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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Border Patrol union official warns COVID-positive migrants being released into US ‘day in, day out'
[FoxNews] More than 188,000 migrants were encountered at the southern border in June.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [121 views] Top|| File under: Human Trafficking

#1 
Monkey Werx US
has been on this for awhile.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 08/01/2021 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  No correlation with the spike in Covid cases. None at all.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/01/2021 9:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Are these illegal aliens wearing masks (sarc on).
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/01/2021 9:32 Comments || Top||

#4  I say conservatives insist they all be vaccinated first. That way half will be dead in two years right?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 12:38 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
‘We are leaving the Middle East due to China-Russia - We suffered a crushing defeat in simulated war’ (video)
Anomalous Sources, the link goes to something in Greek. Please provide the correct link.

—trailing wife for the moderators
[WarNews247 Greece] And officially, the U.S. has admitted through top General John Hyten
...U.S. Air Force general who serves as the 11th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since 2019...
that they are leaving the Middle East to focus on Russia and China.

It was preceded by a simulated war with China over Taiwan in which Us forces suffered a crushing defeat.

"We are leaving the Middle East due to China-Russia"

"We cannot ignore threats in the Middle East. But now we're going to deal with them in another way.

You see it in Afghanistan, Iraq.

With a smaller "footprint" to deal with threats from Russia and China," said General John Hyten who spoke of reordering forces.

The American General said what had been a common secret for a long time. The Asia-Pacific region and China are now the priority.

"The U.S. military suffered a crushing defeat during a classified combat exercise. The exercise revealed vulnerabilities that the Pentagon is trying to fix if it ever confronts a sophisticated enemy like China," said the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Army General Staff.

"Without overestimating the issue,there was a complete failure," Gen. John Hyten said of the combat plan during the October exercise, which he described in detail at the Emerging Technologies Institute in Washington.

The biggest problem arose when the communication networks were attacked.

During the exercise, a Pentagon "red team" playing our hostile role surrounded us, Hyten said."

Continues.

First I've heard of this source, but the message seems to confirm what I've heard alluded to elsewhere.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 08/01/2021 01:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The biggest problem arose when the communication networks were attacked.

Yeah, happens when you devolve into the old Russian 'mother may I' command system. Disrupt the communications and they all stand around waiting new orders meanwhile the people above are frozen cause they don't have info coming in (can't get he Powerpoint slides together for a decision). Micromanagement doesn't work well in chaos.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/01/2021 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ PPT is indeed the enemy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2021 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ PPT is indeed the enemy.

Along with centralized data and C2.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/01/2021 8:52 Comments || Top||

#4  I look forward to the day when all fast food places and the Pentagon are run by AI

/sarc (somewhat...)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/01/2021 9:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Does seem odd to tell our enemies some of this stuff.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/01/2021 11:20 Comments || Top||

#6  TW: When I load the page, a "Translate" icon pops up. I thought it was a common feature. My bad, and I hereby play the "It's all Greek to me." card.

Anyway, here is the complete article (excluding the vid):


Columnist: Vasilis Kapoulas

And officially, the U.S. has admitted through top General John Hyten that they are leaving the Middle East to focus on Russia and China.

It was preceded by a simulated war with China over Taiwan in which Us forces suffered a crushing defeat.

"We cannot ignore threats in the Middle East. But now we're going to deal with them in another way.

You see it in Afghanistan, Iraq.

With a smaller "footprint" to deal with threats from Russia and China," said General John Hyten who spoke of reordering forces.

The American General said what had been a common secret for a long time. The Asia-Pacific region and China are now the priority.

"The U.S. military suffered a crushing defeat during a classified combat exercise. The exercise revealed vulnerabilities that the Pentagon is trying to fix if it ever confronts a sophisticated enemy like China," said the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Army General Staff.

"Without overestimating the issue,there was a complete failure," Gen. John Hyten said of the combat plan during the October exercise, which he described in detail at the Emerging Technologies Institute in Washington.

The biggest problem arose when the communication networks were attacked.

During the exercise, a Pentagon "red team" playing our hostile role surrounded us, Hyten said.

The result was that the "blue team" lost access to its networks almost immediately."

A key lesson: the concentration of ships, aircraft and other forces made them "sitting ducks".

The Pentagon did not release the code name of the combat exercise, which was classified, but a military official said one of the scenarios revolved around a battle for Taiwan.

Unlike the conflicts of the past 30 years, dating back to the first Gulf War, when the US military had "information sovereignty," american power found itself in a difficult position from the outset during the October war scenario.

"Well, what if from the beginning this information is not available? And that's the big problem we faced," hyten said.

Now, the Army is being upgraded with the new "Expanded Maneuver" strategy that seeks to change the way it fights for the next decade.

"Part of the plan requires a common Command and Control System of all areas, which will connect information to a fully connected 'combat cloud' to which commanders can access at any time to make quick decisions on the battlefield," Hyten said.

"If the "battle cloud" is cut off from an enemy, there must be plans so that leaders can operate in a more decentralized environment," he said.

Other aspects of the new idea concern "questionable accounting support", which the US has not faced since they tried to bring forces to Europe and the Pacific during World War II.

"Questionable accounting support is an area of rich study, rich debate. We're changing the whole accounting support approach,"he said.

"One way in which the military could crush a sophisticated adversary is to enhance its ability to launch precision strikes from all sectors at once - Air Force, Land Forces, Navy, Space and Cyberspace - so a hostile force doesn't know where to defend itself," Hyten said.

"In this way, the equation will change in any future battle."

Against an enemy that can also strike targets accurately, the U.S. military must be able to gather and launch massive fire under a single command structure that has moved away from the threat of attack.

"You're separated to survive," Hyten said.

"The stakes are high, as the LEAD of the U.S. military from China "shrinks rapidly".

"To prevent war is to be prepared for war,"Hyten said.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 08/01/2021 13:42 Comments || Top||

#7  they are leaving the Middle East to focus on Russia and China.

Not a rout then, but a strategic retreat.

Incidentally - any bets on whether this will promote resumption of 9/11 style attacks in the West?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2021 13:45 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ I think the moslems will let the west do to itself what it's doing perfectly well without interruptions. An attack or slew of small attacks by islamics would only unite the polity and people and that would be good for America.

No, if they're wise they'll just wait for the wakandans and Left to finish what they've started.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 14:10 Comments || Top||

#9  ^If they were wise, they would not have attacked Israel after Oslo accords.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2021 14:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Yes I forgot. Rationality and moslemnity are inversely related. But if they are being advised and supervised by master strategists, the ones also advising and supervising the dismantling of America?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 15:04 Comments || Top||

#11  During the exercise, a Pentagon "red team" playing our hostile role surrounded us


Well, hope the pentagon doesn't play for the enemy in a real war, then.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 15:06 Comments || Top||

#12  The U.S. military suffered a crushing defeat during a classified combat exercise. The exercise revealed vulnerabilities that the Pentagon is trying to fix But money will be needed.

Also, probably nobody would've conceptualized Overlord if these blasted simulators were around back then.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 15:14 Comments || Top||

#13  they are being advised and supervised by master strategists, the ones also advising and supervising the dismantling of America?

Who are these evil geniuses? I think the current USA troubles (and remember, Rome lasted for hundreds of years after it stopped being a republic) so it doesn't mean the end, are due to stupidity, not evil geniuses.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2021 15:25 Comments || Top||

#14  Snark for the 'Biden is CCP's stooge!' crowd.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 15:38 Comments || Top||

#15  Sounds like some have spent too time diddling the dog ("whokeness", PC and social engineering).
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/01/2021 15:45 Comments || Top||

#16  ...but that is why they were selected for higher promotion during the Obama-Biden years. You get what you subsidize.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/01/2021 19:29 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
MPs: Army Chief Focused on Rivalries, Not War
Certainly this is possible, but I have no idea if it’s actually true.
[ToloNews] Findings by a parliamentary committee indicate that the newly appointed chief of army staff for Afghanistan, Gen. Wali Ahmadzai, has been focusing on rivalries with corps commanders instead of managing the fight against the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
The army general was appointed to the post a month ago, replacing former chief of army staff Gen. Yasin Zia, as the Taliban was taking over as many as a dozen districts each day. He was expected to lead the fight against krazed killers, focus on training and equipping Afghan forces and to implement major military plans.

The internal security committee of the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of Parliament, said that Gen. Ahmadzai has fallen short of fulfilling his responsibilities and that during his time he has been focused on rivalries with members of the army corps instead of managing the war.

"We hoped that the appointment of the army chief would lead to some progress, but unfortunately, he is focused on rivalries against those who replaced him in (previous positions). This is not the time for rivalry," said Khan Agha Rezaee, the head of Parliament’s internal security committee.

Ahmadzai began his service as an army commander in 1986. In 2015 he was appointed the commander of 215 Maiwand Corps. Three years later he was appointed the commander of 209 Shaheen Corps. He was there for 18 months. Later he was appointed the commander of 215 Atal Corps and then served as the general director of the national public protection force.

He was the commander of 201 Selab Corps before being appointed the army chief.

Sources said that Gen. Ahmadzai has not maintained effective relationships with army corps commanders who replaced him in his previous posts.

After taking charge Ahamdzai vowed to fix the fragile security situation in the country.

"We accept that the situation has tanked," Ahmadzai said last month. "We lost some territory but we continue discussions about our next plans and programs."

A military analyst said that rifts between the army chief and commanders of the army corps will cause the situation to further deteriorate.

"We will face defeat if we don’t have at least common views on the management of the war," military analyst Jawed Kohistan
...a backwoods district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa distinguished by being even more rustic than is the norm among the local Pashtuns....
i said.

The Ministry of Defense, however, denied the findings.

"The army chief, in line with the prevailing laws of the country and the military principles, is working day and night for the better management of the war. There are no rivalry or rifts against anyone," said Defense Ministry front man Rohullah Ahmadzai.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [71 views] Top|| File under:


Pakistan, Russia, US, China representatives to discuss Afghanistan in Doha in August
[KhaamaPress] Troika Plus
...I don’t recall seeing that name before...
meeting comprised of Afghanistan’s key players, Pakistain, Russia, the United States, and China is planned to be arranged in 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 on August the eleventh.

The representatives of these four countries had previously met in April in Doha and concentrated on regional consensus for Afghanistan.

The meeting is apparently an extension of that held in April.
Nothing concrete happened then, nothing concrete will happen in August, et cetera ad infinitum. But the hotels are good, the restaurants even better, and it keeps the Western political and State Department types happy while facts are being established in blood on the ground, so there’s that.
Apart from the meetings of the four countries, the states were too visited by the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
delegations for diverse purposes.

The meeting is planned to take place at a time when the Taliban are controlling over 200 districts out of 419 in Afghanistan. The fighters’ offensive got momentum after US president Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S. I'm not working for you. Don't be such a horse's ass....
announced and launched full withdrawal of troops.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1 
Oh if by happenstance,
a sleight, a look aglance,
everyone were to shoot
each other in grand Doha.

No one on earth would miss
such miners of the abyss.
Islamics and their obstinate
lovers and their hooha.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||


Taliban offensive, national revenue decreased: officials
[KhaamaPress] Officials in the Ministry of Finance said on Saturday that the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
has taken control over six dry ports of Afghanistan which have led to decrease in national revenue in the past two months.

The ministry said that the Afghan government has no access to the ports taken by the Taliban and the revenue is being collected by the fighters.

The Taliban with their ongoing offensive launched two months ago have toppled nearly two hundred districts and six key dry ports of the country.

The current violence has adversely affected the lives of people as prices of oil and groceries rose.

As per information of the Ministry of Finance, 7.3 billion Afghanis (local currency) worth of revenue has been collected in the past solar month (Jawza) while the statistics plunged to 4.6 billion Afghanis during the previous month.

Meanwhile,
...back at the argument, Jane reached into her purse for her .38...
the deputy head of the Afghanistan commerce chamber has said that most of the investors are fleeing the country and are now considering ways to get their investments out of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1 
"Send money to pay our salaries, or we're going full turban too. At least $ 600 million."
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 9:51 Comments || Top||


US lawmaker calls plan to evacuate 'allies' from Afghanistan 'complete disaster'
[Iran Press TV] A US politician has described 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...
’s plan to evacuate Afghans, who worked with US forces in Afghanistan, a "complete disaster".

The Biden administration decided to grant special visas to Afghan interpreters, drivers, guides, and other locals after US President Joe The Big Guy Biden
...46th president of the U.S., father of Hunter...
vowed to withdraw American troops from the country.

However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
a US politician, who was involved in the congressional process for granting special visas to the Afghan interpreters and their families, said the Department of Defense (DoD) had not fully anticipated the move, describing the DoD’s plan in this regard as a "complete disaster".

"When they finally made the decision of a hasty surrender and withdrawal, they didn’t anticipate some of the unintended consequences or really play out a lot of the details — [visas] among them," according to Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.).

At a classified briefing with top national security officials on Capitol Hill, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was asked to detail the US military’s plan to evacuate thousands of Afghan nationals who aided the American invasion and occupation of the country.

Austin didn’t have a plan, according to two people in the room and a military official familiar with the April meeting as cited by Politico.

"We’ll get back to you on that," Austin replied.

Gallagher said Austin's reply showed a lacking plan which has resulted in a "complete disaster".

"This whole thing is just a complete disaster, and it’s not getting better any time soon," Gallagher lamented.

Meanwhile,
...back at the the conspirators' cleverly concealed hideout the long-awaited message arrived. They quickly got to work with their decoder rings...
the Biden administration is still seeking to pave the way for the evacuation of some 20,000 interpreters and their families, fearing retribution at the hands of
Talibs after the complete exit of US forces from Afghanistan.

On Friday, 200 Afghans out of an initial group of 2,500 — roughly 700 visa applicants and members of their immediate families — arrived in the US as part of "Operation Allies Refuge".

The others are still in Afghanistan, waiting for exit from Afghanistan and possible entry to the United States.

The process could take years and some 300 interpreters have already died waiting, according to a report.

"These people stood up and fought shoulder and shoulder to [US forces]... and we’re closing our eyes and leaving them there, leaving them to die," said one interpreter who had in the past received the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) issued by the US State Department.

The Biden administration has asked Congress for one billion dollars of emergency funding to expedite the SIV process for the Afghans.

In the meantime, US military and intelligence sources have warned that the Afghan Talibs have made huge territorial gains and could retake the country within months.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [156 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Another clue that your perfumed bureaucrats are just politicians in uniforms. They can't improvise on the spot.

Flash back to 1945, Monty crosses the Rhine in a big production code named operation months in the planning on 23 March 1945.

Meanwhile south of there at a German town of Remagen, the Americans 9th Division quick advance through the lower Rhine found an intact bridge spanning the Rhine. They didn't hesitate to draw up a plan, set aside resources, and orchestrate something organized. They adapted, improvise, and immediately seized the bridge on 7 March 1945. No Powerpoint slides were produced in the process.

We've become the hidebound Austrian Hofkriegsrat (who's bureaucratic structure and execution made Napoleon's campaigns so much easier).
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/01/2021 7:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Yet another chapter in the book entitled Beltway Betrayal. Chartering Swiss Air jets to shuffle illegals throughout the US has priority.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/01/2021 7:49 Comments || Top||

#3  By now nearly everyone has forgotten that the USA had no plan to evacuate Cubans if the Bay of Pigs operation failed.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 08/01/2021 9:25 Comments || Top||

#4  If we had so many allies there, why did our non-allies force us out?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/01/2021 9:52 Comments || Top||

#5  These people stood up and fought shoulder and shoulder to [US forces]

So they aren't really just sunnis but combat trained too? Wow.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 10:14 Comments || Top||

#6  Disaster, you say? Effecting whom? Resulting in what damages? Be specific.
Posted by: magpie || 08/01/2021 13:39 Comments || Top||


Africa North
US Reiterates Need for Departure of Foreign Forces from Libya
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [35 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  To be replaced by Clinton Foundation employees.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 08/01/2021 9:13 Comments || Top||


Ennahdha's Ghannouchi takes ill amid political turmoil in Tunisia
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Rached Ghannouchi, the 80-year-old leader of turmoil-wracked Tunisia’s Islamist-inspired party Ennahdha, suddenly became unwell Saturday while working punishing hours but it was not serious, an aide said.

Since President Kais Saied seized power in Tunisia on Sunday, Ghannouchi has been working 16 hours to 18 hours per day, aide Ahmed Gaaloul said.

Ghannouchi, who is also speaker of parliament and the second most prominent political figure in the country, "was not hospitalised and has nothing serious," Gaaloul said.

Last Sunday, Saied sacked prime minister Hichem Mechichi and suspended parliament for 30 days. He ordered a graft crackdown targeting 460 businessmen and an investigation into alleged illegal funding of political parties, including Ennahdha.

"(Ghannouchi) suffered a little malaise earlier in the day and had to go to a clinic to be examined," Gaaloul added.

"During the check-up, he was told there was nothing serious," the former minister said.

"A doctor prescribed some medication for him and he is now back home," he said. "Mr. Ghannouchi is a little tired at this time."

Ghannouchi, in an interview with AFP, called for a return to democracy and voiced regret at the lack of dialogue with the presidency.

He warned that if no agreement is reached on the formation of a government and the reopening of the legislature, "we will invite the Tunisian people to defend their democracy."

A member in all government coalitions for the last ten years, his party crystallises the discontent of a large section of Tunisians, who hold him as most responsible for the unkept promises from the 2011 revolution.

On Saturday the Tunisian daily La Presse portrayed Ennahdha as a party "abandoned by all or almost," which is "looking at all costs for a solution to emerge from its state of isolation."

Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood

#1  Saied will either have to kill Ghannouchi or send him into exile to get peace in Tunisia. Since murder isn't the Tunisian preference, Ghannouchi will either be exiled or Saied will have failed.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 08/01/2021 9:15 Comments || Top||


Gaddafi’s Kid Hints at Upcoming Presidential Bid
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Seif was considered the most intelligent and 'liberal' of Qadafi's sons and was in consultation with Libya's Muslim Brothers and other radical elements before his father was killed. This bid has been in the works for at least two years.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 08/01/2021 9:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Gaddafi’s Kid Hints at Upcoming Presidential Bid

...Well, he's still going to have to deal with VP Harris if he wants a shot at the nomination in '24...

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 08/01/2021 9:46 Comments || Top||

#3  Nah.. When Joe is finally removed and Harris ascends the throne she gets to appoint a VP - he's on the short list.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/01/2021 9:53 Comments || Top||


Europe
Albania repatriates 19 ISIS-linked women, children from Rojava
[Rudaw] Nineteen Albanian nationals linked to 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....
(ISIS) were repatriated on Saturday from Kurdish-controlled camps in northeastern Syria (Rojava).

"The Albanian government seeks not to leave its children homeless outside their country. We will work until the last child is retrieved so that we can return them to their country and rehabilitate them to lead a decent life because they are innocent and they do not know where they are going," Mark Gharib, the Albanian ambassador to Syria, 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. In 2020 Hezbollahblew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate faci8lity exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that...
and Jordan said in a presser covered by Hawar News Agency, affiliated with Kurdish authorities in Rojava.

Five women and 14 children linked to ISIS were handed over back to the Albanian government on Saturday, the agency reported.

This is the second repatriation by the Albanian government. In October 2020, the country repatriated a woman and four children.

The radicalization of thousands of children in Rojava camps has been a constant cause of concern. "It will be a military problem in a few years if we don’t fix the non-military aspects of it now," commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Kenneth McKenzie said late April.

Kosovo repatriated a number of its ISIS-affiliated nationals from Rojava camps, the Ministry of Interior announced earlier this month. Finland also repatriated about 30 of its nationals in July.

Al-Hol and Roj camps together hold more than 60,000 people.

According to Finland, there are still nearly 900 European citizens — 600 children and 300 women — in Rojava’s camps, including several Finns.
Update from An Nahar at 1:55 p.m. ET:
Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Interior Minister Bledi Cuci were in Beirut meeting with Lebanese General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abass Ibrahim, who has played a key role in the repatriating efforts, together with intelligence services from other countries.

Rama said that Albania's Interior Ministry and other intelligence institutions are closely cooperating with Lebanese authorities and countries on the repatriation. He did not specify if the women's husbands were alive or dead or if any of the women will face terrorism charges upon their return.

"Up to the last Albanian, we shall do our utmost to turn them back to their homeland," he said.

This is the third effort repatriating Albanians from the fighting territories in Syria. In October last year, five Albanians were repatriated and an Albanian child was repatriated a year earlier.

A few hundred Albanian men joined the Islamic State and other groups fighting in Syria and Iraq in the early 2010s. Many were killed, and their wives and children are stuck in Syrian camps.

Relatives in Albania say about 30 other Albanian children and women are in the Syrian camps. But Rama doubted that could be the exact number, "because the information is updated daily."
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2021 01:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


International-UN-NGOs
14 countries decide to expel Tel Aviv from AU
“Don’t they see the sign on the clubhouse? ‘NO JOOOOOS ALLOUD’ They’re as icky as girls!”
[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...
Press TV] Algeria and 13 other African countries have agreed to expel Israel from the African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
after the body’s decision last week to grant observer status to the Tel Aviv regime.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [155 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No bananas for us?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2021 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Here G, have a banana

Posted by: Elmunter Choluth7828 || 08/01/2021 2:15 Comments || Top||

#3  From the Icelandic Banana Farm

Ssshhh, don't let anyone else know...
Posted by: Elmunter Choluth7828 || 08/01/2021 2:19 Comments || Top||

#4  Tel Aviv?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/01/2021 19:32 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
TV: Israel believes Iran struck ship in response to cyberattack on train syste; Israel shares evidence, contemplates response
Follow up to this story from yesterday.
[IsraelTimes] July hacking of national rail in Islamic Theocratic Republic also saw hackers publish phone number of supreme leader’s office.

Israel believes 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...
carried out the deadly attack on the oil tanker MT Mercer Street in response to a recent cyber attack supposedly carried out by Israel, according to a report Saturday.

The cyberattack in early July caused chaos in the Islamic Theocratic Republic’s train system as hackers posted fake messages about alleged train delays or cancellations on display boards at stations across the country. They also urged passengers to call for information, while listing the phone number of the office of the country’s Lord High Potentate and Supreme Leader of All He Surveys Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
...the very aged actual dictator of Iran, successor to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini...
A Channel 13 news report, which did not cite its sources, claimed Israel assesses Iran was directly responding to those actions.

The report further said Iran was also hoping to raise insurance costs for ships with ties to Israel.

On Friday, state-owned Iranian news network al-Alam, citing "well-informed sources," said the attack was in response to a reported Israeli strike in Syria that it said killed "two resistance men" last week.

Iran has not officially taken responsibility for the attack.

Two ship crewmen, a British and Romanian national, died in Thursday night’s attack off the coast of Oman on the oil tanker Mercer Street, a ship operated by Zodiac Maritime, a London-based company belonging to Israeli tycoon Eyal Ofer.

Israeli and American officials have said it was apparently carried out by suicide drones that hit the ship.

Analysts said the attack bore all the hallmarks of tit-for-tat exchanges in the shadow war between Israel and Iran, in which vessels linked to each nation have been targeted in waters around the Gulf.

Israel weighs retaliation for Iran strike on ship – report

[israelTimes] Israel is considering various options to retaliate against Iran over its strike on an oil tanker — operated by an Israeli-owned company — that killed two, according to Israeli television.

According to Channel 12, Israel has handed over intelligence materials proving that Iran was behind the strike to the United States and Britannia.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Defense Minister Benny Gantz and IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi met over the weekend and discussed various plans to retaliate, according to the unsourced television report, which also says that Washington and London are also weighing a response.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2021 00:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  can't wait to see the article tomorrow.
Posted by: Chris || 08/01/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Was it the Juice or was it home-grown Iranian script kiddies and hackers? It all seems a bit prankish for the IDF.

Nonetheless, expect the next two weeks to be filled with stories of explosions, random fires and other infrastructure failures through the Islamic Republic.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/01/2021 2:11 Comments || Top||

#3  More likely 'internal miscreants' pulled that off, SteveS.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 08/01/2021 12:17 Comments || Top||

#4  ^Damn straight! Finally a Mullah who doesn't blame all the World ills on the Jews.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/01/2021 12:31 Comments || Top||


Hamas intensifies efforts to launch West Bank terror attacks — report
[IsraelTimes] The Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason, terror group has intensified efforts to carry out West Bank terror attacks, with guidance from 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, Kan news reported Saturday in an unsourced report.

The TV network said Abdallah Arar, a Hamas man released from Israeli prison in the 2011 exchange for the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, had contacted some 60 West Bank Paleostinians over the past six months to try to recruit them to carry out attacks.

The report said Arar contacted individuals online, on social media ad on the phone, and had managed to recruit several people to Hamas in recent months. It said Arar was seen as particularly talented at recruitment, and that he often provides the people he enlists with detailed instructions on how to find targets for attacks and build bombs.
Even with detailed instruction, making a bomb that only explodes exactly when you want it to is hard. And so for the most part, bomb makers are a self-repairing problem — only a few survive long enough to become productive members of their guild.
A poll in June found a dramatic surge in Paleostinian support for Hamas, the braying voice of Islamic Resistance®, following 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...
conflict, with around three-quarters viewing the Islamist bully boyz as victors in a battle against Israel to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/01/2021 00:50 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Hamas getting twitchy because it's been a couple months since they got the crap bombed out of them? Maybe this is just a pitiful cry for attention.
Posted by: SteveS || 08/01/2021 2:24 Comments || Top||

#2  This is no joke. Israeli settlers are now claiming increased terrorist activity in the Galilee sector.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 08/01/2021 9:11 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
EU adopts framework for sanctions against crisis-hit Lebanon
[Iran Press TV] The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
has adopted a legal framework for targeted restrictive measures against 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. In 2020 Hezbollahblew up a considerable portion of Beirut and many of its inhabitants when its ammonium nitrate faci8lity exploded. They blamed it on... somebody else. It wasn't them though. Trust them on that...
, which has already been grappling with an economic crisis and a political turmoil amid Western interference in the country’s domestic affairs. In a statement released on Friday, the European Council, the EU's agenda-setting body, said the framework provides for the possibility of imposing sanctions against individuals and entities that it deems responsible for "undermining democracy or the rule of law in Lebanon."

The sanctions consist of a travel ban to the EU as well as an asset freeze for persons and entities, the statement read, adding that EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed.

The sanctions regime sets out three criteria under which people may be targeted by the 27-nation bloc, including the obstruction of the democratic political process in Lebanon, the undermining of reforms in governance and the financial sector, and serious financial misconduct concerning public funds.

"Despite repeated calls on Lebanese political forces and stakeholders to act in the national interest and to no longer delay the formation of a fully empowered government capable of meeting the country’s urgent needs and implementing critical reforms, there is no progress. Meanwhile,
...back at the shootout, Butch clutched at his shoulder. Ow! he exclaimed, with feeling......
the economic, social and humanitarian situation in Lebanon continues to tank and the people continue to suffer," the statement read.

"It is, however, of the utmost importance that the Lebanese leadership put aside their differences and work together to form a government and enact the measures required to steer the country towards a sustainable recovery."

The EU diplomats have said targets are not likely to be decided before the end of the summer.

Earlier this month, the EU had said that the bans would not be immediately implemented.



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Resistance front won't allow Israel to perpetrate crimes with impunity, says analyst
[Iran Press TV] A political commentator has reacted to the retaliatory attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum products tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, stressing that the resistance front will not allow the Tel Aviv regime to commit crimes with impunity.

"The Axis of Resistance® won't permit Israelis to commit any crimes without retaliation, whether from Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of...
, Leb
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [80 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Ayatollah Khamenei pardons, commutes sentences of 2,825 prisoners on occasion of two Islamic festivities
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [67 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  did he commute them before they were hung?
Posted by: Chris || 08/01/2021 1:04 Comments || Top||


Art, literature contests being held about Prophet Muhammad
[Iran Press TV] The World Congress of Arts for Muhammad, The Prophet of Mercy, is holding contests in different languages and sub-categories of art and literature, with themes involving the Prophet Muhammad (PTUI!) and Islam.

Contestants can submit their works of art and literature on the website of the congress at www.wcam.ir until August 9, 2021, and the winners will be announced on the occasion of the Prophet’s birthday, which falls on October 24 this year.

The sub-categories of literature include poetry, short story, very short story, novel and literary texts, and those of art include calligraphy, calligraphy painting, poster, digital art, typography, painting, Tazhib, photography, short film and video clip.

According to the website of the World Congress of Arts for Muhammad, The Prophet of Mercy, the winners in each sub-category will be awarded a cash prize as well as valuable local handicrafts, an honorary diploma and the selected artworks’ booklet.
Posted by: Fred || 08/01/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Can anyone enter? And is there a Blasphemy category?
Posted by: SteveS || 08/01/2021 2:27 Comments || Top||

#2  I wonder if I can send my entry...


This young Bedouin child of haste,
grew up claiming to be Quraysh.
Whether of sunstroke or a good toke,
he then met Allan, or Beelzebub incorporate.

And since then, mon ami, ma cher,
the world that didst err,
straying from Yawheh to fat prelate,
has by them Mohammeds been laid waste.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 3:47 Comments || Top||

#3  ^^^
Excellent for the Poetry part of the contest. You will definitely win, I feel it in the Whispering Voices Emanating from the Koran (dron.Dron..DRON...crescendo DRON)
Posted by: Large Greatch2751 || 08/01/2021 4:17 Comments || Top||

#4  I think I'll send this one from Imran Khan's email. That way he'll win the prize.

Our prophet of mercy,
was merciful to a fault.
Once tore a woman in half,
and then fed her some salt.

Everything he said,
left to us to decipher
(never learnt to write or read,
always busy with his heifer).

His message potent, if you lack intent
in becoming a malcontent.
Even today, 'slamabad to Teh-ran,
'it's like giving rabies to a man.'
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  Where's Hunter?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/01/2021 9:45 Comments || Top||

#6  I doubt anything will sell.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 08/01/2021 23:38 Comments || Top||



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