arms exports to Turkey "as soon as possible."

"Italia will promote this initiative in all multilateral forums and will work to combat Ottoman Turkish military action in the northeast of Syria with every instrument permitted by international law," said the statement from Conte’s office.

"The Italian government is convinced that we must act with the utmost determination to avoid further suffering of the Syrian people, especially Kurds, and to counteract destabilizing actions in the region," the statement added.

Italia is one of Turkey’s main arms suppliers.

Several European countries, including Finland, La Belle France, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway, have already announced a halt in arms supplies to Turkey.

Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


The Grand Turk
Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey
President Donald Trump's administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO-ally Turkey.

Using the U.S. military to stop the Turkish offensive on U.S.-allied Kurdish fighters was never an option, defense officials have said, and Trump asked the Pentagon on Sunday to begin a "deliberate" withdrawal of all U.S. troops from northern Syria.

After Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that Trump had authorized "very powerful" new sanctions targeting Turkey, the administration appeared ready to start making good on Trump's threat to obliterate Turkey's economy.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 04:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Erdogan slams rare rebuke from north Cyprus over Syria offensive
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] 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...
hit back at the head of northern Cyprus on Sunday after a highly rare rebuke of the Ottoman Turkish government over its offensive against Kurdish turbans in Syria.

"I say it clearly: he has totally overstepped his bounds," Erdogan said in comments carried by state news agency Anadolu.

The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s "Operation Peace Spring" against Kurdish turbans in northern Syria was launched on Wednesday, drawing criticism from around the world.

But Ankara was not expecting criticism from the Ottoman Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, a territory whose illusory sovereignty Turkey is alone in recognizing.

The republic was created after Turkey invaded Cyprus in 1974 following a coup aimed at bringing the island back under Greek control, and it has been divided ever since.

Its current head, Mustafa Akinci, criticized the Ottoman Turkish assault in Syria on his personal Facebook account on Saturday.

"Even if we call it Peace Spring, it is blood that is spilling and not water," he wrote, calling for "dialogue and diplomacy."

Erdogan warned: "At the given time, we will deliver an appropriate response."

His vice president, Fuat Oktay, had earlier "strongly condemned" Akinci’s statement, adding that the bodies of Ottoman Turkish soldiers killed during the 1974 invasion must be "turning in their graves."
Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Trump prepares to drop sanctions hammer on Turkey
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] President Donald Trump
...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party...
’s administration is set to impose economic sanctions on Ankara, potentially as early as this week, for its incursion into northern Syria, one of the few levers the United States still has over NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-ally The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
Using the US military to stop the Ottoman Turkish offensive on US-allied Kurdish fighters was never an option,defense officials have said, and Trump asked the Pentagon on Sunday to begin a "deliberate" withdrawal of all US troops from northern Syria.

After Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday that Trump had authorized "very powerful" new sanctions targeting Turkey, the administration appeared ready to start making good on Trump’s threat to obliterate Turkey’s economy.

On Sunday, Trump said he was listening to Congress, where Republicans and Democrats are pushing aggressively for sanctions action.

"Dealing with @LindseyGrahamSC and many members of Congress, including Democrats, about imposing powerful Sanctions on Turkey," Trump said on Twitter, referring to the loyal Trump ally and US senator who lambasted the president last week.

"Treasury is ready to go, additional legislation may be sought. There is great consensus on this. Turkey has asked that it not be done. Stay tuned!" he added.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
, told Rooters that sanctions were "being worked out at all levels of the government for rollout."

Trump is struggling to quell harsh criticism, including from some of his staunchest Republican backers, that he gave Ottoman Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan a green light to attack the Kurds last Sunday when he decided to pull a small number of US troops out of the border area.

Turkey’s offensive aims to neutralize the Kurdish YPG militia, the main component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and seen by Ankara as a terrorist group aligned with Kurdish turbans in Turkey. But the SDF has also been Washington’s key ally in fighting that has dismantled ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
’s "caliphate" in Syria.

Trump’s decision, rooted in his long-stated aim to get the United States out of "endless wars," has prompted bipartisan concerns that it opens the door to the revival of ISIS.

Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [275 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The big sanction mentioned was stopping all dollar transactions for Turkey. If so, then the US gov better be prepared to have Turkey as a permanent enemy, ala Iran.
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/14/2019 6:21 Comments || Top||

#2  ^They're friends now?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 6:26 Comments || Top||

#3  They will be since to survive economically, Iran will barter oil and gas for Turkish manufactured goods.
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/14/2019 6:31 Comments || Top||

#4  ^I meant Turks of USA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 6:35 Comments || Top||

#5  So the CIA is out of the "regime change" business...foreign I mean, since they are still keeping their hand in domestically. And there's that line again about "all enemies foreign & domestic".
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/14/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#6  So the CIA is out of the "regime change" business...foreign I mean,

They're on an extended sabbatical. Having failed at intelligence collection, 'regime change' is pretty much their only product line.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/14/2019 8:36 Comments || Top||

#7  A former CIA seemed/seems to be concerned with regime change in the U.S.
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/14/2019 16:56 Comments || Top||

#8  A former CIA head
Posted by: JohnQC || 10/14/2019 16:56 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Fazlur Rehman warns govt against sabotaging 'Azadi March'
[DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman
...Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty...
on Sunday warned the government against creating hurdles in the way of the "Azad March" and said that the march will be peaceful.

The JUI-F chief, while addressing the party's Salar Force, comprised of volunteers, said in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
on Sunday that his party workers have opted for a peaceful protest for their rights. "Our party workers and seminary students have always respected the Constitution," he said.

On the occasion, the volunteers presented a guard of honour to Rehman. They took oath of safeguarding the leadership even at the cost of their lives.
Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Jamaat-e-Ulema Islami


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian Authority freezes bank accounts of Gaza NGOs
[Jpost] The Palestinian Authority government in Ramallah has frozen the bank accounts of dozens of Palestinian non-governmental organizations in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PNGO) revealed on Monday.

Palestinians believe the move is in the context of the PA’s economic sanctions against organizations that are affiliated with Hamas and other Palestinian groups in the Gaza Strip.

"The Palestinian NGO Network expresses its deep concern over the continued freezing of the accounts of NGOs in the Gaza Strip by the [PA] Ministry of Interior in Ramallah and warns of the repercussions of these measures," PNGO, an umbrella organization for civil society organizations, said.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 12:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


Saudi soccer team makes first W. Bank trip, but locals unsure whether to rejoice
[IsraelTimes] Arab teams long avoided getting Israeli entry permits; some Paleostinians believe change is boost for local sports, while others see it as sign of unwanted thaw with Jewish state.

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 national soccer team arrived in the West Bank on Sunday, on a groundbreaking visit to play against the Paleostinian national team on Tuesday.

The game will be played in the West Bank town of al-Ram, between Ramallah and Jerusalem, and marks a change in policy for the Gulf state, which has previously only played against Paleostinians in third countries.

Four years ago a similar game was ultimately played in Jordan after pressure on the Saudis not to go to the Israeli-held territory.

Arab clubs and national teams have historically refused to play in the West Bank, where the Paleostinian national team plays, as it obliged them to apply for Israeli entry permits, implying normalization of relations.

But lately clubs or national teams from Iraq, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have all visited. Others, including Egypt and Leb, still refuse.

Saudi Arabia does not have official diplomatic relations with the Jewish state but the two countries are widely believed to have discreet contacts over Iran, their common enemy.

The match is the first for the Saudi team in the playoffs for the Asian zone of the 2022 World Cup.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2019 08:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [163 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  locals unsure whether to rejoice or kidnap the team for ransom?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Contender for /sarc of the day ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/14/2019 17:39 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Cartoonist censored from the Bangkok Post due to China & Turkey
Posted by: 3dc || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
British experts in Iran to upgrade Arak reactor:
[Twitter]

Posted by: 3dc || 10/14/2019 05:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [248 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Perfidious Albion at work again are they ?

Interesting link.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/14/2019 6:10 Comments || Top||

#2  And when they'll get killed Britain will complain bitterly against Israel.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 6:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Meh... the Mossod gotta keep their assassination skills up.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/14/2019 8:46 Comments || Top||


Trump tells Pentagon to begin withdrawing remaining troops from northern Syria
[Yahoo] The United States is poised to move about 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria amid an ongoing Turkish incursion into the region, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, calling the situation "untenable" for U.S. forces.

The pull-back of troops from the region dovetails with President Donald Trump's long-standing desire for the United States to extract itself from foreign conflicts. It comes after Trump a week ago withdrew some U.S. troops deployed to support Kurdish forces in the fight against Islamic State.

That decision, which came under heavy fire from fellow Republicans and allies, helped open the door for Turkey to launch an offensive against the U.S.-backed Kurdish forces, part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who have been America's most capable partners in quashing Islamic State.

"In the last 24 hours, we learned that [the Turks] likely intend to extend their attack further south than originally planned, and to the west," Esper said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

"We also have learned in the last 24 hours that the ... SDF are looking to cut a deal, if you will, with the Syrians and the Russians to counterattack against the Turks in the north."

Esper said he spoke with Trump Saturday night, and that the president directed the U.S. military to "begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria."
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [330 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  When do US Forces leave Incirlik? Wouldn't want to caught in a war zone.
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/14/2019 5:04 Comments || Top||

#2  ..also Izmir.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/14/2019 5:55 Comments || Top||

#3  The only winner in this situation is the American people.

America first.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/14/2019 7:24 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Amen
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 9:00 Comments || Top||


Kurdish general to U.S.: Either protect us, or 'move aside so we can let in the Russians'
(CNN Oct. 12)The commander of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces told a senior US diplomat, "You are leaving us to be slaughtered," demanding to know whether the US is going to do anything to protect Syrian Kurds as Turkey continues its military operation targeting America's Kurdish allies in Syria.

"You have given up on us. You are leaving us to be slaughtered," Gen. Mazloum Kobani Abdi told the Deputy Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, William Roebuck, in a meeting Thursday, according to an internal US government readout that has been obtained exclusively by CNN.

"You are not willing to protect the people, but you do not want another force to come and protect us. You have sold us. This is immoral," Mazloum added.

He insisted the US either help stop the Turkish attack or allow the Syrian Democratic Forces to strike a deal with the Assad regime in Damascus and their Russian backers, allowing Russian warplanes to enforce a no-fly zone over northeast Syria, thereby denying Turkey the ability to carry out airstrikes. The US does not want the Kurds turning to the Russians, administration officials say.

"I need to know if you are capable of protecting my people, of stopping these bombs falling on us or not. I need to know, because if you're not, I need to make a deal with Russia and the regime now and invite their planes to protect this region," Mazloum said.
That’s fair. And so President Trump did.
Posted by: Whavimp Grath4899 || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [444 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Let Gyorgi do it.
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 1:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Putin, not Trump, is now caught up in a 200 year old war.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 10/14/2019 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Hahahaa...let Russia spend its blood and treasure in this worthless land. They're welcome to it.

The phase “endless war” used to be irritating, except then it became clear that’s exactly what many foreign policy “experts” are advocating. If your exit criteria for closing out some overseas adventure is “We can leave when things are stable” in a place that hasn’t been stable in 5000 years, you are advocating for “endless war.”

Getting out of wars requires getting out of wars. And sometimes, it’s going to be ugly. But unless you can explain to the family of a dead soldier why it’s worth it to stay, it’s not worth it to stay. The American people, at least those who aren’t in DC or the media, understand that every problem around the world is not our problem. If you’re one of those Citizens of the World, then feel free to enlist in the Army of the World. Just count us out of your bloody altruism.


From: https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2019/10/14/the-elite-hates-the-trump-doctrine-because-it-puts-america-first-n2554625
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/14/2019 8:10 Comments || Top||

#4  See following for an excellent article on this subect:
The Syrian Kurds Are Not America’s Problem
American Spectator, by Brandon J. Weichert
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 10/14/2019 8:19 Comments || Top||

#5  From the Kurd point of view: Needs must when the Devil drives.
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/14/2019 8:20 Comments || Top||

#6  Isn't this batch of Kurds communist? Weren't we only allied with this batch because we had a common enemy we both hated worse? Sort of like 'The Life of Brian' Judean Popular People's Front scene - which gets more timely every day.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/14/2019 8:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Can someone, anyone, state with any clarity our interest in Syria?
Posted by: Lex || 10/14/2019 9:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Latakia pipe tobacco?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/14/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#9  Endless war is a given in the Middle East. The only choice is to join the fight or stand aside.

Posted by: The peanut gallery || 10/14/2019 12:09 Comments || Top||

#10  We stood by the Soviets '41-'45. Then the environment changed.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/14/2019 13:08 Comments || Top||

#11  Can someone, anyone, state with any clarity our interest in Syria?

Um, no. I mean, at least Afghanistan has opium.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/14/2019 13:24 Comments || Top||

#12  Isn't this batch of Kurds communist?

Yes.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2019 17:12 Comments || Top||


Two #Syria-n army divisions will be deployed to #Hasaka (includes #Qamishli) and #Dier_Elzour governorates as part of the agreement between #SDF and #Damascus. The operation will be led by Brigadier General Suhail Al - Hassan.
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [224 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Iran says it discovered a natural gas reserve that could create $40 billion in revenue
How nice. If only there was someone they could sell large amounts to ...But Iran is being sanctioned, What a shame.
[CNN] 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...
announced on Sunday that it has discovered a new natural gas reserve with the capacity to produce nearly 400 million barrels of gas condensate, which could generate a total of $40 billion.

The natural gas field, named Eram, is located near the Persian Gulf in the southwestern province of Fars and holds about 19 trillion cubic feet of gas, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Deputy Managing Director Reza Dehghan said at a presser.

"We have the potential to identify more undiscovered oil and gas reserves (in the country) by using geophysical exploration techniques and discovery drilling and will definitely add to Iran's national wealth," Dehghan said.

The discovery comes at an opportune time for Iran, which has suffered economically under a series of US sanctions aimed at forcing the country to limit its nuclear program.

"America cannot cease Iran's oil production. Sanctions have not stopped the Iranian oil industry. We are active. We are alive," Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said last month.

Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Forty billion in revenue OR an earth-shattering kaboom if it all detonated at once. Spontaneously, of course!
Posted by: SteveS || 10/14/2019 11:23 Comments || Top||


Turkey actively fighting against Daesh, from which it suffered the most: Presidential adviser
Even I don’t believe that, and I’m gullible.
[DAILYSABAH] Turkey is the country who suffered the most from Daesh terrorism and the one that is actively fighting against it, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's adviser Professor Gülnur Aybet told UK's Channel 4 in a public broadcast late Saturday.

Responding to channel host's accusations, Aybet said that it is unfair to spread blatant lies over Turkey's recently launched Operation Peace Spring against PKK terrorist group's Syrian wing YPG and its fight against all other terrorist groups, including Daesh.

"It is very unfair to parade these kind of lies that we're bringing in ISIS fighters. This is absolutely shameful," she said, using another acronym for Daesh terrorist group.

"Have some respect for the people who died in Turkey from ISIS attacks. Have some respect for our soldiers who died fighting against ISIS in Syria," she said.

"We asked specifically from the West on intel sharing on this matter and it came unfortunately too late," Aybet added.

Regarding the operation, she said that "There is so much misinformation in Europe and America about why we are doing this," pointing to the Western perception of the anti-terror operation.

"We said before we wouldn't allow a terror corridor," she added.

"We are absolutely determined to go on with this operation. You cannot fight one terror group by arming another terror group, it was bound to hit a wall-this policy of the U.S. which started in the previous administration," she concluded.
Posted by: Fred || 10/14/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [279 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Not gullible, TW...just unwilling to believe the worst even if it's Patriots vs Dolphins odds....
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/14/2019 8:29 Comments || Top||

#2  I believe the Syrians and Iraqis would beg too differ on who suffered the most.
Posted by: chris || 10/14/2019 13:22 Comments || Top||

#3  even if it's Patriots vs Dolphins odds....

Professional football teams? Sorry. I suspect one of them is much better than the other. ;-) But yes, I do try to find the good in everyone — so often they rise to the occasion. It’s hard when they don’t, though.
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/14/2019 17:36 Comments || Top||



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