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Afghanistan
Seven Taliban Insurgents Join Peace Process
[KhaamaPress] According to the local officials in Qala-e-Naw district of Badghis province, seven Taliban
...Arabic for students...
gunnies gave up violence and joined the grinding of the peace processor on Monday, January 13, 2020.

Najmuddin Burhani, the spokesperson for Badghis governor, said that previously Taliban gunnies used to operate against the government in the Laman region, Abkamari district, and took ransomed money from passengers and car owners on and off.

The Taliban also surrendered their weapons and pledged to return to work and ordinary life. This is good news both for the local government t and the residents of Badghis province.

In the meantime, the provincial governor warmly welcomed the gunnies who joined the grinding of the peace processor and encouraged them to strive for a happy life from now on.

"We appreciate the gesture of the Taliban and other anti-government groups to join the grinding of the peace processor, live in harmony and work together for a prosperous life in our country," said one resident.

The ongoing negotiations between the Taliban and US special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, about the Afghan Peace Process in Doha Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
, is gradually building optimism among the ordinary people.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


US Wants Taliban to Cut Iran Ties: Hekmatyar
[ToloNews] The US has asked the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
to cut its ties with 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...
and to agree to the presence of some US forces in Afghanistan after a potential peace agreement between the two sides, said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar
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Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  ...sort of misses the mark. They have been and are agents of the Paks.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/15/2020 1:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Primary is Pakistan, Procopius2k, yes, but there is also a long-standing association with Iran — that’s where their dear Al Qaeda friend Osama bin Laden sent one of his wives, along with children and staff, to shelter from the American counter attack while he and the rest fled to Pakistan’s welcoming arms. So no reason they wouldn’t accept Iranian support and training in exchange for some little efforts that did not conflict with the primary allegiance and assignments.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 17:56 Comments || Top||


Afghan religious clerk warns to punish women who disregard Islamic Hijab
[KhaamaPress] An Afghan religious clerk in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province has started a widespread campaign, urging women to wear Islamic Hijab ‐ a large headscarf ‐ and has ordered his followers to punish those who disregard it.

Mujeeb Rahman Ansari, a popular Islamic Death Eater and a religious clerk in the western Herat province installed dozens of billboards and signboards around the city, targeting Afghan women, urging them to wear Islamic Hijab.

During several public speeches, Ansari called on his followers to apply Sharia rules on anyone who disregards the rules determined by him and his followers and ’not to wait for the government’ in such instances.

Abdul Qayoum Rahimi, the governor of Herat was earlier questioned by a local media outlet about Ansari’s movement in Herat province, wherein Rahimi said he is not going to confront Mawlavi Mujeeb Rahman Ansari as they are being good friends.

The recent statements of Mawlavi Mujeeb Rahman Ansari have sparked mixed reactions among Afghan residents in social media, some condemn the messages spread by Malwavi Ansari, while on the other hand, another group and individuals endorse him.

"Any man who thinks he has ownership of women is a coward. A real man is the one who considers his wife to be his counterpart, not a commodity!", Waheed Omar, a government official tweeted in response to a billboard message by Malawvi Ansari where it says ’A man is a coward whose woman disregard Hijab’.

Shabir Shirzad, a Facebook user seemingly connected to the Mujahideen sector has endorsed Mawlavi Mujeeb Rahman Ansari’s messages and has regarded them as ’guidance’ that is needed for a community to survive in good.

But the provincial Directorate of Hajj and Religious Affairs said the campaign by Ansari has not been conducted in collaboration with the government, and that Ansari’s teachings go against Islam.

"Speeches by Mr. Mujeeb Rahman Ansari are in contravention of the religious teachings. Islam has always insisted on preaching," an official of the directorate, Fazl Mohammad Hussaini said.

Mujeeb Rahman Ansari has studied ’Islamic religion studies’ 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...
and is currently running a local radio station beside being an Imam for Gozargah Mosque in Herat city.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Salafists


Africa North
Negotiations on #Libya in Moscow ended without signing a ceasefire
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Haftar informs Russia of a number of conditions to end nine months of fighting in the country, including a time limit of 45 to 90 days for armed militias to fully surrender their weapons
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [162 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Got the idea from the Virginia bill.
Will prob be as effective.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 8:23 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Amnesty intl' calls for urgent action over Bahrain executions
[PRESSTV] Mohammad Ramadan and Hussein Mousa are accused of being involved in the earth-shattering kaboom in al-Dair on 14 February 2014. But they say they were tortured for days, hung from the ceiling and beaten with iron rods and batons. They claim the guard’s also threatened to subject their families to torture and rape; guards trained by British instructors.

Because of its alleged complicity in their torture, the UK intervened on Christmas day 2018, preventing their execution. Amnesia Amnesty International and Reprieve say Westminster must intervene again. But will it?

Ramadan and Mousa’s fourth Death penalty appeal hearing was scheduled for Christmas day 2019, but was delayed. On the 8th of January the death penalties were upheld.

Bahrain has the largest number of political prisoners per capita in the world. Britannia has spent at least 5,000,000 pounds on Bahrain’s justice system since 2012, on the pretext of helping improve its abysmal human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
record.

But human rights charities like Reprieve say the UK has failed to investigate alleged torture and Manama is not feeling any pressure to stop the abuse.

The fact is that torture and questionable court proceedings are common in Bahrain and observers say that if foreign governments and rights organizations do not intervene regularly, the situation will only get worse.
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Putin has made Russia a stable, non-overly agressive bear in the world-wide circus. He is a strong, quiet leader. So far, I respect him.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/15/2020 15:35 Comments || Top||


Europe
Germany posts record-breaking budget surplus
[DW] Germany ended 2019 with a budget surplus of €13.5 billion.
Impressive. If only America’s politicians were so self controlled.
It is the third time in the last five years that Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
's largest economy closed the year with a budget surplus. The 2019 surplus overtook a 2015 budget surplus of €12.1 billion.

Added to that figure is an additional €5.5 billion from a fund earmarked for refugees that went unspent, making a total surplus of €19 billion.

Larger-than-expected tax income and low interest rates were partly responsible for the surplus, the finance minister explained.

Current negative interest rates also meant that Germany paid a relatively low €12 billion in interest on its debt in 2019.

The state had also set aside a significant sum to be used in case of a hard Brexit, which was freed up after recent UK elections took that option off the table.

The largest share has been allocated to a reserve for spending related to asylum-seekers in Germany, though it could ultimately be used for other projects.

A special military defense budget will receive €500 million.
Woo hoo! Bullets and spare tires for everyone!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 01:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [399 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It helps to have a $275 billion trade surplus. That's $100 billion more than China and adds up to a lot of wages to tax.
Posted by: Chong Sinatra5244 || 01/15/2020 3:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Yes Germany is a currency manipulator. The EURO is run for Germanys benefit at the rest of the Eurozone's expense.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/15/2020 4:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Seems no excuse now to not properly fund NATO to 2%?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/15/2020 4:59 Comments || Top||

#4  The largest share has been allocated to a reserve for spending related to asylum-seekers

Wealth transfer from productive citizens to gimmiegrants...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/15/2020 6:05 Comments || Top||

#5  LOL as if Germany will ever spend on anything but themselves. They ruthlessly rip us off on trade while refusing to buy our gas to even out the exchange. Instead they buy Russian gas.

They're bursting at the seams with excess cash, and yet they still can't chip in their fair share of NATO. The unbelievable arrogance.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/15/2020 7:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Sort of like parking the new Benz outside while using the American EBT card for some groceries.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/15/2020 8:53 Comments || Top||

#7  Good for them, I hope someone in the US notices that awesomeness of fiscal responsibility.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/15/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Storage centers, not that common over there. Hat tip to the thrifty Germans.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#9  #5 "while refusing to buy our gas to even out the exchange. Instead they buy Russian gas."

Russian gas is cheaper. Market Economy 101, Herb.
Btw Germany will import more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the USA. At least two new LNG terminals are to be built in northern Germany with state support.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/15/2020 14:38 Comments || Top||

#10  That's what I've always thought, #2 BP, but since I haven't lived there in decades, I didn't want to make pronouncements I'm no longer in a position to be sure about.

Glad I'm not as dumb as I look. ;-)
Posted by: Barbara || 01/15/2020 15:48 Comments || Top||

#11  Germany isn't a "currency manipulator". The Eurozone is a single bloc. Sure the Euro is undervalued for Germany, but it is also overvalued for other countries in the bloc. If the Euro were to break up, Germany’s restored currency would appreciate, but other restored currencies would depreciate. Overall, the US would gain very little.

Any intervention in exchange markets is done by the ECB. Sure Germany has a big influence on the ECB, but it doesn’t dictate ECB exchange-rate policy. The ECB doesn't do currency manipulation based on money supply. The Federal Reserve has been supplying far more Dollars than the ECB has been over the past decade. So if you're looking for a country that has spent the last decade trying devalue, it’s the US.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/15/2020 16:20 Comments || Top||

#12  It seems reasonable to me that if we elected Donald Trump to push an America First approach, we’d have to accept that other countries would — and always have, despite rhetoric to the contrary — look to their own interests first before ours. And if we owe them nothing but honesty about our needs and objectives, they owe us precisely the same.

Finally, I have the impression that the Federal Reserve was making some questionable choices in terms of buying Treasury notes and setting low interest rates during the Obama years that were not justified by the economic situation that resulted from the high deficit spending and restrictive regulations of the period. Are we in a position to point fingers?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 16:40 Comments || Top||

#13  No manipulators to see here, sir!
No one here but us pump-primers!
Posted by: Helicopter Ben || 01/15/2020 16:42 Comments || Top||

#14  Russian gas makes you dependent on Russia. They can and have turned off the gas in the middle of winter.

It's not like Germany can't afford it. The trade surplus with America is huge and American gas would be a welcome equalizer.

But I get it. It's a big "fuck you" to America and a further reinforcement of ripping us off on trade. All this extra cash floating around and can't even bear your fair share of NATO. I understand. The psychological name for this is "dupers delight". It's the reward you get when successfully pulling off a scam.

Americans get the message loud and clear.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/15/2020 21:47 Comments || Top||

#15  Not so fast, 'Erb the Coy. The Germans and the Russians have a centuries-old mutual love-hate fascination that can't be reduced to (the usual) preoccupation with America.

We're not relevant here.

Each party would like the other to fit its romantic idealicized version -- the "philosophical," essentialist Slavs, the hyper-rational, efficient Teutons -- but the reality is that Germany is now a trading nation par excellence and Putin's Russia is a bandit state.

The perfect synthesis of the above is that slippery, smiling, corrupt and uber-transactional thrice-divorced former German Chancellor who sits on multiple corporate boards including an American global investment bank and a Russian crony state capitalist energy company.
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 21:59 Comments || Top||

#16  Germany is a trading nation par excellence because America stopped them from trying to take over Europe. We provide free military protection. What do we get in return? Endless rhetoric about what vile people we are.

Let's see those German exports get around the world without the seas staying clear without US Navy protection. Free as in beer. Gratitude? LOL of course not. They very idea is ludicrous.

All anyone ever asked is that Germany stop ripping us off and contribute their fair share. Which they can't bring themselves to do, even with an overflowing treasury.

Germany is what happens when a spoiled child grows into a spoiled adult. They've had so much free shit from America that they take it for granted. Ever seen a spoiled adult when Dad reduces or eliminates the allowance? You think spoiled adults have any gratitude towards Dad for the decades of free money? No way. It's rage that they are unfairly being cut off, and spite to shit on Dad for the great injustice being done to them.

It's high time we cut Germany and the rest of Europe off and let them find their own way in the world. Let them pay for their own naval escorts for their products. Let their young men have their legs blown off in the Middle East for oil. Why should we do anything for people who refuse to bear their fair share of the burden despite having the means to easily do so?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/15/2020 22:58 Comments || Top||

#17  USA out of NATO.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/15/2020 23:04 Comments || Top||

#18  Germany is what happens when a spoiled child grows into a spoiled adult.

= still your child, and (still) stupid to cut him off. Blut, wasser etc
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 23:07 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Sadr calls on supporters to protest against US troop presence
[Rudaw] Iraq’s notorious Shiite holy man Moqtada al-Sadr on Tuesday called on his supporters and Iraqi protesters to conduct large-scale demonstrations against the presence of American troops.

The leader called for "a million-strong, peaceful, unified demonstration to condemn the American presence and its violations," he tweeted on Tuesday.

Anti-government protesters have been in the streets for more than three months, demanding regime change, constitutional change, and better lives in a country where poverty and corruption are widespread.

Security forces have responded with deadly violence, including live rounds and military-grade tear gas.

More than 520 protesters and security force members have been killed, and at least 17,000 people have been injured since protests began in October.

Sadr’s statement follows a non-binding resolution passed by the Iraqi parliament asking the Iraqi government to end the presence of the US-led Global Coalition against 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....
(ISIS) forces.

"We will not bow for anyone except Allah" Sadr added in his statement, adding that the "movement" will be the start of a series of protests and strikes in order to return "dignity and illusory sovereignty" to Iraq.

Sadr, head of the Sairoon Allliance, the largest bloc in the Iraqi parliament, founded southern Iraq’s Mahdi Army in 2003. His militia killed and injured scores of American servicemen.

He disbanded the militia in 2008. However,
a woman is only as old as she admits...
he announced the reactivation of the Mahdi Army after Soleimani's death, referring to himself as the "head of Iraqi National Resistance®."
No longer pretending to be independent? Good. Another President Trump clarification, which means we needn’t hold back from a self-named enemy. Someone send a message to Ayatollah Mike at the CIA.
Soleimani’s liquidation has proven a tipping point for the country’s Iran-aligned Shiite political class, including Sadr.

Other officials have echoed Sadr's calls for US forces to leave Iraq, and the region as a whole.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi told Rudaw during at a Sulaimani business fair that US troops "need to leave the entire Middle East."
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 01:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Proof positive that only the good die young.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/15/2020 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Looks like Uncle Sam has his finger in a dyke. (or dike)
Posted by: Texhooey || 01/15/2020 23:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Batter up!
NEXT!
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 23:16 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Rouhani: U.S. forces are not safe in the region today and EU forces may be in danger tomorrow
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/15/2020 07:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [301 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Bullets know no nationality.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Bring it.

Posted by: DarthVader || 01/15/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#3  When have they been safe? Shall we go back to the Marine barracks in Lebanon? Col Higgins couldn't be reached for comment or the late occupants of Khobar Towers.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/15/2020 16:49 Comments || Top||

#4  “Wear your seatbelt, don’t run with scissors, drink milk.”

Good advice no matter which side of the war one finds oneself. DarthVader, that‘s an absolutely wonderful little video!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 19:19 Comments || Top||

#5  We have a local San Diego band called Running With Scissors ;-)
Posted by: Frank G || 01/15/2020 20:05 Comments || Top||

#6  “Wear your seatbelt, don’t run with scissors, drink milk.”

I'm rolling! Gawd bless the Marines!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2020 21:26 Comments || Top||

#7  'Go play in the medicine cabinet.'
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 22:14 Comments || Top||

#8  Dear Iran: You got your one tantrum.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/15/2020 22:46 Comments || Top||


Iranian Foreign Minister: We are not interested in negotiating with the United States
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/15/2020 07:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [152 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Can’t really blame them — they can’t really afford their share of the catering bill.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 19:20 Comments || Top||


Planned attacks
[Twitter-BBC-Serbia]

Posted by: 3dc || 01/15/2020 07:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Time for Israel to take down Hizbullah in Leb?
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/15/2020 06:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Secondaries! Will I be able to see them from my garage roof? It faces east...
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/15/2020 19:25 Comments || Top||


IRAN: Ethnic Cleansing Now
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/15/2020 06:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [212 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  That's not ethnic
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/15/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||


As Iran missiles battered Iraq base, US lost eyes in sky
Moments after volleys of Iranian missiles began to batter Iraq's Ain al-Asad airbase, US soldiers at the desert facility lost contact with their ultra-powerful -- and expensive -- eyes in the sky.
Sometimes I don't think we could win WW II again.
At the time the attack was launched at 1:35 am on January 8, the US army was flying seven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over Iraq to monitor bases where US-led coalition forces are deployed.

They included MQ-1C Gray Eagles, advanced surveillance drones that can fly for as long as 27 hours and carry a payload of up to four Hellfire missiles.

"We thought it may lead to a ground assault, so we kept the aircraft up," said one of the pilots, 26-year-old Staff Sergeant Costin Herwig.

Herwig was flying a Gray Eagle when the first Iranian missile struck the base, retaliation for the January 3 killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike in Baghdad.

Most of the other 1,500 US soldiers had been tucked away in bunkers for two hours, after advance warning from superiors.

But 14 pilots had stayed in dark containers-turned-cockpits to remotely fly the "birds" and monitor essential feeds from their high-powered cameras.

The first missile blasted dust into their shelter but the pilots stayed put, Herwig told AFP during a press tour of the base organised by the coalition.

The next rounds came closer and closer, and the light-haired soldier recalled that he had "accepted fate".
Appears some specific targeting may have been going on. Well, it was a drone that took out Soleimani.
"We thought we were basically done," he said.

But the real crisis was yet to come.

The volleys of missiles, which soldiers said lasted about three hours, slammed into sleeping quarters directly adjacent to the pilots' operations rooms.

"No more than a minute after the last round hit, I was heading over to the bunkers on the far back side and saw the fire was burning all through our fibre lines," said First Sergeant Wesley Kilpatrick.

Those lines link the virtual cockpits to antennas then satellites that send signals to the Gray Eagles and pull the cameras' feeds back onto the screens at Ain al-Asad.

"With the fibre lines burnt, there was no control," said Kilpatrick.

The soldiers could no longer locate the drones and were left blind to events in the air -- and on the ground.

If a drone had been shot down, for example, the besieged teams at Ain al-Asad could not have known.

"It's a pretty big deal, because it's so expensive and there's a lot of stuff on them that we don't want other people to have or the enemy to get," said Herwig.

A single Gray Eagle costs around $7 million, according to 2019 army budget estimates.

They have been used in Iraq since at least 2017 by the coalition to help fight the Islamic State jihadist group.

The coalition is required to get a green light from the Iraqi government to fly drones and planes, but those permissions had expired several days before the Iran attacks.

The US army had kept the drones in the air anyway, a senior American defence official told reporters, after months of rocket attacks on Iraqi bases where their forces are based.

As the bombs crashed closer on January 8 and with the drones unaccounted for, the pilots finally clambered into bunkers.

But as soon as the blasts stopped, they rushed back out, now facing a race against time to get their signals up and running so they could find -- and land -- the Gray Eagles.

As dawn started to break, soldiers scrambled to replace 500 metres (yards) of melted fibre cables and reprogramme satellites so they could reconnect to the UAVs.

Last step? Land the "birds."

The Iranian ballistic missiles had punched holes across Ain al-Asad's airfield and the control tower was empty.

"The airfield was shut down so we had to land without talking to anybody. We didn't know where any (other) aircraft was. That part was pretty stressful," said Herwig.

The priority was one Grey Eagle that had been scheduled to land just as the missile attack began, and which stayed flying throughout until it was worryingly low on fuel.

The pilots worked for hours to land each drone one by one, their adrenaline pumping even as other soldiers were recovering, showering and assessing the damage.

At around 9:00 am, the final drone was brought down to earth.

"We landed all our own birds back on site," said Kilpatrick, smiling in relief and pride.

"It was quite a feat."
You know, sometimes you just need to fix something and not tell anyone about it until after it's fixed. Sometimes, in order to get something fixed, you have to blab it everywhere until someone gets embarrassed enough to look into it. Sometimes, it's both.
Posted by: gorb || 01/15/2020 01:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [465 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Excellent real world test. Changes to be made I am sure.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 01/15/2020 2:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Operation Biting - That time in WWII When British paratroopers stole a Nazi radar station from occupied France.

In the early days of World War II the Germans still had an advantage over the British. Even though the Royal Air Force had won the Battle of Britain, its bombers suffered heavy losses when they crossed the channel into occupied Europe.

British scientist believed this was due to advances in German radar technology.

Reconnaissance photos showed that the Germans indeed had a complex radar system involving two types of systems – long-range early warning and short-range precision – that allowed them to effectively guide night fighters to British bomber formations. In order to develop effective countermeasures against these radar systems the British scientists needed to study one.

Operation Biting was conceived to steal a German "Wurzburg" short-range radar.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/15/2020 2:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Changes to be made I am sure.

Antenna farms and fiber bundles are always a bad idea. Ideal for install and maintenance workers, not so good for defenders.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 5:54 Comments || Top||

#4  melted fibre cables

Geez. WiFi anyone?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/15/2020 6:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Can intercept wifi and jam. Hard wire is can't be, however, a parallel line can pick up signals via inducement. Do not run the red and black wires in parallel. Fiber optics is more secure.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/15/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#6  laser comms as backup?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/15/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#7  Don't 'direct-bury' the cables in a shallow trench.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/15/2020 8:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Bury the cables AMD the controll center "container". These brave reaper guys came too close to being KIA.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 01/15/2020 11:25 Comments || Top||

#9  Shirley, the Mullahs didn't target the drone control sites on purpose? Blind luck or high precision?
Posted by: Bobby || 01/15/2020 12:07 Comments || Top||

#10  Probably the former Booby, and don't call them Shirley.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 01/15/2020 16:50 Comments || Top||


Turkey, Syria security chiefs discuss possible cooperation against Kurdish-led forces
Treachery is the one thing that can be depended on it that part of the world...
[Rudaw] Syria and The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s security chiefs met in the Russian capital of Moscow on Monday to discuss possible coordination against Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria. It was the first publicized meeting between the two countries since they downgraded their diplomatic ties in 2012.

"The Syrian side in the trilateral Syrian-Russian-Ottoman Turkish meeting in Moscow today called on the Ottoman Turkish side to fully commit to the Syrian Arab Republic’s illusory sovereignty, independence, safety of its territories, and the unity of its territory, people, and an instant and full withdrawal from all Syrian lands," Syrian state news agency SANA said on Monday.
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US leaders lied about Gen. Soleimani: Former CIA officer
[PRESSTV] Former CIA officer Phil Giraldi told RonPaul Institute in an interview on Monday that Soleimani posed no threat of any kind to the US, and whatever was claimed about him were lies.

"The reality is here that they been lying to us right from the beginning ...There was no imminent threat of any kind."

Giraldi described Trump's authorization of the liquidation of Gen. Soleimani as a "horrific" crime, violating laws and morals.

"The United States has done something horrific," he said, further explaining, "We have assassinated an official of a foreign government ... We did this callously with fore-thought, and in violation of international law and basic morality."

Giraldi said the truth of the matter is not only was Soleimani’s liquidation premeditated, but also the assassination of other top Iranian commanders was part of the plan.

"There is plenty of evidence to suggest this was a plan to kill this guy and others in the leadership" of the Islamic Theocratic Republic Guard Corps [IRGC], he said in the interview.

Giraldi condemned the Soleimani liquidation saying, "We are not a force for good... This is just incredible. This is something that I as an American growing up would have never expected my government to do. We're in a different game now and Americans have to wake up as to how horrific it is."
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [345 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Do unto others before they do unto you.
Posted by: Texhooey || 01/15/2020 0:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Giraldi blogs for the Unz Review.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/15/2020 5:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Giraldi is the sort of person who would have idealized SS Reinhard Tristan Eugen "Hangman" Heydrich.
Posted by: b || 01/15/2020 6:12 Comments || Top||

#4  He vas a gut man, I luv him sehr gut.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/15/2020 6:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Giraldiwrites: "The so-called holocaust... has an established but He is an Iran loving Jew hating individual. His ideas and opinions are about as reliable and sensible as Rob Reiner's!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/15/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

#6  SS, Wannsee-West edition
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 12:16 Comments || Top||


Iran to Try Donald Trump Under ‘Islamic Penal Code’ for Soleimani Airstrike
[BREITBART] A front man for Iran’s courts announced lawsuits against President Donald Trump
...dictatorial for repealing some (but not all) of the diktats of his predecessor, misogynistic because he likes pretty girls, homophobic because he doesn't think gender bending should be mandatory, truly a man for all seasons......
and the American armed forces generally in the Iranian legal system for the elimination of the nation’s terror chief Qasem Soleimani.

A U.S. Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
removed Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, and the head of Iraq’s Hezbollah Brigades Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis from the battlefield this month. As Quds Force chief, Soleimani led Iran’s international colonial efforts and orchestrated dozens of terrorist attacks ‐ including IED attacks on American soldiers ‐ to expand Iran’s influence. Soleimani played a large role in attacks on civilians in Syria, helped the Shiite Iran's Houthi sock puppets
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The legitimate Yemeni government has accused the them of having ties to the Iranian government. Honest they did. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews They like shooting off... ummm... missiles that they would have us believe they make at home in their basements. On the plus side, they did murder Ali Abdullah Saleh, which was the only way the country was ever going to be rid of him...
rebels in Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
illegally seize power, and offered support to Iran’s socialist allies in Venezuela
...a country in Central America that sits on an enormous pool of oil. Formerly the most prospereous country in the region, it became infested with Commies sniffing almost unlimited wealth. It turned out the wealth wasn't unlimited, the economy collapsed under the clownish Hugo Chavez, the murder rate exceeds places like Honduras and El Salvador, and a significant proportion of the populace as refugeed to Colombia and points south...
and throughout Latin America.

American officials, including Trump, have repeatedly stated they had intelligence suggesting Soleimani was planning "imminent" attacks on Americans in Iraq, where he spent most of the end of his life helping Baghdad target and kill civilian protesters.

Gholamhossein Esmaeili, front man for the Iranian Judiciary, told news hounds Tuesday that the targeted strike against Soleimani was "a terrorist move" and that Trump would face Iranian justice in one of the world’s most notoriously unfair and violent legal systems.

"There is no doubt that the U.S. military has done a terrorist move assassinating IRGC Commander Lt. Gen. Soleimani and Second-in-Command of Iraq Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis ... and Trump has confessed doing the crime," Esmaeili said, according to Iran’s Mehr news service. "The firmest reason for accusing an individual is his confession."

Esmaeili said that Iranian officials would "initially file a lawsuit in Iran, which is legal under the Islamic Penal Code." He did not specify what redress the Iranian state would seek in that lawsuit, though it would presumably target Washington and the president for "terrorism."
Posted by: Fred || 01/15/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  nobody gives a shit, besides DEms.
Posted by: Chris || 01/15/2020 0:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Will Pelousey file an amicus brief?
Posted by: Lex || 01/15/2020 1:24 Comments || Top||

#3  First they'll have to pull their "penal" whatever out of their favorite Basenji..
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/15/2020 6:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Will they bring one of those Baby Trump balloons into the courtroom for opening arguments?
Posted by: Raj || 01/15/2020 8:32 Comments || Top||

#5  Will shifty Shiff-for-Brains be the prosecution?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/15/2020 9:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Perhaps "killing America's enemies" could be added to the articles of impeachment. At least this is something Trump has actually done.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/15/2020 9:51 Comments || Top||

#7  There goes Trump Tower in Tehran...
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/15/2020 14:42 Comments || Top||

#8  Ok if we try them for all their proxy bull$hit? Killing their own citizens?
Posted by: gorb || 01/15/2020 17:43 Comments || Top||



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