[AnNahar] The Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... do not want to battle government forces inside Afghanistan's cities, a senior holy warrior leader said Tuesday, as the snuffies also warned The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... against extending its troop presence.
The Lions of Islam have swept through much of northern Afghanistan in recent weeks, and the government now holds little more than a constellation of picturesque provincial capitals that must largely be reinforced and resupplied by air.
On Tuesday, the head of a Taliban commission that oversees government forces who surrender to the Lions of Islam urged the residents of cities to reach out to them.
"Now that the fighting from mountains and deserts has reached the doors of the cities, Mujahiddin don't want fighting inside the city," Amir Khan Muttaqi said in a message tweeted by a Taliban front man, using another term for the group.
"It is better... to use any possible channel to get in touch with our invitation and guidance commission," he said, adding this would "prevent their cities from getting damaged".
The strategy is one well-worn by the Taliban -- particularly during their first rise to power in the 1990s -- cutting off towns and district centers and getting elders to negotiate a surrender.
In a separate statement Tuesday, the Taliban said Turkey's decision to provide security to Kabul airport when U.S.-led forces leave was "reprehensible."
"We consider stay of foreign forces in our homeland by any country under whatever pretext as occupation," the group said, days after Ankara agreed with Washington to provide security for Kabul airport.
...which grew out of the Kabul University Muslim Youth organization to combat communism, drawing its members from ethnic Pashtuns and its ideology from the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar split off a few years later because he wanted to be more radical on his way to forming his own caliphate...
Engineer Gulbuddin Hekmatyar ... who used to be known in intelligence circles as The Most Evil Man in the World but who now seems merely run-of-the-mill evil... in his recent video clip addressed the Taliban ...Arabic for students... fighters telling them to shun violence since it only kills innocent Afghans.
Hekmatyar has told the Taliban that they-Hezb-e-Islami-have fought for the cause of Islam even prior to the Taliban’s birth.
True. Not that Islam has benefitted from either champion, but they have tried in their differently deqr little ways.
The former warlord added that if the Taliban can prove the ongoing war to be in favor of Islam and the people of Afghanistan, they-Hezb-e-Islami will too join them. He reiterated that the current conflict is neither in the favor of Islam nor the people of Afghanistan.
"There is neither rational nor religious justification for continuation of war", Hekmatyar added
He suggested, reconciliation, peace, intra-afghan talks and dialogue should be deemed as the ideal and rational means through which the goals should be pursued.
Gulbadin Hekmatyar by addressing the Taliban said, they-the Taliban- can achieve nothing but demolition and killing civilians by persisting in the ongoing war, thus they have to shun it.
Earlier, former president Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai ...A product, and probably the sole product, of the Southern Alliance... also said that the Taliban with their current territorial gains can achieve nothing. He in similar call on both the Taliban and Afghan government said, the current opportunity for peace must be seized not wasted.
It comes as 11-member delegation led by head of High Peace Council 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... is due to visit Doha next Friday. The delegation also includ Hamid Karzai and Gulbadin Hekmatyar.
[AlAhram] European governments increasingly rely on and support North African countries with fewer resources to handle search and rescue operations
The number of migrants colonists and refugees who died while attempting to reach Europa ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... on dangerous sea crossings more than doubled so far this year compared to the first six months of 2020, the United Nations ...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships... ' migration agency said in a new report.
At least 1,146 people perished between January and June, according to the International Organization for Migration. The number of people traveling on sea routes to Europe also increased, but only by 56%, the IOM's report said.
The Central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italia was the deadliest, claiming 741 lives. Next was the stretch of the Atlantic Ocean between West Africa and Spain's Canary Islands, where at least 250 people died, the agency said. At least 149 people also died on the Western Mediterranean route to Spain, as well as at least six on the Eastern Mediterranean route to Greece.
The IOM says the actual number of deaths on sea routes to Europe may be far higher as many shipwrecks go unreported and others are hard to verify.
European governments increasingly rely on and support North African countries with fewer resources to handle search and rescue operations.
Tunisia increased such operations by 90% in the first six months of 2021, while Libyan authorities intercepted and returned more than 15,000 men, women and kiddies to the war-torn country, three times more people than in the same period last year, the IOM report said.
Meanwhile, ...back at the palazzo, Count Guido had been cornered by the banditti... Italian authorities increasingly targeted charity rescue ships that have worked over the years to fill the void left by European governments, routinely detaining the vessels operated by nongovernmental organizations for months, sometimes years.
While many factors contributed to this year's higher corpse count, including an increase in the number of flimsy boats attempting sea crossings, ``the absence of proactive, European, state-led search and rescue operations in international waters combined with restrictions on NGOs'' was among the main factors, IOM spokesperson Safa Msehli said.
``These people cannot be abandoned in such a dangerous journey,'' Msehli told The News Agency that Dare Not be Named.
Italia detained nine NGO-operated ships so far this year, according to Matteo Villa, a research fellow for the independent think thank ISPI, who tracks data and statistics on migration.
Mediterranean countries such as Italia, Malta, Spain and Greece have repeatedly asked other European countries for help caring for the people who are rescued and brought to their shores.
Last year, when pandemic restrictions made it hard to move between countries, the number of refugees and migrants colonists arriving in Europe by sea dropped to its lowest level since 2015. That year, 1 million reached Europe, many of them refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
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[LIBYAREVIEW] In partnership with the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... and the United Nations ...an organization which on balance has done more bad than good, with the good not done well and the bad done thoroughly... , Libya launched the "Dismantling Human Trafficking and Migrant Criminal Networks in North Africa," regional programme, according to a statement by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).The project is funded by the European Union, through the EU Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), and is being implemented by UNODC. It aims to strengthen the capacities of the Libyan authorities in preventing all forms of organized crime, including human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
According to the statement, the programme is fully in line with the EU’s New Pact on Migration and Asylum, which puts forward the need to promote tailor-made and mutually beneficial partnerships with third countries.
The €15 million Euro regional umbrella programme supports Libya, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia in countering criminal networks involved in migrant smuggling, and human trafficking.
UNODC is a key partner of the EU in this endeavour, working closely with the Government of Libya. UNODC is the guardian of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) and its supplementing Protocols, to which Libya is a state party,
The Libya project will focus on improving the detection and interception capacities of front-line officers and agencies, including health and social workers. As well as building the skills and knowledge of law enforcement agencies; jointly reviewing the legal framework; and strengthening the skills of criminal justice practitioners in cases of migrant smuggling and human trafficking, with an emphasis on regional and international cooperation.
The programme follows a human rights One man's rights are another man's existential threat. -based approach in line with the EU’s do-no-harm policy, and international human rights commitments.
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07/15/2021 00:00 ||
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[AllAfrica] At the end of a virtual G5 Sahel meeting on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced that La Belle France would start closing three military bases in northern Mali by year-end, as the jihadist threat in the Sahel begins to shift south and expose more countries in the region to Islamist attacks.
"Our enemies have abandoned their territorial ambitions in favour of spreading their threat not only across the Sahel, but across all of West Africa," Macron said after a virtual video summit on Friday with the leaders of the G5 Sahel - Mali, Burkina Faso ...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other... , Chad, Mauritania and Niger.
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[AllAfrica] The death of Abubakar Shekau ...the lunatic leader of Boko Haram who has been reported dead at least eleven times, pledged his body and soul to ISIS, told his fighters to hang it up once or twice, and been fired by the Caliph and refused to step down. Last seen in 2017, sneaking into Cameroon while wearing a burka... , long-time leader of Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah lid-Da'wati wa'l-Jihad (JAS), has opened the space for a reconfiguration of forces in the Lake Chad Basin. It could allow 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.... (IS) to consolidate its position in the region through its local affiliate, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).
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#2 They are begging Japan to deploy nukes...
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...They may have gone Western, but the Japanese as a rule do not take existential threats lightly.
My concern here over the last week or two is that the rhetoric out of the PRC has been getting progressively more overblown. It's starting to bear a disturbing resemblance from the "Down-with-EVERYBODY" rants of the 50s and 60s. They're either getting ready to pull something or they can't and they know it, and are trying to convince us to leave them alone, a classic from the dictators' handbook.
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My concern here over the last week or two is that the rhetoric out of the PRC has been getting progressively more overblown.
Following the Socialist Democratic Party of America's lead?
China's faith in Russia is poorly placed. All countries that border China have a healthy dislike of China. Border disputes with all. Currently China has several serious problems to deal with internally. Talk is cheap and China's talk is very cheap.
[KhaamaPress] Pakistain’s National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf has said that Pakistain is not in position to let in more refugees from Afghanistan as violence in the war-battered country is deteriorating.
As war between the Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... and Afghan government Forces is in its worst stance ever in the past 20 years and the Taliban fighters are widening their territory on daily bases, fears from another flow of Afghan refugees similarly increase in the region particularly in Pakistain.
NSA of Pakistain Moeed Yusuf in his interview with VOA said that the country is willing but is not in position to accept more asylum seekers from Afghanistan. Yusuf asked International Forces and United Nations ...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks... to step in and make arrangements for the Afghan people inside Afghanistan.
He also recommended that in such situation the United Nations High Council for Refugees, UNHCR, should set up camps for Afghan refugees on the Afghan border sides.
Earlier, Pakistain’s foreign affairs minister Shah Mahmoud Quraishi had also expressed concern that not only Pakistain but 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 JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... will also be facing flow of refugees in case civil war erupts in Afghanistan.
Iranian officials have not yet expressed their remarks over potential flood of Afghan refugees.
As per UN, there are currently close to 3 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistain since 1980s. Half of them are unregistered.
[OneIndia] Charges have been framed following an investigation by the National Investigation Agency in the Jammu 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.... Affectees Relief Trust (JKART) case of Kashmir.
Charges were framed abasing several persons including those based in Pakistain. Between 2004 and 2011, illegal funding was made to the tune of Rs 80 crore
...one crore equals ten million, so that’s 800,000,000 Indian rupees, where US$ 1 = 74.545 rupees, so Rs 80 crore = US$10,740,728.04. That’s still an awful lot of money for what they got...
from Pakistain to the Hizbul Mujahideen ...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003... to carry out terror activities in India. Accused Mohammad Shafi Shah was an active member of the Hizbul Mujahideen and had collected a huge amount of money from Pakistain and distributed the same to the cadres of the terror outfit.
Accused Talib Lali was a co- conspirator and he used to collect funds from Mohammad Shafi Shah and further distributed the funds to the active holy warriors of HM in Kashmir valley. He also motivated and recruited youngsters to join HM. Accused Muzaffar Ahmad Dar (Chief Operation Commander of HM) had hatched a criminal conspiracy for furtherance of terrorist activities of HM in India by raising funds.
Accused Mushtaq Ahmad Lone was in contact with accused Zaffar Hussain Bhatt, a top leader of HM, managing finance of HM in Pakistain. Mushtaq Ahmad Lone used to receive funds from Pakistain through Hawala, Human couriers etc. and further distributed the funds to the HM cadres and family members of the killed holy warriors of HM.
Money down a rat-hole. Since 2009, the U.S. government has committed over $5 billion in civilian assistance to Pakistan and over $1 billion in emergency humanitarian response. During Pakistan's 2019-2020 fiscal year, the United States was once again the top donor country to Pakistan of on-budget, grant-based assistance.
[OneIndia] A war of words broke out after former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh,
...whose population was 19.3% Muslim in 2018, as good a reason as any for its current problems...
Akhilesh Yadav reportedly said that he does not trust the state police. The comments are said to have been made after the arrest of two Lions of Islam in UP. Yadav said that he cannot trust the UP police and especially the BJP government. His party however said that an edited clip is in circulation.
Terror modules in UP are nothing new. One can trace the birth of the Indian Mujahideen A locally recruited auxilliary of Pakistain's Lashkar-e-Taiba, designed to give a domestic patina to Pakistain's terror war against its bigger neighbor...
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[OneIndia] Buckling under pressure from their Hindu community members, parents of a 28-year-old woman in Maharashtra's Nashik district have called off her marriage ceremony with a Moslem man, sources said.
In a letter to the community body, the woman's father, a jeweller, said they decided not to go ahead with the July 18 wedding ceremony due to the 'present situation', referring to the protests on social media after the wedding invitation card went viral.
He said his daughter and the man had a registered marriage in May. "However, there's no worse danger than telling a mother her baby is ugly... due to the present situation, I can't say if they will stay together," he said, adding his daughter is staying with her parents since the marriage registration. The woman was scheduled to tie the nuptial knot as per Hindu rituals. The online protesters had described the upcoming wedding ceremony as a case of 'love jihad'.
Love jihad only was made illegal in India at the end of 2020, in the vain hope of curtailing the industry of training physically attractive, superficially charming Muslim men for the purpose of luring husbandless Hindu girls into marriage in order to reduce the number of wombs available to the Hindu majority. But the Muslim community pays well for the work, and for a certain kind of man the benefits are palpable, so it isn’t likely to stop until the punishment is extended beyond merely cancelling weddings and returning the girls to their families.
A member of the woman's community said the man was her private tutor a few years ago and that was how they got to know each other. The registered marriage did not evoke any harsh reaction within the community but the family came under a lot of pressure after the invitation card of the wedding ceremony went viral on social media, a community member said.
Social media posts and messages related to the marriage ceremony were widely circulated on WhatsApp groups and the woman's family members also received telephonic threats, he said.
The woman's father, who is an office-bearer of the community body, consulted family members after the stiff opposition on social media and decided to call off the wedding ceremony, he said.
"The woman's father has informed us through a letter that he is calling off the marriage ceremony of his daughter due to certain circumstances," said Sunil Mahalkar, president of Sant Narhari Maharaj Lad Suvarnakar Sanstha, Nashik.
The decision to call off the wedding ceremony was also circulated on WhatsApp, with community members thanking various 'suvarnakar' (jewellers) community organizations and also the OBC Andolan Samiti, Vishwa Hindu Gay Pareehad, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Ekta Manch.
[OneIndia] Hizbul Mujahideen ...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003...
Hizbul Mujahideen has been banned in India, and now action is being taken...
chief, Syed Salahuddin ...the aging, morbidly obese chief of Hizbul Mujaheddin and the titular head of the United Jihad Council in idyllic Kashmire. Originally owned body and theoretical soul by Jamaat-e-Islami he and his organization are currently controlled by Pakistain's ISI. Salahuddin's hobbies include crocheting doilies shaped like the Taj Mahal, combing his enormous beard, and eating....
Mr. Salahuddin also rejoices in being named a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States...
's sons Syed Ahmad Shakeel and Shahid Yusuf were recently terminated by the 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.... government. Shakeel was working at the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute fo Medical Sciences, while Shahid is a former employee at the Jammu and Kashmir Agriculture department.
The National Investigation Agency had found that the duo were facilitating funds from Saudi 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. Fifteen of the nineteen WTC hijackers were Saudis, and most major jihadi commanders were Saudis, to include Osama bin Laden. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman quietly folded that tent in 2016, doing terrible things to the guys running it, and has since been dragging the kingdom into the current century... for terror funding in Kashmir. Shakeel was arrested by the NIA in 2018 and the action was reared to a terror funding case which was registered in 2011 in which 7 persons had been chargesheeted.
The case pertains to transfer of funds through Hawala Channels by the gunnies based in Pakistain to Jammu & Kashmir, in a criminal conspiracy hatched with some operatives in India, to fuel and fund the secessionist and terrorist activities in J&K. In this case, Ghulam Mohammed Bhat alias Abdul Rehman and 3 others were chargesheeted in the year 2011.
In October, 2017 accused Syed Shahid Yusuf, another son of accused Syed Salahuddin was arrested by NIA as he had received funds from the Hizbul Mujahideen from abroad and was chargesheeted in 2018.
In this case, so far, three accused persons Mohd. Sidiq Ganai, Ghulam Jeelani Liloo and Farooq Ahmed Dagga have been convicted after they pleaded guilty. During investigation, involvement of Syed Ahmad Shakeel resident of Rambagh, Srinagar had also surfaced in raising, receiving, collecting funds from terrorist organization through its active cadres from Saudi Arabia. He had received money through Western Union several times which were sent by absconding chargesheeted accused Aijaz Ahmad Bhat.
Accused Syed Ahmad Shakeel, aged 48 years is the elder son of Syed Salahuddin, self-styled commander of Hizbul Mujahideen and he has been working as lab assistant in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS). Investigation revealed that he had also received funds from various countries from the operatives of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Accused was summoned by NIA for questioning but he did not appear. A non-bailable warrant (NBW) was earlier got issued by NIA from the NIA Special Court, Patiala House, New Delhi.
Army of Islam in #Gaza published a video today calling on supporters to donate to the cause of jihad against #Israel. The video shows the price of various military equipment such as bullets, mortars and katyusha rockets. pic.twitter.com/tWNQ4JVsXm
According to the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the Rantburg archives, Gaza’s Army of Islam (Jaish al-Islam) — as opposed to the one in Syria — is Al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip. They’re known for kidnapping BBC reporter Alan Johnston in 2007 and participated in the Gilad Shalit kidnapping in 2006. The Army of Islam is headed by Mumtaz Dughmush, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Ansari, whom the U.S. declared a terrorist in 2011. Mr. Dughmush previously was a PA Preventive Security Service officer in the Gaza Strip, and when he left Fatah for Al Qaeda, he took scores of his fellow policemen with him. No doubt many of them are also members of the vast Dughmush/Dagmoush/Durmush/Dogmosh/Dogmush clan, nicknamed “the Sopranos of Gaza City”. To that core of relatives was added a cadre of so-called Afghan Arabs, who’d fought with the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan before Tora Bora fell.
"Petah Tikva-based Aerobotics said Thursday its drone-in-a-box system, which includes an array of automatic drones, will be deployed throughout the UAE's largest city at the start of the World Expo 2020 in October. The event, which is being held a year late because of the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to be the largest event ever held in the Arab world, with an expected 25 million global visitors over the course of five months."
[AlAhram] Rouhani's remark is his second such public comment this year about 90% enrichment - a level suitable for a nuclear bomb - underlining Iran's resolve to keep breaching the deal in the absence of any accord to revive it
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 JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... said on Wednesday it could enrich uranium up to 90% purity -- weapons grade -- if its nuclear reactors needed it, but added it still sought the revival of a 2015 deal that would limit its atomic programme in return for a lifting of sanctions.
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[AlAhram] Secretary of State Antony Blinken had signed an earlier waiver and has extended it for 90 days as 'these repayment transactions can sometimes be time-consuming,' a State Department spokesperson said
The United States said Wednesday it was allowing 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 JewsZionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol... to use frozen funds to settle debts in South Korea and Japan, as talks drag on over reviving a nuclear deal that could see sanctions relief.
The United States maintains sweeping sanctions on the holy manal regime, meaning that companies that deal with many bank accounts in Iran can face legal penalties in the world's largest economy.
The State Department said that it has been letting Japanese and South Korean companies receive payments from US-targeted Iranian accounts to pay for exports shipped before former president Donald Trump ...The tack in the backside of the Democratic Party... 's administration started enforcing its toughest sanctions in 2019.
"To be clear: The waiver does not allow for the transfer of any funds to Iran."
The spokesperson said the goal of the waiver was to satisfy companies in Japan and South Korea, saluting the allies' "steadfast support for all US and UN sanctions."
South Korea and to a lesser extent Japan, both major tech exporters, hold billions of dollars in assets from Iran that have been stuck since Trump's sanctions.
South Korea said in April that it had resolved a dispute over $7 billion blocked from Iran but had been waiting for the US green light.
Japan, South Korea and other US partners, notably India, begrudgingly stopped buying oil from Iran after Trump imposed a unilateral embargo with threats to punish anyone who buys from Tehran.
Trump had vowed to bring Iran to its knees through maximum pressure after he walked out of an agreement negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama How much damage could he do in four years?... Eight, then... under which Iran drastically scaled back nuclear work in return for promises of economic relief.
President Joe The Big Guy Biden ...46th president of the U.S. Joe's wife and daughter weren't killed by a drunk driver. He didn't graduate with three or even two degrees, wasn't in the top half of his law class, and his daddy didn't come home from a hard day's work in the mines and play football with the guys. The NAACP hasn't endorsed him every time he's run.... favors returning to the 2015 accord, arguing that it was working and peacefully addressed a major security concern.
But EU-brokered indirect talks in Vienna have not yielded a breakthrough as Iran insists on an end to all sanctions, including measures taken over non-nuclear issues.
The General Authority of the Syrian National Coalition held its meeting in Istanbul and discussed several issues, the most prominent of which was lifting support for northeast #Syrian regions. #SNChttps://t.co/PDqVK2nrot
The Autonomous Administration of North and East #Syria is ready for Moscow-sponsored dialogue with the central #Damascus government, as long as it has “real results,” according to the Syrian Democratic Council. @SDCPresshttps://t.co/o3Uzrx6mAY
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.