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Africa Subsaharan
Cameroon to recruit 2600 soldiers amidst tension in Anglophone regions
[JOURNALDUCAMEROUN] At least 2600 new soldiers would be recuited into Cameroon
...a long, narrow country that fills the space between Nigeria and Chad on the northeast, CAR to the southeast. Prior to incursions by Boko Haram nothing ever happened there...
’s defence force, the Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence Joseph Beti Assomo has said.

According to a note signed by the Defence Minister, 2000 soldiers will be recruited into the Rapid Intervention Batallion whill 600 will be absorbed into the Presidential Guard.

The recuitment will run from November 12 to December 18, the note added.

The recruitment comes amidst the rising insecurity in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon following frequent festivities between security forces and separatist fighters.

The Government of Cameroon in June revealed separatist fighters had killed over 100 members of its defence and security forces and the number has risen since then.

The spokesperson of Cameroon’s army Colonel Didier Badjeck said two gendarmes were killed in attack by separatist fighters last weekend in the locality of Zhoa in the Menchum Division of the North West Region of Cameroon.

Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Should that be Anglophobe?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/30/2018 9:31 Comments || Top||

#2  2000 soldiers will be recruited into the Rapid Intervention Battalion

Somebody been reading Voltaire?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/30/2018 11:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Anglophone. The country's officially French-speaking, but it's cobbled together from post-colonial bits and pieces with predictable results.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 14:06 Comments || Top||

#4  So all the handsets are white?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/30/2018 20:25 Comments || Top||


Europe
Bad news for golden Erdogan statue in Germany - first defaced, now gets removed
[RT] Firefighters in the central German city of Wiesbaden removed a controversial golden statue of Ottoman Turkish President Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey...
overnight. Local authorities said "security could no longer be guaranteed."

Public broadcaster ZDF reported that police had to "protect" the statue from angry residents, as well as separating some Kurdish and Ottoman Turkish Germans following a "fierce confrontation."

Footage obtained by Ruptly shows at least two dozen coppers in protective gear walking from the statue towards a group of demonstrators in order to push them away from the square on Tuesday night. Firefighters then arrived to remove the statue using a crane and flatbed truck shortly after midnight.

Tensions between the president’s supporters and opponents had resulted in a "slightly aggressive atmosphere" throughout Tuesday, a police spokesperson told DPA news agency.

The four-foot edifice of Erdogan was erected in the city’s German Unity Square (Platz der Deutschen Einheit) on Monday as part of the Wiesbaden Biennale art festival. It was intended to stay in place until the end of the festival on September 2.

Crafted in a pose that resembles the famous statue of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein that was pulled down by US troops during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, organizers had hoped it would provoke public debate about this year’s festival theme of ’bad news’.

But the debate erupted right on the surface of the statue. It was vandalized with profanity and male genitalia on the night of its erection, with graffiti saying "f*** Erdogan" and "Ottoman Turkish Hitler."

Erdogan represents a polarizing figure in Germany, which is home to at least 3 million people with Ottoman Turkish roots. His crackdown on political opponents, civil servants, and journalists in the wake of 2016’s coup against his regime has garnered much criticism from European nations, including Germany.

After reaching a diplomatic low point with EU members in 2017, when Ankara accused both the Netherlands and Germany of "Nazi practices," diplomatic relations have been moving towards normalization.

Erdogan is set to visit Berlin next month, where the agenda sets out a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, military honors, and an official state banquet.

Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  I'd leave it up as a pigeon crap magnet to reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do on the other statues nearby.

Even pigeons have opinions about this guy.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/30/2018 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  The four-foot edifice of Erdogan

so, accurate depiction.....
Posted by: Frank G || 08/30/2018 9:39 Comments || Top||

#3  Four meter, i.e., twice lifesize, like he wishes.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 14:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Really disappointed; typical communist statue pose.

I wanted half of the height to be a sultan hat, curly slippers, and a hole in the pocket.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/30/2018 17:37 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ Man, that's why I love this place. PC SH statue parody? Boooring! SH parody (still obvious as hell) with all the edgy trimmings, Slim Gaillard and South Park references, and a Mohammed cartoon impaled on Yippie's finger? Yowser.
Posted by: Blinky Ulelet9474 || 08/30/2018 18:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Truly, Blinky Ulelet9474. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2018 23:43 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish lira weakens against dollar, minister warns on sanctions
[DAWN] The Ottoman Turkish lira weakened on Tuesday as investors weighed up The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
’s efforts to manage its rift with the United States after Finance Minister Berat Albayrak warned US trade sanctions against Ankara could destabilise the Middle East.

The row with Washington over an American evangelical Christian pastor detained in Turkey on terrorism charges has accelerated losses in the lira, which is down about 38 per cent against the dollar this year.

More broadly, investors are worried about the direction of monetary policy under President Tayyip Erdogan. The president, a self-described "enemy of interest rates" has repeatedly put public pressure on the central bank and picked Albayrak, his son-in-law, as finance minister.

Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  The best part is that Erdogan's supporter have been told to convert US dollars to lira. I hope they keep doing it
Posted by: bernardz || 08/30/2018 6:54 Comments || Top||

#2  smash that $1000 iPhone, idiots
Posted by: Frank G || 08/30/2018 9:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Time to buy apple futures.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/30/2018 9:29 Comments || Top||

#4  Another day another proof that The US State Department is the same and Trump isn't Obama.
Posted by: magpie || 08/30/2018 9:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Turkish Lira went down again today. It is now below $0.15.

As of this post you can get a round trip ticket between NY and Istanbul for $650.00

If you are cruising and stop at the port of Izmir, you can probably get silk at a fabulous price.
Posted by: lord garth || 08/30/2018 12:46 Comments || Top||


Home Front: WoT
NM Judge Dismisses Charges Against Most Of The School-Shooting Camp Jihadis
[RedState] Earlier this month, state and federal agents raided a compound near Taos, NM. There they found five adults, eleven malnourished children, and the corpse of a dead child who’d gone missing from Georgia. In addition, federal agents said there was evidence that the children were being trained to carry out school shooting.

In what was a surprising outcome in a case that involved an obvious homicide of some type, the judge hearing the case allowed all the defendants to go free on what amounted to their own recognizance. (And no, New Mexico law does not require kicking dangerous felons loose without bail.)

...Judge Emilio Chavez ruled to dismiss child abuse charges against 3 defendants because they didn’t have a preliminary hearing in the 10-day time frame required by New Mexico State law for defendants held in custody.
I always say that it's not the Muzzies who are dangerous - we can cure them of their tendency for terrorism in a week, it's their "liberal" enablers.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/30/2018 03:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...they didn’t have a preliminary hearing in the 10-day time frame required by New Mexico State law for defendants held in custody.

Local DAs are elected too. Guess he/she didn't want to do the job.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/30/2018 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Not surprising at all if you had been paying attention.
The Judge was compelled by state law.
I would guess that the DA either refused to hold the hearing or was prevented from doing so - perhaps some three-letter-agency was holding onto the evidence?
They sure had no problem destroying the camp quickly.

This whole thing smells fishy. Even without a tinfoil hat.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/30/2018 7:59 Comments || Top||

#3  Eighth Judicial District Attorney Donald Gallegos didn't even show up for this latest hearing.

Wanna' guess his party affiliation (took some doing to find)!!!
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 08/30/2018 8:36 Comments || Top||

#4  I'd guess one of the jihadists was a CI
Posted by: Frank G || 08/30/2018 9:26 Comments || Top||

#5  Confidential Informant (CI), yes, very likely indeed.

By the way, has anyone heard from Katherine Russell Tsarnaev lately? Just curious as to whether she kept the faith.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/30/2018 9:31 Comments || Top||

#6  By the way, has anyone heard from Katherine Russell Tsarnaev lately? Just curious as to whether she kept the faith.

With whom?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/30/2018 11:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Not terribly surprised. I generally regard everything between Texas and the Pacific as "varying degrees of California". Saves time.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/30/2018 16:55 Comments || Top||

#8  A weird case from the git-go gets even weirder. Most articles I read about this express disbelief.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/30/2018 18:46 Comments || Top||

#9  That New Mexico, JQC
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/30/2018 19:04 Comments || Top||

#10  This one rests fully on the prosecution. They knew they had a deadline and blew it, leaving the judge absolutely no choice, the law was quite cleear. DA deserves a kick in the nuts and a boot in the ass on his way out of office. DA sheer incompetence, or maybe malfeasance - you decide.
Posted by: Injun Bucket8891 || 08/30/2018 21:17 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Aitzaz Ahsan hopeful of winning presidential election with 'vote of conscience'
[DAWN] PPP stalwart and candidate for the presidential election Aitzaz Ahsan on Wednesday expressed hope that he would win the Sept 4 contest with the help of "votes of conscience".

Talking to media outside the Election Commission of Pakistain (ECP) after acceptance of his nomination papers for the upcoming presidential elections, Aitzaz said, "The Constitution only binds a politician to vote as per party policy when it comes to voting on the budget, a constitutional amendment, or the election of the prime minister and chief ministers."

"The presidential election is a vote of conscience," he asserted, saying politicians are bound to vote for him based on what their conscience tells them.

He expressed hope that members of the Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) as well as Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazal (JUI-F) would therefore cast their votes in his favour.

The PPP leader also said he hoped that JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman would withdraw in his favour.
Fazl withdraw? What'll you give him?
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Court to explore options to try Musharraf in absentia in high treason case
[DAWN] A special court on Wednesday resumed hearing the high treason case against retired Gen Pervez Perv Musharraf
... former dictator of Pakistain, who was less dictatorial and corrupt than any Pak civilian government to date ...
and sought assistance in proceeding with the case if the former military dictator continues to abscond.

Secretary Interior Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, present for the hearing, told the two-member bench led by Justice Yawer Ali that a letter had been written to Interpol for Musharraf's repatriation, but Interpol officials had refused to issue a red warrant, saying that Interpol does not deal in political cases.

"How can the court decide the case if Musharraf avoids turning up on the next hearing?" Justice Ali asked.

He asked authorities to inform the court on the next hearing if they can record Musharraf's statement via video conference or if the case can be pursued without recording a statement.

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TLP's rally against blasphemous caricatures on its way to Amsterdam Islamabad
[DAWN] Tehrik-e-Labbaik Pakistain (TLP) on Wednesday started its march from Lahore to Islamabad ‐ a form of protest against Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders' announcement to hold a competition of blasphemous caricatures ‐ as its demand for the expulsion of the Netherlands' ambassador to Pakistain from the country remained unfulfilled.

After the party's supporters gathered at Data Darbar, the TLP rally kicked off its journey reciting na`at and chanting religious slogans. The group has crossed Kala Shah Kaku on the G T Road and is closing in on Gujranwala.

Upon its arrival in Kamoke ‐ some 25km from Gujranwala ‐ the Khadim Hussain Rizvi-led rally was given a welcome by its supporters.

Following the rally's departure for Islamabad, Prime Minister Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who isn't your heaviest-duty thinker, maybe not even among the top five...
formed a four-member committee to resolve the matter.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq, the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

Law Minister Raja and Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry comprise the committee, which is scheduled to meet the TLP leaders tomorrow.

"The committee will brief the TLP leaders on measures against blasphemous caricatures," said Qadri.

"The emotions of all Moslems against blasphemous caricatures is the same," Chaudhry, the information minister added. "A joint front is imperative against blasphemy."

He added: "We are trying to devise a joint strategy so that this issue can be dealt with effectively. We desire a peaceful resolution of this matter by the way of negotiations."

Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan


International-UN-NGOs
UN urges Facebook to 'proactively' fight hate speech
[DAWN] The UN human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
chief urged Facebook on Wednesday to more proactively address hate speech but warned against excessive regulation, after US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
accused tech giants' platforms of bias against him.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's appeal follows a decision by Facebook this week to ban Myanmar's army chief and other top military brass named in a UN probe linking them to a possible "genocide" against Rohingya Moslems.

The social media network is the prime source of news and information for many in the country, but has also been a platform for the army and Buddhist hardliners to spread hate speech against the Rohingya and other minorities.

The site aired support for the military's bloody "clearance operations" last year that forced some 700,000 Rohingya over the border into Bangladesh.

"We felt early on very uncomfortable with what we were seeing in Myanmar, (but) in the early meetings that we had with Facebook, I didn't think they were taking it seriously," said Zeid, who is due to step down from his post as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights at the end of the week.

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Iraq
Iraq receives first shipment of Russian BMP-3 infantry vehicles
A picture of something decidedly military that may be the BMP-3 can be seen at the link.
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The First shipment of the Russian BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle has arrived to Iraq, news reports said on Wednesday.

The Iraqi army previously mentioned that the personnel were trained on operating the BMP-3 in Russia.

The Russian vehicle will be used along with the T-90 tanks.

There has been an agreement between Russia and Iraq over sending Russian Т-90С / СК tanks to the Iraqi army in 2017.

Uralvagonzavod, the manufacturer of T-90 tanks said Iraq will 73 tanks, in accordance with the contract.

Previously, news reports said Iraqi army received fighter jets and other items from Russia.

Russia had previously pledged to maintain military assistance to Iraq in its war against Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're 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 the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
. In 2016, It opened a military command center in Baghdad and provided Iraq with tons of anti-chemical weapons kits in 2015.

However,
a hangover is the wrath of grapes...
Moscow has not partaken in the U.S.-led military alliance backing the Iraqi forces in their campaign against IS which has run since 2014.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  get other aid from russia too parasites
Posted by: chris || 08/30/2018 3:33 Comments || Top||

#2  That is NOT a BMP-3 at the website. Looks more like a modernized T-72.

However, Russian equipment isn't a bad choice for 3rd world and arab nations. Little to maintain, rugged, and works well against non-western foes.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/30/2018 12:17 Comments || Top||

#3  But just think, it's more modern than a T-72 so it MUST be awesome! We all know how horribly scary russian military equipment is! Never mind that the T-72 was unable to penetrate the front armor of M1-A2's with dedicated anti-tank rounds from 500m, yet the A2's can punch right through the front of a T-72 from over 4000m.

Honestly they aren't a bad choice for places like Iraq as was said. If it shares brake fluid commonality with the T-72, hopefully they remind the crews not to drink it. Just because it acts like booze doesn't mean it won't kill ya.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 08/30/2018 12:23 Comments || Top||

#4  That is NOT a BMP-3 at the website. Looks more like a modernized T-72.

However, Russian equipment isn't a bad choice for 3rd world and arab nations. Little to maintain, rugged, and works well against non-western foes.


Yeah, not even close.

Also, it does reverse well, and when your army is being routed into the sea, it floats.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 08/30/2018 20:54 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Fellow Travelers.
h/t Instapundit
Palestinian leaders are betting their future on President Donald Trump being impeached by Democrats following the mid-term elections, according to Arabic language comments by a senior Palestinian government leader who praised Special Counsel Robert Mueller for targeting Trump and his top allies.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/30/2018 15:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hahaha! They're as dumb as the libtards here!
Posted by: gorb || 08/30/2018 15:45 Comments || Top||


'No regrets' about killing wounded Palestinian, says Israeli soldier
[DAWN] A former Israeli soldier who fatally shot a maimed Paleostinian attacker who was lying on the ground says he "has no regrets" in his first interview since leaving prison three months ago.

Elor Azaria told the Hebrew-language daily Israel Hayom on Wednesday that if he could relive the March 2016 incident in the West Bank city of Hebron, "I would act exactly the same, because that's how I needed to act."

Azaria served two-thirds of a 14-month reduced sentence after being convicted of manslaughter.

The combat medic was filmed shooting a maimed, incapacitated Paleostinian attacker. Israel's military pushed for his prosecution, saying Azaria violated its ethics. Azaria says in the interview that the military "abandoned" him, echoing sentiments of many Israelis, particularly on the nationalist right, who defended his actions.

Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  No recidivism?
Posted by: gorb || 08/30/2018 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Mods: How about attaching that Breaker Morant pic to this article? It seems fitting...
Posted by: magpie || 08/30/2018 10:52 Comments || Top||


Israel renews threat to attack Iran targets in Syria
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Israel on Wednesday renewed its threat to attack Iranian military targets in Syria, after the two Moslem allies signed an accord on security cooperation.

"The accord concluded by (Syrian President) Bashir al-Assad and Iran constitutes a test for Israel: Our response will be loud and clear," Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said on Israeli public radio.

"We will not allow Iran to establish itself militarily in Syria," he said.

"We will react in Syria with all our might against any Iranian target that threatens Israel, and if the Syrian army’s air defense intervenes against us, it will pay the price."

Iran’s military attaché to Damascus said Tuesday that his country’s military advisers would remain in Syria under the defense agreement signed the previous day.

"Support for Syria’s territorial integrity and the independence of Syrian illusory sovereignty were also emphasised in the agreement," Brigadier-General Abolghasem Alinejad said.

Tehran has provided steady political, financial and military backing to Assad as he has fought back against a seven-year uprising.

Israel has sought to avoid direct involvement in the conflict but acknowledges carrying out dozens of air strikes in Syria to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced weaponry to its Lebanese enemy Hezbollah.

It has also pledged to prevent its arch foe Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria and a series of strikes that have killed Iranians in Syria have been attributed to Israel.
Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  So Israel can stand tall because Russia is going to come in and clean it up.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/30/2018 9:32 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Will Russia force Iran out of Syria?
[Aljazeera] The US shouldn't count on Russia to force Iran out of Syria any time soon.

Speculation about tensions in Russian-Iranian relations after the collapse of the nuclear deal earlier this year has been circulating for a few months now. Tehran appears to be fearing a "betrayal", as Moscow is trying to negotiate with the United States on a variety of issues, including recently imposed economic sanctions.

In an August 22 press conference during a visit to Israel, US National Security Adviser John Bolton appeared to suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin approves of the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria.

"President Putin... had said it to me three weeks before. ...What he was saying was that Iranian interests in Syria were not coterminous with Russian interests in Syria and he would be content to see Iranian forces all sent back to Iran... we were talking about the complete return of both regular and irregular Iranian forces," Bolton said.

The following day, Bolton met his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, head of Russia's Security Council, and it turned out that after all there wasn't such solid mutual understanding on the issue.

Following the five-hour meeting, Bolton told journalists that the issue, which had been previously discussed in Helsinki by Putin and US President Donald Trump, was brought up again but no major progress had been made. According to him, Patrushev offered the "geographic restriction of Iranian forces" in exchange for the suspension of oil sanctions on Iran; the offer was rejected outright by the Americans.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/30/2018 06:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:


Iran’s online ‘influence operation’ more widespread than previously thought
[IsraelTimes] Rooters uncovers websites, social media accounts pushing Tehran's agenda, confronting 'Zionism front activities'; security experts say they appear to be part of larger campaign

A misinformation campaign linked to Iran that included websites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, is much larger than initially feared, according to a Wednesday Rooters report.

Following last week’s discovery of online accounts linked to the official Islamic Theocratic Republic of Iran Broadcasting organization, Rooters said that it discovered 10 further websites and dozens of social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube connected to the Iranian government and operating under the banner of the International Union of Virtual Media (IUVM).
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Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Destroy all thought opposed to the US ruling class. Return to the unity of message that was possible in the television era. One way: they talk to us, we listen.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/30/2018 2:20 Comments || Top||


Jihadists crack down on Idlib civilians as battles looms, Russia warns of provocation
[ALMASDARNEWS] As the battle for the jihadi-controlled Idlib draws near, jihadists continue to arrest more civilians for promoting reconciliations with the Syrian government.

Up to 30 people were nabbed
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
in the towns of Barisah, Tall Sheih, Halbeh, tall sheikh and Maasran for allegedly communicating with the Syrian authorities.

The security campaign is launched across the province and led by the National Liberation Front; a newly-formed alliance of jihadi groups established to counter the Syrian Army attack.

Russian FM says chemical weapon provocation in Idlib aimed to prevent removal of terrorists

[ALMASDARNEWS] The planned chemical weapon provocation in the Syrian province of Idlib is aimed at maintaining the presence of bandidos gunnies in the area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

The Russian FM, who met his Saudi counterpart, Adel al-Jubeir in Moscow on Wednesday, compared the terrorist presence in the province with an "abscess" that should be swiftly removed.

"Idlib is now the last remaining hotbed of the terrorists, who try to speculate on the area’s status of de-escalation zone; try using the population as a human shield and try repressing the gangs that are ready for talks with the government," he said.

The Minister also noted that the overall goal in Washington with regard to war-ravaged Syria, was not really helping the country, but to push for regime change.

"It’s not the first time the US ‐ no matter the administration ‐ has prioritized the task of changing dissident regimes above the common goals of eradicating terrorism and extremism. It happened in Iraq and Libya. Now they’re trying to do the same in Syria. To phrase it more correctly ‐ they tried to do it in Syria, but failed," Lavrov said.

The chemical attack issue and "the threats that are put forward against the Syrian government, are used with the sole purpose of preventing the expulsion of the bandidos gunnies from the de-escalation zone in Idlib," Lavrov said.

In this case, the Trump administration is simply following the policies of Barack Obama
I am the change that you seek...
, under whom "the Americans tried to use all means possible to shelter Jabhat al-Nusra
...formally Jabhat an-Nusrah li-Ahli al-Sham (Support Front for the People of the Levant), also known as al-Qaeda in the Levant. They aim to establish a pan-Arab caliphate. Not the same one as the Islamic State, though .. ...
, with hope of using it in the fight against, what they call, the regime," he added.
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Iran’s Khamenei says Europe cannot save nuclear deal, help economy
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday cast doubt on the ability of European countries to save Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers, now under threat following a US withdrawal, and said Tehran might abandon the agreement.

Khamenei cautioned President Hassan Rouhani not to rely too much on European support as he came under increased pressure at home over his handling of the economy in the face of US sanctions, with key ministers under attack by parliament.

Following US President Donald Trump
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Posted by: Fred || 08/30/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Crushing Iran so that Israel can feel safe.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/30/2018 2:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran’s nuclear-tipped missiles — as soon as they have enough uranium — can reach Europe, Herb. Or, shared with R&D partner North Korea, all sorts of other interesting countries that are not Israel. As usual, Israel is merely the canary in the coal mine.

Tell me again why precisely it is that Iran needs nuclear weapons?
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/30/2018 5:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Crushing Iran which is bad because? so that Israel can feel safe which is bad?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/30/2018 5:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Herb's head is in the sand
Posted by: Frank G || 08/30/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#5  The Sanctions WILL remain in place. Reality. Iran will have to deal with Reality.
Iran's Oil is not going to market. Reality. They will have to choose then and put up or shut up on the closure of the Straites of Hormuz. They can threaten all they please and the French wills squitter but Matthis down at Defense is a tough old bird and he won't even blink. And Trump won't back down and will turn Matthis loose.
Iran can expect France to be the first to fall in line with a strike on Iran if the US pays and leads and France can wank and watch.
Iran doesn't HAVE any friends who will actually DO anything to help.
The US will go after Khuzestan Province ( examine that strategically if you are perceptive ). And we can stand off and reduce Iran to bouncing marbles. The Iranian people will do the rest. They are already biting each other now. Iran will become a cage full of dog crap ad white eyeballs. And we may never give Khuzestan Province back..we may give it to the Saudis. Let them "adminster" the place.
And Iran can adapt to the reality and eat all the rosewater flavored ice cream ( Allah loves it ) they can spoon in a bowl.
Posted by: Glirt Fillmore2742 || 08/30/2018 11:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Well Iran can sell oil to Pakistan, Syria, China.
Posted by: These Sinatra3854 || 08/30/2018 20:24 Comments || Top||



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