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Spain, Sweden, Canada, UK halting sales of military material to Ankara
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Africa North
Haftar tells Sputnik that his army can take control of #Tripoli in just two days, but people’s safety is a priority for him
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
The dear man is too busy to get his glasses straightened...

Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Dear man indeed. Since when is an Arab general concerned about collateral damage?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/16/2019 14:19 Comments || Top||


Europe
German Mosques Pray for Erdogan's Military Offensive Against Kurds: ‘Allah, Lead Our Glorious Army to Victory'
[LI] Mosques in Germany are praying for the Turkish army’s success as it wages a fierce military offensive against the U.S.-allied Kurdish forces and civilians in neighboring Syria, German newspaper Die Welt reported.

The worshippers pray the victory verse: "Allah, Lead Our Glorious Army to Victory."

The backing from mosques in Germany comes days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered a full-scale attack against Kurds in northern Syria following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the region. German mosques read out the "victory verse," or Surah al Fath, from the Muslim holy book Quran, celebrating Muhammad’s victory over his rivals in 7th century Arabia, media reports suggest.

Turkey’s state-controlled Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, issued the call to prayer. Germany’s largest Turkish Islamic group, DITIB, which runs some 900 mosques across the country and boasts of 800,00 members, has also allegedly participated in prayers calling for the victory of the Turkish military against Kurds in northern Syria. DITIB officials denied endorsing the call, but a media investigation showed several leading DITIB officials involved in the campaign. Mosques affiliated with Milli Görus, Germany’s largest Islamic association with around 10,000 supporters, also reportedly took part.

German newspaper Die Welt reported the nationwide Islamist prayer call:
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 02:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  German Islamists aligning themselves with our democratically controlled congress.
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 2:23 Comments || Top||

#2  I feel so clever — I commented about Erdogan’s mosque collection only yesterday. (Final comment in this thread.)
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/16/2019 14:03 Comments || Top||

#3  'The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the urinals are every leftist legislator's bank account.'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 14:15 Comments || Top||

#4  So, if the Turks get clobbered, is it Allen isn't listening or they are not slamming their foreheads against the floor hard enough?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 14:52 Comments || Top||

#5  The other side also prays to Allan.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2019 14:54 Comments || Top||

#6  Which of course brings us to "Wouldn't it be great if both sides lost?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 15:55 Comments || Top||


Three hurt as asylum-seekers clash on Greek island
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] At least three people were hurt in a clash between asylum-seekers in a town on the Greek island of Samos, police sources said Tuesday.

They said the violence, apparently between groups of Syrians and Afghans, erupted in the town of Vathy late on Monday.

A fire later broke out outside the camp that authorities managed to place under control early on Tuesday morning.

"Half of the 6,000 people who are stuck in Vathy camp on Samos are women and kiddies," medical charity MSF said in a tweet.

"This nightmare must end! Children and other vulnerable people must be evacuated from the Greek islands to safe accommodation."

Despite efforts to relocate people to the Greek mainland, there are over 32,000 migrants colonists and refugees in camps on Aegean islands near The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
, most of them vastly overcrowded, unhygienic and violence-prone.

Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
Erdogan says that a safe zone has been established in northeastern Syria, adding that refugees in Turkey will be moved to the area
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Declaring victory so he can go home, leaving all the paramilitaries behind him?

Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  How long to the Turks think the refugees will stay put when the Kurds bombard them to take back the land?
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Flusoling2728 || 10/16/2019 0:59 Comments || Top||

#2  So Erdogan assumes the SAA will not attempt to drive them out? Interesting thought of Erdogan's that Assad will sit by while Turkey annexes a third (or more) of Syria.
Posted by: magpie || 10/16/2019 3:25 Comments || Top||

#3  First I thought of forcible immigration, but the original article says - Erdogan wrote [in WSJ] that Syrian refugees in Turkey will be moved to the safe zone because “the international community missed its opportunity to prevent the Syrian crisis from pulling an entire region into a maelstrom of instability.”

Which sounds almost reasonable, if political. Alarabia article
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2019 8:53 Comments || Top||

#4  So this whole thing was just Yipyip's way of moving refugees out of his hair? Lebensraum in a fez?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/16/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

#5  Sounds better than letting the refugees go to Europe.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/16/2019 14:21 Comments || Top||

#6  So this whole thing was just Yipyip's way of moving refugees out of his hair?
Establishing an excuse to annex northern Syria as a protectorate like the Republic of Northern Cyprus -- a (quote) country (unquote) that only Turkey recognizes.
Posted by: magpie || 10/16/2019 18:29 Comments || Top||

#7  ABC News has video of safe zone, refugee camp. Trump not seen assisting Kurds.

Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/16/2019 22:00 Comments || Top||


Kremlin envoy calls Turkish military operation in Syria ‘unacceptable’: Report
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Kremlin’s envoy for Syria on Tuesday called The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
’s military offensive in northeast Syria "unacceptable" and complained that the operation had not been cleared by Moscow in advance, the Interfax news agency reported.

Alexander Lavrentiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
’s envoy for Syria, also confirmed that Russia had brokered an agreement between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces that saw the Kurds cede control of territory to Syrian troops.

Lavrentiev, who was speaking to news hounds in Abu Dhabi during an official visit there by Putin, said the talks between the Kurds and Damascus had taken place at Russia’s Hmeimim air base in Syria among other places.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Well, WTF are they doing about it ? I don't see any Sukhois flying in.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||


Graham to Turkey: Stop before you completely destroy the relationship between the United States and Turkey
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The whole point of Turkey being in NATO was to flank the Soviet Union. We could present them with two avenues of attack, using Turkey to threaten the Caucasus.

With the Soviet Union gone for three decades already, we don't need this any more. Nor do we need NATO. Just disband it already, it's long outlived its usefulness.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 4:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Already gone.

Dissolve NATO and pull our boys and equipment out of there.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2019 8:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Well since Mutti Merkel has cozied up to Huawei, breakup of NATO may be foregone conclusion. At least the German component, tho, since EU and NATO are pretty contiguous and Germany more or less owns the EU.......
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/16/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Dissolve NATO and replace it with binary alliances negotiated on terms that make sense with: UK, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Denmark, maybe Holland. Slash our NATO spend in half. Find an accommodation with Russia re. Ukraine and Syria. De-escalate tensions in the Baltic region.

And start focusing 80% or more of our bandwidth not he real threat to this country and to freedom in the world, the ChiCom menace.
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 12:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Find an accommodation with Russia re. Ukraine and Syria.

Find an accommodation with Russia re. China - who's a much bigger (or more immediate, at least) threat to Russia than it's to USA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2019 12:24 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ Bingo. Play the Russia card vs ChiComs.
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 12:32 Comments || Top||


UN blasts Turkey for executions, possible war crimes
[RUDAW.NET] The United Nations
...an organization conceived in the belief that we're just one big happy world, with the sort of results you'd expect from such nonsense...
Human Rights Office said Tuesday that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
could be held accountable for possible war crimes, including the execution of captives and a female Kurdish politician, attacks on medical facilities, and the bombing a convoy of civilians and journalists during its now week-long offensive in northeast Syria. The United States defense chief has also said Washington could hold Turkey to account for possible war crimes.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  We've sent a strongly-worded letter... now will you fund our cocktail parties?
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/16/2019 12:08 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's Syria pullback
[The Hill] The House will vote Wednesday on a resolution condemning President Trump's decision to pull back troops in northern Syria.

A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) confirmed that the joint resolution formally opposing Trump's strategy will be on the House floor on Wednesday.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urged Republicans to support the resolution ahead of the vote. A bipartisan vote in the House could help add pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to give the measure a vote in the GOP-controlled Senate.

"The chaos and insecurity unleashed in Syria by President Trump’s disastrous decision to precipitously withdraw from northern Syria require strong, smart leadership from Congress," Pelosi and Schumer said.

"With one voice, we call on President Trump to support Kurdish communities, to work to ensure that the Turkish military acts with restraint, and to present a clear strategy to defeat ISIS. This resolution also urges President Erdogan to immediately cease unilateral military action in Syria," they continued.

The resolution ‐ sponsored by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Michael McCaul (R-Texas) in the House and Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.Y.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) in the Senate ‐ "opposes the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria."
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 02:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An excellent move by the Dem controlled congress. It's bound to harvest massive voter support.

[sarc off]
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2019 2:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Why not have a specific AUMF vote? Cowards and pretenders
Posted by: Frank G || 10/16/2019 6:32 Comments || Top||

#3  ...yeah, that sort have been missing since the Obama incursion years ago.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2019 7:48 Comments || Top||

#4  No, no more AUMF's. If we need to use military force, declare WAR and go to town. That's the best way to handle these desires to intervene. They should have to vote yes/no on an actual declaration of war.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/16/2019 8:22 Comments || Top||

#5  This move, like others the Democrats have made since Trump took office, will be found to be premature.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 10/16/2019 8:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#7  #4 If we need to use military force, declare WAR and go to town. That's the best way to handle these desires to intervene. They should have to vote yes/no on an actual declaration of war.

... against - whom? Against what's left of Syria? Against our ally Turkey? Russia? All of the above are on the same side against USIL. Who else then? Iran?

No wonder there's no declaration of war. That would require at least a minimally coherent description of why we're there in the first place.

The partisans of endless war have no idea who our enemies are, or what exactly is the threat they pose.

They're simply bleating about "the Kurds"--but even there they fail to mention that there are many different Kurdish factions, of which the most relevant for this discussion is the organization designated by our own State Dept as a terrorist group, the PKK and its arm in Syria.


Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 9:11 Comments || Top||

#8  If Trump came out for universal health care, the demoncrats would be against it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2019 9:19 Comments || Top||

#9  This is not the same thing as a Declaration of War, which is what they need to do according to the Constitution if we are going to go to war in Syria.
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 9:23 Comments || Top||

#10  Whatever name they put in a AUMF, could be put in a declaration of war. Declare war on Isis and it's allies, etc. Honestly, I still see no pressing issue requiring the US military in Syria. What is our goal? Propping up Assad? Let the vaunted UN and their peacekeepers play in someone else's civil war.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 10/16/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#11  Trump should emphasis that although we love the Iraqi Kurds the ones in Syria that everyone is crying about happen to be Communists, which possibly explains the Democrat love for continual war on their behalf.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/16/2019 9:45 Comments || Top||

#12  Commie Kurds are the Democrats' favorite kind.
Posted by: One Eyed Ghibelline9404 || 10/16/2019 11:51 Comments || Top||

#13  Thus, quie possibly, giving proof that it was the right thing to do.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 10/16/2019 15:43 Comments || Top||

#14  House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's Syria pullback

Dem's love watching our young people get shot. (See Baltimore, Chicago.)
Posted by: Phaick Uneretle6310 || 10/16/2019 15:59 Comments || Top||

#15  (See Baltimore, Chicago.)
All the way back to the 1968 convention...
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 16:11 Comments || Top||

#16  I thought they were in recess. Or is that just the sane ones?
Posted by: Bobby || 10/16/2019 16:41 Comments || Top||

#17  There ARE sane ones???
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 17:00 Comments || Top||

#18  Boy, those neo-cons and globalists sure are hopping mad that Trump is taking away their war.

Bipartisan support. It's almost as if there is little meaningful difference in DC between D and R, they generally agree on most things and they stage a kabuki theater to keep our attention.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 17:21 Comments || Top||

#19  All a bunch of drunks who heard Wild Turkey invaded Knob Creek and knocked out the bourbon yards.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/16/2019 17:27 Comments || Top||

#20  Remember when W was president and every anti-war shreiker was out in force? All the media did was complain about war. Then Bath House came along and war was cool again. Now Trump doesn't want war and the cater wailing can be heard everywhere. There's a pattern here somewhere...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 19:24 Comments || Top||

#21  Kommie Kurds, a new breakfast food, unpalatable to all except Kommie Dems. BIRM.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 10/16/2019 19:45 Comments || Top||

#22  Remember when W was president and every anti-war shreiker was out in force? All the media did was complain about war. Then Bath House came along and war was cool again. Now Trump doesn't want war and the cater wailing can be heard everywhere. There's a pattern here somewhere...

They don't particularly pay attention to Rest of World, or international relations.

For these clowns, the domestic US kulturkampf is all. They wouldn't know Fulda from Khyber, don't know Russia from China from Persia and they don't particularly care.

Everything post-1989 for these obsessive comes down to cultural virtue signaling related to either
1) identity politics, or
2) climate change.

Hence the 180-degree turn within all of a year from
a) McCain/Romney = evil warmongers vs poor Russia to
b) McC/Romney = noble patriots vs evil & Wascally Wusskies
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 19:58 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
'Disinformation': Kentucky video ABC said was 'slaughter in Syria' was spread by Turkish politician
More on this story from yesterday.
[WashingtonExaminer] ABC News ran multiple segments incorrectly claiming that the "footage obtained by ABC News" showed Ottoman Turkish attacks against the Kurds in a Syrian border town, though in truth it was footage from a biannual pyrotechnic event at a West Point, Kentucky, gun range in 2016 or 2017.

Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former member of the Ottoman Turkish Parliament, confirmed the translation with the Washington Examiner. "That is indeed the source of this piece of misinformation," Erdemir said. "Melih Gökcek, the former mayor of Ankara, is notorious for being a social media troll, as well as for running disinformation campaigns." He added, "He was infamous for spending more time trolling on social media than governing The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...just another cheapjack Moslem dictatorship, brought to you by the Moslem Brüderbund...
’s capital city as mayor."

ABC said Monday, "We’ve taken down video that aired on ’World News Tonight’ Sunday and ’Good Morning America’ this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy." It did not explain how they found the false footage and did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s questions about Gökcek’s tweet.

In 2017, a profile in the Economist dubbed Gökcek "Turkey’s leading conspiracy theorist," citing an incident in which he gave foreign journalists a presentation on the country's failed coup and claimed that "Western powers had been involved in the bloodbath, that the B.O. regime had created 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....
, and that American and Israeli seismic vessels were deliberately setting off earthquakes near Turkey’s Aegean coast."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Once again, the media's vaunted fact-checking is revealed to be a complete lie.

The video showed them what they wanted to see so they published it. Because of course they did.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 10/16/2019 4:36 Comments || Top||

#2  ...well, when you live a lie....
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2019 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  BINFAN

(but it's not fake news)
Posted by: jpal || 10/16/2019 10:46 Comments || Top||

#4  Dupes and stooges. One of the requirements for a good con is a mark that wants to believe.
Posted by: SteveS || 10/16/2019 11:52 Comments || Top||

#5  Blame the Russkies! When that fails, blame the Turks. When that fails, blab about white supremacists 'n' shit.
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 12:05 Comments || Top||

#6  If you think of them as leftist activists with bylines, it all makes sense.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2019 12:23 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
CTD says splinter group of outlawed AQIS regrouping in Karachi
[DAWN] KARACHI: The Counter-Terror­­ism Department (CTD) suspects that the banned Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) is ‘regrouping’ in the city to carry out terrorist attacks, it emerged on Monday.

The CTD also claimed to have busted two other outfits whose members had been active in sectarian killings and murders of policemen.

“We have received reports that six ‘disgruntled’ militants of the AQIS recently arrived in Karachi from Afghanistan and they are trying to activate their sleeper cell,” said counterterrorism official Raja Umar Khattab.

The CTD official believed it was a splinter group of AQIS that comprised members of different communities who belonged to Karachi and had gone to Afghanistan. They had reportedly developed differences with their leadership, partly because they did not utilise their ‘services’ for a considerable period of time, and now they had returned to Karachi.

Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent


Council of Islamic Ideology ratifies 100 fatwas in support of polio vaccination
[DAWN] The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has validated around a hundred fatwas, also known as religious edicts, in support of polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set. Currently the disease is only found in Pakistain and Afghanistain...
vaccination, sparking hopes that religion-based resistance against vaccinations will decrease.

According to a CII document available with Dawn, the council’s apex body unanimously decided to ratify fatwas by Learned Elders of Islam in support of polio eradication.

The document said that the CII was concerned that Pakistain was facing travel restrictions due to polio cases, and could face further financial problems in the future as such restrictions could be increased.

Babar Bin Atta, the prime minister’s focal person on polio, told Dawn that this was the first time the government tried to seek the CII’s help in controlling the polio virus.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  Even though it was invented by a Jew?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2019 1:15 Comments || Top||

#2  No, No ! You were right the first time ! Polio vaccine causes polio of the penis !

Goddamn some well-intentioned idiots.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 9:14 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Here we go...
[JPost] A pro-Kurdish protest rally organized by IDF ex-officers is expected to take place in Tel Aviv on Tuesday afternoon following an official appeal to Defense and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and to IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi.

The protesters are expected to gather at around 4 p.m. local time near the Turkish embassy and march toward the American Embassy on Yarkon Street in Tel Aviv, accompanied by a representative of the YPG ‐ the People's Protection Units of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, also known as Rojava.
Post rally report from the Jerusalem Post:
More than 100 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Tuesday to protest Turkey’s military operation in northern Syria, calling on the international community to stop the “genocide of the Kurdish people.”

Organized by political activist Maj. (res.) Yair Fink, the demonstration began in front of the Turkish Embassy on Hayarkon Street and continued south to the US Embassy branch office.

“It’s our moral obligation as Jews to help them,” Fink told The Jerusalem Post during the rally, adding that Israel should help the Kurds in northern Syria by providing ammunition and clothing, and “convincing the world to be on their side and not ignore them.”

Fink penned a letter last week signed by more than 150 IDF reservists calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi to provide military and humanitarian support to the Kurds.

“We, as Israelis and Jews, must not stand by when we see another nation abandoned by its allies and is left defenseless,” read the online petition. “We remember very well the blood of our people, what happens when the nations of the world abandon the fate of a people.”

While neither Netanyahu nor Kochavi have responded to the petition, Fink said that 100 people showing up to demonstrate was a success.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 10/16/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oi vey, oi vey, oi vey.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 10/16/2019 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  Support the Kurds all they want. Do the Kurdish defense forces accept Israelis?
Posted by: jpal || 10/16/2019 11:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Were the Syrian Kurds rebelling before the US got involved to help, or were they just model citizens until the US tricked them by getting involved in Syria?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 10/16/2019 14:46 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm guessing Benny's friends ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 10/16/2019 15:06 Comments || Top||

#5  Re #1: Also aiiyah, awuee, and uff da! (all of which can be translated as "aw shit!"
Posted by: Mercutio || 10/16/2019 19:28 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran economy to shrink 9.5% this year amid tighter U.S. sanctions - IMF
[Jpost] Iran's economy is expected to shrink by 9.5% this year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, down from a previous estimate of a 6% contraction, as the country feels the impact of tighter U.S. sanctions.

The IMF forecasts, published on Tuesday in the fund’s World Economic Outlook report, are not far from estimates given last week by the World Bank, which said the Iranian economy by the end of the 2019/20 financial year would be 90% smaller than it was just two years ago.

Iran, a large oil producer, saw its oil revenues surge after a 2015 nuclear pact agreed with six major powers that ended a sanctions regime imposed three years earlier over its disputed nuclear program.

But new sanctions brought in after U.S. President Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
withdrew from that deal in 2018 are the most painful imposed by Washington, targeting nearly all sectors of Iran's economy.

The IMF had previously forecast Iran's economy to shrink by 6% this year, but that estimate preceded Washington's decision in April to end six months of waivers which had allowed Iran's eight biggest oil buyers to continue importing limited volumes.


The fund said Iran, along with other emerging market economies, continues to experience "very severe macroeconomic distress."

A drop in the Iranian currency following the re-imposition of sanctions has disrupted Iran's foreign trade and boosted annual inflation, which the IMF forecasts at 35.7% this year.

The Iranian rial official rate is set at 42,000 rials to the U.S. dollar, but its market rate stood at around 115,000 against the dollar on Tuesday, according to foreign exchange website Bonbast.com.
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#1  Iranian economy by the end of the 2019/20 financial year would be 90% smaller than it was just two years ago.

Damn. They beat Venezuela and w/o 20% of the population leaving.
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Flusoling2728 || 10/16/2019 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Does the baseline GDP number factor in the infusion a few years back of hundreds of billions on Zero's pallets?
Posted by: Lex || 10/16/2019 12:34 Comments || Top||


US official says no ‘major’ breakout of IS jihadists in Syria
Fog of war clears a little since yesterday, or not.
[IsraelTimes] The United States is not aware of any "major" escape of 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....
hard boyz since The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor...
launched its assault on Syrian Kurdish fighters holding the prisoners, according to a US official.

"We haven’t seen any major successful breakout so far of the detainees," the senior administration official tells news hounds on condition of anonymity.

However,
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the official says that anywhere between 50 and 150 wives and children of Islamic State prisoners had escaped in the chaos after Ottoman Turkish forces attacked last week.

"We don’t know where they went. That’s one significant event there," the official says.

"But of course, we don’t have the same ability to monitor this," he said, acknowledging the reduced capacity of the United States as it withdraws troops on orders of President Donald Trump
...The man who was so stupid he beat fourteen professional politicians, a former tech CEO, and a brain surgeon for the Republican nomination in 2016, then beat The Smartest Woman in the World in the general election...
.

The official’s remarks appeared at odds with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper who, criticizing Turkey on Monday, said the incursion "resulted in the release of many dangerous ISIS
...embracing their inner Islamic Brute...
detainees."
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/16/2019 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  If the Syrian gov get hold of them, they all will be executed and disposed of quietly. Men, women and kiddies.
Posted by: Victor Emmanuel Flusoling2728 || 10/16/2019 1:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Victor, I guess that's one more decent reason to get out of Syria...
Posted by: Glenmore || 10/16/2019 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  We had three choices with these people: (1) let them go (2) keep in prison indefinitely which also means pay for them indefinitely (3) shoot them. But then, maybe the decision will be made for us.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 10/16/2019 14:29 Comments || Top||


Humanitarian aid groups fleeing Syria only compounds crisis: Kurdish official
[RUDAW.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s offensive in northern Syria has forced at least 15 international aid organizations to withdraw their staff, compounding the humanitarian emergency, according to a Kurdish administration official.

"The humanitarian plight of the displaced in areas targeted by the aggression has worsened with all humanitarian aid being cut and all international organizations ceasing their activities," the Kurdish administration said earlier on Tuesday in a statement posted on Facebook.

Speaking at a presser, Khalid Ibrahim, the Kurdish administration’s head of humanitarian affairs, said the withdrawal of aid organizations has left "displaced people to suffer".

"At least 15 organizations have left northern Syria due to the Ottoman Turkish offensive," Ibrahim said. "This has resulted in creation of a humanitarian crisis, as displaced people are in need of food, water, and daily requirements."

Local schools in Hasaka province are now hosting families displaced from the border towns of Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ain and surrounding villages as camps reach full capacity.

One Kurdish woman sheltering in a school in Hasaka told Rudaw they are desperate.

"What does Erdogan want from us? Where shall we go? We cannot be displaced every day," she said.

An Arab resident of Sare Kani told Rudaw: "The only thing we need is to return to our homes. We do not want anything else."

More than 300,000 people have been displaced since the start of the Ottoman Turkish incursion ‐ 70,000 of them children, according to Ibrahim. UN OCHA puts the figure at 160,000.

Hasaka, where the majority of the displaced have fled to, is 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the border-city of Qamishli.

"Displaced children are in need of milk, food, and clean water," said Ibrahim. "Therefore we ask the international community to help us."

The Kurdish Red Islamic Thingy (KRC) says it is running low on supplies. In a statement published Sunday on Facebook, the local aid organization lamented the "extremely limited support" for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and accused the Ottoman Turkish government of breaking international humanitarian law by obstructing aid deliveries.

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