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U.N. Report Says Qaida's Leader in Yemen under Arrest
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Mohamed Al-Menfi Appointed Head of Libya’s Presidential Council
Let’s see if this UN-approved Libyan government is mire successful than the previously UN-approved Government of National Accord.
[LibyaReview] Mohammed al-Menfi was elected as the new Head of Libya’s Presidential Council, while Hamid Dabeiba was named as the new Prime Minister, the United National Support Nation Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) announced on Friday.

The transitional government will lead the country until general elections scheduled for 24 December 2021. The Presidential Council consists of al-Menfi and three Deputies, namely Musa al-Koni, AbdAllah Hussein al-Lafi, and Prime Minister Dabeiba.

The winning list received 39 votes out of 74. All candidates had failed to obtain 70% of the required votes during the first stage, earlier this week. A second stage was organised on Friday, with a list system.

UNSMIL Acting Head, Stephanie Williams explained that this government must now obtain the confidence of Parliament within 21 days.

"The next Libyan government must achieve social justice...and abide by the road map and hold elections on time," Williams said. She stressed the need for the upcoming government to adhere to the ceasefire agreement, and ensure the withdrawal of mercenaries from the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 09:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6513 views] Top|| File under:

Biden moves to revoke terrorist designation for Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthis
[IsraelTimes] White House cites need to mitigate humanitarian disaster; official says removal changes nothing about administration’s view of group, which targeted civilians, kidnapped Americans.

US President Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...
’s administration is moving to revoke the designation of Yemen
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 03:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6521 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Note use of "prevented effective political negotiation" with Houthis in Yemen. Where has effective political negotiation with Shiites taken place? Lebanon? Iraq? Bahrain? Pakistan?
Posted by: b || 02/06/2021 8:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Opening gambit in the "Let's send a truck load of dollars to Tehran. Is danegeld the proper term if the maraudrs are muslim? Ah, "Jizya"; that's the word I'm looking for.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/06/2021 10:33 Comments || Top||

UAE massively cut aid to Palestinians after normalization with Israel
[IsraelTimes] TV report, confirmed by UNRWA, says funds dropped from some $50 million a year to just $1 million in 2020, in possible retribution for Paleostinian animosity over peace deal.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have substantially cut back funding for the UN agency for Paleostinian refugees following their normalization with Israel, in possible "Dire Revenge" for the Paleostinians’ bitter condemnation of the move, Channel 12 news reported Friday.

Citing the Center for Near East Policy Research, an Israeli NGO, the network said that while the UAE sent the United Nations
...the Oyster Bay money pit...
Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) $53 million in 2018 and $51 million in 2019, it provided the agency a mere $1 million in 2020.

UNRWA confirmed the data to Channel 12.

The report said Bahrain too had cut funds, but did not provide any figures.

The normalization accords signed last fall infuriated the Paleostinians, who condemned them as a "stab in the back" and a "betrayal."

The Paleostinian ambassadors to the Emirates and Bahrain were recalled in August and September, respectively, in the immediate aftermath of the Gulf states’ announcement that they were normalizing ties with Israel, only to quietly return them in November.
...returned with their tails between their legs...
Under former president Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
, the United States also halted its support for UNRWA, leaving it with an expected annual deficit of $200 million.

In January, Washington’s interim UN envoy, Richard Mills, said Presidentuae Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Candidate for president in 2020. Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids....
intends to "restore US assistance programs that support economic development and humanitarian aid for the Paleostinian people," without mentioning UNRWA.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7204 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

In first, Saudi paper prints op-ed by Israelis — on Erdogan’s private militias
[IsraelTimes] Fellows at Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security pen analysis of Ottoman Turkish leader’s proxy armies, based on joint research with a UAE think tank.

In the latest sign of changes rippling across the Middle East, Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
’s most widely read English newspaper on Thursday published an op-ed by Israelis for the first time in its history.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 01:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  Wow. This is huge.

Just 25 years ago, when the English-language Arab News reported a story from Israel, the dateline was always "Occupied Jerusalem." How the times change.
Posted by: Tom || 02/06/2021 8:51 Comments || Top||

1,283 Soddys dead in Yemen in January
The Houthis are Arabs, and Yemenis to boot. What’s the real number?
[SouthFront] On February 5, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) revealed the human and material losses which were inflicted on the Saudi-led coalition during January.

In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Houthis, said that 1,283 personnel of the Saudi-led coalition, including 74 Saudi soldiers and 75 Sudanese soldiers, were either killed or injured last month.

The Houthis spokesman went on to claim that six unmanned aerial vehicles of the Saudi-led coalition were shot down in January.

“The Armed Force managed to destroy or damage 92 armoured and military vehicles during January,” Brig. Gen. Sari added.

The Saudi-led coalition does not acknowledge any of its losses in Yemen. Saudi and Sudanese casualties are usually reported by activists on social media.

So far, the Saudi-led coalition has failed to achieve most of the objectives it first declared five years ago. The Houthis are still in control of the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, and most of the border line with the Kingdom.

A day earlier, US President Joe Biden ceased support for Saudi-led military operations in Yemen and halted arms sells to the Kingdom. Despite these measures, military operations continue in the war-torn country.
Posted by: badanov || 02/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6548 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Is Dominion Voting handling the counting?
Posted by: Hupomong Scourge of the Leprechauns9711 || 02/06/2021 0:12 Comments || Top||

#2  The Saudi are incompetent.
Posted by: Xyz || 02/06/2021 1:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Considering that any Saudi who can buy their way out of military service already has, that leaves a cadre of poor bastards.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/06/2021 8:37 Comments || Top||

#4  I bet the Saudi military doesn't have "an enemy" within its ranks. /sarc
Posted by: Clem || 02/06/2021 9:38 Comments || Top||

#5  You believe the numbers pushed by Iranian catspaws? Why?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/06/2021 14:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Belief is part of the "Great Reset"

2016 2021
Up = Down

Light = Dark

Good = Bad

Enemy = Friend

Lie = Truth

Dude is practicing for the new reality reset
Posted by: Dino Pholusing2325 || 02/06/2021 14:20 Comments || Top||

India martyrs three, arbitrarily arrests half a dozen Kashmiris in a week: FO
In which some Pakistani BigTurban the Foreign Minister whines that India is not bowing down to let their collective throat be slit by Pakistani sockpuppets.
[DailyTimes.pk] Zahid-Hafeez-ChaudhriPakistain on Thursday said that Indian forces had martyred three Kashmiris and arbitrarily arrested half a dozen in a week in Indian Occupied Jammu and 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....
, just a day before Islamabad is set to observe February 5 as Kashmir Solidarity Day.
The nerve of those guys! I can’t even!
Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, in his weekly press briefing, said: "In [a] brazen manifestation of state terrorism
... any action taken by a non-Moslem state that constrains the violent impulses of Moslems or their allies ...
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 03:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [7007 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

#1  In the context of recent developments in the Daniel Pearl case, the foreign minister underscored that it was important and in the mutual interest that justice is served through legal means.

"And it's perfectly legal to kill a kafir."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 02/06/2021 10:21 Comments || Top||

Israel Embassy blast: NIA, Mossad exchange leads
[OneIndia] With the National Investigation Agency being handed over the probe into the Israel Embassy blast case, a team of the Mossad met with the agency and exchanged leads that had been gathered.

A team of the Mossad was specially flown in from Tel Aviv earlier this week to assist the Indian agencies in the probe. It may be recalled that Dr. Ron Malka, Israel's Ambassador to India had earlier said that his country would cooperate with the Indian agencies to investigate this case.

The Mossad team will coordinate with the Indian agencies to identify the Iranian suspect, who could be behind the attack that took place on January 29.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 03:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6515 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

US objects to ICC jurisdiction decision on probing Israel, Hamas for war crimes
[IsraelTimes] State Dept. says will oppose actions ’that seek to target Israel unfairly’; Israeli official says country prepared to defend any citizen who faces prosecution.

The State Department said Friday that the United States objects to the determination by a pretrial chamber of the International Criminal Court that The Hague has jurisdiction to open a criminal investigation against Israel and the Paleostinians for war crimes alleged to have taken place in the West Bank, Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip and East Jerusalem.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 03:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

In Saddam strongholds that fought America, Iraqis fear a US departure
[AlAhram] Over the past 17 years, the municipal employee has watched his city fall to the United States, al Qaeda, Islamic State and, most recently, Iraqi forces fighting alongside Iran-backed paramilitaries

Abu Arkan Ibrahim picked up a rifle and joined the Iraqi insurgency against U.S. troops when they occupied his hometown of Fallujah in 2003. He was badly burned in the fighting. Now, he fears the departure of the Americans he once battled.

Over the past 17 years, the municipal employee has watched his city fall to the United States, al Qaeda, Islamic State
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Posted by: trailing wife || 02/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6522 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Essawi, the Sunni paramilitary leader, said the Shi’ite militias have been emboldened by talk of the U.S. drawdown. The Iran-aligned forces, Essawi said, have put their flags back up at some checkpoints they had planned to abandon.

2011-2012 all over again... Captain Obvious forsees an ISIS resurgence.
Posted by: Tennessee || 02/06/2021 11:29 Comments || Top||

ICC rules it has jurisdiction over Palestinian Territories, clears way for probe of Israeli actions
[Aljazeera] The International Criminal Court ruled on Friday that it has jurisdiction over war crimes or atrocities committed in the Palestinian Territories, paving the way for a criminal investigation, despite Israeli objections.

Judges said their decision was based on jurisdictional rules in its founding documents and does not imply any attempt to determine statehood or legal borders.

Israel, which is not a member of the court, has rejected its jurisdiction.

The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, said in 2019 that there was a "reasonable basis" to open a war crimes probe into Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip as well as Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank. But she asked the court to determine whether she has territorial jurisdiction before proceeding with the case.

She named both the Israeli Defence Forces and armed Palestinian groups such as Hamas as possible perpetrators.

In a majority ruling published Friday night, the judges said yes.

"The Court's territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine ... extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem," they said.

The Palestinians, who joined the court in 2015, have long pushed for the case and asked the court to look into Israeli actions during its 2014 war against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, as well as Israel’s construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/06/2021 06:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6581 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They won't go after any paleoswinian rock throwers, stabbers, molotov throwers, rocket launchers, etc.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 02/06/2021 7:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Folke Bernadotte couldn't be reached for comment.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/06/2021 9:27 Comments || Top||

#3  Of COURSE we have jurisdiction over non-members. How could we not? Snort.

The real question is how anybody thought such a corrupt body would come to any other decision.
Posted by: Vernal Hatrick || 02/06/2021 11:14 Comments || Top||

#4  They can claim jurisdiction all they want. The question is: How do they enforce it?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 02/06/2021 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Well if the UAE can set up a "space" court, this can fit thru the Overton window.
Posted by: Mercutio || 02/06/2021 15:27 Comments || Top||

#6  I wonder, have the Judges of the vaunted ICC asked themselves what Mossad has jurisdiction over?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 02/06/2021 16:25 Comments || Top||

#7  It's almost like the USA, thinking its laws apply in foreign countries.
Posted by: Clem || 02/06/2021 17:28 Comments || Top||

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