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As economic conditions worsen in Leb, angry Beirut residents attack Leb army vehicles; elsehwere, PM-designate Saad Hariri resigns
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Afghanistan
US to begin airlifting Afghan interpreters by the end of July
[KhaamaPress] United States administration announced yesterday that due to rapid escalation in violence and threats by the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, they will begin flying Afghan interpreters in the last week of July.

Officials in the Biden crime family administration
...knaves, footpads, and adjusters employed by the Biden Crime Family. They leave a trail of havoc everywhere they turn their attention, be it the nation's borders, the Keystone XL Pipeline, or epidemics, sometimes on purpose, most times through sheer arrogant ineptitude. They learnt this stuff in college, you know...
said those who have already applied for Special Immigration Visa and their families will be prioritized.

The exact date of the first flight’s departure cannot be revealed but President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. Old, boring, a plagiarist, fond of hair sniffing and grabbing the protruding parts of women, and not whatcha call brilliant... or is that an act?...
’s commitment of flying out Afghan interpreters will be applied, added the official.

Joe Biden in his speech of major policy on Afghanistan reiterated that the Afghans who have assisted in their 20-year presence in Afghanistan will not be left behind and will be relocated to a third location.

Prior to his decision, Biden was under immense bipartisan pressure to clarify his plan for flying out Afghan interpreters and Afghans in other roles

Human and women’s rights groups in an unprecedented move asked Biden’s administration to allocate up to 2000 visas for women journalists, politicians, rights advocates, and minorities in Afghanistan since they are subjected to threats by the Taliban.

The group too pleaded UK the same move.

There are currently 18 thousand Afghan applicants who have applied for SIV.
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#1  kinda late ain't it?
Posted by: Chris || 07/16/2021 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  I'll bet some of them did not contribute in any real way to the great victory in Afghanistan and instead the CIA owes them a good life in the free world somehow.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/16/2021 5:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps we should not wait 50 years to extend recognition, assistance, and tribute to those who survived, risked their lives, and lost their country. My thanks to MAJ(Ret) Steve Schofield and SF Chapter 73 for leading the effort to finance and construct the memorial in Deland Park, Sheboygan, WI.

The ”making” of the Lao, Hmong and American Veterans Memorial

Feckless government bureaucrats did nothing. Aging US Veterans and private citizens designed, financed, and built the memorial.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/16/2021 6:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Sheboygan Hmong memorial.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/16/2021 6:34 Comments || Top||

#5  By which time they will likely be too dead to get on the plane.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/16/2021 12:02 Comments || Top||



Taliban offensive left 13 million Afghans out of civil services: Naderi
[KhaamaPress] Head of Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Services Commission Nader Naderi said 260 civilian facilities have been demolished which has left 13 million Afghan people out of civil services.

Nader Naderi in a news conference on Thursday said that buildings were destroyed in 28 provinces.

Head of ARCSC said 50 thousand civil services employees were left out of a job and a total of 112 projects stalled due to ongoing conflict between the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
and the Afghan government.

Naderi too expressed concern over new laws imposed by the Taliban after they toppled districts over the country. As per Naderi, new laws include women not being allowed to go out of home without relatives and men not being allowed to work for the government.

The Taliban have not commented on the issue yet.

Nader Naderi who is also a member of the Afghan government negotiating team in Doha said the Taliban demands the release of the remaining seven thousand prisoners in return for a three-month armistice. He added that the release of five thousand Taliban detainees not only made the security situation better but rather deteriorated it.

An Afghan delegation led by the 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...
visit Doha on Friday 16th July.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  So, we need something like that here.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/16/2021 15:00 Comments || Top||


Taliban threat to treat Turkish troops as invaders is posturing: Turkey
[KhaamaPress] Security official on the condition of anonymity has told BBC Ottoman Turkish that the threat of the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
to treat Ottoman Turkish troops as occupiers is not being taken seriously.


Th official has added that The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
does not have the purpose of invading Afghanistan and the threats by the Taliban are symbolic.

Turkey has decided to leave up to 500 troops to secure Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
...A product, and probably the sole product, of the Southern Alliance...
International airport to protect the international diplomatic mission in the capital, Kabul.

"We do not think that there will be an aggressive attitude towards Ottoman Turkish troops", said the source

Taliban in a statement threatened Turkey to be treated as invaders in case it leaves its troops in Afghanistan. The Taliban statement reads that there will not be interference in other countries’ affairs by them and will not allow others to meddle in Afghanistan’s affairs.

US currently has nearly one thousand men in service who are in Kabul for protecting international organizations and embassies and will be withdrawn once the Hamid Karzai International airport security is handed over to Ottoman Turkish troops. The UK too announced to leave 100 troops for the same purpose.

The Taliban has often said the international personnel and embassy will not be targeted in Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Please - let's you and them fight!
Posted by: Raj || 07/16/2021 0:25 Comments || Top||


Taliban offer three-month ceasefire in return for prisoner release
[AlAhram] This would be in return for the release of about 7,000 hard boy prisoners held in Afghanistan's jails

An Afghan government negotiator on Thursday said the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
had offered a three-month ceasefire in exchange for the release of 7,000 hard boy prisoners, as the murderous Moslem group continues a sweeping offensive across the country.
"It is a big demand," Nader Nadery said, adding that the turbans have also demanded the removal of the Taliban's leaders from a United Nations
...a lucrative dumping ground for the relatives of dictators and party hacks...
blacklist.

The announcement came as Pakistain guards used tear gas Thursday to disperse hundreds of people who tried to breach a border crossing into Afghanistan, officials said.

The frontier was closed a day earlier by Pakistain after the Taliban seized the Afghan side in Spin Boldak district, continuing sweeping gains made by the murderous Moslems since foreign forces stepped up their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

"An unruly mob of about 400 people tried to cross the gate forcefully. They threw stones, which forced us to use tear gas," said a security official at the southwest Chaman border on the Pakistain side, who asked not to be named.

He said around 1,500 people had gathered at the border, waiting to cross since Wednesday.

"We had to baton charge because people were getting unruly," said a second border official, who also did not want to be named.

Jumadad Khan, a senior government official in Chaman, said the situation was now "under control".

An Afghan Taliban source told AFP that hundreds of people had also gathered on the Afghan side, hoping to get into Pakistain.

"We are talking to Pak authorities. A formal meeting to open the border is scheduled for today, and hopefully, it will open in a day or two," he said.

The crossing provides direct access to Pakistain's Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
province -- where the Taliban's top leadership has been based for decades -- along with an unknown number of reserve fighters who regularly enter Afghanistan to help bolster their ranks.

A major highway leading from the border connects to Pakistain's commercial capital Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
and its sprawling port on the Arabian Sea, which is considered a linchpin for Afghanistan's billion-dollar heroin trade that has provided a crucial source of revenue for the Taliban's war chest over the years.

Spin Boldak was the latest in a string of border crossings and dry ports seized by the turbans in recent weeks as they look to choke off revenues much-needed by Kabul while also filling their own coffers.

Afghanistan's interior ministry has denied the Taliban have taken the area even as social media was flooded with pictures of hard boy fighters relaxing in the frontier town.

Hours after the crossing fell, an AFP news hound on the Pak side saw around 150 Taliban fighters riding on cycle of violences, waving hard boy flags and demanding to be allowed to cross into Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
Egypt's prosecution annuls asset freeze on Mubarak's sons
[AlAhram] The decision follows the exoneration of Alaa and Gamal of charges of illicit gains.

Egypt’s prosecution annulled the asset freeze on Alaa and Gamal, the sons of late ousted president Hosni Mubarak
...The former President-for-Life of Egypt, dumped by popular demand in early 2011...
after being exonerated of charges of illicit gains.

The decision renders Alaa Mubarak, his wife, and son, as well as Gamal Mubarak, his wife, and two daughters no longer prevented from the disposal and management of their funds, judicial sources said on Thursday.

The case of manipulating the stock exchange began in 2012 but Mubarak's sons were released on bail. In February 2020, Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were acquitted by the Cairo Criminal Court.

The former president's 30-year rule came to an end following mass protests that started in January 2011. He passed away in February 2020 at a Cairo hospital after suffering complications from surgery.

Following his ouster, Mubarak and his sons stood trial for various charges.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Amnesty International Calls on EU to Suspend Cooperation on Migration with Libya
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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Africa Subsaharan
Boko Haram's Killing Spree
[TRIBUNEONLINENG] RECENTLY, in what must have sounded as yet another distressing and depressing news for Nigeria’s beleaguered populace, the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), in collaboration with the International Organisation for Peace Building and Social Justice (PSJ), released a damning report on genocide, religious persecution and other crimes in Nigeria, showing how the terrorist group, Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, had killed a staggering number of Nigerians in the last 20 years. The report titled Nigeria’s Silent Slaughter: Genocide in Nigeria and the Implications for the International Community also exposed ongoing attacks by forces of Evil which have caused the death of many Nigerians, primarily farmers.

Based on the data collected between January 2000 and January 2020, there were 19, 101 deaths resulting from attacks by bad boy attacks across the country. Similarly, 52, 861 persons were said to have been killed by Boko Haram, while 44, 303 persons were documented to have been killed by other actors. The report highlights the critical need for intervention by the United States (coordinated by an empowered Presidential Envoy) to address the situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. ICON stated that it had empowered a team of international lawyers to make a prima facie case on religious persecution/genocide, calling on the United States government to intervene and coordinate an international response to address the growing human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
abuses and threats in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

While urging the Nigerian government to upgrade the quality of service chiefs to personnel who can demonstrably, emphatically and proactively tackle and address the present crisis of insecurity in order to make the country safe again, ICON said it expected the Nigerian government to review the country’s constitution and correct inconsistencies, inequalities, and jurisprudential mischief that compromise the letter and spirit of the country’s civil association as a political community.
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#1  The report highlights the critical need for intervention by the United States (coordinated by an empowered Presidential Envoy) to address the situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.

They can't mean the United States! We're evil ... and racist! And we don't recognize 57 genders. Just ask BLM and Antifa!
/Do I need a sarc tag?
Posted by: Elmolulet Borgia9727 || 07/16/2021 11:06 Comments || Top||


Cyber
Facebook: Iran-based spies targeted US, European defense workers
[IsraelTimes] Social media firm’s cyber-espionage investigations chief says some malicious code used in ’well-resourced operation’ was developed by company with ties to Revolutionary Guards

Facebook said on Thursday that it has disrupted an Iran-based espionage operation targeting defense and aerospace workers in Europa
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
and the United States.

Fake accounts posing as company job recruiters or employees were used to dupe targets, according to head of cyber espionage investigations Mike Dvilyanski.

"This effort was highly targeted," Dvilyanski said in a telephone briefing.

"It is hard for us to know how successful this campaign was, but it had all the hallmarks of a well-resourced operation."

Some of the malicious code used in the cyber spying campaign was developed by the Mahak Rayan Afraz tech company in Tehran, who have ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to Dvilyanski.

Facebook took down 200 accounts it said were used to dupe defense or aerospace industry workers into connecting outside the social network, through techniques such as compromised emails or bogus job websites.

The group referred to as "Tortoiseshell" had focused its activities in the Middle East until last year, when it primarily took aim at the United States, according to Dvilyanski.

"This group used various malicious tactics to identify its targets and infect their devices with malware to enable espionage," said Facebook director of threat disruption David Agranovich.

"Our platform was one of the elements of the much broader cross-platform cyber-espionage operation, and its activity on Facebook manifested primarily in social engineering and driving people off-platform."

Malware slipped onto devices of victims was designed to glean information including log-in credentials to email or social media, according to Dvilyanski.

Facebook said it appeared fewer than 200 users may have fallen for the ruse, and that those people have been notified of the deception.

Facebook also blocked some of the booby-trapped website links from being shared within the social network, according to executives.

The tech giant added that it shared findings with internet industry peers and law enforcement.

"We were only part of this campaign, and we are taking action on our platform," Dvilyanski said.
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Europe
Austria Becomes First European Country to Ban Islamist Muslim Brotherhood
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/16/2021 09:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  A very sensible people. Re-home the Islamic strays in Xinjiang. The Chinese will take care of the neutering.
Posted by: Ulolump Grumble1426 || 07/16/2021 18:01 Comments || Top||


Fifth Column
Cops used SONIC BLAST to disable Rise of the Moors militia and finally arrest them during an 11-hour stand-off on Interstate 95
[MAIL] A Massachusetts police chief said officers used a sonic boom to disable Rise of the Moors suspects, helping authorities apprehend 11 armed men on Interstate 95 during an hours-long standoff on July 3.
But not this blast
"Whata Ya Have, Whata Ya Have, Whata Ya Have?"
The group of armed individuals, who identify as Moorish Americans and collectively as Rise of the Moors, were refueling gas tanks at 1.30am with their own fuel and told law enforcement that they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine for 'training.'

When police asked them to drop their weapons, they refused, resulting in an 11-hour stand-off.

Wakefield Police Chief Steven Skory told a local town council meeting that officers deployed a high-pitch alarm is known as an LRAD, which Skory describes as an 'audible alarm that basically disables someone temporarily' during the stand-off, finally bringing it to an end.
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#1  Just need ear plugs...our local sheriff has one.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 07/16/2021 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  why not lead?
Posted by: Chris || 07/16/2021 0:24 Comments || Top||

#3  audible alarm that basically disables someone temporarily

you think they'd be immune to rap.
Posted by: Classer || 07/16/2021 0:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Those white yanks... such boors!
Yodeling at us American Moors!
They don't wear masks, swig hipflasks,
and spew about some deadly spoors!
And raycist gall of it all...
Trapping us with watermelon lures!

Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/16/2021 4:43 Comments || Top||

#5  What Moor wouldn't don a mantilla,
Say rosaries -- "Yo, Santa Maria!" --
Or even turn felon
To get him some melon?
Mmm, mmm! Soberano! Sandía!"

This Negro surely would. Not gonna pay six or seven bucks for one at Sprouts, though. [makes mental note to ask cashiers who buys those things]
Posted by: Lonzo Trotsky7079 || 07/16/2021 23:42 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
FBI 'tried to flip Saudi embassy official suspected of assisting 9/11 hijackers by confronting him with child porn on his computer' - despite insisting the Saudi government wasn't involved in attacks
[MAIL] The FBI tried to flip a high-ranking Saudi official suspected of assisting 9/11 hijackers by confronting him with child porn on his computer - despite telling the public the Saudi government wasn't involved in the terrorist attacks, a new report claims.
Porn and debauchery utilized as an FBI elicitation technique? Who knew ?
In a deposition last month, obtained by Yahoo News, Mussaed al-Jarrah
...who does not appear to be in the Rantburg archives, at least not under that spelling of his name...
said FBI agents approached and questioned him at least three times as part of its probe into the Saudi Arabian government's possible involvement.

Al-Jarrah worked in the Ministry of Islamic Affairs at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, in the late 1990s and early 2000s and is suspected of providing money, lodging and other help to two of the hijackers when they landed on US soil.

His claims were made under oath during closed-door questioning on June 17 and 18 as part of a lawsuit brought by the families of 9/11 victims accusing the Saudi government of being complicit in the attacks.

The claims raise new questions about the FBI's investigation, as the US has long insisted to the public that there is no evidence the Saudi government was involved in the murders of 2,977 people on September 11, 2001.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What is the cyber equivalent of a throw-down bag of weed?
Are we going to bomb SA now.
I recall one of the SA princes saying they take care of US State Department retirees so they'll have more friends active at State.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/16/2021 0:13 Comments || Top||

#2  Planted pictures; little doubt about it.
Posted by: Raj || 07/16/2021 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm surprised Al-Jarrah isn't languishing in a D.C. lockup for taking part in the Jan.6th insurrection. He'd really be screwed. I'm guessing the FBSI couldn't show he was a conservative and in the Capital.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/16/2021 11:34 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Pakistan says deadly bus crash may have been terror attack
[AlAhram] Pakistain says an initial investigation into a deadly bus crash the previous day in the country's northwest found `traces of explosives' at the site, raising the possibility the incident was a terror attack

Pakistain on Thursday said an initial investigation into a deadly bus crash the previous day in the country's northwest found ``traces of explosives`` at the site, raising the possibility the incident was a terror attack.

A bus carrying dozens of construction workers fell into a ravine Wednesday in the district of Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province after what authorities said was a gas leak in the vehicle that caused a kaboom. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese, were killed and at least 36 people were maimed.

Chinese Embassy in Islamabad promptly said the bus was attacked, without elaborating.

No group has so far grabbed credit for the deadly incident.

After the explosives find, Pak Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said ``terrorism cannot be ruled out.``

Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality disorders...
was ``personally supervising all developments in this regard,`` Chaudhry said, adding that Islamabad was in contact with the Chinese Embassy. He provided no further details.

Chinese engineers and construction workers are helping Pakistain build a dam in Kohistan. The bus with the workers was en route to the construction project when the earth-shattering kaboom happened and the bus careened, plunging into a ravine.

Road accidents are common in Pakistain, where motorists largely disregard traffic rules and safety standards and drive on damaged roads, particularly in the mountainous terrain in the north.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2021 00:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Commies


Imran Khan invites Hamid Karzai for conference on Afghanistan
Two powerless politicians playing at being important, or is this actually meaningful?
[KhaamaPress] Pakistain’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality disorders...
has invited former President Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
...One of the more egregious mistakes of the post 9-11 era...
in a telephone conversation carried out between them.

Pakistain tends to organize a special conference on Afghanistan, the official wrote in a tweet.

Chaudhry though did not give more information about the conference, added that apart from Hamid Karzai other Afghan leaders were too invited.

Pak media reported that the conference will be held from July 17 to 19 for which the Afghan invitees have given the green signals.

Afghanistan’s special envoy to Pakistain who is one of the invitees has told VOA the date of the conference is still being debated.

Omar Zakhilwal, Salahuddin Rabbani, Ahmad Wali Massoud, Gulbadin Hekmatyar, and Muhammad Muhaqiq are among the people invited to the conference.

The Afghan government has not commented on the conference yet.

The invitation comes two days before an Afghan delegation including Hamid Karzai and Gulbadin Hekmatyar is due to visit the Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i capital Doha to revive intra-afghan talks and asked the parties for a truce.

The Afghan team led by 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 meet with President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money...
on their authorities before they leave Kabul for Doha.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
Iraq to probe migrant smuggling to Lithuania via Belarus
I guess it was directly responding to Muslim migrants colonists after all.
[AlAhram] At a joint news conference in Baghdad with his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis, Hussein said his government will launch a probe into 'the plan to smuggle Iraqis into Europe'.

[AlAhram] Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein vowed Thursday to investigate the alleged smuggling of Iraqi migrants colonists into EU member Lithuania via Belarus.

At a joint news conference in Baghdad with his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis, Hussein said his government will launch a probe into "the plan to smuggle Iraqis into Europe".

"We will not accept smugglers in our society," he said. "It's our duty to protect our citizens, whether they be inside or outside the country."

Belarusian opposition media charge that the influx of migrants colonists, a hot button issue for European governments, is a retaliatory move by autocrat Alexander Lukashenko following EU sanctions against his regime.

During a visit to a Lithuanian border town of Medininkai earlier this month, EU Council President Charles Michel said "there is the suspicion indeed that there is a role played by the Belarusian regime".

Last week, Lithuania announced it will build a border wall with Belarus to stem the flow of migrants colonists from Africa and the Middle East arriving from the ex-Soviet country.

So far this year, Lithuanian border guards have detained more than 1,500 migrants colonists arriving from Belarus, compared with 81 for all of 2020.

"Our neighbour is falsely using Iraqi people to pressure my country and the European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
... We feel Iraqis are being promised an easy trip to Europa
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
and they end up in the forest," Landsbergis said.

"They were lied to (by people smugglers) and spent a lot of money... There's a mutual need to stop this network of illegal migration," he added.

A nation of 2.8 million, Lithuania is struggling to cope with the unprecedented spike, as its military expands tent camps.

Tensions between Minsk and Vilnius soared last year after Lithuania became a hub for the Belarusian opposition, following a disputed presidential election.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/16/2021 00:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking


Tents transformed into cement-block houses in camp in Duhok
[NPASYRIA] Shariya Camp, the first camp that IDPs of Sinjar in Duhok governorate in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) reside in, has received approval to transfer tents to cement-block houses.

The approval came after a fire that broke out on June 4th in the camp, burning more than 300 tents.

"180 houses are almost ready to be delivered to those affected by the burning," Deputy Director of Barzani Charity Foundation Muhammad Hawar told North Press.

Hawar stressed the vigorous efforts to issue special laws regarding all camps "due to the rapid outbreak of fire in the tents, we are trying to issue a decision to allow the IDPs to replace their tents with houses made of cement blocks or soil. "

There are 15 camps for Sinjari IDPs in Duhok governorate, and Shariya camp alone is home to more than 20,000 IDPs.
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Iraq and US discuss troop withdrawal following Iran talks
[IsraelTimes] Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi and US envoy Brett McGurk discussed the withdrawal of troops, his office says, one day after top Iraqi and Iranian security officials met.

"Discussions took place about mechanisms for combat troops’ withdrawal from Iraq, and moving forward to a new stage in strategic cooperation," the Iraqi prime minister’s office says in statement.

McGurk is the Middle East and Africa coordinator in the White House.

Kadhemi is scheduled to visit Washington later this month to push for a concrete timetable of troop withdrawal. The implementation of the withdrawal could take years.

The meeting came after Iraq’s National Security Agency chief, Abdel Ghani al-Asadi, met Wednesday in Baghdad with Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi.
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Qatar pressing Hamas to accept Israeli restrictions on aid money – report
“Take our money, please!”
[IsraelTimes] Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
is pressing Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, officials in 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...
to agree to the Israeli framework to receive aid from the Gulf nation, reports the Kan public broadcaster.

Qatari envoy Mohammed al-Emadi is reportedly pressuring Hamas to agree to the demands as soon as possible, which would see approximately $30 million transferred to the Gaza Strip in the form of a debit card-like system for needy families.

Israeli officials reportedly want the transfer to be complete before the Eid al-Adha
...a major Moslem holiday, marked by animal sacrifice and ritual rioting...
holiday, which begins next week.
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17th group of Syrian families is preparing to leave Syria’s al-Hole Camp to areas in Raqqa
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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Paris aware of Lafarge-ISIS agreement in Syria: French newspaper
[NPASYRIA] On Wednesday, the French newspaper Libération revealed a secret memo that showed that Gay Paree was aware of the agreement between the Lafarge cement company and ISIS between 2013 and 2014.

Libération said that a secret memo belonging to French intelligence, issued in August 2014, showed that Lafarge had concluded an agreement with ISIS to continue its activities in Syria.

Libération added that the memo included a permit from ISIS granting the company permission to continue its commercial activities and access to areas controlled by ISIS.

The memo indicated that there was an agreement with ISIS granting this permission, and that it was granted in return for a certain fee.

At the time of the agreement, Lafarge still controlled the cement plant located in the Jalabiya area in northern Syria.

Libération stressed that ISIS took control of the plant in September of 2014, and pointed out that the memo was referred to the magistrates who are investigating the lawsuits brought against the Lafarge company, regarding its finance of ISIS.

The Gay Paree Court of Appeal is expected to deliver Lafarge the final charges related to the investigations of financing terrorism, violating the embargo, and endangering the lives of workers.

Lafarge is accused of paying 13 million euros to jihadist groups, including ISIS, between 2013 and 2014, to ensure the continuation of work at its site in Syria.

In November 2019, the French judiciary dropped the charge of complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria that had been brought against the company in June 2018.
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Syrian industrialists mock government's invitation to return and invest in Syria
[NPASYRIA] Residents inside and outside Syria dealt with a lot of "sarcasm" with the Syrian government’s invitation to the industrialists abroad to return and invest in Syria.

Earlier, the Syrian Minister of Industry, Dr. Ziyad Sabbagh, issued a decision to form a committee whose mission is to communicate with Syrian businessmen and industrialists abroad to attract and encourage them to continue their work and activities inside Syria.

The decision included raising the necessary proposals to remove the difficulties facing their return to invest in Syria.
Continued on Page 49
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#1  why did it take them this long to come to ths conclusion?
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