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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Bahrain has sentenced a man to three years jail time for burning the Israeli flag at a PLO rally.
[Twitter-JPost]
Posted by: 3dc || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: PLO


-War on Police-
Bogus criminal justice reforms are endangering police, civilians across USA
[NYPOST] The Bronx suspect, Robert Williams, like many attempted cop-killers, is no stranger to the justice system. Last week, the New York Times

...which still proudly displays Walter Duranty's Pulitzer prize...

reported that he has multiple arrests dating to the mid-1990s, including a robbery charge when he was just 14.

After his sentencing in 1995, he was paroled twice. He subsequently returned to prison for violating his parole ‐ twice. The Times also reported that Williams shot someone in 2002 and then carjacked a woman while fleeing. The shooting resulted in a conviction for attempted murder. Despite that conviction and the suspect’s criminal history, Williams was released early from prison in 2017.

The incidents in the Bronx illustrate what seems to be a trend of violence directed at police by habitual criminals. Last summer, in Staten Island, a female NYPD officer was shot by an armed suspect when she attempted to take him into custody. Gregory Edwards had a long criminal history that included convictions arising from two separate shootings.

In Houston, Sgt. Christopher Brewster was allegedly shot and killed by Arturo Solis, who, according to local news reports, has faced multiple charges in the past, including for burglary and assault.

Earlier this month, Nick O’Rear, a police officer in Alabama, was killed in the line of duty allegedly by a suspect with a criminal history that includes 20 arrests and six felony convictions for charges ranging from illegal gun possession to drug distribution.

A few months before allegedly killing O’Rear, the suspect had been released pending a hearing on charges such as weapons possession.

Why were these suspects free?

Yet the trend continues. Last month, a man seen slugging an NYPD officer on a bodycam video was back on the street hours later, thanks to the state’s new bail "reform." Late last year, a teen convicted of second-degree murder for his role in the death of a retired police sergeant in Missouri was sentenced to juvenile detention. He’ll be eligible for release when he’s 21.

All these cases illustrate the disconnect that exists between progressives’ perception of the criminal justice system as unfairly ­punitive and how that system works in practice. Yet with political momentum currently in favor of leniency and decarceration, more repeat offenders will likely walk free on the streets of American cities.

The risks associated with that problem aren’t evenly distributed. They tend to fall on those living in communities where high crime rates are a fact of life. But by the nature of the work they do, those risks are also disproportionately borne by our cops.

Coupled with the growing antagonism ­toward police, these exacerbations of the risks inherent in policing at least partly ­explain why law enforcement departments are struggling to fill vacancies. Anti-police activists may cheer, but a policing shortage won’t bode well for those living in America’s most vulnerable communities, or those left to police them ‐ the primary victims of the system’s failure to incapacitate dangerous offenders.

Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The degradation of our justice system is the most disturbing of all the consequences of the Shitshow.

Two-tiered justice.

Queen of Hearts & Mad Hatter-worthy criminal proceedings.

DAs who openly side with criminals against public safety.

Seven Days in May-style conspiracies to overthrow a duly-elected President.

This Jefferson's "fireball int he night": a mortal threat to our Republic.
Posted by: Lex || 02/18/2020 3:14 Comments || Top||

#2  * "firebell in the night"
Posted by: Lex || 02/18/2020 3:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Some financiers of DA's political campaigns think that they are above the law when they finance anarchy and enable lawbreaking and murder.

Reminds me of the reign of SOAPY SMITH in Skagway, Alaska.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 02/18/2020 11:58 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Peace Agreement Between US and Taliban 'Finalized': Abdullah
[ToloNews] Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah
...the former foreign minister of the Northern Alliance government, advisor to Masood, and candidate for president against both Karzai and Ghani. Dr. Abdullah was born in Kabul and is half Tadjik and half Pashtun. He also held the meaningless salaried sop position as CEO of Afghanistan, while Ghani was president...
at the Council of Ministers on Monday said that the peace agreement between the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and US has been "finalized."

"The agreement between the Taliban and US has been finalized and the signing of the agreement is based on the reduction in violence over seven-days and then it will continue," Abdullah said.

"It also an opportunity for the opposite side to show that they want peace in the country," Abdullah said.

The US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, tweeted updates about progress in the grinding of the peace processor, noting the reduction in violence agreement between the US and Taliban, but stressed that "success cannot be guaranteed."

Khalilzad reported on Twitter that he had met with President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
in Munich on Friday and held a series of meetings with leaders and representatives from different countries.

Khalilzad also mentioned a "prolonged and fruitful" trip to Doha before attending the Munich Security Conference.

During a meeting with President Ghani, Khalilzad said the two "spoke about the opportunity of this reduction in violence and the imperative of preparing for an inclusive Afghan grinding of the peace processor."

"We urge all Afghans to seize the moment and end the misery of more than four decades of war," Khalilzad said.

Khalilzad said he briefed leaders at the Munich Security Conference about the grinding of the peace processor and "also discussed next steps and committed to working together on the difficult and complicated road ahead."

Abdullah meanwhile called on the Afghan forces to demonstrate their will for the implementation of a reduction in violence, about which the US and the Taliban have agreed in principle.

And the Taliban also, he said, should use this opportunity to show their willingness to implement a reduction in violence.

"The implantation and proof of our will for peace is so important when it comes to working on the details of a reduction in violence," Abdullah said.

But some security force members interviewed by TOLOnews said they do not have any details about a reduction in violence, so far.

"Whenever our elders order, as always, we are ready to stay firm in our duty. We have given sacrifices in this way and we will succeed," said Raz Mohammad, a policeman in Kandahar.

Analysts said the Afghan government does not have a specific plan for a reduction in violence and that it does not have a clear, practical definition for Afghan security force members.

"An Afghan soldier should know that what his duty is, and if he sees a Taliban should he open fire on him or should he welcome him?" said Zahir Azimi, a military analyst.

"Our elders should sit and talk with Americans about the reduction in violence term and they should get a clear definition," said Zalmay Zabuli, an Afghan Senator.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
#EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to a naval operation to enforce an arms embargo on war-torn #Libya
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Whose ships, exactly? The EU countries having been economizing on military budgets since the Berlin Wall fell, so whose ships are being sent from the EU?
Posted by: magpie || 02/18/2020 16:57 Comments || Top||


#Terrorists leaders and organizations links to the #Benghazi #US embassy attack
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Nota bene: Haftar’s LNA here claims having killed 18,000 jihadis in the various organizations descended from the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya. With so many bodies piled up in the desert, it’s a wonder the hyenas aren’t spherical by now.
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Where's Hildebeast's name?
Posted by: gorb || 02/18/2020 23:34 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Murder of Georgian asylum-seeker of Chechen origin, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili linked to Russia’s security service FSB
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Mr. Khangoshvili is the Caucasian Emirate (most recently affiliated with ISIS and the Tsarnaev brothers) fighter whose application for asylum in Germany under the name of Tornike K. was rejected for cause. He was listed for deportation when a Russian agent saved Germany from having to exert itself in the matter. For this kindness the assassin was arrested and two Russian diplomats were PNG’d. Russia has been hunting down the jihadis of Caucasian Emirate for three decades.
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  That's right. No good deed must go unpunished. Ask for Barrabas every time; crucify the good guys, burn 'em at the stake every time.

Fuck bellingcat too. It's always 'evil white nationalists' and 'pro-russia lobbies' with them.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/18/2020 16:44 Comments || Top||


Europe
Iran Says Citizen Held in Germany at U.S. Request Freed
[AnNahar] An Iranian man arrested in Germany on suspicion of violating U.S. sanctions returned home Monday after being released, the foreign ministry said.

Ahmad Khalili were tossed into the calaboose "on the pretext of violating the illegal and cruel sanctions of the United States", ministry front man Abbas Mousavi said.

He did not specify when Khalili was arrested or give details on his identity.

Khalili was freed on Sunday night after "intensive diplomatic consultations" and cooperation involving the judiciary and the Revolutionary Guards' intelligence service, Mousavi said in a statement.

He returned to Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
together with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
...Persian foreign minister, Mouthpiece of Mullahs, good friend of John Kerryand similar exemplars of Merkin values...
, who last week attended a security conference in the German city of Munich, the front man said.

Iran said in December it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S. after it secured the return of scientist Massoud Soleimani in exchange for Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-born American held in the Islamic republic.

Decades-old tensions between Tehran and Washington have escalated steeply since 2018, when U.S. President Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
unilaterally withdrew from the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions.

Soleimani, a stem cell researcher at a Tehran university, on December 7, also flew back home from the United States with Zarif.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [158 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Not was the guy freed, he was given a brand-new ring.
Posted by: Matt || 02/18/2020 15:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually he was traded for a German jailed in Iran (for "spying"). Iran forgot to mention that part.
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/18/2020 16:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks for that info, EC.
Posted by: Matt || 02/18/2020 16:37 Comments || Top||

#4  The Mad Mullahs do like collecting hostages against future need...
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2020 22:21 Comments || Top||


German far right arrests reveal 'shocking' mosque attack plan
They call themselves Der harte Kern (the Hard Core) and are linked to the Finnish group Soldiers of Odin, according to yesterday’s article on the subject.
[DAWN] Members of a German extreme-right group arrested last week were believed to have been plotting "shocking" large-scale attacks on mosques similar to the ones carried out in New Zealand last year, the government said on Monday.

Officials said that investigations into 12 men detained in police raids across Germany on Friday had indicated they planned major attacks, following media reports over the weekend the group aimed to launch several simultaneous mass-casualty assaults on Moslems during prayers.

"It's shocking what has been revealed here, that there are cells here that appear to have become radicalised in such a short space of time," interior ministry front man Bjoern Gruenewaelder told news hounds at a Berlin presser.

"It is the task of the state, and of course of this government, to protect free practice of religion in this country, with no reference to what religion it might be," Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists...
's front man Steffen Seibert said.

"Anyone practising their religion in Germany within our legal order should be able to do so without being endangered or threatened".
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [209 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  EUrope, the land of extremes.

Nazism (didn't work out) ----> Hyper Liberalism (didn't work out) ----> Nazism.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/18/2020 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Try a third option: love your heritage-- the heritage of reason and faith together, the shining civilizational and cultural achievements of the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Classical era, and no more apologizing and no more kowtowing to multi-culti morons.

Is that really so hard?
Posted by: Lex || 02/18/2020 3:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Lex, the Germans call that "Völkisch" and it is a big no-no.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 02/18/2020 5:25 Comments || Top||

#4  What Lex describes has nothing to do with Völkisch.
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/18/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#5  Bingo.

I'm saying all Europeans should cherish and be proud of Europe's great achievements-- Germans should cherish Dante, Italians Tolstoy, Englishmen Cervantes, Frenchmen Bach etc.

Zero to do with "blood and soil." But everything to do with the great men of Western Civilization and their unparalleled achievements.

It is beyond ironic - depressing, actually - that East Asian families show a greater willingness to support and perform European classical music than their North American and European counterparts.
Posted by: Lex || 02/18/2020 11:16 Comments || Top||

#6  Germany should embrace their medieval heritage, make the EU a larger version of the Holy Roman Empire. Super-weak central government with strong trading cities making everyone wealthy.
Undo the Prussian authoritarianism that has been a cancer on Germany in the German psych for over a century.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 02/18/2020 14:40 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Pakistan no longer a militant safe haven: PM Imran Khan
[AlAhram] Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
insisted Monday that his country is no longer a krazed killer safe haven, and said his administration fully supports the Afghan grinding of the peace processor.

Khan's assertion was however challenged hours later, when a jacket wallah targeted a religious rally in the southwestern province of Balochistan
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [203 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1 
"I assure you, Mr. Gullible that Pakstaan is no safe haven, period. No one is safe here anymore."

The thing reminds me of that Johnny English scene in which the MI6 meet blows up behind him.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/18/2020 0:52 Comments || Top||

#2  And then his nose grew by a foot?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/18/2020 1:41 Comments || Top||

#3  And his lips fell off..
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 02/18/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#4  This is the same Pakistan that swore up and down that OBL wasn't there? And we had to go find him and kill him without their help or even telling them that we were doing it?

That Pakistan?
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 02/18/2020 12:43 Comments || Top||

#5  So if tomorrow or next week we hammer terrorists cells in Pakistan, they never were there. No harm.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/18/2020 15:51 Comments || Top||

#6  And we had to go find him and kill him without their help or even telling them that we were doing it?

I do like the fact that we did it, but I suspect there was a bit of inside work. The air defense response was pretty subdued. And it wouldn't be Pakistain without a little betrayal. Or maybe our guys are just that good. I wasn't there. A heart-warming event, either way.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/18/2020 21:55 Comments || Top||


FM Qureshi wishes Geelani speedy recovery
[DAWN] Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi
...a Pak political shape-changer. He is undistinguished except for his habit of periodically needing to have his lips reattached...
on Sunday prayed for early recovery of Syed Ali Geelani, the chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, from illness and said that his existence was a great source of encouragement for the people of Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
In a video message, the foreign minister prayed for the APHC leader’s good health and long life.

"You are a rock in your resolve. The way you have represented the unarmed people of Kashmir over the last six decades and became a flag bearer of their right to self-determination, is unprecedented in the history," the foreign minister said.

No worldly favours, oppression, torture or detention could deter Mr Geelani’s resolve, Mr Qureshi said.

He said that after India’s unilateral action of Aug 5, the people who had been opposing Mr Geelani’s viewpoint were now admitting their mistake of wasting their time for believing the Indian government’s false commitments on Kashmir.

The foreign minister said that the people of Pakistain and Azad Jammu and Kashmir living anywhere in the world were praying for recuperation of the Hurriyat leader because Mr Geelani had become a symbol of courage, resolve and the ideology of self-determination.

Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


News of Ehsanullah Ehsan's escape is 'true', state is aware, says Interior Minister Ijaz Shah
[DAWN] The news that former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan
...formerly the front man for the Pak Taliban, then the lips and tongue of the Jamaatul Ahrar splinter group in Mohmand Agency...
has escaped from the custody of Pakistan security agencies is true, Interior Minister Ijaz Shah confirmed on Monday.
The scene: A palatial residence outside Abbottabad. The characters: Evil mastermind Ehsanullah Ehsan, under palatial house arrest, and his guard, Mahmoud.
Responding to a question during an informal conversation with reporters at the parliament in Islamabad, the minister said he had read reports of the former TTP leader having fled.
Ehsanullah: "Hey, Mahmoud! Call me a cab!"
Mahmoud: "I can't do that. Yer under house arrest!"

When asked whether there was any truth to the reports, he replied: "The news is true, it's true."
Ehsanullah: "No, I'm not."
Mahmoud: "You ain't?"

The minister added that the "state is aware" of his escape. He did not provide any details.
Ehsanullah: "Nah. They're lettin' me out."
Mahmoud: "Fer really?"

Asked by a reporter whether the state was doing anything about the matter, Shah said: "A lot is being done. You will hear good news."
Ehsanullah: "Would I lie to you?"
Mahmoud: "Well... Youse got a honest face."

The confirmation comes following around 10 days of official silence over reports of the former TTP spokesman's escape, which had been announced by him in an audio message released on social media.
Ehsanullah: "Ain't I?"
Mahmoud: "Hello? Is dis Choudry's Cab Company? I got a fare for youse..."

Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under: TTP


Iraq
Denmark to resume anti-ISIS training of Iraqi troops
If the Danes can keep them together and pointed in the right direction, then glory hallelujah.
[Rudaw] Danish troops who form part of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
(ISIS) will soon resume training of Iraqi forces at an airbase they evacuated in January amid a spate of rocket attacks on Western personnel in the country, the country’s defense and foreign ministers both announced on Monday.

Training of troops at Ain al-Asad airbase, Anbar province will bolster "long-run" security, Danish defense minister Trine Brasmen said in a Monday statement.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Kurds, Sunni Arabs fear exclusion from Iraq’s new cabinet
[Rudaw] Iraq’s Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi is set to announce his new government within the week, but he has not consulted major Kurdish and Sunni parties about the formation of his cabinet.

Kurdish and Sunni leaders met on Sunday to call for an Iraqi government which is representative of Iraq’s culturally diverse population.

"We are close to a historical achievement represented by finalizing an independent ministerial cabinet composed of competent individuals with integrity, insulated from intervention from any political party," PM-designate Allawi said in a Saturday tweet.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [89 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Sheikh Akram Al-Kaabi: We Are Resuming Covert Operations against U.S. Forces
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Someone should tell him the first rule of covert actions.
Posted by: Ebboluns Shong6204 || 02/18/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||


Iraqi Shiite Militia Leader Qais Khazali: We May Target U.S. Economic Interests Outside of Iraq
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 02/18/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [106 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinian found dead in West Bank identified
More on yesterday’s discovery.
[IsraelTimes] Hamas says 51-year-old Fakhr Qarat ’fulfilled God’s call and [his] duty’; stops short of clearly taking responsibility for February 6 attack.

Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, heaped praise on a deceased Paleostinian man on Monday, who the terrorist group said had carried out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers at the beginning of February.

The statement came hours after the IDF said that it had located the remains of the Paleostinian man in the central West Bank who was believed to have opened fire on troops earlier this month.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/18/2020 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Last week’s [Israeli] airstrikes destroyed IRGC Quds Force HQ, warehouse at Damascus airport
Several interesting photos at the link with circles and arrows and explanatory statements on each one.
[Jpost] Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps sites at Damascus International Airport were heavily damaged due to Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
s.

ImageSat International (ISI) reported on Monday evening that heavy damage was inflicted upon Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sites at Damascus International Airport on February 13. Airstrikes appear to have hit warehouses, a shelter, headquarters and infrastructure.

The airstrikes were reported in regional media, such as The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the decaying remnant of the Ottoman Empire...
’s Anadolu. Reports indicated that seven people were killed, including four Iranian officers. The Anadolu report claimed the attack occurred after a cargo plane had landed. Syrian regime media blamed Israel and said that Syrian defenses had intercepted "hostile targets."

According to the ISI assessment, a series of satellite photos show damage to buildings around the airport. The damage included a headquarters and warehouse near a runway. In addition, another warehouse was completely destroyed and a shelter was partially damaged.

In total, three different areas were struck.

Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has warned Israel that it will "regret" continued attacks and face a "crushing response." Israel has warned Iran that it must not entrench in Syria, and that Syria could become Iran’s Vietnam.
The honours being thereby satisfied on both sides, each carried on with its own efforts, undeterred.
Last January, former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot said Israel had carried out more than 1,000 airstrikes in Syria against Iranian targets.

The last airstrikes before the February 13 alleged strike were in early February, when Russia accused Israel of endangering a civilian airliner.

In November 2019, Iran’s "glass house" headquarters was struck in Syria, according to reports.

In addition, Iran has sought to bring air defense to Syria in the form of the Third Khordad system. It has used Syria to base drones, including "killer drones" that Hezbollah and the IRGC tried to launch last August. In February 2018, an Iranian drone from Syria entered Israel’s airspace and was shot down.

Iran has around 900 IRGC members in Syria and it has supported some 20,000 Shi’ite militias in the country. It has also sent precision-guided munitions via Syria to Hezbollah. Pro-Iranian militias have worked with Iran to build a base at Albukamal near the Iraqi border as part of Iran’s attempt to create a "road to the sea" via Syria to arm Hezbollah in Leb.
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#1  Now TW, Bibi said it was Belgian!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/18/2020 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Actually, I have long suspected the Methodists are up to something.
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#3  The Missouri Lutheran Synagogue merits looking into. They certainly cannot be trusted.
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Syria Army Finds Mass Grave near Damascus
[AnNahar] The Syrian army has discovered a mass grave containing around 70 bodies in a former rebel bastion near Damascus, the state news agency reported Monday.

SANA said the victims found in the Eastern Ghouta region were "civilians and security personnel who were executed by terrorist groups".

The densely populated semi-urban area just east of Damascus was controlled by rebel and jihadist factions for around six years until government forces retook it in 2018 after a long and bloody siege.

The state news agency quoted a police brass hat as saying that the killings were believed to have taken place between 2012 and 2014.

The mass grave, near Eastern Ghouta's main town of Douma, is in an area formerly controlled by rebel group Jaish al-Islam
...Liwa al-Islam (Brigade of Islam) was established by Zahran Alloush, the son of Saudi-based religious scholar Abdullah Mohammed Alloush, after Syrian authorities released him from prison in mid-2011 where he had been serving time for his Salafist activism. The group claimed responsibility for carrying out the July 2012 Damascus bombing that killed Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha, Deputy Defense Minister Asef Shawkat, and Assistant Vice President Hassan Turkmani. It was a driving force behind actions in the Damascus region. It cooperated and conducted joint operations with al-Nusra. In Sptember 2013 Saudi Arabia engineered Liwa al-Islam's merger with fifty other more or less Salafist groups as a counterweight to al-Nusra, which the Learned Elders of Islam considered was growing too powereful...
The siege of Eastern Ghouta ended with a devastating regime offensive that saw at least 1,700 civilians killed before a deal was struck that saw fighters and civilians evacuated to northern Syria.

According to the officials quoted by SANA, many of the victims, among them a women, had been bound and executed with a gunshot to the head.

AFP was not immediately able to verify the information provided by the state news agency.

Swathes of Eastern Ghouta were completely leveled during the siege and the regime offensive, but some residents have returned despite the lack of reconstruction.

Many mass graves have been found in Syria in recent years, mainly in areas formerly controlled by the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
jihadist group.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 380,000 people have been killed since the start of the war in 2011.

Thousands are still missing and Human Rights Watch last week encouraged the authorities in Syria to investigate their fate.
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First senior foreign official to visit the new PM of Lebanon: #Iran's parliament speaker
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Commander of the IRGC Salami cautions Israel against any ‘acts of mischief’
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#1  ...Deputy Commander Pastrami unavailable for comment.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/18/2020 4:48 Comments || Top||

#2  No Mischief, you get that?

I'd better not find any soaped windows or toliet paper teepees in my neighborhood.................and stay off the lawn!!
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Iranian delegation headed by Larijani discussed with Nasrallah and the Iranian ambassador different ways to face the economic, political and security challenges
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#Syria to reopen #Aleppo International Airport for first time in 9 years
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Victory in #Aleppo does not mean end of Syrian War: Assad
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NATO has no plans to provide military support to Turkey in #Idlib
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] Golly, gosh, shucks. That's so disloyal. The Turks should just quit NATO. That'd show 'em.
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Iran’s beleaguered president rules out resignation
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