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Turkey issues presidential decree to convert Hagia Sophia back into mosque
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Army's 'Captain America' dies by suicide after nearly a dozen combat tours
[FoxNews] Master Sgt. Andrew 'Andy' Christian Marckesano served 6 full tours in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne and the Ranger regiment.

The enemy could never break him, but what this decorated Green Beret eventually found was that his enemy was within. Friends who served with him in the military say he was the real “Captain America.”
:-( What a loss
Master Sgt. Andrew Christian Marckesano served six full tours in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne and the Ranger regiment and a half dozen more combat tours overseas. He rose to become a decorated Green Beret and a Silver Star recipient. He had just moved to Washington, D.C., to start a coveted job at the Pentagon. Two days after the Fourth of July on Monday night, after having dinner with his former battalion leader, Marckesano returned home from dinner in Old Town, Alexandria, and died by suicide in front of his wife. He had three small children and was still on active duty.
His death sent shock waves through the military. His friends, family and military leaders were at a loss. Many told Fox News that Marckesano never got over his tour in Afghanistan's Arghandab Valley in 2009 with the 2-508, a battalion that had one of the highest casualty rates of any unit during the war. “That deployment was like being in the ring with Mike Tyson for a year,” according to the battalion’s former Command Sgt Major Bert Puckett.

He sent a passionate appeal this week to the rest of the battalion: “Text me, I told you before my door is open... my phone is at hand. We did things that people make movies about and in some cases, writers and producers wouldn’t even try to write our story... the rucksack is heavy... and when it gets heavy we [&$#*] help each other, but you have to reach out... Don’t let the Valley win.”

Marckesano’s suicide was the 30th from this battalion. He is one of the 20 combat veterans taking their lives each day -- an epidemic the military and White House are trying to stop. Last month, President Trump launched the PREVENTS Task Force with a White House ceremony.

“My administration is marshaling every resource to stop the crisis of veteran suicide and protect our nation's most treasured heroes. They've been through so much, and it's such a deep-seated problem,” Trump said.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10808 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Poor bastard was told the truth.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/11/2020 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Came home and saw what he and his fallen comrades were defending. Don't think that was somewhere in his mind?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/11/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ Sadly, quite possibly true.
Posted by: Clem || 07/11/2020 7:54 Comments || Top||

#4  I worked around SFOD Groups from 1988 to 1993. I have watched the team members laugh and joke about running fire fights they had. But I have also watched the same SF members breakdown shaken to their very core, crying as teams when one of their own dies.

My sincerest condolences.
A former SFOD-D /IMB member

Posted by: NN2N || 07/11/2020 8:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Or maybe he came home to the pentagon like my neighbor did and realized a whole lot of what he believed was true was horseshit and that flipped him out.

That place is like ancient Rome and the ambition and lies are similar. Our soldiers are being used to kill Sunni jihadis on one hand and feed them in Syria on the other so those creeps can murder Shia and Christians in Syria.
Posted by: Ulerert Ebbavith7568 || 07/11/2020 15:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Prayers for Master Sgt. Andrew Christian Marckesano and conolescenses to his family. Tough to deal with when a loved one dies--especially hard when it's suicide.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/11/2020 16:46 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Turkey issues presidential decree to convert Hagia Sophia back into mosque
[FoxNews] Turkey will convert the Hagia Sophia cultural site back into a functioning mosque. The millenary place of worship was turned into a museum in 1934.

The country’s top administrative court annulled Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum early on Friday morning. Shortly after, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a presidential decree that transferred management of the site from the Ministry of Culture to the Diyanet, Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs.

"It was concluded that the settlement deed allocated it as a mosque and its use outside this character is not possible legally," the court ruled. "The cabinet decision in 1934 that ended its use as a mosque and defined it as a museum did not comply with laws."

Posted by: Chunky Ebbanter9368 || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10808 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As Erdy takes Aya Sofia
(Mohammedan dysmenorrhea?),
Byzantium quakes,
For the Ottoman wakes...
Though he's not really fought since Korea.
Posted by: Herb Ghibelline5951 || 07/11/2020 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  ^😂
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2020 5:02 Comments || Top||

#3  if we're talking converting 'back,' it's original function was a cathedral.

but everyone knows this is the way of the moslem.
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 07/11/2020 9:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Time for a Crusade?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2020 19:08 Comments || Top||

Turkey unhappy with US plans to implement military training program in Cyprus
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Good. Anything that pushes back
Posted by: Frank G || 07/11/2020 7:00 Comments || Top||

#2  You can tell if what you are doing is right by who gets upset...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/11/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#3  ...and you take flak when you are over the target.
Posted by: Clem || 07/11/2020 8:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Cry me a river. Why should we make it easy for you?
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 07/11/2020 11:00 Comments || Top||

#5  Whaaaaa....

You want it? Come and take it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/11/2020 13:39 Comments || Top||

#6  Empty Incirlik and move everything to the airbases on the southern coast of Cyprus (and tell Turkey to go pound sand)
Posted by: magpie || 07/11/2020 17:02 Comments || Top||

US to deliver 5 Apache choppers to India amid heightened tensions with China
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is 5 apaches being delivered reall big news?
Posted by: Chris || 07/11/2020 0:07 Comments || Top||

#2  These are the ones that will fly OVER the Himalayas.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/11/2020 0:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe not 'big news' so much, but somebody wants to make the point that this is being done right now.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/11/2020 0:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Sigh. These bad boys could have been used so effectively in riot suppression stateside.
Posted by: Matt || 07/11/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

Facilitators of Pakistan Stock Exchange Attack traced
[DAILYTIMES.PK] Law enforcement agencies in a major development have traced the alleged controllers of the forces of Evil who had attacked on Pakistain Stock Exchange in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
on June 29.

As per to the details, after the new development the investigation team has decided to interrogate some prisoners associated with banned outfits.

The mobile phones and SIM cards used by the forces of Evil were not registered in their names, the sources said, adding that the attackers had purchased the SIMs from another province.

The sources said LEAs have picked up over a dozen suspects in connection with the terror attack and they were being interrogated from different angles.

The investigating officers had said that the phone records obtained by the authorities showed that the forces of Evil were in contact with their handler in Afghanistan.

"Their handler was located in Kandahar city of Afghanistan," the Sherlocks had said as they remained successful in tracing the calls made to the handler.

Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under: TTP

Iraqi speaker urges speedy return of displaced people to Nineveh
[THEBAGHDADPOST] Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi stressed the importance of the government's speedy return of the displaced and compensation for those affected by Nineveh governorate.

In a statement marking the third anniversary of the liberation of djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
, and received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), al-Halbousi said, "With the feelings of pride and pride, the third anniversary of the liberation of Mosul passes on us, with a great victory that surprised the world, and clarified the epics of Iraqi courage, pride and sacrifice, which were stained with the blood of the brave Iraqis of all formations."

Our heroic forces, from the army, police, federal police, anti-terror apparatus, popular and tribal crowds, peshmerga and civilians, all those who support our security forces, and with the support of the religious authority, the support of the coalition forces, brotherly and friendly countries, and all the honorable people of the world. "
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iraq Shia militia prominent leader was a holder of a Russian medal of courage
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

The Foreign Ministry and the IDF held a joint tour for 12 foreign ambassadors and diplomats on the northern border and in a Hezbollah tunnel
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

Iranian FM warns 'severe repercussions' await perpetrators nuclear facility blast
"You guys are SO gonna get it!"
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  I confess! It was your cousin Ali.
Posted by: Chunky Ebbanter9368 || 07/11/2020 2:06 Comments || Top||

#2  What about tomorrows blast in. Never mind.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2020 4:15 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm sure the UN has a rapporteur looking into it right now...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/11/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

#4  G, Let us all pray for a just outcome.
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/11/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#5  'round up the usual suspects'
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 07/11/2020 10:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Dont'cha have to find the perpetrators first?
Posted by: Raj || 07/11/2020 11:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Must be the Iranian translation of Elmer Fudd's threat to the Indians (feathers not dots), Somebody's gonna pay foh dat gwass!'.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/11/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#8  Scary!
Posted by: magpie || 07/11/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||

#9  They've been saying that they're going to wipe out Israel for 50 years. So now it's "wipe out" + "severe repercussions"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2020 11:40 Comments || Top||

Lebanon does not intend to negotiate with Iran for fuel: minister
[ALMASDARNEWS] Lebanese Energy Minister Raymond Ghajar said on Thursday that Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
does not intend for the time being to negotiate 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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
to import fuel, which is in stark contrast of what the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Sayyed His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
...The satrap of the Medes and the Persians in Leb...
, said during his televised speech.Ghajar said, as reported by Rooters, referring to talks with the Iraqi government about possible fuel supplies, that there are no plans at the moment to negotiate with Iran to import fuel and that the current discussions are with Iraq.

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that "importing oil from Iran will not be acceptable," pointing to the ongoing sanctions against the Islamic Theocratic Republic.

He added: "It will definitely be a sanctioned product, and we will do everything we can to ensure that Iran cannot sell crude oil anywhere, and that includes Hezbollah in the region."

On Tuesday, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that a "quiet discussion" was taking place with the government over the idea of ​​Lebanon purchasing refined products from Iran in Lebanese pounds, which will ease pressure on the country’s foreign exchange reserves.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Russia supports peace talks between Syrian gov't and Kurdish parties
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

IRGC fails to stop Iran explosions: Jerusalem Post
The Baghdad Post picks up this Jerusalem Post (Israel) story we had yesterday. Clearly these are the end times.
[THEBAGHDADPOST] What the world is witnessing right now is someone hitting Iranian nuclear and conventional weapons and IRGC facilities practically whenever desired, Yonah Bob wrote in the Jerusalem Post.

The IRGC has had over 14 days to root out the cell or cells that are making these explosions occurring and has reached nothing, the report added.

This comes as Tehran was hit by an explosion last night that reportedly targeted warehouses of rockets that belong to the Iranian IRGC.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

Hezbollah Deputy Sec.Gen. Naim Qassem on Al-Manar: America is starving Lebanon to serve Israel's interests
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] I confess. I'm the one. I'm doing it.
Posted by: Fred || 07/11/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  UN rapporteur says unlawful
To starve Hezbollah of falafel.
"Their bellies are swollen
From what has been stolen!"
"This hummus--" "Huh? Hummus?" "--is awful."
Posted by: Chease Wheng7067 || 07/11/2020 2:04 Comments || Top||

-PC Follies
Former Fairfax police officer murdered in Wisconsin in alleged hate crime, police say
h/t Instapundit
[WJLA] - A former City of Fairfax police officer was murdered in Wisconsin in what police there are calling a hate crime.

Phillip A. Thiessen, 55, was riding his motorcycle in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin when investigators say a man intentionally swerved his truck into the motorcycle because he believed all Harley riders to be "white racists."

Daniel Navarro, 27, is held on a $1 million bond and is facing charges of first-degree intentional homicide - hate crime, use of a dangerous weapon, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety - hate crime.
Daniel Navarro looks white to me
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/11/2020 04:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Looks very "Caucasian (Hispanic)" to me.
Posted by: Clem || 07/11/2020 7:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Think "George Zimmerman", but more of an asshole and on the wrong side
Posted by: Frank G || 07/11/2020 7:05 Comments || Top||

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