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Iran Puts $80M Bounty on Trump's Head for Soleimani Hit
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Afghanistan
IED claims one death in the northern Balkh Province
[KhaamaPress] An IED explosion killed a civilian in northern Balkh province, said an official.

According to Munir Ahmad Farhad, Balkh Governer’s spokesperson, the bomb was placed in a vehicle, which caused the death of one Afghan civilian.

Mr. Farhad said three other people got minor wounds on Saturday moring’s kaboom. The explosion occurred in the 10th district (PD10) of Mazar-e-Sharif City.

As usual, the blast once more distracted the relatively peaceful situation of Mazar-e-Sharif city and its people.

Since last year, nearly 7,400 non-combatants were killed and maimed in suicide kabooms and explosions across the country. Meanwhile,
...back at the railroad tracks, Little Nell tried to kick her bound feet and scream post the snotty handkerchief Scarface Al had stuff into her mouth...
according to the finding of the Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan, 2,219 people were killed, and 5,170 others were maimed in 2019.

IED blasts and explosions have become the most common strategy among terrorist groups targeting government organizations, donor agencies, and foreign nationals in the last couple of years.
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#1  ...according to the finding of the Ministry of Interior of the Islamic Theocratic Republic of Afghanistan, 2,219 people were killed, and 5,170 others were maimed in 2019.

Or as others call it... "A slow year"
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Africa Horn
Al-Shabab attacks military base in Kenya
[Aljazeera] Al-Shabab fighters have attacked a military base in Kenya's Lamu county used by US and Kenyan military personnel, the East African country's army and the armed group said.

Kenyan Defence Forces (KDF) said in a statement on Sunday that "at around 5:30am an attempt was made to breach security at Manda Air Strip."

"The attempted breach was successfully repulsed. Four terrorists bodies have so far been found.The airstrip is safe," the statement added.
Update from Bloomberg at 8:00 a.m. ET:
Residents said a car bomb had exploded. Lamu county commissioner Irungu Macharia told The Associated Press that five suspects were arrested and were being interrogated.

An internal Kenyan police report seen by the AP said two fixed-wing aircraft, a U.S. Cessna and a Kenyan one, were destroyed along with two U.S. helicopters and multiple U.S. vehicles at the Manda Bay military airstrip. The report said explosions were heard at around 5:30 a.m. from the direction of the airstrip. The scene, now secured, indicated that al-Shabab likely entered “to conduct targeted attacks," the report said.

The military's Camp Simba in Lamu county, established more than a decade ago, has under 100 U.S. personnel, according to Pentagon figures. U.S. forces at the Manda Bay airfield train and give counter-terror support to East African partners, according to the military. A U.S. flag-raising at the camp in August signaled its change “from tactical to enduring operations," the Air Force said at the time.
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#1  Hit them back hard enough that they may think twice about attacking Americans.
Posted by: Seeking Cure For Ignorance || 01/05/2020 19:40 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Libya's parliament votes against Turkey deployment
[DW] Libya's parliament has voted against a deal that would see The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
deploy troops in the North African country. The assembly accused Libya’s official head of government, Fayez Serraj, of "treason."


Libya's eastern-based parliament on Saturday rejected an agreement that would allow Ankara to send troops to Libya.

The Libyan House of Representatives (HoR) in Tobruk voted against a deployment requested by the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA).

The Western-based GNA had requested help from Turkey, and the parliament in Ankara on Thursday voted in favor of the deployment of troops.

MORE THAN A REJECTION
As well as voting against the deployment and cooperation with Turkey, the HoR also voted unanimously to refer GNA Prime Minister Fayez Serraj to be prosecuted for "high treason" because of the deals signed with Ankara under his watch.

The Libyan deputies also voted to cut relations with Turkey.

Serraj's beleaguered government, which is based 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...
, has been under sustained attack by General Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
and his self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA).

Haftar ‐ who with his eastern power base is supported by the HoR ‐ has already seized the country's main oil fields and export terminals.

WHY DOES THE UN RECOGNIZE RIVAL BODIES?
The GNA is part of a UN-backed deal to bridge political differences between the rival administrations in the east and west.

However,
the man who has no enemies isn't anybody and has never done anything...
the eastern HoR has never endorsed the politically powerless GNA, as had been envisioned.

A PATRIOTIC CALL TO ARMS
After Turkey voted in favor of the deployment, Haftar on Friday urged all Libyans to take up arms against the foreign intervention.

Haftar said it was no longer a question of liberating Tripoli from the militias that overran it, but of "facing a colonizer." He accused Ankara of wanting to "regain control of Libya", a former province of the Ottoman Empire to which Turkey is the successor state.

Neighboring Egypt has also strongly condemned the Ottoman Turkish vote, saying it amounted to a "flagrant violation of international law and Security Council resolutions on Libya."

Libya has been beset by chaos since dictator Moammer Qadaffy was toppled and killed in a NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
-backed uprising in 2011.
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#1  Lambs vote unanimously against having dinner with wolves.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/05/2020 9:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Invite the Turk for dinner and he'll leave with your wife and your silverware.

- Sophocles 429 BC
Posted by: O || 01/05/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ haha Rantburg now knows me as O. My real nic is jpal and I can't see any way to log out and log back in under jpal
Posted by: O || 01/05/2020 11:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Got it straightened out now thanks to the tech support guys in Karachi.
Posted by: jpal || 01/05/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#5  clear your cookie and retype jpal next time you comment
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 11:48 Comments || Top||

#6  One of the big mistakes at the end of WWI was not putting in place something to maintain Ataturk's philosophy.

Granted there were some other things that probably got in the way but the French et al were too busy trying to feather their own nest.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/05/2020 16:35 Comments || Top||


Tripoli military school hit by deadly airstrike
[DW] More than two dozen cadets have been killed in a raid on a military academy in Libya's besieged capital, 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...
. Medical workers are still sifting through the rubble and warn the corpse count could rise.


An Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
hit a military school in southern Tripoli late Saturday, killing at least 28 students and injuring dozens more, Libyan health authorities said.

The bombing targeted the capital's Hadaba area, which has been the scene of intense fighting between the besieged UN-backed government and a self-styled army led by General Khalifa Haftar
...Self-proclaimed Field Marshal, served in the Libyan army under Muammar Qadaffy, and took part in the coup that brought Qadaffy to power in 1969. He became a prisoner of war in Chad in 1987. While held prisoner, he and his fellow officers formed a group hoping to overthrow Qadaffy, so it's kind of hard to describe him as a Qadaffy holdover. He was released around 1990 in a deal with the United States government and spent nearly two decades in the United States, gaining US citizenship. In 1993, while living in the United States, he was convicted in absentia of crimes against the Jamahiriya and sentenced to death. Haftar held a senior position in the anti-Qadaffy forces in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. In 2014 he was commander of the Libyan Army when the General National Congress (GNC) refused to give up power in accordance with its term of office. Haftar launched a campaign against the GNC and its Islamic fundamentalist allies. His campaign allowed elections to take place to replace the GNC, but then developed into a civil war. Guess you can't win them all...
A Health Ministry front man said the raid struck as cadets gathered on a parade ground before retiring to their dormitories.

Medical workers at the scene were looking for bodies in the rubble, and warned the number of victims could rise. Authorities also called for blood donations to help hospitals treat the maimed.

The internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) holds Tripoli, but since April has been under sustained attack by Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA), which is supported by a rival administration based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday's strike. The government in Tripoli has blamed the LNA, which denied involvement.

BATTLE INTENSIFIES
Clashes have escalated in recent weeks following Haftar's announcement of a "final" offensive to seize the capital. The push came after Tripoli authorities signed military and maritime deals with The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
, which has authorized the deployment of troops to Libya.

More than 280 civilians and over 2,000 fighters have been killed since the start of Haftar's assault, according to the United Nations
...where theory meets practice and practice loses...
Libya's two governments began vying for control after the 2011 fall of dictator Muammar Qadaffy
...The late megalomaniac dictator of Libya, admired everywhere for his garish costumes, funny hats, harem of cutie bodyguards, and incoherent ravings. As far as is known, he is the only person who's ever declared jihad on Switzerland...
plunged the country into chaos.

Haftar's LNA and the eastern administration enjoy the support of La Belle France, Russia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and other key Arab countries, while the Tripoli-based government is backed by Turkey, Italia and 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...

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Burkina Faso: Roadside bomb kills children on bus
[DW] More than a dozen civilians have died after a bus hit an improvised bomb in northern Burkina Faso
...The country in west Africa that they put where Upper Volta used to be. Its capital is Oogadooga, or something like that. Its president is currently Blaise Compaoré, who took office in 1987 and will leave office feet first, one way or the other...
. Most of those who were killed were students who were reportedly on the way back from a school break.


At least 14 people died and four were seriously maimed on Saturday when a roadside kaboom blew up a bus in northern Burkina Faso, the government said.

Many of those who died were children who were returning to school after the end-of-year break, security sources told news agency Agence La Belle France-Presse.

The government statement said that seven students were among the dead, but did not provide their ages.

"The government strongly condemns this cowardly and barbaric act which aims to damage people's morale," the statement said.

EXTREMISTS GAINING GROUND
The bus hit the improvised bomb in the province of Sourou, near the border with neighboring Mali, where murderous Moslems linked to al-Qaeda and 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....
" groups have increased attacks.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but violence in Burkina Faso has spilled over from Mali, with bandidos forces of Evil gaining ground in the country's north and east.

At least 500,000 people have been displaced by the violence and insecurity in Burkina Faso.

The incident follows an attack on December 24 when forces of Evil killed 35 mostly female civilians after attacking a military outpost in the province of Soum. The festivities also killed around 87 murderous Moslems and local security forces.
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India-Pakistan
Peace returning to Jammu and Kashmir after Article 370: Army chief
[HindustanTimes] General Naravane is expected to visit the Siachen glacier next week on his first outstation tour after becoming the army chief on December 31.

Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane on Friday asserted that peace was returning to the Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
Valley after the Centre’s move in August revoking special status to the region, but Pakistain-backed forces of Evil were making infiltration attempts every day.
Continued on Page 49
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LeT terrorist arrested in Srinagar
[HindustanTimes] The police said that Dar, affiliated with LeT since 2018, was operating in areas of Nadihal, Hajin, Saderkot, Sumbal areas of district Bandipora and Kangan and Kullan areas of Ganderbal.

The Jammu and Kashmir
...a disputed territory lying between India and Pakistain. After partition, the Paks grabbed half of it and call it Azad (Free) Kashmir. The remainder they refer to as "Indian Occupied Kashmir". They have fought four wars with India over it, the score currently 4-0 in New Delhi's favor. After 72 years of this nonsense, India cut the Gordian knot in 2019, removing the area's special status, breaking off Ladakh as a separate state, and allowing people from other areas to settle (or in the case of the Pandits, to resettle) there....
police on Saturday arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba
...the Army of the Pure, an Ahl-e-Hadith terror organization founded by Hafiz Saeed. LeT masquerades behind the Jamaat-ud-Dawa facade within Pakistain and periodically blows things up and kills people in India. Despite the fact that it is banned, always an interesting concept in Pakistain, the organization remains an blatant tool and perhaps an arm of the ISI...
terrorist, wanted in a series of attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities, from Srinagar.

"On a credible input, police and security forces arrested one active terrorist from Srinagar city. He has been identified as Nisar Ahmad Dar resident of Parray Mohalla Hajin district Bandipora," police official said.

The police said that Dar, affiliated with LeT since 2018, was operating in areas of Nadihal, Hajin, Saderkot, Sumbal areas of district Bandipora and Kangan and Kullan areas of Ganderbal.

"He was wanted by law for his complicity in a series of terror crimes including attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities," the official said.

The front man said Dar was a close associate of LeT commander Saleem Parray alias Billa.

"He has been part of terror groups responsible for planning and executing several terror attacks on security establishments in the area, besides he was involved in several cases of civilian atrocities. Several terror crime cases are registered against him," he said.
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Iraq
Muqtada al-sader is threatening the parliament members by force to wear black clothes tomorrow meeting
[Twitter]
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#1  School uniforms. Discipline at its most ridiculous...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Goth clothing is so expensive though!
Posted by: jpal || 01/05/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||


Iranian militias, US trade blows as tensions rise
[Jpost] No casualties were reported, according to Iraqi police. Other reports claim that three people were maimed.

Iranian-backed militias and US forces traded blows on Saturday night, as rocket attacks targeted Baghdad's Green Zone and a base housing US forces, followed by a series of attacks on bases housing Iranian and pro-Iranian forces in Iraq and Syria. The attacks came as Iranian militias and officials ratcheted up threats against American forces in the region after the US Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
that killed IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani.
An air strike targeted a site on the Iraq-Syria border within Syrian territory on Saturday night, according to Al Mayadeen. Militias along the border are on high alert. Multiple people were maimed and killed in the airstrike targeting a base belonging to the Shi'ite Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) along the Iraqi-Syrian border, according to Al Arabiya.

Local news source Deir Ezzor 24 published video of large fires in the area of al-Bukamal near the Iraq-Syria border and reported that it's believed that there was an air strike in the area. al-Bukamal is home to an Iranian base. al-Hadath also reported airstrikes on Iranian targets in al-Bukamal.

Earlier, six rockets were fired towards the presidential palace in djinn-infested Mosul
... the home of a particularly ferocious and hairy djinn...
where American forces are located on Saturday night, according to Al Mayadeen.

Another explosion was reported Saturday evening near the al-Kindi camp in northern Mosul by Al Arabiya.

A rocket fell in the Green Zone in Baghdad near where the US embassy is located. Five people were maimed in the attack, according to Sky News Arabia.

Two loud blasts were heard early Saturday evening shortly after IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani's funeral kicked off, after having been assassinated during a US airstrike in Baghdad International Airport.

Multiple rockets fell inside the Iraqi Balad air base housing US soldiers on Saturday evening. Three Iraqi soldiers were maimed in the attack on the Balad air base, according to Al Arabiya.

Five people were maimed in a separate mortar attack in Jadriya, Baghdad, according to Iraqi police.

Iraqi-Kurdish sources also reported US helicopters and warplanes "flying intensively" over the Balad airbase, as well as Tikrit
...birthplace of Saddam Hussein...
and Taji in northern Baghdad.

Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah Brigades warned Iraqi security forces to be at least 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) away from all American bases starting Sunday evening. The brigades cautioned Iraqi forces from serving as human shields for US forces.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to the calls by the brigades, tweeting that "Iranian-owned Kata’ib Hizballah thugs are telling Iraqi security forces to abandon their duty to protect @USEmbBaghdad and other locations where Americans work side by side with good Iraqi people."

"The Iranian regime telling Iraq’s government what to do puts Iraqi patriots' lives at risk," warned Pompeo.

Red flags were raised over mosques in Syria and 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...
to signify that Dire Revenge that would be taken for the killing of Soleimani, according to Arab media.

IRGC commander Hossein Salami warned that the response to Soleimani’s killing would be carried out in a "vast geography throughout time and with determining impacts" and would "end the US presence in the region," according to the Iranian Fars news agency.

An Omani envoy who visited Iran was told that Tehran is not interested in any mediation and left without meeting with officials on Saturday, according to Al Mayadeen.

Solemani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, along with at least 10 other people, were killed in a US air strike in Baghdad on Friday.

"At the direction of the President, the US military has taken decisive defensive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a US-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization," the Pentagon wrote in a statement.
The Times of Israel adds:
NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Originally it was a mutual defense pact directed against an expansionist Soviet Union. In later years it evolved into a mechanism for picking the American pocket while criticizing the cut of the American pants...
on Saturday said it has suspended a training mission for soldiers in the Iraqi army in the wake of the killing of Soleimani.

The military alliance said in a statement that even if the Canadian-led mission is to continue in the future, security concerns for its personnel were "paramount."

"We continue to take all precautions necessary," NATO front man Dylan White said in a statement. "NATO’s mission is continuing, but training activities are temporarily suspended."

The Iraqi mission consists of several hundred staff from allied nations and non-NATO countries.

Tensions boiled over on Friday when the US struck Soleimani’s convoy as it drove out of the airport and US diplomats and troops across Iraq had been bracing themselves for more rocket attacks.

Related: Gateway Pundit has a roundup of tweets on the two attacks.
Rudaw was liveblogging the day. Key headlines:
  • Kataib Hezbollah warns Iraqi forces to move away from US bases by tomorrow

  • PM Adil Abdul Mahdi announces national days of mourning for Soleimani and Muhandis

Posted by: trailing wife || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Lots of weird, disjointed comments this am. Ima think the doper contingent has found the site.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/05/2020 7:23 Comments || Top||

#2  speech-to-text idiot. Gone
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm ambivalent about that, Frank. For a moment I thought I found a deeper message about the meaning of the universe in them..... then I sobered up.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/05/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#4  :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 01/05/2020 9:31 Comments || Top||

#5  What's the frequency, Kenneth?
Posted by: Lex || 01/05/2020 12:18 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Britain's navy to escort UK-flagged ships through Strait of Hormuz
As it should be. Skin in the game
[Jpost] Britain's navy will accompany UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz to provide protection after the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani inflamed tensions in the region.

Britain's defense minister, Ben Wallace, ordered the HMS Montrose and HMS Defender to prepare to return to escort duties in the major oil shipping route as Prime Minister Boris Johnson came in for criticism for his silence over the killing.

Media reports have said Johnson is on holiday in the Caribbean.

"The government will take all necessary steps to protect our ships and citizens at this time," Wallace said in a statement.

Britain was forced to defend its ships through the world's most important shipping route last year after Iranian commandos seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait.

British forces had previously captured an Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar that was accused of violating sanctions on Syria. The killing of Soleimani has raised fears that tankers could be targeted again.

Wallace said he had spoken to his U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and urged restraint on all sides.
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American and British spy planes appear in the skies over the Middle East to hoover up electronic messages and phone calls from Iranian forces and their allies
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • A pair of US and UK spy planes were spotted operating in the Middle East today

  • The US Air Force RC-R135W 'Rivet Joint' was spotted circling west of Lebanon

  • An RAF Sentinel R1 was tracked from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus to Jordan

  • Both aircraft can provide early warning for possible missile attacks in the region
A useful map can be seen at the link.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6499 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  The Brit ELINT planes were Nimrods, but when the refurb costs got out of hand they bought used Rivets from the US.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/05/2020 10:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Traffic analysis.
Then comes target assessment.
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/05/2020 11:53 Comments || Top||

#3  I can hear the Democrats crying it's not fair that we can suck up phone calls and the Iranians can't. Crocodile tears.
Posted by: jpal || 01/05/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

#4  #1 - Sorry to snipe at you but I 'm certain that the RAF ELINT Sentinels are modified Bombardier Global Express aircraft, not used Rivet Joints. Agree that the Nimrods were getting far too long in the tooth.
Posted by: Canuckistan sniper || 01/05/2020 13:16 Comments || Top||

#5  You're both correct. British ELINT aircraft are Rivet Joints, but they also have a JSTARS aircraft called the Sentinel
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 01/05/2020 14:05 Comments || Top||



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Sun 2020-01-05
  Iran Puts $80M Bounty on Trump's Head for Soleimani Hit
Sat 2020-01-04
  6 More Iran-Backed Leaders Zapped, incl. Shibl al-Zaidi, commander of Kataib Imam Ali
Fri 2020-01-03
  Lebanon Hizbullah: "It's war!"
Thu 2020-01-02
  Qassim Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds force, zapped in Iraq
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
Wed 2019-12-25
  Boko Haram abducts 17 fishermen in Cameroon’s Far North region
Tue 2019-12-24
  Merry Christmas - Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht, Peter Alexander
Mon 2019-12-23
  Islamic State just issued this statement that claims the Battle of revenge is on
Sun 2019-12-22
  France kills 33 militants in Mali raid: president

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