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Four suspects tried in Paris over 2017 jihadist murder of cop
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-Obits-
Iran Cleric Who Founded Hezbollah Dies from Covid
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, a Shiite holy man who as Iran's ambassador to Syria helped found the Lebanese murderous Moslem party Hezbollah and lost his right hand to a book bombing reportedly carried out by Israel, died Monday of the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
. He was 74.

A close ally of Iran's late Supreme Leader Khomeini, Mohtashamipour in the 1970s formed alliances with murderous Moslem groups across the Middle East. After the Iranian revolution, he helped found the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard in Iran
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Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  ما شاء الله
ma sha' allah
God willed it.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 06/08/2021 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Golly, this might take me all day to recover from this news.

Nope. Recovered.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/08/2021 11:02 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
CIA Looks to Afghan Neighbors to Support US Mission: Report
[ToloNews] The New York Times

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

on Sunday published a report outlining the CIA's struggle to put together a new counterterrorism strategy as US troops withdraw from Afghanistan. "The CIA is seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country," The New York Times reported, citing CIA analysts warning of the "ever-growing risks" of a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
takeover.
Given the New York Times’ relationship with the truth, and the CIA’s habit of using friendly news media for purposes not necessarily related to their primary function, one wonders what to make of this.
The report focused on Pakistain, saying "the CIA used a base there for years to launch dronezaps against faceless myrmidons in the country’s western mountains, but was kicked out of the facility in 2011, when US relations with Pakistain unraveled.

Any deal now would have to work around the uncomfortable reality that Pakistain’s government has long supported the Taliban."

The Times article stated that discussions are ongoing over the use of Pakistain for more bases:

"In discussions between American and Pak officials, the Paks have demanded a variety of restrictions in exchange for the use of a base in the country, and they have effectively required that they sign off on any targets that either the CIA or the military would want to hit inside Afghanistan, according to three Americans familiar with the discussions."

The Times reported that US diplomats are exploring the possibility of establishing US bases in the region with former Soviet republics, but expect that Russia's President Vladimer Putin would oppose this.

Citing "several people familiar with the assessments," the Times report said that recent CIA and military intelligence reports on Afghanistan have been "increasingly pessimistic" and have "highlighted gains by the Taliban and other krazed killer groups in the south and east, and warned that Kabul could fall to the Taliban within years and return to becoming a safe haven for faceless myrmidons bent on striking the West."

William J. Burns, the CIA director, told US senators in April: "When the time comes for the US military to withdraw, the US government’s ability to collect and act on threats will diminish," adding: "That is simply a fact."

The CIA head visited Islamabad, Pakistain in recent weeks to meet with the chief of the Pak military and the head of the directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence
...the Pak military intelligence agency that controls the military -- heads of ISI typically get promoted into the Chief of Army Staff position. It serves as a general command center for favored turban groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad, tries to influence the politix of neighboring countries, and carries out a (usually) low-level war against India in Kashmir...
, but a CIA spokeswoman declined to comment when asked about Burns’s travel to Pakistain, said The Times.

According to "American officials familiar with the conversations," The Times reported, "Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III has had frequent calls with the Pak military chief about getting the country’s help for future US operations in Afghanistan."

The report noted that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke this month with his counterpart in Tajikistan, "though it is not clear if base access was discussed during the call."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If the CIA didn't have so many islamophile snakes, and America wasn't enamored with moslems and globalists, we could talk about sharing Farkhor, or even a base in Rajasthan.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/08/2021 4:32 Comments || Top||

#2  "The CIA is seeking ways to maintain its intelligence-gathering, war-fighting and counterterrorism operations in the country,"

Having suffered miserable failures over nearly 20 years (see fake mission statement above), other 'Endless War' courses of action must now be undertaken. The spending must certainly continue. Kabul can one day easily become Zermott or Plage de Palombaggia. We were so foking close !

Sarcasm aside, at least it is now clear who was actually in charge of the Afghanistani debacle, and it wasn't our military.

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/08/2021 4:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Translation: "We are not giving up the opium trade."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/08/2021 5:46 Comments || Top||

#4  trailer trash lsd in their water coolers and starbucks again! bet the custodian at night does it!
Posted by: Sluse Grealet9429 || 06/08/2021 16:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Looks like withdraw and pay reparations.

9:5
"So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them."
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/08/2021 17:37 Comments || Top||


Turkey will take the Kabul airport control if allies provide supports
Such a generous and noble offer, completely disinterested. Or possibly not any of those things, after all.
[KhaamaPress] The Ottoman Turkish forces have agreed to take the control of the Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
...One of the more egregious mistakes of the post 9-11 era...
International Airport if the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
allies provide supports, the Ottoman Turkish Defense Minister stated in a meeting with its NATO allies.

Hulusi Akar, the Ottoman Turkish Defense Minister in a meeting with its NATO allies have said that the 500 Ottoman Turkish forces in Afghanistan will take the control and responsibility of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, if financial, logistic and political supported is provided by alies.

Akar discussed these issues at a NATO defence ministers meeting held during the Deniz Kurdu (Sea Wolf) military exercises at The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
’s Aksaz Naval Base, located in the southeast coast of the Aegean Sea in Marmaris, Mugla, Hurriyet reported.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [45 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Africa North
Graduation of 'Misrata Forces' Deepens Divide between Dbeibeh, Haftar in Libya
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Head of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdulhamid Dbeibeh deepened the rift with Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all. Actually, he is, but slowly...
by attending the graduation ceremony of new recruits to pro-government forces in Misrata city.

Activists and local media noted that murderous Moslem members of the former Shura Council of Benghazi Revolutionaries were present at the event.

Dbeibeh had notably skipped an LNA military parade recently held in the eastern city of Benghazi, in what was seen as a snub to Haftar.

The parade, described by the LNA as the largest since the ouster of ruler Muammar al-Qadaffy in 2011, was held late in May to mark the seventh anniversary of the launch of Operation Dignity that kicked off from Benghazi in 2014 against terrorist and criminal groups.

In contrast, Dbeibeh, who also serves as defense minister attended the Misrata ceremony. Also present was member of the Presidential Council, Abdullah al-Lafi in his capacity as supreme commander of the army. Ministers from the GNU and military leaders were also present.

Dbeibeh said that the GNU views the new recruits, who want to continue their path in defending the nation, as the real project to modernize the Libyan army and pump new blood in its ranks.

Haftar loyalists slammed Dbeibeh and al-Lafi for attending the event alongside militias that had taken part in the former Government of National Accord’s (GNA) Operation Volcano of Rage against the LNA’s 2019 offensive to capture the capital, Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
Head of the parliamentary defense and national security committee Talal al-Mayhoub condemned Dbeibeh and al-Lafi for attending the Misrata event while snubbing the LNA parade in Benghazi.

He warned that the GNU’s provocative actions were similar to those of the GNA, adding that the new government boasts "unity" only in name.

Haftar had formally invited Dbeibeh and head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed al-Menfi, to attend the Benghazi parade, but they turned it down because they had carried out surprise visits to Tunisia and Algeria.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Africa Subsaharan
France freezes military aid to CAR over 'disinformation campaign'
[AlAhram] The French foreign ministry said that 10 million euros ($12.2 million) in budgetary aid to the CAR government would be 'suspended until further notice'

La Belle France has suspended budgetary aid and military cooperation with the Central African Republic, accusing its government of being "complicit" in an anti-French disinformation campaign backed by Russia, a source in the French defence ministry told AFP on Monday.

"On several occasions, the Central African authorities have made commitments they haven't respected, as much in the political area towards the opposition as with regards to their behaviour towards La Belle France, which is the target of a massive disinformation campaign," the source said, asking not to be named.

While the Russians were seen as responsible, "the Central Africans are at best complicit in this campaign", the source added.

Five French soldiers advising the CAR defence ministry returned to La Belle France in April and military training has been suspended, the source added, confirming details first reported by the Gay Paree-based investigative website Mediapart.

However,
we can't all be heroes. Somebody has to sit on the curb and applaud when they go by...
humanitarian aid and other projects directly benefiting the Central African population, worth some six million euros, would continue, the ministry added.

The suspension underlines the extent of the rivalry between La Belle France and Russia in CAR, a conflict-wracked and deeply poor former French colony. It also reflects concern in Gay Paree about online influence campaigns targeting its presence in Africa.

Last December, Facebook removed two networks of fake accounts based in Russia and one linked to the French military which it said were being used for interference campaigns in Africa, including in CAR.

La Belle France's decision to suspend military cooperation also comes on the heels of a similar move in Mali, where French military operations with the national army were suspended last week after a second coup in nine months.

French forces intervened in CAR from 2013-2016 in an attempt to pacify the country following the overthrow of former president Francois Bozize in 2013.

A 12,500-strong UN peacekeeping force remains in the country, to which La Belle France will continue to contribute around a dozen soldiers.

La Belle France will also maintain around 100 soldiers in a European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
-led military training operation in CAR, the defence ministry source added.

Russia has wielded increasing influence in CAR since 2018 when it sent weapons and a large contingent of "instructors" to train the Central African army.

Numerous witnesses and NGOs say the instructors are in fact paramilitaries from the Wagner Group, a shadowy private military company actively participating in the fight against CAR rebels, alongside Rwandan special forces and UN peacekeepers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under:


Europe
Four suspects tried in Paris over 2017 jihadist murder of cop
[IsraelTimes] Four men go on trial in Gay Paree today over the Islamist murder of a police officer on the Champs-Elysees avenue on the eve of La Belle France’s 2017 presidential election.

Xavier Jugele was sitting at the wheel of a parked police bus when Karim Cheurfi
...the oddly reclusive Algerian-Frenchman who'd only been out of prison a year after trying to kill French policemen when he got himself killed committing jihad by killing another policeman in the name of ISIS...
pulled up in a car, got out and shot him dead through the windscreen on April 20, 2017.

Cheurfi, a 39-year-old French jihadist who became radicalized in prison while serving time for robbery and attacks on the police, was himself rubbed out by police minutes later.

The brazen assault, which Cheurfi carried out on behalf of 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....
terrror group,
...jihad doesn’t require much in the way of brains...
caused outrage in La Belle France, which was already reeling from a wave of attacks by radical Islamists.

Shortly after Jugele’s death it emerged that he had been among the first responders at the Bataclan theatre in Gay Paree on November 13, 2015, where IS button men massacred 90 concertgoers.

One of the four men put on trial today, 31-year-old Nourredine Allam, is accused of taking part in a terrorist conspiracy. He is suspected of having sold Cheurfi the assault rifle that he used in the attack, charges he denies.

The three others are accused of the lesser offenses of illegally owning or selling weapons.
Cheurfi, a 39-year-old French jihadist who became radicalised in prison while serving time for robbery and attacks on the police, was himself shot dead by police minutes later.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 02:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Greece Says Many Migrants in Turkey Could Seek Asylum there
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Greece on Monday designated neighboring The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
as a safe country in which to seek international protection for the majority of asylum-seekers departing its shores for Greece.

A joint decree from the Greek foreign and migration ministries said the designation applies to asylum-seekers from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistain, Bangladesh and Somalia. It said Turkey meets all criteria to examine asylum requests from these nationals, as there "they are not in any danger ... due to their race, religion, citizenship, political beliefs or membership in some particular social group, and can seek asylum in Turkey instead of in Greece."

That, in theory, could reduce migration flows to European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
member Greece, as it would allow it to return asylum-seekers from these countries to Turkey — which itself has a huge migrant and refugee population.

Nevertheless, despite pressure from the EU and Athens, Ankara has shown little appetite for taking back migrants colonists who reached Greece from its territory, despite a 2016 Ottoman Turkish-EU agreement that was meant to stem illegal migration into the 27-nation bloc.

Greek officials said Athens has so far this year asked Turkey to take back 1,453 people, without success.

Nevertheless, Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi described Monday's decision as "an important step in tackling illegal migration flows" which, he said, would "force" Turkey to crack down on illegal migration and smuggling networks.

Mitarachi added that the decision "is fully in line with international law and enhances Greece’s legal arsenal against (asylum) requests by citizens of ... Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistain, Bangladesh and Somalia, who objectively have no reason not to consider Turkey a safe country."

Greece and Turkey are historic regional rivals, and military tensions rose dangerously last year over marine boundaries. Athens accuses Ankara of using migration as a weapon, pointing to the Ottoman Turkish government's failed bid last year, before the military tension, to wave thousands of migrants colonists and refugees towards Greece.

Several human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
groups have accused Greece of illegally deporting some migrants colonists to Turkey without letting them apply for asylum. Athens denies that.

Although a record 1 million people entered Greece through Turkey in 2015 — mostly seeking to move on to wealthier EU countries — flows have since been greatly reduced.

So far this year, just over 3,000 people have reached Greece from Turkey, mostly by sea in flimsy craft. According to the UN refugee agency, 47% were Afghans, 15% were Syrians and 9% were Somalis.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [63 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Blinken: Most rockets fired in recent Gaza fighting were produced locally
[IsraelTimes] The US Secretary of State pushes back against assertions made by both Democrats and Republican politicians during an ongoing House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

Blinken dismisses a claim made by several Republican politicians that the rockets used by 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...
-based Paleostinian terror groups in Gaza in last month’s fighting with Israel were produced by Iran.

"The best assessment we have" from the 11-day conflict is that "most of the rockets were indigenously produced in Gaza by Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,," he says, clarifying that that does not excuse Iran’s support for Hamas, particularly at the rhetorical level during the recent violence.

Also in the hearing, Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar
...Somali-American Dem representative from Minnesota. She was apparently married to her brother and may be her own grandmaw on her mother's side...
of Minnesota urges Blinken to explain where victims of alleged war crimes in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and Afghanistan should turn, given the Biden administration’s opposition to International Criminal Court probes in those areas.

Blinken says he was "profoundly moved" by the loss of life in the recent Gaza war. However,
those who apply themselves too closely to little things often become incapable of great things...
he says, the US will continue to oppose ICC war crimes probes absent a UN Security Council referral or a request by the country itself.

"I continue to believe that whether it’s United States or Israel, we both have the mechanisms to make sure that there’s accountability in any situation where there’s concern about use of force, human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
, or other issues," he says. "We believe that both of our democracies have that capacity, we’ve demonstrated it and we need to demonstrate it going forward."

Blinken also denies reports that State Department officials have been ordered not to use the term Abraham Accords. He says he has no problem calling them that and stresses that he plans to work to expand the normalization agreements between Israel and Arab and Moslem countries.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 02:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  how the fuck would he know
Posted by: Chris || 06/08/2021 9:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Blinken is a putzoid of the nth degree. But who isn't in the Harris Administration?
Posted by: Clem || 06/08/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/08/2021 10:33 Comments || Top||

#4  'Produced locally' is a relative term. US manufacturers use that all the time to get the 'Made in USA' moniker while actually using separate components produced in other nations with final assembly in US.

Assembled locally with 'foreign materials' would be more accurate.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/08/2021 10:58 Comments || Top||

#5  "....so PLEASE don't blame the Iranians, or we might have to do something about it."

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/08/2021 11:01 Comments || Top||

#6  US CENTCOM: Iran drone threat in Iraq
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/08/2021 11:10 Comments || Top||

#7  propulsion parts made in Iran

fuel from UNRWA

casing from Gaza
Posted by: Lord Garth || 06/08/2021 11:39 Comments || Top||

#8  casing from Gaza

'Irrigation Parts', Lord Garth?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/08/2021 12:41 Comments || Top||

#9  ^ PVC pipe?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/08/2021 13:12 Comments || Top||

#10  100% Made in Gaza, 90%(+) FALLS in Gaza.
Posted by: magpie || 06/08/2021 13:56 Comments || Top||

#11  ^😂
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/08/2021 14:12 Comments || Top||

#12  Because ordering from IRANKEA is the same producing locally.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/08/2021 15:37 Comments || Top||

#13  'Think globally, produce it locally!'
Posted by: Raj || 06/08/2021 15:52 Comments || Top||


Israeli forces catch suspects who illegally entered country from Lebanon
Just migrants looking for work. but next time it might be jihadis.
[IsraelTimes] Israeli troops arrest two men who illegally crossed into the country from 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, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch...
last night, the military says.

The suspects, who appear to be Ottoman Turkish migrants colonists looking for work, are caught in an area near the security fence that is densely covered with brush and trees, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

The arrests come after more than 12 hours of searches in the area, including roadblocks and helicopter flyovers.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 02:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [23 views] Top|| File under:


Palestinian Authority pays $42,000 to family of terrorist who killed 2 Israelis
[IsraelTimes] Money said to compensate family of Muhannad Halabi for housing costs after IDF destroyed their home following murder of Rabbi Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Banita in 2015.

Paleostinian Authority President the ineffectual Mahmoud Abbas
...aka Abu Mazen, a graduate of the prestigious unaccredited Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow with a doctorate in Holocaust Denial. While no Yasser Arafat, he has his own brand of evil, just a little more lowercase....
on Sunday ordered that the family of a Paleostinian terrorist who murdered two Israelis be paid more than $40,000 and be given new housing, the Kan public broadcaster reported.

Ramallah Governor Laila Ghannam, an Abbas appointee, met with the family of Muhannad Halabi and gave them some 30,000 Jordanian Dinars ($42,000), reportedly to help them cover housing costs since their home was destroyed by the IDF following the killings, Kan said.

Ghannam also told the family that Abbas had instructed his security services to help them find permanent housing. Home demolitions are a controversial policy that the IDF says helps deter future terror attacks.

The payments are the first high-profile payments to terrorist families since the Biden administration took office, despite claims that the Paleostinians were willing to rethink the controversial policy as part of an effort to improve relations with Washington.

Halabi killed two Israelis, Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Banita, and injured Banita’s wife, Adele, and their 2-year-old son in a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem on October 3, 2015.

He was shot and killed by Israeli security forces.

Ahead of Biden’s inauguration, senior Paleostinian officials told The Times of Israel that Ramallah was willing to alter the way it pays stipends to Paleostinian security prisoners, as well as the families of snuffies and others killed by Israelis, in a bid to improve ties with Washington and Europe.
Golly.
Because the PA hands out more money for longer sentences in Israeli prisons, those incarcerated for the most brutal terror attacks receive more funding from Ramallah.

The altered policy would base the stipends on prisoners’ financial needs rather than the length of their sentence, potentially marking a shift away from what has long been a sticking point for the PA’s detractors.

The practice of paying allowances to those convicted of carrying out terror attacks and to the families of those killed while carrying out attacks — often referred to by some Israeli officials as a pay-to-slay policy — has been pilloried by critics as incentivizing terror.

Paleostinian leaders have long defended the payments, describing them as a form of social welfare and necessary compensation for victims of Israel’s military justice system in the West Bank.

Israel has previously deducted the presumed total worth of the stipends from tax revenues it collects on behalf of the PA, prompting a long standoff with Ramallah.

Ramallah may have paid as much as NIS 600 million ($181 million) in 2020 in salaries to Paleostinians imprisoned by Israel for security offenses — including terrorism — and their families.

Over the past year, officials in the US and the EU have warned Ramallah that a failure to substantively change the policy would prove a major obstacle to improved relations.

Ramallah is bidding to come into compliance with the 2018 Taylor Force Act, which suspended US aid to the PA as long as it continued to implement the existing prisoner payment policy.

Abbas severed relations with the Trump administration after US President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017 and moved the US embassy there from Tel Aviv in May 2018. He also preemptively rejected Trump’s January 2020 "vision" for Israeli-Paleostinian peace. The administration, while repeatedly urging Abbas to reengage, drastically reduced state funding for the Paleostinians. The Biden Administration has begun to restore aid to the Paleostinians and warm ties.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 01:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [41 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority


UNRWA: Tunnel found under Gaza school hit by Israel in last month’s conflict
[IsraelTimes] Announcement comes after head of the UN group is thrown out of the Strip for saying IDF launched ’precise’ strikes in recent battle; school was empty when IDF hit.

The United Nations
...an idea whose time has gone...
’ Paleostinian refugee agency has condemned the construction of a tunnel under a school it operates in the central Gazoo
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Posted by: trailing wife || 06/08/2021 01:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


#2  Wow, what are the odds there was a tunnel under a school destroyed by the Perfidious Juice(tm)?

Actually, Gaza being Gaza, I figure the odds be 50/50. I mean, there either was a tunnel there or there wasn't, right?
Posted by: SteveS || 06/08/2021 15:06 Comments || Top||

#3  I was thinking a line of MK 82s impacting at each roadway intersection would collapse any adjoining tunnels.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/08/2021 17:22 Comments || Top||


Israel Accused of Stalling Efforts to Secure Long-term Truce
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Israel Hayom reported that negotiations are not progressing since the ceasefire was announced between Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, and Israel.

A high-ranking Egyptian intelligence official familiar with the matter told the newspaper that Egyptian intelligence officials are accusing Israeli officials of stalling Cairo’s efforts to reach a long-term ceasefire agreement with the Paleostinian factions in the 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.

They are also preventing progress in the prisoner exchange deal and the reconstruction of the Strip, according to the official.

The political situation in Israel does not facilitate the process, as it currently has no government that takes decisions, and all discussions are "nothing but empty talk," the source told the right-wing newspaper.
That, my dears, is exactly not the same as stalling, which needs deliberate intent by those with the power to make decisions.
The Egyptian official explained that Israel is addressing the talks and rebuilding Gaza on two separate paths, which is delaying the launch of indirect talks with Hamas, mediated by the Egyptian General Intelligence.
Egypt desperately needs to be seen as important and pivotal, when everyone knows this repeated dance only matters for extending the hudna until Hamas is ready to for the next round of bootless warfare.
The first track addresses the political-security situation and is established by the Prime Minister’s office in cooperation with the Ministry of Security, and affiliated political and senior security and intelligence officials. While the second is a diplomatic track led by the Foreign Ministry.

Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi met with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry in Cairo.

An Egyptian diplomat told the newspaper that the discussions during the meeting between Egyptian Intelligence Minister Abbas Kamel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Gantz and bigwigs, contradicted Ashkenazi’s messages to Shoukry.

"It is very difficult to negotiate in this way, and we very much hope that Israel wakes up," he said, adding that the new government that will be formed will also take several weeks to engage in decisions, and "unfortunately there is not enough time for such procrastination and delay."

The newspaper's claims confirm similar reports which addressed the delay in the discussions to achieve a comprehensive truce in the Paleostinian territories. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
a number of top Israeli officials believe the prisoners swap deal can be resolved soon.

The cautious optimism comes after Israel changed its policy at the end of the war.

Israel stipulated linking the truce to progress in the file of the soldiers captured by Hamas, and even the adoption of a basic humanitarian policy only until their return.

As part of this policy, Israel only allows the entry of medical equipment, food, medicine and fuel into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing. Patients are allowed to travel through the Erez crossing for treatment.

At this stage, according to the newspaper, Israel is also preventing the export of goods from the coastal enclave, which is an important issue not only for Gaza merchants but also for a significant number of Israeli companies.

Israel is justifying its decision by claiming there is no humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip after the war.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Hezbollah official warns Israel of 'fire of hell' after Gantz's threat
[EN.ALGHADEERTV.NET] A bigwig of 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, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch...
’s Hezbollah resistance movement has warned the Israeli regime against another military adventurism, saying the aggressors would see "fire of hell" in the event of another war.

Hassan Baghdadi, a member of the central council of Hezbollah resistance movement, on Sunday said the Israeli regime officials should be "less arrogant" and get off the high horse of pride and arrogance.
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Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Hassan, we've been to Hell - several times. Want to know what Hell is like - keep messing with us.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/08/2021 6:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Hezbollah official warns Israel of 'fire of hell'

Not lava of fire?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/08/2021 6:29 Comments || Top||


#4  ^AP (and the rest of "western" media) are anti-Iron Dome tech.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/08/2021 11:13 Comments || Top||

#5  I give it a 4 on a scale of 1-10. Totally lackluster performance. This doesn't even mention a 'Roast their stomachs' of the much beloved Iraqi Information Minister.
We have really fallen from the glory 'Sea Of Fire' days of North Korean threats. Dullsville.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 06/08/2021 11:35 Comments || Top||

#6  I;m sure in the original Arabic there's much more spittle flying
Posted by: Retard Strength || 06/08/2021 14:10 Comments || Top||


Oil Retreats as Investors Await Iran Nuclear Talks
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] Oil pulled back after hitting fresh multi-year highs on Monday, as investors awaited the outcome of this week's talks between 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...
and world powers over a nuclear deal that is expected to boost crude supplies.

Brent crude futures for August fell 66 cents, or 0.9%, to $71.23 a barrel by 0645 GMT, after earlier hitting $72.27, their highest since May 2019. US West Texas Intermediate crude for July touched $70 for the first time since October 2018 but reversed course to be at $69.10 a barrel, down 52 cents, or 0.8%.

Investors may have sold off some contracts to take profit when WTI hit $70, said Avtar Sandu, a senior commodities manager at Phillips Futures in Singapore.

"The primary concern is about Iranian barrels coming back into the market but I don't think there will be a deal before the Iranian presidential election," he added.

Data showing a 14.6% year-on-year drop in China's crude oil imports in May on Monday also weighed on prices.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
Brent and WTI have risen for the past two weeks as fuel demand is rebounding in the United States and Europa
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
after governments loosened COVID-19 restrictions ahead of summer travel.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


IAEA Head: Iran Hasn't Answered Questions on Uranium Find
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] 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...
has failed to answer questions about the discovery of uranium particles at former undeclared sites in the country, the head of the UN nuclear watchdog said Monday, calling on Tehran to provide information "without further delay."

Rafael Grossi, the head of the ineffective International Atomic Energy Agency, has been pushing Iran for answers on three sites dating back many years where inspections had revealed traces of uranium of man-made origin, suggesting they were once connected to Iran’s nuclear program.

The issue is separate from the ongoing negotiations aimed at bringing the United States back into Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers.

Grossi said in March that Iran had agreed to sit down with international technical experts investigating the discovery, and said he hoped to "come to some satisfactory outcome" by the time of the IAEA board meeting in June.

But in comments Monday to the IAEA's board of governors, Grossi said "after many months, Iran has not provided the necessary explanation for the presence of the nuclear material particles at any of the three locations where the agency has conducted complementary accesses." He said Iran also hasn't answered questions regarding another undeclared location.

"The lack of progress in clarifying the agency’s questions concerning the correctness and completeness of Iran’s safeguards declarations seriously affects the ability of the agency to provide assurance of the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program," Grossi said.

"For objectivity's sake, I should say that the Iranian government has reiterated its will to engage and to cooperate and to provide answers, but they haven't done that so far," he told news hounds later. "So I hope this may change, but as we speak, we haven't had any concrete progress."
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [49 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Iran Nuclear 'Breakout Time' Could Be Weeks if Not Restrained, Says Blinken
And what plans, besides negotiating an unenforceable “deal”, does the Harris/Biden administration have to restrain Iran? Or is the secret plan to yell at Israel after they’ve handled it as they did the nuclear bomb projects of Iraq and Syria?
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] The United States still does not know whether 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...
is ready to resume compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal and if Tehran continues to violate the pact, the "breakout time" it needs to amass enough fissile material for a single nuclear weapon will shrink to weeks, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday.

"It remains unclear whether Iran is willing and prepared to do what it needs to do come back into compliance," Blinken told politicians.

"Meanwhile,
...back at the Council of Boskone, Kinnison began his slow infiltration of the sewer system...
its program is galloping forward. ... The longer this goes on, the more the breakout time gets down ... it's now down, by public reports, to a few months at best. And if this continues, it will get down to a matter of weeks."

The United States and Iran began indirect talks in Vienna in April to see if both sides might agree to resume compliance with the 2015 accord under which Tehran agreed to restrain its nuclear program to make it harder to obtain fissile material for a weapon in return for relief from US, EU and UN sanctions.

The fifth round of talks ended on June 2 and diplomats have said a sixth may begin on Thursday, though that was not set in stone. The United States abandoned the agreement in 2018, prompting Iran to begin violating its terms about a year later.

Resuming talks on Thursday would leave only eight days to reach a pact before Iran's June 18 election, which is likely to usher in a hardline president. Some delegates say that while a deal is possible by then, it appears increasingly unlikely.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  ....Waitaminnit.

All the best people kept telling me that they were always six months to a year or more away. Is SecState telling me the best people were wrong?

Idiots. If it's truly that bad, we - and, by the by, the rest of the civilized world are screwed.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 06/08/2021 6:46 Comments || Top||

#2  The Periwinkle Clue Bat hits it outta the park.

Just what would the US propose to do 'restrain' the Mad Mullahs? For how long? Not even more-ons, they're less-ons.
Posted by: Bobby || 06/08/2021 11:05 Comments || Top||

#3 
Blinken, Biden and Harris will publicly wring their hands while Obama celebrates privately with ValJar and Big Mike at the Kalorama compound.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/08/2021 12:22 Comments || Top||


Lebanon's President Approves Loan for Fuel to Generate Electricity
[ENGLISH.AAWSAT] 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, a practice dating back to the heady human sacrifice days of Baal Moloch...
's President Michel Aoun
...president of Leb, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hizbullah...
approved an exceptional loan of up to 300 billion Lebanese pounds ($200 million) on Monday for the state electricity company to import fuel for generation before supplies run out, an official statement said.

Lebanon is mired in a financial crisis, caused by a mountain of debt built up since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war, leaving the country struggling to find enough foreign exchange to pay for fuel and other basic imports.

The president's approval of the loan followed a meeting last week between caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab and top economic policy makers to remove hurdles that had delayed disbursing the funds, the official statement said.

Parliament approved the loan in March but a committee then reviewed its legality.

The Lebanese have long learned to live with regular power cuts that run for a few hours a day in the capital and much longer in other areas because the state power plants cannot meet demand. Many people rely on private generators.

Lebanon usually keeps enough fuel for about two months or so, as it is too costly to hold strategic reserves for longer.

The economic meltdown has fueled unrest, locked depositors out of their bank accounts and hammered the currency, which has lost around 90% of its value against the dollar.

The exchange rate for the loan to buy fuel is calculated at the official rate of 1,500 pounds to the dollar, although the pound rate on the unofficial market has collapsed to about 13,000 to the dollar since the crisis erupted in late 2019.
Posted by: Fred || 06/08/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [36 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah



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