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Hashid Al Shaabi #PMF leader Abo Alaa Al Walae threatens to attack Embassies of #Saudi, #UAE, #Bahrain and others in #Baghdad.
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Since a Happy New Year Message was missing here is a very happy SKor singing group!
Happy New Year
Posted by: 3dc || 01/01/2020 13:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6522 views] Top|| File under:

#1  You were the most energetic of us this morning today, 3dc, so your New Year’s post gets pride of place.

Happy New Year! May this be the year all the good things happen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/01/2020 13:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Come on - no K-Pop chicks dancing in slutty clothes?
Posted by: Raj || 01/01/2020 14:08 Comments || Top||

#3  ..will if you insist. **avoid if you are subject to epileptic symptoms.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/01/2020 19:54 Comments || Top||

#4  I really like this version they did of Be My Baby...



Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/01/2020 21:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Read this before visiting the above.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2020 22:12 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Attacks Across 7 Districts in Kandahar Thwarted: Police
[ToloNews] The Kandahar police claimed on Tuesday that Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
attacks in seven districts were repulsed and dozens of Taliban were killed, including Paks.

Tadin Khan, the provincial police chief, said that dozens of Taliban snuffies on late Monday night carried out a mass attack in Shorabak, Arghistan, Maruf, Shah Wali Kot, Miyanishin, Khakrez and Maywand districts.

Tadin Khan said that security forces pushed back all of the Taliban attacks.

"Last night the Taliban attacked the border police in Shorabak district and during the clash 27 Taliban fighters--including Panjabis and Kashmiris--were killed," said Tadin Khan.

"The Taliban suffered heavy casualties in all districts and 65 Taliban fighters were killed," said Khan.

Tadin Khan made a statement warning the snuffies that Kandahar will become a graveyard for the Taliban.

"Security forces are following the Taliban everywhere and will eliminate them. Taliban leaders are sitting at home and sending other people’s sons to battle," Khan said.

According to Khan dozens of others Taliban were maimed in the clash.

Tadin Khan did not give details on security forces casualties during the festivities.

The Taliban have not commented on the attacks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6507 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban takes over Darzab district of northern Jawzjan province
[KhaamaPress] Taliban
...Arabic for students...
has taken over Darzab district of northern Jawzjan province as the ANSDF have drawn back from the area bearing no casualties, official said.

Maroof Azar, a spokesperson for the Jawzjan province told Khaama Press that Afghanistan National Security Defense Force based at ’Antan Hill’ in Darzab district of Jawzjan have peacefully drawn back from the area as per the demands of the residence of Darzab.

"Almost 50% of the district was in the hands of Taliban for the last 3 months, the residents of the district ere fed up of a continuous war.", Azar said.

"Around 2,000 residence of Darzab district had spoken with the Taliban commanders based in Darzab, requesting them for a ’ceasefire’, but Taliban did not accept it, therefore the residence came to ANSDF asking for a draw back for the sake of peace and security.", Maroof Azar added.

"The ANSDF have fully drawn back from Darzab, leaving the district including the ’Antan Hill’ military base for Taliban", Maroof said.

The area is now in full control of Talibs, Maroof confirmed.

Afghanistan Ministry of Defense (MOD) has said in a statement that Afghan forces have changed their base from ’Antan Hill’ to another location due to cold weather condition.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6544 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa Horn
Kenyan Police Hunting Al-Shabab Militants In Border Region
[RADIOSHABELLE] Kenyan security forces have launched a manhunt for al-Shabaab
...... the personification of Somali state failure...
bully boyz behind the abduction of two Kenyans in Liboi area along the Kenya-Somalia border.

Garissa County police commander Alfred Angengo said the two businessmen, Abdullahi Issack Harun and Abdi Hassan Ilkaase, who were kidnapped by about 20 al-Shabaab bully boyz on Dec. 26, were traced and taken to Liboi cop shoppe on Sunday.

He said only three bully boyz boarded the vehicle in which the two businessmen were traveling in and proceeded with the captives to neighboring Somalia.

"Only three of the al-Shabaab militia proceeded with the captives to Somalia at a place called Bagdad, 60 km from Hosingo, to the east where they have established a camp and hosted black flag," Angengo said in a statement.

The two businessmen, who were freed on Dec. 27, appeared in good health though tired, he said.

The two were ferrying miraa (khat) to Liboi when they were ambushed by al-Shabaab bully boyz and taken to Somalia, Angengo said.

He said security forces will conduct operations along the border areas to flush out bully boyz believed to be planning to stage attacks in the region.

The abduction came two weeks after bully boyz ambushed a Garissa-bound commuter bus and killed 11 people, including eight coppers.

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Africa Subsaharan
Gunmen attack a Greek tanker ship off the coast of Cameroon
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6490 views] Top|| File under: Pirates


Arabia
82nd Activated - current active battalion to go to Kuwait ASAP
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under:

#1  With all due respect to the 82nd, where the hell is the 1st Armor?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/01/2020 10:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Critics of Trump's removing troops from Syria to bemoan his sending more troops to ME in 3..2..1..
Posted by: jpal || 01/01/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#3  let em bitch an moan, that's all they are good for anyway
Posted by: Chris || 01/01/2020 11:05 Comments || Top||


Iraq
M-22 Ospreys Deliver US Marines to US Embassy Baghdad
This is the official twitter page of the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Crisis Response - Central Command.

@SPMAGTF_CR_CC
31 Dec 2019

Images from the US Embassy in Baghdad depict MV-22 Ospreys delivering U.S. Marines to the US Embassy in Baghdad to reinforce security and ensure the safety of American citizens.
(view at link)

Update from The Times of Israel at 7:15 a.m. ET:
Pro-Iran militia vows to stay at US embassy in Baghdad despite pullback call

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces paramilitary orders its supporters to end their sit-in at the US embassy compound in Baghdad, but hardliners pledge to stay put outside the mission.

“You delivered your message,” the PMF says in a statement addressed to the crowds encircling the embassy since yesterday in outrage over deadly American air strikes on a pro-Iran PMF faction over the weekend.

It calls on supporters to regroup outside the high-security Green Zone where the mission is located, but a leading commander in Kataeb Hezbollah, the group targeted in the US raids, tells AFP they would “remain” at the embassy.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6522 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Make the grass grow, boys.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/01/2020 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  The Orange Man is no Jimmah Carter.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2020 4:21 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Frank G || 01/01/2020 5:09 Comments || Top||

#4  ...The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/01/2020 8:53 Comments || Top||


#6  Takeaways: Iraqi air force made no effort to deny the Ospreys access all the way from Kuwait. Were they voluntarily compliant or unwilling to be shot down by F-35s and F-22s? Air supremacy is still a big deal. Iraqi gummint trying to play all sides while sitting on the fence. That always works out so well. Maybe some people at DoD and DoS can learn a thing ot two. Maybe not...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/01/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||

#7  Hopefully they have lots of ammo. And the will to use it.
Posted by: gorb || 01/01/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#8  It ain't Tehran.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/01/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#9  about 4 hours ago the pro Iran militia withdrew

took their injured with them
Posted by: lord garth || 01/01/2020 13:24 Comments || Top||

#10  Word has it the bad guys used a funeral procession as cover and nobody got past the Ugandan guard force. I suspect there will be more arriving the AO and Baghdad than the 82nd, just saying.

Somehow I doubt they all just rucked up and got away. There are likely remnants of a local Iranian network to deal with. The next few days and weeks should be interesting.

Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2020 14:49 Comments || Top||

#11  Troop movements following the 🇮🇶 #BaghdadEmbassyAttack so far:

ARMY:
2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Inf Rgt, 1st BCT, 82nd Abn Div (Immediate Response Force)

USAF:
Air Commandos from (tentative) 7, 16 & 67 Special Ops Sqdn + numerous C-17s & tankers

USMC:
@spmagtf_cr_cc
Posted by: newc || 01/01/2020 17:19 Comments || Top||


#Pentagon: #US to deploy 750 soldiers to region after protest at embassy in #Iraq
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6509 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  I suspect we could save a bundle and contract this one out to the Wagner Group.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2020 4:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe. Cheaper too, likely.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 01/01/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||


"We will not spare a single employee" inside the U.S. embassy
[TWITTER]

US personnel at the American embassy in Baghdad are safe and there are no plans to evacuate
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Ooo, Big talker.
Clue for you: we have facial recognition software + extremely proficient snipers. Say your prayers, tough guy.
Posted by: Lex || 01/01/2020 0:46 Comments || Top||

#2  Dunno, seems all we are doing just talk big. No action.

We should have an immediate reaction to teach them not to fuck with us. Don 't give them time to get embolden.

But of course, we won't do anything beyond a token action or two.

Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/01/2020 2:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Overflight of the embassy by anything capable of strafing the MFers. Warthogs, Apache whatever works best.

Then ask "You talkin' to me?"
Posted by: AlanC || 01/01/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#4  I can hear the drum beat of the media now. Trump this Trump that. Any killed major news report. Similar to Vietnam reporting days.
Posted by: Dale || 01/01/2020 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Prepare to meet your death then.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/01/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#6  Embassy Marines are there for show. Bet you can;t name the last time they were used to counter a threat to a US embassy.
Posted by: b || 01/01/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||

#7  Shades of Baghdad Bob.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/01/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#8  Wretchard T. Cat on FB:
1) Winston Churchill once said there was no more exhilarating feeling than to be shot at and missed. Conversely there is nothing worse than to shoot at your sworn enemy and publicly miss. The ayatollahs have committed the ultimate diplomatic crime and walked out empty handed.
2) If the object was to teach the US not to strike back at Iranian proxy bombers the exercise also failed. Things are right back where they started: the low level conflict and the strangling sanctions continue.
3) It's sad commentary on the state of the world that it is the best we can hope for. Who "won" depends on whose side time is on.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/01/2020 16:04 Comments || Top||


#Iraq’s national security adviser Falih Alfayyadh among those participating in the demonstrations outside the U.S. embassy in #Baghdad
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6503 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Hunt him down and execute him.
Posted by: Dave D. || 01/01/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||


Iraqi soldiers stationed outside the United States embassy in #Baghdad
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi speaks with US President Donald Trump via telephone, says Iraqi forces to "continue protecting US Embassy and other foreign missions in Iraq"
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6496 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  the Iraqis did a piss poor job

they let the terrorists leave the embassy with no arrests

Posted by: lord garth || 01/01/2020 13:58 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Possibly your Lordship, or possibly not. One or two could provide a great deal of information, if properly interrogated by the host nation of course.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Where are those sonic crowd control weapons we've heard so much about? You know the ones where if you turn 'em all the way up nobody in the target audience can ever have kids.
Posted by: jpal || 01/01/2020 19:30 Comments || Top||


US sends 100 Marines, 2 Apaches to secure Embassy in Iraq
[THEBAGHDADPOST] The Pentagon has directed at least 100 Marines to reinforce the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday following violent protests that have sent U.S. diplomats into hiding.

Following a State Department request for protection at the embassy, the Marines were approved by Iraqi Security Forces and deployed via Chinook helicopters with two Apache attack helicopters providing air support, U.S. Central Command front man Mike Lawhorn said.

The Marines are reportedly from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command, a ground force deployed to the Middle East that specializes in crisis response, U.S. officials added.

Unconfirmed videos on social media show what appears to be Chinooks and Apaches flying over the embassy.

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Twelve militiamen wounded due to tear gas and stun grenades fired to disperse protest outside
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


When the militia members tried to cross the bridge the Iraqi Army blocked the bridge with a humvee , the militias put a gun to the driver’s head and forced him to move the truck
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Tsk tsk... how simple.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/01/2020 7:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Take away: Just one guy in the Iraqi Army tried to do his job...but couldn't hack it.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/01/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#3  And the Iraqi army didn't back him up.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/01/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Waiting to see "who's the strong horse" + "already placed our bets."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/01/2020 12:03 Comments || Top||


Hashid Al Shaabi #PMF leader Abo Alaa Al Walae threatens to attack Embassies of #Saudi, #UAE, #Bahrain and others in #Baghdad.
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6561 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Iraqi protestors are in front of Iraqi government buildings and had burned down the Iranian consulates
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6506 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Iraqi government Member of Parliament Hasan Salem participated in the attack against the U.S Embassy
[TWITTER]

Posted by: Fred || 01/01/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Perhaps they are counting on no one doing anything again? (444 days from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981)
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/01/2020 4:02 Comments || Top||

#2  The Iranians' calculations are odd. Do they believe Biden will win and assume the Jimmy Carter role?

What are they hearing from Soetoro and his PajamaBoy mouthpieces?

Doesn't ValJar speak Farsi-- what is she telling the mullahs to expect?
Posted by: Lex || 01/01/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Well Obama and ValJar likely thing Trump is a baffon and will underestimate him to their buddies.
Posted by: ruprecht || 01/01/2020 18:41 Comments || Top||



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Wed 2020-01-01
  Hashid Al Shaabi #PMF leader Abo Alaa Al Walae threatens to attack Embassies of #Saudi, #UAE, #Bahrain and others in #Baghdad.
Tue 2019-12-31
  Crowd storms US Embassy compound in Baghdad
Mon 2019-12-30
  Qais al-Khazali was a close associate of Qassem Suleimani - killed by USAF.
Sun 2019-12-29
  Iraq launches new military operation against ISIS 4 provinces
Sat 2019-12-28
  US civilian contractor killed and several US and Iraqi personnel wounded in Kirkuk rocket attack
Fri 2019-12-27
  Libya's Tripoli-based govt makes formal request for Turkish military support, Turkey gets ready to rock
Thu 2019-12-26
  Jihadists suffer heavy losses in failed attempt to retake strategic southeast Idlib town
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  Boko Haram abducts 17 fishermen in Cameroon’s Far North region
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  Government of National Accord in Libya have officially requested that Turkey intervenes militarily in the civil war
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  ISIS captures new ground in eastern Syria after launching powerful attack against Syrian Army forces
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