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Good Morning

U.S. Women's Soccer Team disgraces America
Tuesday July 6th, 2021

mickeyhargitay20
If You Can't Beat Them, Beat Them %u2013 Muslim Brotherhood Member Attacks Woman of Opposition Party in Parliament
Antifa are celebrating the Fourth of July in Portland by burning US flags.
CIS southern republics prepare for aftermath of Taliban takeover
At the violent antifa protest outside the Wi Spa in Los Angeles on Saturday, antifa surrounded and hit a woman with a skateboard
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau denounces toppling of statues of Royals
Deputy Director @ITCTofficial, Faran Jeffery @Natsecjeff has been unlawfully abducted by Pakistani security services from his home
Hunter Biden memos call into question
congressional testimony of Democrat lobbying firm

Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 15:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Mariska Hargitay's father. I'm a huge fan whatever her politics. Her co star Chris Meloni can go fcuk himself.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/06/2021 13:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Leopard-skin athletic outfits! Why do the hate us?
Posted by: jpal || 07/06/2021 15:47 Comments || Top||

#3  'they'
Posted by: jpal || 07/06/2021 15:49 Comments || Top||

#4 
Wiki Biography: Miklós "Mickey" Hargitay - Accomplished Person - Interesting

Pictures of His Wives (in chronological order):
Mary Birge - Jane Mansfield - Ellen Siano



Posted by: Daffy the Cheap1782 || 07/06/2021 16:39 Comments || Top||

#5  For jpal- Another view of the Leopard outfit
don't let anyone else look 👀

Posted by: Daffy the Cheap1782 || 07/06/2021 16:51 Comments || Top||

#6 
Mariska Hargitay
Posted by: Daffy the Cheap1782 || 07/06/2021 17:01 Comments || Top||

#7  Her co star Chris Meloni can go fcuk himself.

A reference to the TV show, "Law and Order, SUV".
Posted by: SteveS || 07/06/2021 17:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Or, Oz.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/06/2021 23:30 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Taliban Kill 16 Security personnel near Salma Dam
[KhaamaPress] Local sources confirmed that at least 16 security personnel have been killed in an attack on a checkpoint at the Salma Dam in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province.

Salma dam located on the Hari River in the Chishti Sharif District of Herat Province in western Afghanistan, was attacked on Sunday night by Taliban
...Arabic for students...
, according to local sources.

Sources claimed that the checkpoint and its equipment had fallen into the hands of Taliban.

The Afghan-India Friendship Dam, which is 20 km in length and three kilometers in width, has a water storage capacity of 640 million cubic meters.

The Salma Dam which is a major project in Afghanistan, is one of India’s most expensive infrastructure projects in Afghanistan in recent decades.

The dam, which is 20 km in length and three kilometers in width, has the capacity to irrigate 200,000 acres of farmland from the Chishti Sharif District of Herat to the Zulfiqar area on the 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...
Border.

So far, both the Taliban and government officials have not commented on the matter.

This comes as the hydroelectric dam projects have been a target of Taliban attacks in the past, but the Taliban claimed that there was no plan to demolish the Salma Dam.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


11 Districts Fall to Taliban in 24 Hours: Sources
[ToloNews] Sources said that 11 districts have fallen to the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
in the last 24 hours — seven districts in Badakhshan, two districts in Kandahar, one in Parwan and one in Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
The districts are Maimai, Nusai, Shuki, Khwahan, Ishakashim, Shuhada and Yawan in Badakhshan, Nish and Mianshin in Kandahar, Nawa in Helmand and Shinwari in Parwan.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan commandos deployed to Faizabad city, a city surrounded on all sides.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] So much for the idea of peace talks. I must be sick. I feel like barfing at the wasted lives.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  ...One wonders how much of the oh-did-we-forget-to-tell-you bugout from Bagram AB was fear of one last banzai attack (or its Islamic equivalent)from the Taliban.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/06/2021 6:32 Comments || Top||


#3 

#2 Afghan troops are filmed laying down arms as US general overseeing NATO exit says he's shocked by how quickly they've surrendered to the Taliban and 1,000 are caught fleeing the country

Posted by: Skidmark 2021-07-06 07:34


If he's shocked, he's either lying or he's the only one.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/06/2021 7:37 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ D'accord! Why would members of "Tribe X" want to die for the Pashtuns?
Posted by: magpie || 07/06/2021 11:05 Comments || Top||


Afghan Govt soldiers retreat into Tajikastan
Fog of war, elucidated with three reports.
[DailyCaller] More than 1,000 members of the Afghanistan security forces escaped to neighboring Tajikistan as the Taliban waged attacks throughout the country's northern region.
[did they leave their heavy weapons? if so, the officers should be executed]
The Afghanistan soldiers; escape represented the largest retreat since the Taliban, a powerful political and military group in the Middle Eastern nation, has increased advances, Reuters reported. The retreat is just the latest setback for the nation's current government as U.S. military forces continue to withdraw from the country.

"Special attention was paid to the escalation of the situation in Afghanistan's northern areas adjacent to Tajikistan," Tajikistan's government said in a statement Sunday, according to Reuters.

At least 1,037 soldiers crossed into Tajikistan.

300 soldiers flee to Tajikistan as Taliban offensive rises in northern Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] Officials in Tajikistan’s National Security confirmed that nearly 300 Afghan soldiers have crossed the border and fled to Tajikistan after a heavy clash between Afghan National Defense and Security Forces and the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
The officials though have not specified the exact area from where the soldiers crossed the border but said that there has been a heavy confrontation between the Taliban and Afghan cops in Badakhshan districts bordering Tajikistan.

This is the second time Afghan troops flee Afghanistan and cross the border to neighboring Tajikistan. Over 130 Afghan soldiers left Afghanistan last month and sought sanctuary in Tajikistan.

Fawad Aman, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Defence confirmed that the Baharak district of Badakhshan province was recaptured by ANDSF. The ministry claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties to Talibs during the seizure operation. The district had fallen to the Taliban the previous day.
Yesterday in comments Skidmark gave us a BBC article that reported:
The retreat is the third time Afghan soldiers have fled to Tajikistan over the past three days and the fifth case over the past fortnight. In total, nearly 1,600 soldiers have crossed the border.

The latest group of Afghan troops sought refuge early on Monday morning after fighting with murderous Moslems during the night, Tajikistan's National Security Committee said.

Badakhshan and Takhar provinces, which border Tajikistan, have seen a rapid Taliban
...Arabic for students...
advance.

"The Taliban cut off all the roads and these people had nowhere to go but to cross the border," one senior Afghan official told Rooters on Monday.

Military officials in Kabul have talked about "tactical retreat" whenever Death Eaters made gains, but we hear from commanders in the battlefield about a lack of ammunition, and delays in sending support.

In Badakhshan province, where the government lost significant territory in recent days, local sources say many government officials "escaped" to Kabul way before Taliban attacks.

There have also been reports of more soldiers seeking refuge in Pakistain and Uzbekistan to escape the fighting.

Neighbouring countries are bracing themselves for a potential influx of refugees if the fighting continues to intensify.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10797 views] Top|| File under:

#1  As if we needed more evidence the entire, two decades old AFG effort was an exercise in futility.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/06/2021 5:20 Comments || Top||

#2  As if we needed more evidence the entire, two decades old AFG effort was an exercise in futility.

There's a ton of media investment in the myth of the indomitable Afghan, if that Afghan is our enemy. I'm skeptical. First, Afghans have repeatedly been slaughtered on the battlefield. Second, $5b is a lot of equipment and ammo. And that's per year. Third, the Taliban Tet can be sustained for days, and maybe weeks.

But does anyone really think the Taliban are up the task of sustaining this for months? They are not the NVA, which also had the Soviets and the Chinese providing huge amounts of equipment and ammo. Relative to the Soviets*, the Chinese were a pimple on the rear end of the NVA resupply effort, and even they provided 1b rounds of ammo.

If the Taliban don't win in the short run - and I mean months - they have shot their wad. Pakistan's military budget is $9b. It doesn't have the wherewithal to supply the Taliban with enough money to keep this up.

* Now, the Soviet aid was technically a loan, 85% of which was forgiven under Putin. So maybe the Russians felt they could afford to shell out more money for their client states.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/06/2021 10:38 Comments || Top||

#3  Wonder if these were the ‘Hundreds’ of Troops Deployed to Protect Border Town in North from Saturday.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/06/2021 11:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Bush basically declared victory and left for Iraq but all the military and media geniuses moaned about Afghanistan being the righteous war, so he reversed course.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/06/2021 19:09 Comments || Top||


Africa Horn
If You Can't Beat Them, Beat Them – Muslim Brotherhood Member Attacks Woman of Opposition Party in Parliament
[GatewayPundit] A Muslim Brotherhood member in the Tunisian parliament attacked a female member of another party while in session.

According to Israel Unwired:

This video is being pointed out by Sarah Idan, former Miss Iraq. She knows the dangers of oppressive Arabs firsthand. Idan is pointing out how the Muslim Brotherhood treats women in the Middle East. When someone criticizes a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, this is the response: Violence. Can you imagine a parliament member in Europe hitting a woman who didn’t agree with him? That is not how civilized societies act. That is not how the Western World acts.

Posted by: Ulesh Omeregum6889 || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10803 views] Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood


Africa Subsaharan
Gunmen kidnap 140 school students in northwest Nigeria
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Heavily-armed criminal gangs often attack villages to loot, steal cattle and abduct for ransom in northwest and central Nigeria, but since the start of the year they have increasingly targeted schools and colleges.

The attackers scaled a fence to break into the Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state in the early hours of Monday, taking away most of the 165 pupils boarding there overnight.

“The kidnappers took away 140 students, only 25 students escaped. We still have no idea where the students were taken,” Emmanuel Paul, a teacher at the school told AFP.

Kaduna state police spokesman Mohammed Jalige confirmed the early Monday morning attack, but he could not give details on the number of pupils taken.

“Tactical police teams went after the kidnappers,” he said. “We are still on the rescue mission.”

Around 1,000 students and pupils have been abducted in different Nigerian states since December last year. Most have been released after negotiations with local officials, although some are still being held.

Bethel Baptist High School is a co-education college established by Baptist church in 1991 at Maramara village in Chikun district outside the state capital Kaduna.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 01:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10808 views] Top|| File under: ISWAP

#1  Notice the absence of the term.... 'to be sold into slavery ?'
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/06/2021 8:13 Comments || Top||


#3  Bethel Baptist High School

Christians, like the mass abduction that started it all and had Michelle Obama making sad puppy eyes.
Posted by: Hupanter Angiter6497 || 07/06/2021 15:47 Comments || Top||


Europe
Italy arrests four suspected of sending funds to ISIS
[SHAFAQ] The four men were suspected of wiring 30,000 euros in total from a money transfer agency in the southeastern Italian town of Andria to 42 collectors of funds for Death Eaters, in countries including Serbia, Germany, The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
, Jordan, Thailand, and Russia.

Subsequent investigations showed the same 42 collectors had received as much as 1 million euros in suspicious transfers from other sources, said Luca Cioffi, a colonel in the Italian tax police.

The payments made by the men arrested on Monday included 5,000 euros sent to two Russians, days before an attack on a church in southern Russia that killed five women, Cioffi said.

Investigators were still trying to determine the source of the funds. "The people arrested today are unemployed and have no income, so investigations are still ongoing to identify who was giving them money to send abroad", Cioffi told Rooters.

The probe, led by anti-mafia prosecutors in regional capital Bari, started in 2017 following a tip-off from Gay Paree prosecutors over two transfers of 950 euros each from a small agency in southern Italia to a Lebanese national considered by the French to be a money collector for imported muscle in Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Fifth Column
Antifa are celebrating the Fourth of July in Portland by burning US flags.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  For Antifa, this is pure laziness - no inspiration at all. Interesting.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/06/2021 23:12 Comments || Top||


At the violent antifa protest outside the Wi Spa in Los Angeles on Saturday, antifa surrounded and hit a woman with a skateboard
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: Antifa/BLM

#1  Time to rumble. Time to f up these sadistic freaks.
Posted by: Kojo B. Hayes4035 || 07/06/2021 22:27 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Deputy Director @ITCTofficial, Faran Jeffery @Natsecjeff has been unlawfully abducted by Pakistani security services from his home
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]



Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Iraq
ISIS kills five in clash with civilians: police spokesperson
[Rudaw] Five non-combatants were killed on Sunday night when festivities broke out with 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) murderous Moslems in Diyala province as villagers attempted to free two captives held by the terror group, a police spokesperson said on Monday.
Brave villagers.
Two farmers were kidnapped from an area north of Gulala (Jalawla) sub-district.

"The family of the kidnapped knew ISIS [Arabic acronym for ISIS] had taken the abductees to Ibrahim Samin village near Qara Tapa town. To retrieve the abductees, they had asked the residents of Umm Hunta for assistance," Brigadier General Nihad Mohammed, spokesperson for Diyala police command, told Rudaw.

A group then went to where the murderous Moslems were holding the two hostages in Qara Tapa, and "forced them to release the abductees, but ISIS then set up a trap and killed five residents of those villages," Mohammed added.

Ahmed Zargushi, mayor of Gulala, told Rudaw that ISIS murderous Moslems in the area are small in number, "but they have a lot of movement especially between the villages of Lesser Umm Hunta and Greater Umm Hunta."

Zargushi added that security in the area is under Iraqi control.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/06/2021 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  At least the world doesn't have to read those mean Tweets any more, so there's that.
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 07/06/2021 9:27 Comments || Top||


ISIS suspect arrested over planned attack on Erbil: security council
[Rudaw] A suspected 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....
(ISIS) has been arrested by security forces in Erbil after planning to carry out an attack against the counterterrorism headquarters in the city, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC).

Sabhan Abdulsalam, 51, from Nineveh province, was planning an attack on the counterterrorism directorate's building - which is affiliated to the KRSC - in Erbil as directed by ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the statement said.

The council also released video footage of an alleged confession from the suspect. It is not clear when he was arrested.

"I joined Islamic State’s Nineveh vilayet [ISIS term for province] in 2014. I was employed at the development and industry board as well as in the earth-shattering kabooms section. I was working in the Islamic State ranks until djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
was liberated. Then, I moved to Kirkuk and stayed there for a while. Later, I came to Erbil," said Abdulsalam in the video released by the KRSC.

He said he then called his brother in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
"to rejoin the Islamic State," before being called by someone asking for footage of the headquarters "in order to free the prisoners under the order of the Caliph." He sent the footage and was awaiting money and explosives when he was arrested, he added.

The KRSC also released the voice recording of a person they claimed to be ISIS spokesperson Hamza al-Qaraishi, purportedly asking ISIS fighters to free the group’s prisoners in Iraq and Syria.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/06/2021 01:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


US forces shoot down armed drone over Baghdad embassy
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Courtesy of Hupanter Angiter6497, Just the News adds:
American forces shot down an armed drone as it flew near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, according to reports.

No one was hurt in the Monday incident, which took place less than 12 hours after a rocket attack was launched against Ain Al-Assad Air Base, where U.S. troops are stationed.

In the first attack, three rockets were fired on the base, said a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve.

"The rockets landed on the base perimeter," Col. Wayne Marotto said in a statement. "There are no injuries and damage is being assessed."
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Kurdish authorities thwart a plan to release ISIS prisoners
[SHAFAQ] The Kurdistan Region Security Council reported that it thwarted a plan to release ISIS prisoners.

The council published a video clip showing an ISIS terrorist confessing to planning attacks on the General Directorate of Combating Terrorism in Erbil to release the prisoners of the organization.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


PMF surrounds ISIS terrorists in western al-Anbar, ISIS big turban tied up, more about air base attack
[SHAFAQ] Forces of al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces-PMF) besieged a territory where ISIS movements were identified in western al-Anbar.

In a statement issued on Monday, the commander of the PMF Operations in al-Anbar, Qasim Musleh, said, "a joint force of the PMF brigades 13,17,18, and 19 circles al-Ratka which witnessed movements of the terrorist organization of ISIS," hinting at the attacks that targeted the PMF fighters earlier today.

"The remnants of the ISIS terrorist organization targeted a water truck without causing injuries," he added, "our forces besieged the area in which the gunnies are located and exchanged fire with them."

ISIS's media official arrested in al-Anbar
[SHAFAQ] The Security Media Cell reported that the official of the ISIS media platform had been arrested while he was trying to enter al-Heet district in al-Anbar.

The cell said in a statement that the security forces set up an ambush for the terrorist and were able to arrest him.

According to the statement, the arrested was handed over to the concerned authorities.

The Security Media Cell discloses new details about the Ain Al-Assad Air Base attack
[SHAFAQ] The Security Media Cell issued a statement regarding the Ain al-Assad Air Base attack, west of al-Anbar.

The cell said in a statement that the security forces opened an investigation into the incident.

The security forces seized a vehicle left behind in al-Heet carrying the launchpad that launched the attacks on the base, according to the statement.

Earlier today, Katyusha rockets reportedly landed inside the Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq.

A source told Shafaq News agency that the airbase hosting U.S. and other international forces was targeted by a rocket, without leaving any casualties.

An initial report by the U.S.-led Coalition said, "At approx. 2:45 PM local time, Ain al-Assad Air Base was attacked by three rockets. The rockets landed on the base perimeter."

"There are no injuries and damage is being assessed," it added.

On April 8, the air base was bombarded by 24 rockets but no party grabbed credit of the attack. The United States accuses Iran-backed gangs of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops and interests in Iraq.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Security Media Cell discloses new details about the Ain Al-Assad Air Base attack
[SHAFAQ] The Security Media Cell issued a statement regarding the Ain al-Assad Air Base attack, west of al-Anbar.

The cell said in a statement that the security forces opened an investigation into the incident.

The security forces seized a vehicle left behind in al-Heet carrying the launchpad that launched the attacks on the base, according to the statement.

Earlier today, Katyusha rockets reportedly landed inside the Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq.

A source told Shafaq News agency that the airbase hosting U.S. and other international forces was targeted by a rocket, without leaving any casualties.

An initial report by the U.S.-led Coalition said, "At approx. 2:45 PM local time, Ain al-Assad Air Base was attacked by three rockets. The rockets landed on the base perimeter."

"There are no injuries and damage is being assessed," it added.

On April 8, the air base was bombarded by 24 rockets but no party grabbed credit of the attack. The United States accuses Iran-backed gangs of launching regular rocket attacks against its troops and interests in Iraq.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10798 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Iraqi army thwarts attempt to blow up power transmission tower in Diyala, 44 transmission lines targetted past few days
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

The cell said in a statement that the Fifth Division of the Iraqi army managed to thwart an attempt to detonate a power transmission tower in al-Safra area with TNT.

A widespread power outage hit Iraq on Friday as temperatures reached scorching levels, affecting millions of Iraqis, including those in affluent areas in the capital of Baghdad, and stirring concerns of widespread unrest.

Iraq's grid was generating just over 4,000 megawatts, according to Ministry of Electricity data on Friday morning — significantly less than the 12,000-17,000 megawatts the grid generates on average. By midday, production had climbed to 8,000 MW.

The cuts have impacted Baghdad and the southern governorates in particular.

In the oil-rich southern city of Basra, which in the past has seen violent mostly peaceful protests over chronic electricity cuts and poor public services, a group of protesters burned tires to block roads during a demonstration demanding the return of electricity.

The Electricity Ministry said power transmission lines have been routinely sabotaged by unknown groups in northern Iraq in recent weeks. One 400 kilovolt line from Kirkuk to Qayara was targeted Thursday, the ministry said in a statement.

Another 132 kV line was hit in Salahhadin on the same day.

Local TV channels initially reported that the outage on Friday was due to the cutting of a major 400 kV line between Baghdad and the southern Governorate of Babel. The ministry has not confirmed the incident.

Total shutdowns can also occur when Iraq's electricity network is working at maximum capacity. Defects in the transmission network and distribution capacity also contribute to outages. High temperatures can also impact the distribution lines.

44 electricity lines targeted by terrorists in past few days

[Rudaw] At least 44 electricity pylons have been targets of terrorist attacks over the past few days, the spokesperson to Iraq’s Joint Operation Command told state media, adding that most of them have been repaired.

"There are around 44 to 45 transmission lines that have been targeted by forces of Evil in the past few days," Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji told state media on Sunday. "Most of the targeted power lines have been repaired."

Several attacks on electricity lines have been reported in the past few months, mostly in the disputed territories where ISIS has exploited a security vacuum.

One terrorist was killed by security forces in Diyala province as he was trying to blow up electricity pylons on Wednesday.

Earlier in June, the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity said that a major power line in Kirkuk governorate was out of service after an act of "sabotage" with an bomb, detonating two nearby electricity pylons.

"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) terrorist organization seeks to create panic through targeting these power lines," Khafaji said, adding that a joint operations cell between the security forces and the electricity ministry has been formed to set up strategies on how to protect those power lines, along with a joint force between the army, police, and the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF or Hashd al-Shaabi) formed to protect those towers.

In a statement released on Monday, the Ministry of Electricity announced that the transmission lines that supply power to the al-Karkh water project were targeted, indicating that ISIS attempted to cut off water supplies to nearby populations.

Earlier in June, a spokesperson from Iraq’s electricity ministry told Rudaw English that bombs have disrupted electricity lines in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
and Diyala, affecting areas across the country, including the capital Baghdad.

The power outages caused by such attacks have exacerbated problems for civilians who are already dealing with soaring temperatures in a year of drought and water shortages

Iraq has long suffered from chronic outages and electricity shortages in a country where summer temperatures reach over 50 degrees Celsius. Such shortages have in past years been a rallying call for protesters, most notably in the summer of 2018.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10802 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  I can take a about an hour on the tower of power,

...as long as I gets a little golden shower!
Posted by: Frank Zappa || 07/06/2021 0:23 Comments || Top||


Three Iraqi soldiers injured in an explosion north of Saladin
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Local official denounces the ''neglect'' security gaps areas are subjected to
[SHAFAQ] The Deputy Governor of Diyala, Karim Ali Zangana, denounced neglecting the security gaps between Diyala and Kurdistan Region, which have become "death traps" for citizens.

Zangana told Shafaq News Agency, "condemning and denouncing are useless, they have become flawed, given that there are no immediate, rapid and objective solutions to curb criminal acts in Khanaqin, Hamrin Basin, Sheikh Baba and the outskirts of Qara Tappa."

Zangana attributed the causes of the attacks to "the weak intelligence and security effort, in addition to the small number of security forces deployed in the vast security gaps areas, where faceless myrmidons roam freely."

The Deputy Governor of Diyala called for developing solutions, and "holding the Joint Operations Command legal and military responsibility for what is happening in these areas, as it had announced earlier that there was coordination between the central government and the regional government to secure these areas."

Zangana called on politicians to "stop political bidding and bickering that is not in the interest of citizens and their security."
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Could be Chicago.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/06/2021 7:45 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
AI drone swarm ‘is used in combat for the first time as Israel deploy them to attack Hamas militants'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Israeli Defence Force (IDF) said the swarm was used to identify Hamas targets for guided mortar weapons

  • The swarm requires only a single human pilot to guide them to their target

  • The drones fly as one integrated network guided by artificial intelligence

  • Comes just weeks after Israel announced a laser defence system that can shoot down enemy drones and missiles

  • The IDF commander told local news outlets that the swarm unit has already carried out more than 30 successful operations and that the IDF are planning to make more drone swarms available to support forces.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/06/2021 08:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Good for them. It's important to stay ahead of the Paleostinians.
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 07/06/2021 9:20 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't think the IDF claimed their laser defense system could shoot down missiles.

I think that is a goal.
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/06/2021 10:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Go get 'em guys!
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/06/2021 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Kill 'em where they live. And their insipid enablers too.
Posted by: jpal || 07/06/2021 16:11 Comments || Top||

#5  I seem to remember reports hinting at swarming drones during the Azerbaijan/Armenia dustup.

Guess it all depends on what you are expecting from the term AI.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/06/2021 17:55 Comments || Top||

#6  Nice shootin' Moishe!
Posted by: Angereng Glotch9200 || 07/06/2021 19:12 Comments || Top||


Israeli occupation troops arrest seven Palestinians in the West Bank
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Palestinian media outlets stated that the occupation troops stormed Ras al-Amud neighborhood in occupied Jerusalem, the towns of Arraba and Zababdeh in Jenin and Beita in Nablus, and they arrested seven Palestinians.

On Sunday, Israeli occupation troops three Palestinians in the West Bank.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under: PLO


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Blast and large blaze reported at state-owned warehouse near Tehran
[IsraelTimes] An explosion Monday at a state-owned warehouse outside of Tehran caused a major fire at the site, according to unconfirmed preliminary reports out of Iran.

Footage uploaded to social media showed large billows of smoke above the Iranian factory.

No additional details were immediately available regarding the source of the blast or the purpose of the warehouse, but the site is near factories of several major companies.

Monday’s incident was the latest in a series of mysterious blasts and malfunctions in Iran, many of which have been blamed by Tehran on Israel.

Last month, a massive fire broke out at the state-owned Tondgooyan Petrochemical Co. oil refinery, which serves Tehran. A blast was believed to have struck a pipeline for liquefied petroleum gas at the facility. No additional information was provided then either.

In May, a petrochemical site in southern 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...
was hit by a kaboom that killed one worker and injured two others. Authorities at the city of Asaluyehin in the Bushehr province said the blast originated in the oxygen transmission pipeline to two local petrochemical complexes, according to state news agency IRNA.

Numerous explosions have been reported over the past few years in complexes vital to Iran’s nuclear program and its energy and military sectors, notably including alleged sabotage at the Natanz nuclear plant.

The most recent such incident was a drone attack last month that reportedly damaged an Iranian nuclear facility in Karaj, said to have been used for assembling centrifuges for uranium enrichment.



Posted by: trailing wife || 07/06/2021 01:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1 
Should have consulted with an expert about conditions
Posted by: Shinter Splat6598 || 07/06/2021 3:55 Comments || Top||

#2  I love 4th of July fireworks!
Posted by: boomerc || 07/06/2021 4:10 Comments || Top||

#3  "Jewish lightning!" ;)
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 07/06/2021 9:23 Comments || Top||


Booby-trapped motorcycle blast in front of QSD position in al-Shadadi, Hasaka countryside
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

A number of civilians were maimed in the earth-shattering kaboom of a booby-trapped cycle of violence in front of one of the US occupation-backed QSD militia in al-Shadadi City in Hasaka southern countryside.

Local sources told SANA news hound that a booby-trapped cycle of violence went off before noon on Monday in front of one of the QSD positions on the main road at the center of al-Shadadi City, as a number of the militia’s members were killed and others were maimed, in addition to the injury of a number of civilians who were in the place, in addition to causing material damages.

The attacks against QSD militia have been escalated in the areas of their deployment in the Syrian al-Jazeera region with the increase in the popular anger against this militia, and its criminal practices against the locals.
The view from Rudaw:
Two people were maimed after an explosives-laden cycle of violence blew up outside the office of the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Shaddadi, northeast Syria (Rojava) on Monday, the PYD has said.

"As a result of the earth-shattering kaboom, two people were maimed and it also caused material loss to public property and the nearby buildings," the party said in a statement published to its website.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also reported the incident. No one has grabbed credit for the attack.

The PYD later released another statement, condemning the attack as part of ongoing terrorist acts.

Shaddadi is located in the south of Hasaka province.

The town is known to have an 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) presence. Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have previously carried out military operations against the group in the area.
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10801 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant back online
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 07/06/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Hope the chewing gum holds.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/06/2021 10:57 Comments || Top||

#2  Many moons ago, a huge-ass batch of bad capacitors from some Asian factory got into an insane number of computer mother boards and graphics cards which all died over time as the capacitors failed. Makes me wonder if Iran got a bad batch of grounding straps or something, what with all the infrastructure failures they've been having lately.

Meanwhile...
In a dark corner on the back shelf in the supply closet near the control room, a blinking red LED timer decrements, slowly counting down towards zero.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/06/2021 12:53 Comments || Top||

#3  They fed the hamsters.
Posted by: ed in texas || 07/06/2021 13:31 Comments || Top||



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