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Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader
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Africa Horn
Ethiopia security forces kill alleged coup leader
[Al Jazeera] Æthiopian security forces have killed the man accused of orchestrating a failed coup d'etat in the northern Amhara region over the weekend.

General Asamnew Tsige, who allegedly led the coup attempt, was shot on Monday near the Amhara state capital Bahir Dar, the prime minister's press secretary, Negussu Tilahun, told Rooters news agency on Monday.

Tilahun declined to give any other details.

"Asaminew Tsige - who has been in hiding since the failed coup attempt over the weekend - has been rubbed out," state broadcaster EBC reported.

The failed putsch on Saturday led to the killing of five bigwigs, including the army chief of staff. The latest to die was the attorney-general of Amhara state, Migbara Kebede, who succumbed to his wounds on Monday.

Asamnew had been on the run with some of his supporters while other plotters have been arrested.

The streets of the capital Addis Ababa appeared calm as military vehicles patrolled the city, while flags were flying at half mast on Monday. Access to the internet appeared to be blocked across Æthiopia, users reported.

The reasons behind the attempted coup in the state remain unclear, although it may have been a reaction from Asamnew to a plan by state officials to rein him in after they were alarmed by reports of his ethnic rhetoric and recruitment of militias.

Brigadier-General Tefera Mamo, head of special forces in Amhara, told state television
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
on Sunday "most of the people who attempted the coup have been arrested, although there are a few still on the lam".
An Nahar adds:
Asaminew was only last year released from almost a decade in prison over a 2009 coup plot, under a mass prisoner amnesty that began under former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and continued under his reformist successor Abiy.

Analysts describe him as a hardline Amhara nationalist who was likely facing removal from his job over efforts to form a militia and rhetoric pushing for territory in neighboring Tigray to be reclaimed.

He recently appeared in a Facebook video calling for civilians to arm themselves in preparation for attack.

Amhara is one of Æthiopia's nine autonomous states and its people are the second-largest ethnic grouping after the Oromo.

Both communities spearheaded two years of anti-government protests which led to the resignation of Hailemariam.
Posted by: Fred || 06/25/2019 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [216 views] Top|| File under:


Africa North
Shots Fired at Mosque in Spain's Ceuta
[AnNahar] Two masked button men on a cycle of violence fired shots on Monday at a mosque in the Spanish territory of Ceuta on the northern coast of Africa, local officials said.

No one was injured in the attack which happened in the early hours of Monday, a front man for the Spanish central government's representative in Ceuta said.

"Three bullets struck a mosque early this morning," he told AFP, adding police were looking for two masked button men on a cycle of violence.

A handful of worshipers were inside the Muley el Mehdi mosque, one of the most important in the tiny territory, at the time of the shooting, according to local media.

Ceuta and another Spanish enclave, Melilla, sit on Morocco's Mediterranean coast, and are each surrounded on three sides by Morocco.

They both have a significant Moslem population. Around 37,000 of Ceuta's 85,000 residents are Moslem, according to the Union of Islamic communities of Spain.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 01:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [204 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  The abominationmosque was unhurt. It is still pressing for charges.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/25/2019 3:00 Comments || Top||

#2  El Cid to the white courtesy phone please.
Posted by: AlanC || 06/25/2019 8:16 Comments || Top||


Britain
Khan’s London: Attackers ‘Dressed in Burkas’ Throw Acid in Man’s Face
[BREITBART] Three people had acid thrown on them in two separate incidents over just a few hours in London, including a market stall vendor targeted by people "wearing burqas".

Djamil Mogdad was preparing his clothes stall around at 6.40am on Friday morning at Walthamstow Market when he was "assaulted with a corrosive substance", according to a Metropolitan Police front man.

"Officers and the London Fire Brigade attended. The man was taken to an east London hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening," the front man added.

"It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkhas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.

"There have been no arrests and enquiries continue."

A binman who was at the scene and gave chase to the attackers said that he was "in the cafe having a cup of tea with the boys when Djamil ran in".

He added: "He was shouting: ’I have been attacked by acid.’ He knew it was acid straight away. I jumped up and... [went] out and I see two people running so I ran after them. They were covered in black burqas. All I could see is the back of them so I couldn’t tell if they were men or women.

"I got to the top of the road and I see them get in a car. They knew where the car was."

"I managed to get the first three registration numbers but it was all so quick, and they sped off and that was it... The whole thing lasted around 30 seconds. Where the acid hit the pavement it was bubbling on the floor," he added.

A fellow trader who said he has "spoken to [the victim’s] nephew who is in the hospital with him" appeared to confirm the burqa story, suggesting that "the way [the attackers] ran he said it was not like the way a lady runs it was like the way a man runs. So it was two people wearing ladies clothes."

"They were waiting for him this morning. There was only a few stalls out and they went straight to him," he said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [234 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Coulda been worse.
Coulda been a milkshake, or a BIG GULP!
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/25/2019 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  Hmmm...

I'm guessing Jamil Mogdad isn't an ethereally beautiful man. So it couldn't be a case of the standard rejection ritual. A supremely creative hit squad from Lebanon ? New LGBTQRYZ activism ? An honest appraisal of his merchandise ?

Men-in-blackBurqas. Truly mysterious. A job for Scotland Yard if ever there was one. God knows they don't do much else.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/25/2019 12:16 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Mexico sends nearly 15,000 troops to the US border
[CNN] Mexico has deployed almost 15,000 troops to the US-Mexico border, according to the country's Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval.

"In the northern part of the country, we have deployed a total of almost 15,000 troops composed of National Guard elements and military units," Sandoval announced today in Cancun.

Approximately 2,000 National Guard members have already been deployed to Mexico's southern border with Belize and Guatemala, he noted, adding to the 4,500 troops already spread across the area. Many migrants begin their journey in Central America and even further south, passing through Mexico on their way toward the United States.

The deployments come after renewed pressure from the Trump administration on Mexico to help slow migration flows northward. Mexico, however, has also called on the United Nations and the United States to help with the monumental task.

"Migration is not a crime, it is an administrative responsibility," Sandoval said.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [246 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Wonder how many of them will vanish, or be found at your neighborhood Taco Bell.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/25/2019 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  "Migration is not a crime, it is an administrative responsibility"

Doesn't Messico have an 'administrative responsibility' to offer asylum to incoming refugees, instead of buses/trains to the US border?
Posted by: Bobby || 06/25/2019 7:48 Comments || Top||


Europe
Belgium arrests man suspected of plotting attack against US embassy
[IsraelTimes] Police don’t say whether 40-year-old, who had been scouting mission area in Brussels, is a suspected Islamic jihadist.

Belgian counterterror police have arrested a man suspected of plotting an attack against the US embassy in Brussels, federal prosecutors said Monday.

The police on Saturday arrested the man, following "converging signs raising fears of an attack against the US embassy," the prosecutor’s office said.

"The suspect has been detained for an alleged attempted attack within a terrorist context and preparation of a terrorist offense," it said in a statement.

The suspect identified only as M.G. appeared Monday morning before an investigating judge who ordered him held, it added.

The suspect denies any involvement in the alleged plot.

A source close to the investigation told AFP the suspect is a Belgian man of around 40 years and a convert to Islam, who had "raised suspicion because of his behavior."

He had been seen "scouting" the embassy area before he was arrested, the source added, speaking on condition of anonymity
... for fear of being murdered...
The source declined to say whether the suspect fit the profile of a jihadist.

A front man for the US embassy said, "We have no comment at this time."
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


Iran attempted attack in Paris, half a ton ...err...kilo of explosives found - report
[Jpost] Half a ton kilo of explosives was brought to Gay Paree in a diplomatic suitcases in order to carry out a terror attack, before being foiled by French authorities, it was reported in the British media.
amount of explosives corrected per Comment #9 below

The British newspaper "Independent in Arabic" quoted an intelligence source as saying that in 2018 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 a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
had delivered half a ton of TATP explosives in diplomatic packages to a civilian plane that was supposed to be transferred to Gay Paree to carry out an attack in the city.

According to the report, the plane arrived from Tehran to Geneva in June 2018, following an Iranian plan to carry out a terrorist attack during a meeting of the Iranian opposition. According to a report based on intelligence sources, the attack was supposed to be carried out by an Iranian intelligence official who worked at the Iranian embassy in Austria since 2014, but French intelligence thwarted the attack after the authorities arrested a Belgian couple of Iranian origin who had the explosives in their car on their way to Gay Paree.

A Western intelligence source said the intelligence official visited Tehran on July 20, 2018, where he received TATP explosives. On June 22, he transferred explosives in a civilian plane from Tehran to Austria on flight OS872, when the material was delivered in a diplomatic suitcase aboard the Airbus A320. The plane had 240 passengers.

The source added that the transfer of the explosives into a civilian plane constitutes a clear and blatant blow to all international treaties related to security in international aviation, for if it enters into strong pockets of air, the plane would explode in the air. The source referred to the Russian plane that went kaboom! shortly after taking off from the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt three years ago, and all 244 passengers aboard were killed by an explosive charge weighing half a kilogram of TNT.

According to the intelligence source, the material seized by the Belgian couple in Iran and its transfer to a terrorist attack on a civilian plane is a dangerous violation of international conventions. According to the source, Iran frequently uses civilian aircraft and civilian airlines to transport explosives, weapons and ballistic missiles, as well as funds to Hezbollah in Leb and elsewhere in the world.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [467 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Half a freaking ton???? That's a lot of blowing up. Worse if broken up into, say, five-pound lots and spread around.

There was an understanding that diplomatic pouches, with their immunity, wouldn't be used to kill people directly, espionage excluded.

Send the stuff back with a fuse designed to go off when in the presence of molested goat.
Posted by: tt || 06/25/2019 1:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Explodie Dip Pouches? Who knew ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/25/2019 2:16 Comments || Top||

#3  So why is the EU so nice to Iran that they are trying to find ways around the US sanctions.?
Posted by: lord garth || 06/25/2019 2:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Political (natural gas and oil) pressure from Vlad ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/25/2019 2:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Digging, digging.
Posted by: Beau || 06/25/2019 4:38 Comments || Top||

#6  In what world is that not an act of war?
Posted by: Silentbrick || 06/25/2019 5:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Herb's world
Posted by: Frank G || 06/25/2019 7:06 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ golf clap
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/25/2019 8:37 Comments || Top||

#9  Some errors in the report here. It was half a kilo.

Assadollah Assadi, was listed as a low-ranking official at Iran’s Vienna embassy, but identified by dissidents as station chief of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in Vienna since 2014. He handed the briefcase to an Iranian migrant family - a Mr. Amir Saadouni and his wife, Nasimeh Naami in Luxembourg and wanted him to blow up a meeting of the NCRI. The event 'Free Iran: the Alternative' was attended by dignitaries from the U.S., Europe and Middle East, including President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Maryam Rajavi, advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Congressman Newt Gingrich, former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, former Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, and others.

Iran denied a plot to blow up the NCRI also called the Mujahideen-e-Khalq obsessive fuckers, which aims to overthrow Khomeini and end clerical rule in Iran.

The spymaster was held in Germany on a Europe-wide arrest warrant and was later extradited to Belgium for trial. According to the charges, Assadi has participated in regime-sponsored assassinations for Iran for nearly thirty years.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/25/2019 11:33 Comments || Top||

#10 
Thanks for the clarification, Dron. I was unable to picture a half ton of most anything in diplomatic pouches.
Posted by: Roger Smith || 06/25/2019 13:07 Comments || Top||

#11  Picture feathers
Posted by: KBK || 06/25/2019 14:20 Comments || Top||

#12  Which falls faster in a vacumn?
.5 ton rod of God?
.5 ton feathers?
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/25/2019 15:21 Comments || Top||

#13  Herb, is that you?

I note without further snark that, despite being idiots, Rantburgers managed to debug the article.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/25/2019 17:16 Comments || Top||

#14  Thanks for the clarification, Dron. I was unable to picture a half ton of most anything in diplomatic pouches.

Pallet of cash, shipping wrapped.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 06/25/2019 19:48 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Over 100 suspects taken into custody in Balochistan
[DAWN] Police have arrested more than 100 criminals in an operation in Dera Murad Jamali, Manjo Shori, Notal, Baba Kot, Chatter, Mir Hassan and Fholji areas.

Briefing news hounds here on Sunday, Deputy Inspector General of Police Shahab Azeem Lehri said that the Nasirabad district police had succeeded in arresting these outlaws with the cooperation of Sindh Police.

Deputy Commissioner of Nasirabad Zafar Jan Mohammad Shai was also present at the media briefing.

Mr Lehri claimed that the arrested outlaws were involved in cases of murder, attempt to murder, road robberies, car and cycle of violence snatching and other crimes and seven cases had been registered against them.

He said four TT pistols, hundreds of rounds, eight magazines, seven stolen bikes, 315 kg of charas and 300 packets of Gutka were seized from the possession of the arrested suspects.

"Protecting lives and property of the people is our duty and we are making all out efforts in this regard," the DIG said.

The Nasirabad deputy commissioner said that the police and local administration were determined to maintain peace and order across the district. He said local politicians were also cooperating in eliminating the crime from the district.

Posted by: Fred || 06/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Iraqi warplanes kill five Islamic State terrorists in Anbar
Anbar (IraqiNews.com) ‐ Five 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....
bad boyz were potted Monday in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
by the Iraqi Air Force in the western province of Anbar, a tribal commander was quoted as saying.

Speaking to the privately-owned Almaalomah news website, 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 al-Obaidi, a big shot of the Tribal Mobilization Forces in Anbar, said that Iraqi warplanes targeted an armored vehicle carrying IS Lions of Islam in Wadi Hauran, west of Anbar province.

The airstrike completely destroyed the armored vehicle, killing five Islamic State Lions of Islam inside, al-Obaidi added.

The operation was launched based on intelligence information, he noted.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Kirkuk clearance continues: 14 turbans toes up, big turban tied up, turbans murder 3 innocents


Iraqi troops kill 14 Islamic State jihadists south of Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi security forces killed on Monday 14 militants of the Islamic State group during a security operation in the oil-rich Kirkuk province.

Backed by warplanes of the U.S.-led international coalition, the counter-terrorism forces carried out a preemptive operation to pursue Islamic State terrorists in Kirkuk province, Baghdad Today quoted the Security Media Cell as saying in a press statement.

As many as 14 IS militants were killed in the operation, the statement read without giving further details.

Anti-Terrorism forces apprehend IS Leader in central Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews) War Media Cell announced, on Monday, that Iraqi Anti-Terrorism forces apprehended one of the Islamic State’s leaders, in central Kirkuk.

The cell said in a press statement that the 2nd Special Operations Command (Anti-Terrorism squad of Kirkuk) managed to apprehend one of the Islamic State’s leaders.

Furthermore, the statement added that the security forces arrested the terrorist in al-Wehda neighborhood, in central Kirkuk. The forces also seized a large quantity of weapons and important documents from the terrorist.

Islamic State militants kill 3 civilians near Kirkuk

Kirkuk (IraqiNews) An official source informed, on Monday, that three civilians were killed in an attack launched by the Islamic State militants, in a vicinity in kirkuk Province.

In a press statement, the source said that militants from the Islamic State group attacked three civilians from Wardiya Village, in al-Abbasy Vicinity in Kirkuk, and killed them immediately.

Iraqi security forces cordoned off the area of the incident, and transferred the bodies to the forensic medical department, the source added.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 00:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [92 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Palestinians burn pictures, clash with troops ahead of Bahrain meet
[IsraelTimes] [IsraelTimes] Hundreds of Paleostinians protested throughout the West Bank against this week’s economic conference in Bahrain that will kick off the Trump administration’s plan for Mideast peace.
Did they stamp their feet and shake their tiny fists in impotent rage?
Paleostinians on Monday poured into the streets of West Bank cities, from Hebron to Nablus, many burning effigies of President Trump and Bahrain’s king.

Protesters in Ramallah, the seat of the Paleostinian Authority, carried a giant coffin labeled "Bahrain workshop," and signs reading "The Deal of the Century is doomed."

Dozens of youths in the southern West Bank city of Halhul set tires ablaze and slung stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.

In the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip, protest turnout was meager. A single man dressed as the late Paleostinian leader Yasser Arafat, stood on the street in Gaza City holding a sign that read "Deal of the Devil" and crossed-out Israeli and American flags.

"My message to the meeting in Bahrain, is let us alone, let us in peace," said Ibrahim al-Nahal. "We don’t need your money ... no one can stop the Paleostinian revolution."

Gaza’s Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, rulers have called for a general strike and mass demonstrations later in the week.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 01:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [169 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Not viable for a nomadic life of 1 million on little Gaza or the rest of Palestine for that matter.
Hell its smaller than some ranches in Texas.
And worse land.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/25/2019 18:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Hell its smaller than some ranches in Texas.
And worse land.


Not to mention infested with varmints, vermin and miscellaneous undesirables.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/25/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||


13 fires sparked in southern Israel by Gazan balloons
[IsraelTimes] At least 13 brush fires were sparked in southern Israel on Monday by balloon-borne incendiary devices launched 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, the local fire service said.

Two fires, at Alumim Forest and near the Nir Am Reservoir, have not yet been brought under control, firefighters said Monday evening.

According to a statement, five of the fires were sparked in the Eshkol Regional Council area southeast of Gaza, three in the Sha’ar Hanegev area northeast of the Strip, and five in the Sdot Negev region, east of Gaza.

All 13 fires were found by Sherlocks to have been started by these balloon-borne arson devices, the fire department said.

Tensions with Gaza have been steadily rising in recent weeks amid a spike of incendiary balloon attacks, including some that carried bombs that detonated in the air or on the ground inside Israeli territory.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [116 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Prevailing summer winds, 15-25, run from south (MX) to north (TX) around here. Wonder when the 'Arson-Ballooner' [AB] is gonna pick up on that.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/25/2019 0:37 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Israel smashes Syrian missile base while Russians hold fire
[National Interest] "Due to the special nature of the system, and that the Russians are likely to have supplied only a few missiles to equip the launchers, I don’t think SAA will ever use it soon. The IAF has been using the tactic of saturating the attacked area with various kinds of missiles and bombs. It is not economical to use the S-300 against such an attack."
After action review of attack on 13 April, 2019.

Posted by: Besoeker || 06/25/2019 07:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [423 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  It is not economical to use the S-300 against such an attack."

And from yesterday's notes, there are the other problems of inoperative computer tracking systems and timid missile battery crews.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/25/2019 7:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Better not to be viewed as ineffective.
Posted by: Dale || 06/25/2019 8:47 Comments || Top||

#3  I remember during Operation Desert Shield, Iraqi defense batteries firing a few rounds at the 'Southern Watch' coalition aircraft 'after' they had passed over their gun emplacements, then unassing for safer areas for an hour or two.

In Northern Watch, our 'NATO Allies' the Turks would hot permit engagement of the sites by coalition aircraft during the same sortie.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/25/2019 8:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Fascinating — lots of information that we didn’t get in the original reports..
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 11:32 Comments || Top||

#5  The bear knows not to mess with the honey badger.
Posted by: Snineter Sloluck3077 || 06/25/2019 14:27 Comments || Top||

#6 
Posted by: Rant hard live longer || 06/25/2019 18:22 Comments || Top||

#7  You are now posting stories from ages ago?
Hey this happen 4 months ago!


One of my pet peeves is articles on the web without a date. Drives me mad!

In this case, the article itself is dated 24 June 2019 and clearly refers to an incident on 13 April 2019. It provides some interesting background info we didn't have.

This was not the first time something similar has happened. Makes me think that either the Juice are really, really good and/or there is some sort of back-channel communication with the Russians to keep things under control.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/25/2019 18:44 Comments || Top||

#8  I believe this is the original report of the April 13th attack from the Rantburg archives. Given that April is the fourth month and June is the sixth month, the events in question are from two months ago, not four.

This is why I added the comment in the article that this is an after action review, which I understand to be the proper military description for looking at events afterward, when more information has been accumulated. At any rate, it’s not a term I was familiar with from my experiences before I discovered Rantburg. If I used it wrongly and caused confusion, I do apologize.

SteveS, there is indeed direct communication between the Israeli air force and the Russians — they don't want to kill one another accidentally so long as Vladimir Putin continues to be sentimental about all those Soviet Jews who emigrated to Israel. It’s been mentioned in passing a number of times in articles published here. I suspect that the forging of that connection, like the one between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Trump, have helped Bibi win the last several elections — much to the frustration of the right-thinking elites over there.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/25/2019 20:08 Comments || Top||


Leb Army Refers 12 Detainees to Judiciary over Tripoli Attack
[AnNahar] The army on Monday announced the end of investigations into the latest deadly holy warrior attack in Tripoli
...a confusing city, one end of which is located in Lebanon and the other end of which is the capital of Libya. Its chief distinction is being mentioned in the Marine Hymn...
"The Lebanese Army's Intelligence Directorate has wrapped up its investigations into the operation that was carried out by the terrorist Abdul Rahman Mabsout on June 3, 2019 in several neighborhoods of the city of Tripoli," the military said in a statement.

The attack "resulted in the martyrdom of four servicemen and the wounding of a number of civilians, in addition to material damage to several buildings and military and civilian vehicles," the army added.

"In light of the investigations, the aforementioned directorate has referred to the competent judicial authorities 12 detainees who had ties to the slain terrorist and the operation that he carried out," the military said.

Mabsout is a former member of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group who fought with the turban movement in Syria. He were tossed into the calaboose when he returned to Leb in 2016 and was released a year later.

Media reports have identified eight of those detained by the army in the wake of the incident as Mabsout’s father and brother, a person who had ties to him and five young men who belong to "Sheikh Kanaan Naji’s group."
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Turkey bans jihadists from using anti-aircraft missiles against Russian jets
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
has allegedly prohibited the jihadist rebels in northern Syria from using anti-aircraft missiles against Russian jets, the news site Avia.Pro reported.

According to the Russian publication, the Ottoman Turkish Armed Forces handed over portable anti-aircraft missile systems (i.e. MANPADS) to protect themselves and their territory from Syrian Air Force strikes.

However,
Switzerland makes more than cheese...
the jihadist rebels, specifically Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
, were reportedly prohibited from using these MANPADS against the Russian Air Force. The Russian and Ottoman Turkish armed forces maintain good relations in Syria, despite their disagreements on the leadership of the country.

Initially, it was reported that dozens of FIM-92 Stingers were handed over to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, but Avia.Pro believes, citing recent photographs from northern Syria, that the MANPADS are Soviet-era anti-aircraft missiles.

The holy warrior forces did capture a large quantity of these Soviet-era MANPADS during the first years of the war. The MANPADS were left behind by the Syrian Arab Army and recovered by groups like the Free Syrian Army
... the more palatable version of the Syrian insurgency, heavily influenced by the Moslem Brüderbund...
(FSA).

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#1  Want all the credit for themselves.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/25/2019 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  sounds like BS

Say you are a MANPAD operator in the HT al Sham and some aircraft is attacking you. You are going to say, 'well it might be Russian so I'll just let it kill me'.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/25/2019 1:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe Turkey could ask them to stop OTHER things too.

GOD I'm sick of this.
Posted by: newc || 06/25/2019 2:32 Comments || Top||


Syria’s oil pipeline comes under attack in eastern Mediterranean
[ALMASDARNEWS] Syria’s oil pipeline in the eastern Mediterranean came under attack recently, state-owned al-Ikhbariya TV reported.

According to the al-Ikhbariya report, at least five oil pipelines were attacked over the weekend; however, no group has been blamed.

"We were informed yesterday about an oil leak off Baniyas. Specialist divers of the Syrian oil company investigated it and found traces of external damage on five pipelines," the Syrian Oil Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The city of Baniyas is home to one of Syria’s two oil refineries. The other situated in the city of Homs. Syria has been reportedly relying on oil shipments through tankers to its Mediterranean coast.

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Syrian Army storms strategic hilltop in new attempted advance in NW Hama
[ALMASDARNEWS] A heavy battle broke out this morning when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stormed the strategic hilltop of Tal Malah in northwestern Hama.

Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army reportedly stormed the western axis of the hilltop in an attempt to fracture the jihadist lines.

According to a military source near the front-lines in northwestern Hama, intense festivities are still ongoing at the moment; however, no advance has been made.

The Syrian Arab Army is seeking to retake Tal Malah and the nearby town of Jibeen from the jihadist rebels. Tal Malah overlooks the main road between the government strongholds of Mhardeh and Sqaylabiyeh.

Tal Malah and Jibeen were captured by the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
and their allies from Jaish al-Izza two weeks ago.

At the same time, the Syrian Arab Army reported that they managed to shoot down a murderous Moslem drone that was flying over the Christian town of Mhardeh this morning.

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#1  "...strategic hilltop" like Khe Sanh was strategic... until it wasn't? Journalists keep using that phrase. Is it an F5 macro on their word processors?
...like "rounds of bullet™" on the RAB stories?
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Iran reveals another US spy drone flight
[ALMASDARNEWS] Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has posted a map on his Twitter, which he says shows another US spy drone encroaching Iranian airspace on 26 May. He also hinted in the tweet that 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 a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
has information about US preparations to blame the Islamic Theocratic Republic for an attack on oil tankers.

The map shows a US MQ9 Reaper drone entering Iranian airspace off the coast of Asaluyeh in Bushehr Province. The UAV received a total of three warnings over the border violation. After it left Iranian airspace it also circled near the country’s border for some time, the map shows.

The foreign minister notably attributed the moves, described in the tweet, to the "B Team" ‐ a group of Trump administration "hawks", which, as Tehran insists, are trying to drag the US into a war with Iran.

The Pentagon is yet to comment on the minister’s revelations.

Zarif previously posted a detailed map showing the flight path of the US drone that was shot down on 20 June, including the spot, where it was destroyed by the country’s air defences. The map explicitly showed that the drone entered Iranian airspace on several occasions and received multiple warnings until it was finally shot down.

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#1  The lines on that map were Iranian air defense radar boundaries not internationally recognized border. Zarif can FOAD.
Posted by: 3dc || 06/25/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||


Turkish military deploys missile launchers to front-lines with Syrian Army
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish military has transported its missile launchers to the northwestern countryside of the Hama Governorate, Monday, as tensions remain high between the latter and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in northern Syria.

Based on video footage released by pro-opposition media, the Ottoman Turkish military transported its MLRS launchers to their observation post in the town of Sheir Magher.

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