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Iraq Under Missile Attack From Iran
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Where US troops are based in the ME
[Statista] After the death of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. missile on Friday in Baghdad, the Iraqi government has voted in a non-binding resolution Sunday to expel U.S. troops from the country. Prime minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi could now take back the invitation that allows 6,000 troops to currently stay in Iraq.

While the U.S. presence in Iraq is sizable, other Middle Eastern countries host many more U.S. troops. The largest U.S. base in the Middle East is in Qatar. The country hosts around 13,000 U.S. troops, according to numbers compiled by the Washington Post. Located southwest of Doha, Al Udeid Air Base has proven crucial in the fight against ISIS. Qatar invested $1 billion in constructing the base and it's also home to the the U.S. Combined Air Operations Center, responsible for coordinating U.S. and allied air power across the Middle East, particularly in airspace over Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

The following infographic highlights just how important Qatar, along with Kuwait, is to the U.S. presence in the Middle East. Both countries hosts an estimated 13,000 U.S. troops. Neighboring Bahrain is also vital to American interests in the region, home to the Naval Support Activity Bahrain, the U.S. Fifth Fleet and a substantial military presence at Isa Air Base. 7,000 troops are based there.

U.S. troops have been withdrawing from Syria after the Trump administration's decision in October, which has decimated their numbers from an estimated 2,000 in September to currently around 800.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/07/2020 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6540 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Jesus that's a lot. What the fuck? What are we, World Police? Nope.

"vital to American interests in the region"

We don't *have* any interests in the region. Not any more. We're self-sufficient in oil and those dirty camel-fuckers can choke on their dirty crude while we develop electric cars. Looking forward to seeing them fall back to poverty and irrelevance.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/07/2020 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm with Herb. If the camel-etc. thought English was hard, wait til they try to learn Mandarin.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/07/2020 6:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Jane you slut! How many?
Posted by: Punky Wheregum8959 || 01/07/2020 8:57 Comments || Top||

#4  Why round numbers for every entry on the chart except Oman, which is listed at 606 headcount?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/07/2020 8:58 Comments || Top||

#5  ..cause its +/- some at anyone time due to rotations, tdy, med evac, et al.

So, I take it the Israelis have taken full manning of the Patriot systems in country and no MAG teams?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/07/2020 9:28 Comments || Top||

#6  Really not that many. The US combat division is usually 12,000-18,000. Most of those are base personal and defense units. Having 7,000 soldiers to run an air force base is normal.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/07/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#7  Trump administration's decision in October, which has decimated their numbers from an estimated 2,000 in September to currently around 800

Dumbshit "Journolist" might wanna look up "decimated" in a dictionary
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 11:08 Comments || Top||

#8  "which has decimated (du-ified??) their numbers from an estimated 2,000 in September to currently around 800"
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#9  Wait, don't sell the wunderkinds short. I'm sure they use "literally decimated" for the legacy meaning.

Also (haven't checked, but I'm probably the millionth person to suggest it... sure miss the old days when you couldn't walk to the outhouse without stubbing your toe on a hapax): destimate.
Posted by: Harry Lover of the Gepids1344 || 01/07/2020 14:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Decimate... *SIGH* it was during the frenzied stories about Hurricane Katrina that it was forcibly brought to my attention the linguistic drift of the term "decimate". No, "1 in 10" has become an archaic definition™ ....
Posted by: magpie || 01/07/2020 17:24 Comments || Top||

#11  Yeah, "decimated"? Come on. Enough of the hyperbole. "Reduced [by 40%]" would have worked just fine...maybe kinda-sorta "drastically reduced" to be nice.
Posted by: DooDahMan || 01/07/2020 17:30 Comments || Top||

#12  Foxnews has breaking: missile attacks on US troops across Iraq.
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 18:24 Comments || Top||

#13  I just threw up a post on it, Frank G...
Posted by: Raj || 01/07/2020 18:34 Comments || Top||

#14  I had as well
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 18:39 Comments || Top||

#15  Trash mine, then.
Posted by: Raj || 01/07/2020 18:40 Comments || Top||

#16  TW can take care of mine. Yours already has comments
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 18:52 Comments || Top||

#17  Frank G’s article deleted. Good job, both of you.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 22:39 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Eyewitnesses Say 5 People Killed in NDS Kabul Operation
[ToloNews] At least five people were killed by National Directorate of Security
...the Afghan national intel agency...
(NDS) forces during an operation in Kabul on Sunday night, eyewitnesses said on Monday.

Amer Satar,
...also known as Amer Abdul Sattar...
a former mujahideen leader from Ghorband valley of Parwan province, along with his son and three others, were killed in an NDS operation in the Khair Khana area of Kabul city on Sunday night at approximately 7:30, according to the eyewitnesses, one of whom said: "No one was armed at the house, five people were killed, and two were taken by the NDS. Seven others remained at the house."

"Amer Satar and his son were guests at the house and when we finished the praying than we heard the shooting," said Abdul Nasir, a relative of Amer Satar.

The son of the owner of the house, Shafi, said: "Amer Satar and his son and nephew were our guests, and they were killed with my father and one of my brothers."

The reason for the operation is not clear.

The NDS confirmed that the operation occurred, but said details will be forthcoming.

Amer Satar was one of the supporters of President Asharf Ghani’s campaign team in last year’s presidential election.

The eyewitness reported that Amer Satar had an issue with one of the commanders of Hizb-e-Islami in Ghorband.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 00:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6531 views] Top|| File under:


Africa Horn
Kenya arrests three men for trying to breach British army camp
[UK.REUTERS] Kenyan police arrested three men suspected of trying to break into a British army camp in central Kenya on the same day Islamist faceless myrmidons attacked another base used by U.S. and Kenyan forces, according to a police report seen by Rooters.

The failed break-in at Laikipia, where the British army trains about 10,000 troops a year, was captured on a security camera. Three men were subsequently arrested at about 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) on Sunday and were being questioned by anti-terrorism officers, the police report said.

It is not clear whether the attempt to break into the British base was connected to the attack on the Camp Simba base in Manda Bay that killed three Americans. Somali Islamist holy warrior group al-Shabaab
...... Somalia's version of the Taliban, functioning as an arm of al-Qaeda...
grabbed credit for that attack early on Sunday and posted pictures of fighters posing next to planes in flames.

The deadly attack came only days after the United States said it was tightening security at its bases following threats from 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 retaliate for a U.S. Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
that killed its most prominent military commander.
Ynet adds:
Meanwhile new details emerged in the al-Shabaab assault on Camp Simba, with photos showing the dead attackers wearing military uniforms.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6510 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


Car Bomb Wounds Two in Central Somalia
[All Africa] An officer within the integrated security forces of Galkayo has been seriously maimed after a bomb planted under the seat of his car on Sunday evening.

The targeted man was the logistic officer of the integrated security forces of Galkayo.

Another security official was maimed in the kaboom. No group has yet grabbed credit for the boom-mobileing reported in the divided town.

In the past, al-Shabaab
...... an Islamic infestation centering on Somalia attempting to metastasize into Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and similar places, all ofwhich have enough problems without them...
carried out killings and attacks in the city, which has been the scene of festivities between Galmudug
...a semiautonomous region in central Somalia, bordering Puntland on the north. Galmudug is not trying to obtain international recognition as a separate nation, but rather considers itself autonomous within the larger Somali federalism, for what that's worth...
and Puntland
...a region in northeastern Somalia, centered on Garowe in the Nugaal province. Its leaders declared the territory an autonomous state in 1998. Puntland and the equally autonomous Somaliland seem to have avoided the clan rivalries and warlordism that have typified the rest of Somalia, which puts both places high on the list for Islamic subversion...
forces.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6526 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)


East Africa Response Force (comprised of ~50 troops out of Djibouti) to secure Manda Bay airfield
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under: al-Shabaab (AQ)

#1  Big butts?
Posted by: Joling Wittlesbach4203 || 01/07/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Regional or host nation security force? Yea, my confidence is now fully restored.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/07/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#3  What's the ROE smokem if they're in your sights?
Posted by: jpal || 01/07/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Five soldiers killed in Mali roadside attack
[Al Jazeera] Five Malian soldiers have been killed in a roadside kaboom, a government front man said, in the latest attack to hit the West African country's volatile central region.

The troops were travelling in the region of Alatona, near the border with Mauritania, when their convoy hit a bomb on Monday morning, destroying four vehicles.

"Reinforcements are already in place for the operation to neutralise the enemies," government front man Yaya Sangare said on Twitter.

Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in North Africa


Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous Force mobilizes forces to launch a counter-attack on Sirte
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6523 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Sirte falls to Haftar's forces, thanks to a Madkhali brigade from the inside
[Libya Observer] 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...
's forces, backed by former Qadaffy brigades, said they had seized control of most areas in Sirte after brief festivities with Sirte Protection and Security Force units, which pulled out after being abandoned by Brigade 604 - a Madkhali force that was formed after the city was freed from ISIS in 2016.

For weeks, Haftar's forces have been launching sporadic attacks on Sirte with several air attacks by UAE drones, which caused several deaths from the Sirte Protection and Security Force.

Sirte Protection and Security Force sources said their force was betrayed by Brigade 604, whose personnel are mostly from Sirte and tasked with securing their city from the inside.

The sources added that most of the city is now under the control of Haftar's forces and former Qadaffy brigades, except for some neighborhoods in which few brigades are trying to repel the rest of the attack.

With an air cover, Haftar's forces advanced Monday on Sirte from eastern and southern frontlines before 604 Brigade gave them the green light to advance from inside the city, thus forcing Sirte Protection and Security Force brigades to retreat allowing Haftar's forces to enter the city without fighting.

Qadaffy's hometown Sirte is still with the Qadaffy regime of Libya and that made it give the city to ISIS without any resistance as most forces of Evil were previous Qadaffy brigades' personnel.

Madkhali-Salafist Brigade 604 is made mostly from Sirte locals. It didn't take part in the fighting against ISIS. The brigade was formed to secure the city and it angered Sirte Protection and Security Force at the time, citing distrust in the personnel for their Salafist ideology that is linked to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
, which is backing up Haftar.

Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6505 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  I'm confused. Haftar is backed by Salafists but the GNC are the Islamic fundamentalists? What sect is more fundamentalist?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/07/2020 7:03 Comments || Top||

#2  civil war is not really about which brand of Islam to use

its ethnic, tribal and about oil

btw, during the Ottoman rule, what is now Libya was divided into administrative states with Tripoli being one and Bengazi another

Sirte is near the western edge of Bengazi control and the eastern edge of Tripoli control
Posted by: lord garth || 01/07/2020 8:35 Comments || Top||

#3  An ass loaded with gold can step over the highest fortress wall?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/07/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||


Tripoli Military College attack conducted by Wing Loong
[Libya Observer] The Media Office of the Volcano of Rage Operation
...goodness, that sounds serious!
said that preliminary data gathered, after examining the remnants of the missile that struck the Military College 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...
on Saturday night, indicates that it is a Blue Arrow 7 Ba-7 type launched by a Chinese-made Wing Loong drone, provided by the UAE to warlord 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...
The information was based on previous reports of the United Nations
...aka the Oyster Bay Chowder and Marching Society...
expert committees, the media office explained on Facebook.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6542 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Me luv you Loong time!
Posted by: Warthog || 01/07/2020 9:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Gotta watch those Wing Loongs they can see in the dark and put one through your master's bedroom window while he sleeps. How you going to explain that?
Posted by: jpal || 01/07/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
Nigeria hit by deadly bomb attack near Cameroon
[DW] The attack struck a crowded market on the Nigerian-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...
ian frontier. Militant groups have long targeted military and civilian sites in the market town and its surrounding areas.


As many as 30 people have been killed after a bomb destroyed a crowded market on a bridge connecting the Nigerian town of Gamboru and Cameroon's Fotokol.

Authorities said more than 35 other people, including both Nigerians and Cameroonians, were maimed and taken to the local hospital in the wake of the attack on Monday.

"A young man picked up an bomb thinking that it was a piece of iron and it went kaboom!, killing him and eight others," said Midjiyawa Bakari, the governor of the Cameroon's Far North Region.

MILITANT ATTACKS
Militant groups operating in the area have targeted Gamboru on multiple occasions since 2014. That year, Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
seized Gamboru and the nearby town of Ngala.

After a monthslong siege, Nigerian troops managed to wrestle back control of Gamboru with assistance from Chadian forces. But the bully boy group still launches attacks on military and civilian targets in the area.

Boko Haram's decadelong insurgency aimed at establishing a so-called caliphate has killed more than 35,000 people and displaced more than 2 million in the region.

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....
" regional ally that broke off from Boko Haram also stages attacks in the region.

No group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 00:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6528 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram (ISIS)


Sea Pirates Kill Four Nigerian Navy Personnel, Abduct Three Foreigners
[All Africa] Four Naval ratings, who were part of a six-man Naval rescue squad, were killed in a gun duel between them and suspected sea pirates, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

The firefight occurred at about 11 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, a top Naval source said. The source asked not to be named as he was not permitted to talk to journalists.

The attack occurred in the jurisdiction of the NNS Delta, an operations base in Warri, Delta State, one of the seven units under the jurisdiction of the Central Naval Command.

The sea robbers were said to have attacked one of Nigeria’s dredgers, MV AMBIKA, a Sterling Oil dredger close to Ramos River entrance, before the six-man troop of the Nigerian Navy were sent to neutralise their threat.

Before the team arrived, the source said, the suspected sea robbers had "boarded the vessel and kidnapped three crew members (two Russians and one Indian), leaving behind five other crew members."

Upon the arrival of the rescue team at the scene of the incident, a gun duel ensued between the armed ratings onboard the vessel and the sea robbers.

Four of the six Naval ratings deployed onboard the vessel were killed. The vessel was also reportedly stolen by the pirates.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) pops up on the radar again.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6556 views] Top|| File under: MEND


Arabia
Ali Abdul Razzaq al-Shari, a leader of the Iran-backed Houthi militia, has been killed west of the city of Taiz in Yemen
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Another one bites the dust? How nice.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Houthi commander and his companions killed in Yemen
[Search domain www.bna.bh
In a statement to Yemeni News Agency, a military source said that the field commander in the Houthi militia - Commander of the 17th Infantry Brigade called Ali Abdul Razzaq Al-Shari, was killed, along with 5 others, with army artillery fire targeting them while they were gathering in Wadi Al-Bahbah, west of Mount Han.
Posted by: b || 01/07/2020 6:52 Comments || Top||


Britain
Indonesian student jailed as Britain's worst rapist
[Jpost] Indonesian student tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
as Britannia's worst rapist.

A student from Indonesia has been named as Britannia's worst ever rapist after being convicted of more than 150 offences over more than two and a half years.
Reynhard Sinaga, 36, was found guilty of luring 48 men from outside bars and clubs in the city of Manchester back to his flat, where he drugged and assaulted them. In some instances he would then film the attacks on his mobile phone.

"The most prolific rapist ever tried in a British court has today been tossed in the clink
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
for life after drugging and assaulting 48 men, following the largest prosecution of its kind in the Crown Prosecution Service's history," the CPS said in a statement.

A judge on Monday ruled that following four separate trials he must serve a minimum of 30 years in jail.

"His extreme sense of sexual entitlement almost defies belief and he would no doubt still be adding to his staggering tally had he not been caught," said Ian Rushton, a government prosecutor.

"Sinaga’s unthreatening demeanour duped these young men - many of whom thanked him for his kindness in offering them a place to stay - into thinking this monster was a Good Samaritan."
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6550 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Diversity Perversity Makes Us Stronger Deas
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 2:19 Comments || Top||

#2  *Dead
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 2:20 Comments || Top||

#3 
A true champion of the LGBT revolution. He moved to the UK only 'to escape the confines and sexual discipline of his society'.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 01/07/2020 2:59 Comments || Top||

#4  send him back to Indonesia for sentencing.....
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/07/2020 6:58 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Teenage sicario, 19, tells friend to FILM him as he assassinates a man and his passenger at a busy intersection near the US-Mexico border
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/07/2020 07:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6500 views] Top|| File under: Narcos


Europe
Germany charges Syrian accused of commanding ISIS unit
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] German prosecutors have filed terror charges against a Syrian man accused of commanding a unit of ISIS fighters in his homeland.

Prosecutors in Frankfurt said Monday that the 33-year-old, whose name they didn’t release, was charged with membership in a foreign terrorist group and violating weapons laws.

They said that the suspect entered Germany in June 2015 and was initially granted refugee status, which was revoked in June last year. He was arrested in the central city of Kassel in November 2018
...that might be Mohammed A. G., whose arrest was reported on 17 November 2018 in our archives...
and has been in jug since then.

The man was a member of ISIS from 2013 to 2015 and allegedly commanded a unit of at least 20 men, prosecutors said in a statement. He also is alleged to have been the commander of one or two city districts in Raqqa for at least part of the time.

Prosecutors said the man is also accused of capturing two men, who were either Shia or members of the Alawite minority, and holding them as hostages before handing them over to a high-ranking ISIS commander. It is not known what happened to the men.

Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6514 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


The Grand Turk
Erdogan confirms "First Turkish troops on their way to Libya"
[Libya Observer] Ottoman Turkish President, His Enormity, 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. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
said on Sunday that they have already begun to send in troops to Libya, gradually.

This came in a television interview with CNN Turk television.

Erdogan explained that his country was not disturbed by Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
's condemnation of the decision to send troops to Libya.

"We do not value the condemnation of the Saudis, instead, we disapprove their condemnation," he said.

Erdogan added that Egypt and the UAE are very troubled by the Libyan-Ottoman Turkish agreement, but in return, they are supporting the coup against the legitimate government.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Kill em first
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 4:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Troops? Or are those vicious, ill trained Chechen paramilitaries?
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 13:44 Comments || Top||


Iraq
BREAKING - Iraq Under Missile Attack From Iran
[Twitter] NEWS BREAKING ALERT: Senior U.S. military source in Iraq: "under missile attack from Iran. These are either cruise missiles or short range ballistic missiles. All over the country." - Fox News (6:20 p.m. ET 1/7/20)
Update at 7:45 p.m. ET: see also Fred’s Twitter round-up here. I’ll cross-link so that everyone can easily see all the comments.
Posted by: Raj || 01/07/2020 18:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6603 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Take out Iran's nuclear facilities. 3, 2, 1...
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 18:46 Comments || Top||

#2  let's just see how long our response time is. Bet it's not long. Time to see whose dick is bigger in this situation.
Posted by: Chris || 01/07/2020 18:49 Comments || Top||

#3  From within Iran. Time to bounce a shiite load of rubble
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 01/07/2020 18:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Gee, I wonder why those B-52's were deployed to Diego Garcia?
Posted by: Raj || 01/07/2020 18:55 Comments || Top||

#5  Always come to the 'Burg to see whats happening with these attacks. Thanks
Posted by: Jan || 01/07/2020 18:55 Comments || Top||

#6  raj, just normal routine
Posted by: Chris || 01/07/2020 18:59 Comments || Top||

#7  I've seen reports at least 20 Americans killed. Trump will have to respond.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/07/2020 19:04 Comments || Top||

#8  post them glenmore
Posted by: Chris || 01/07/2020 19:09 Comments || Top||

#9  ballistic missiles have been fired from inside Iran at multiple U.S. military facilities inside Iraq.

That's interesting. No deniability there. I would have expected action from one of their proxies.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/07/2020 19:12 Comments || Top||

#10  Pick 4 Iranian cities. Do the Dresden thing. Moab the ayatollah. Oh and sink anything with an iranian flag. Good start. Maybe napalm the Iranian Embassy in New York.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/07/2020 19:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Go for the Nukes and take out the Quds leadership.

52 Pick Up.
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 19:14 Comments || Top||

#12  ...Iranian TV says they did it and have launched a second strike.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/07/2020 19:17 Comments || Top||

#13  52 Pick Up. I see what you did there
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 01/07/2020 19:18 Comments || Top||

#14  Smite the fok out of 'em and be done with it.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/07/2020 19:19 Comments || Top||

#15  Just checking in before starting articles for tomorrow and I saw this. Thank you for posting it for us, Raj.

Ladies and gentlemen of Rantburg, let’s keep all updates in this thread — we’ll start fresh with a new article at the midnight rollover that contains all your updates.

I’ve set this as today’s new headline, replacing what was there before — Fred’s latest update allows us to do that (thanks, Fred!). 3dc earlier sent me a link to a tweet tracking the large number of West-East American military flights in the last few days — C-somethings? Diego Garcia isn’t the only site ready to rumble, I think.

May God grant us victory speedily enough that we don’t have to break the enemy too badly.

Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 19:32 Comments || Top||

#16  I'm with Lex.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 01/07/2020 19:35 Comments || Top||

#17  Bear in mind that most Iranians would actually prefer to get rid of the mullahs and are actually quite friendly towards Americans.

Target the mullahs, not the people. They don't want that war.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/07/2020 19:37 Comments || Top||

#18  one report was from Erbil - 3 or 4 missiles targeted the base, several shot down, several just missed the base
Posted by: lord garth || 01/07/2020 19:39 Comments || Top||

#19  Thanks lord garth
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/07/2020 19:41 Comments || Top||

#20  The Telegraph is liveblogging events here, started almost an hour ago.

  • Iran brands Britain America's 'partner in crime' over Soleimani death

  • US says attack planned by Soleimani was 'days' from happening

  • More than 60 people die after stampede at general's funeral

  • US sends B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia as tensions mount

There’s a nice map showing Iran and its proxies around the Middle East, giving the approximate number of fighters for each named group.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 19:43 Comments || Top||

#21  I think the first thing we hit is Iran's missile sites.

This is because Iran probably has dozens or more likely hundreds of launchables and it would be good to reduce this number. Unfortunately, the staffing of these bases is mostly regular soldiers not IRNG.

Everything else should
Posted by: lord garth || 01/07/2020 19:48 Comments || Top||

#22  Target the mullahs, not the people. They don't want that war.

Agreed, and I think we (our mil.) have considered that very well.
Posted by: Raj || 01/07/2020 19:48 Comments || Top||

#23  The nuke sites should be one the targets.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/07/2020 19:51 Comments || Top||

#24  Chris #8 - it was a Twitter capture and I can't find it again.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/07/2020 19:54 Comments || Top||

#25  The nuke sites should be one the targets.

My completely uninformed opinion - that's what the B-52's are all about.
Posted by: Raj || 01/07/2020 19:59 Comments || Top||

#26  Civie here with two questions 1) describe these ballistic missiles, their capabilities, etc. 2) what's this "strategy" we must have now, this minute and when asked, which they themselves can't answer. I like Reagan's strategy "They lose, we win." Thanks Rantburg U.
Posted by: Sherry || 01/07/2020 19:59 Comments || Top||

#27  My thoughts on targeting, in priority order:

#1: Air defense radar sites
#2: Missile launch sites
#3: IRGC facilities and personnel
#4: Nuclear sites
#5: National command structure, incl. the mullahs

I suspect the next few days will get very, very interesting and lively.

The mullahs have clearly descended into Thrash Mode just like our resident idiots, the Democrats. Trump certainly has a talent for driving stupid people to do stupid things, doesn't he?
Posted by: Dave D. || 01/07/2020 20:00 Comments || Top||

#28  it was a Twitter capture and I can't find it again

Links if you have ‘em, guys — just paste in the comment box below your comment if you don’t know how to bury them in a link.

Comment either here or in Fred’s post — he did a twitter round up here. Raj keeps the headline though, because he was first. :-)
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 20:01 Comments || Top||

#29  Did Trump say "52 targets" or "B-52 targets?"
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/07/2020 20:02 Comments || Top||

#30  I suspect #27 would be pretty accurate.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/07/2020 20:03 Comments || Top||

#31  B-52 with missiles or very long range bombs, Only an idiot would fly above a nuke site full of AAA in B-52.

There isn't much to tell about ballistic missiles from Katyushas to 2500km range ones.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/07/2020 20:03 Comments || Top||

#32  Hearing that there are no casualties via Tucker.
Posted by: Jan || 01/07/2020 20:04 Comments || Top||

#33  I'm sure they are moving civilians to surround the missile launchers as we speak. They love human shields and Herb will support them
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 20:04 Comments || Top||

#34  Only an idiot would fly above a nuke site full of AAA in B-52.

JASSM-ER from the air, TLAM from the subs.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/07/2020 20:07 Comments || Top||

#35  "Hearing that there are no casualties via Tucker."

I don't believe there are no causalities.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/07/2020 20:07 Comments || Top||

#36  "JASSM-ER from the air, TLAM from the subs."

Yes, i hope the USN his finally smart enough to do proper diligence.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/07/2020 20:09 Comments || Top||

#37  It just started.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/07/2020 20:09 Comments || Top||

#38 
#1: Air defense radar sites
#2: Missile launch sites
#3: IRGC facilities and personnel
#4: Nuclear sites
#5: National command structure, incl. the mullahs


I'd take out the head of the snake third imo
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 01/07/2020 20:13 Comments || Top||

#39  Yes, it's started.

Maybe, finally, after 40 years of kicking the can down the road, we're at last going to rid ourselves of this menace.

I hope.
Posted by: Dave D. || 01/07/2020 20:14 Comments || Top||

#40  I won't quibble with that, bbrewer; works for me.
Posted by: Dave D. || 01/07/2020 20:15 Comments || Top||

#41  Queue the Americans targeting hospitals,puppy mills and baby formula factories in 3...2..1..
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 01/07/2020 20:16 Comments || Top||

#42  Ayatollahs will hide in a culturally sensitive mosque and it'll be a war crime if we bomb them. But then, war is a crime.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/07/2020 20:26 Comments || Top||

#43  If no casualties we could let it slide and ask the Iraqis how they want to handle it.
Posted by: gorb || 01/07/2020 20:26 Comments || Top||

#44  Chance should not be lost.
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/07/2020 20:28 Comments || Top||

#45  Target the mullahs, not the people.

= 52 Pick Up strategy. 1 down, 51 to go.
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 20:30 Comments || Top||

#46  I don' give a shit if they are in their mosque. They been hiding behind that shit for to long. Who"s going too prosecute said war crime?
Posted by: Chris || 01/07/2020 20:32 Comments || Top||

#47  Hey look: B-52s incoming...



B-2s & F-35s sneak sneak sneak sneak.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 01/07/2020 20:41 Comments || Top||

#48  They will have to hit the ADA sites and C&C sites first. Then they should hit the missile sites to defend the troops. All pretty standard. I would like to see them obliterate the Special forces bases. Turn them into glazed sand and then let that sink in with the rest of the military. The republican guard rank and file will not stay and fight. Also, any Iranian boat in the straights need to be gone. As far as the nuke sites go, we can send a god rod in on those and remove them without hurting the population. Just my recommendation..
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/07/2020 20:58 Comments || Top||

#49  Target the mullahs, not the people.

Do what's necessary to neutralize the Iran threat to the West.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/07/2020 21:05 Comments || Top||

#50  No mullahs, no threat
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/07/2020 21:08 Comments || Top||

#51  Certainly would be a shame if suddenly all the bank accounts in Iraq read zero - or some other random number. That'd crash their economy tout suite and no idea what random group of hackers did that ...
Posted by: Chong Pelosi2860 || 01/07/2020 21:22 Comments || Top||

#52  Iran launched on Iraq. A nuanced response could be Trump asking Iraq - sorry about that damage. Would you like any assistance in your response? That way the response is in line with Iraq's request - not us going it alone. And frankly - they OUGHT to be pissed off at the Iranian's shooting at them. They fought a long war about that relatively recently.
Posted by: Chong Pelosi2860 || 01/07/2020 21:25 Comments || Top||

#53  Fred’s been updating his post — it looks like Iran is as good at hitting empty fields as Hamas.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 21:32 Comments || Top||

#54  Is it possible that Iran planned not to actually hit anybody? That way they get to avoid all out war but can crow that they fought back against the Americans. They’ve already said that they won’t do anything else if we don’t respond. As much as I’d love to whip their asses, escalation gets risky. We already smoked their top guys. Deterrence established. We won and they know it.
Posted by: Slash Jones1934 || 01/07/2020 21:36 Comments || Top||

#55  Dem prexidential candidates calling for prayers now. Hypocritical bastids always belittle people calling for prayers after a mass shooting...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/07/2020 21:36 Comments || Top||

#56  Donald J. Trump@realDonaldTrump
3m
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
Posted by: Jan || 01/07/2020 21:50 Comments || Top||

#57  I'm sort of disappointed with all the "internet tuff guys" on this thread. I expected more thoughtful replies. I think this may be over - thankfully. Iran took some pot shots to save face and are scared- and we know it. Lets hope things deescalate from here.
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 01/07/2020 21:57 Comments || Top||

#58  "internet tuff guys"

On or off the web. These folks are just that Sammy.
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/07/2020 22:02 Comments || Top||

#59  Some of us heard / read '20 US servicemen dead' at first, so could you back off just a bit? Thanks.
Posted by: Raj || 01/07/2020 22:04 Comments || Top||

#60  "I think this may be over - thankfully. Iran took some pot shots to save face and are scared- and we know it. Lets hope things deescalate from here."

So back to mortars and bombs against USA forces?
Posted by: Spanky Whuter1088 || 01/07/2020 22:10 Comments || Top||

#61  Saddam's people would do the same thing back in 1999-2000 to jets patrolling the Northern-Southern No fly zones. They'd jump out of the bunker and fire off a few AAA rounds after the patrol aircraft had already departed the AO. Looked good on paper.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/07/2020 22:16 Comments || Top||

#62  "They attacked us, & we hit back. If they attack again, which I would strongly advise them not to do, we will hit them harder than they have ever been hit before!"

The Taliban bet on Bush's threats not being serious.
They won their bet and survived.

The Mullahs are betting on Trump's threats not being serious.

If the Mullahs win their bet what conclusions will Kim draw?
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/07/2020 22:26 Comments || Top||

#63  #57 I'm sort of disappointed with all the "internet tuff guys" on this thread. I expected more thoughtful replies. I think this may be over - thankfully. Iran took some pot shots to save face and are scared- and we know it. Lets hope things de-escalate from here.

No one wants war here, Sam.

The question is whether they, as s.o. above reported, killed 20 of our people.

If yes, we strike back - 10x harder.
If no, we ignore their BS and de-escalate.
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 22:27 Comments || Top||

#64  If there is de-escalation Trump will have done tremendous damage with his empty bluster.

In that case he really should have taken the opportunity to remain silent.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/07/2020 22:31 Comments || Top||

#65  Trump's bluster is designed to create & spread fear uncertainty & doubt. He's f---ing with his enemies' minds. Поняла?
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 22:41 Comments || Top||

#66  Twitter = bullshit.
No serious person pays attention to Twitter.

Trump uses Twitter to f--- with his enemies. Period. His tweets have zero to do with realities on the ground - or in the air.
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 22:57 Comments || Top||

#67  BBC breaking a Ukrainian plane has gone down in Iran with 180 on board
Posted by: bombay || 01/07/2020 23:02 Comments || Top||

#68  Intel Crab:
Unconfirmed via Al Hadath: The downed Ukrainian aircraft outbound from #Tehran was accidentally shot down by Iranian AA units.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/07/2020 23:14 Comments || Top||

#69  Stupid f---s.

Spreading chaos mayhem and death everywhere they can.
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 23:16 Comments || Top||

#70  Looks like Trump has them shooting at anything that moves.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/07/2020 23:39 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Soldier imprisoned 18 days for putting snake in PA taxi
[Arutz 7] - A soldier has been sent to a military prison for 18 days for putting a snake in a Palestinian Authority taxi, according to Galei Tzahal radio.

When he finishes serving his sentence, his continued service as a soldier will be examined by the unit commander. The Israel Defense Forces stated in response, "This behavior is unacceptable and inconsistent with IDF values, according to which soldiers are expected to behave."
Our own Florida man?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/07/2020 05:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6548 views] Top|| File under:

#1  He thought it was a Palestinian. Easy mistake to make.
Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Guelph1287 || 01/07/2020 5:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Link doesn't go to the story.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/07/2020 6:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Where's that spoon for feeding the Erb?

Links to a scrolling news aggregation.
Page down a bit for the content.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/07/2020 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  ^Gracias
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/07/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#5  putting snake in PA taxi

a case of coals to Newcastle
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/07/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Meanwhile snakes worldwide boycott Uber and cheap motels.
Posted by: jpal || 01/07/2020 9:45 Comments || Top||

#7  Soldier calling taxi company: "Hello, Did you by any chance find my emotional support snake in one of your taxi cabs?" "Yeah, we found a snake in one of our taxis. We find them all the time. What did it look like?"
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/07/2020 10:06 Comments || Top||

#8  "It was long and scaly with a forked tongue and answers to Jake."
Posted by: jpal || 01/07/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#9  What kind of snake? There are snakes and there are snakes. One of my pet peeves with journalists is their utter lack of curiosity.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/07/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||

#10 
...you mean they didn't label it an automatic assault snake?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/07/2020 11:27 Comments || Top||

#11  no chek on snek

Posted by: nooz doge || 01/07/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#12  I don't make the news that I cover...
a joo and a snake? Son of Flubber!
Won't boost my career
If the serpent is queer
Or progressive or muslim or rubber.
Posted by: Harry Lover of the Gepids1344 || 01/07/2020 11:46 Comments || Top||

#13  Dropped a tow sack with a big raccoon in it through the passenger side of a drunk's pickup while a friend was on the driver side talking to him as he was about to leave the Piggly Wiggly parking lot.

For some strange reason he lost control about a half block up the street and cut across quite a few yards fighting that raccoon.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 01/07/2020 12:00 Comments || Top||

#14  If the driver was a Paleo shouldn't the article read "ANOTHER snake"
Posted by: Hellfish || 01/07/2020 12:14 Comments || Top||

#15  What kind of snake?

Emotional support snake.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/07/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||

#16  Heh.

"What do you mean I can't bring them on the plane? This is my emotional support herpetarium!"
Posted by: SteveS || 01/07/2020 14:31 Comments || Top||

#17 
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 01/07/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||

#18  Cabbie: Hey, what's that smell?
Fare: Smell? Ummm... maybe my emotional support plumber's snake?
Posted by: Harry Lover of the Gepids1344 || 01/07/2020 15:04 Comments || Top||

#19  what's the Sabra equivalent of Alabama BlackSnake?
Posted by: Lex || 01/07/2020 15:23 Comments || Top||

#20  I’m out and about, so here is the direct link, guys: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/Flash.aspx/483833.

Tapping/clicking on the article headline when scrolled down to at the link will send the reader to the specific story. Good catch on the link, Herb, but next time please exercise your skillz — we both know your capacity is well beyond mine on such things.
Posted by: trailing wife not buying anything at the Apple store || 01/07/2020 15:34 Comments || Top||

#21  We say "Land of Israel", Lex
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 01/07/2020 15:53 Comments || Top||

#22  Graffiti appears overnight
And police arrest two by first light:
The nazi got bail,
But held under the jail
Is the guy who wrote "left" over "right."
Posted by: Harry Lover of the Gepids1344 || 01/07/2020 16:01 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Tehran has launched
See also Raj's breaking news post from 18:30 ET here.
So much for the "experts" who said nothing would happen. Question now is what the U.S. is gonna do...
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] I think this was the 737 that crashed due to "technical difficulties," the difficulty being an SA-6 or maybe an antique Hawk up the tailpipe. Adding insult to injury?






9:00 EST Per CNN, Fredo Cuomo, missile fired at Irbil was a dud.






As of 8:35, FoxNews sez no US casualties reported, there are Iraqi casualties. Militia activity in Baghdad is down to nothing at the moment.


Everybody else will do the same.



Having lots of missiles does you no good if they're shitty missiles. USA hasn't responded yet.












ROI=zero.



Time to call in the Pope, I guess. With the Highatollah running their military operations we're lost.

More pinpoint than missiles. However, we have an air force, too...



Iran opens hostilities with Kurdistan.



They've got a love affair with missiles. I'm guessing, based on use in Yemen, they're not going to be (ultimate) cost effective.

That could mean war with everyone in the vicinity, which I suppose is a good thing if you're expecting the Mahdi to come riding to the rescue. If he doesn't come, that thing in your hand is for peeing, not defense.


Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 7:34:39 PM || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6524 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  So the Ayatollahs believe their own press. Inneresting days ahead.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/07/2020 19:43 Comments || Top||

#2  ...or listening to advice from John Kerry.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/07/2020 20:11 Comments || Top||

#3  A good round up, Fred. Here’s to speedy victory!
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/07/2020 20:11 Comments || Top||

#4  AMEN
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 20:21 Comments || Top||

#5  IRGC saying Ayatollah Khamenei is in control centre cordinating attacks.

If I had a single bomb, I know what I would do with it.
Posted by: gorb || 01/07/2020 20:31 Comments || Top||

#6  It'll have to be a MOAB. He'll be half mile down or so.
Posted by: Fred || 01/07/2020 20:44 Comments || Top||

#7  That could be arranged.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 01/07/2020 22:22 Comments || Top||


#9  Seems a nervous SAM crew hit the plane when it entered their sector thinking it was US incoming response.
Posted by: Goober Tingle7365 || 01/07/2020 23:53 Comments || Top||


Syrian shepherds killed in massacre blamed on Iranian militias and ISIS
[Jpost] Syrian activists blamed the attack on Iranian militias, while Syrian regime sources blamed it on ISIS.

Twenty-one shepherds were killed in a massacre on Sunday in the Ma'adan area of eastern Syria in an attack that Syrian activists blame on Iranian militias, according to the pan-Arab al-Quds al-Arabi news site. However,
a poor excuse is better than no excuse at all...
Syrian regime sources blamed the attack on ISIS.
Oh dear. How is a girl to choose?!
The event took place two days after IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
. Syrian Facebook pages and news sites quoted locals as saying that that the shepherds were killed in Dire Revenge for the liquidation of Soleimani.
That sure sounds like Iran’s pet Shiite paramilitaries...
Navvar Saban, a researcher from the Syrian Omran Centre for Strategic Studies, told al-Arabi that Iranian militias were likely responsible for the attack. Syrian Civil Defense worker and former journalist Asaad Hanna also blamed Iranian militias for the massacre.
Oh NOES, Herb! Simple, rustic, but well-armed goat herders were killed? Must be the US, right?
Syrian regime media blamed the massacre on ISIS, as ISIS cells operate in the surrounding desert, according to al-Arabi.
Could both groups have done mean things?
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that 19 non-combatants were killed and five others were missing in the attack in the al-Sabkhah Desert in Raqqa by unknown assailants on Sunday. The victims were reportedly shot after being shackled.

According to the SOHR, the site of the attack is far away from where ISIS cells operate, but there are also no headquarters or centers of Syrian regime forces or militias nearby. The only military presence in the area are military convoys usually affiliated with the AL-Katerji militia. This militia was founded by Syrian businessman and politician Hossam al-Katerji, according to Rooters.

Multiple ISIS attacks on Iranian militias and regime forces were reported in recent days.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that members of ISIS intensively shelled positions belonging to Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias in the Deir Ezzor area where Albukamal is located on Monday evening. Regime forces responded with heavy artillery and flares. It is unclear if the exchange of fire is connected to the earth-shattering kabooms reported by Deir Ezzor 24.

A bus carrying regime forces was ambushed on the International Highway in the Deir Ezzor area on Monday, according to SOHR. At least seven soldiers were killed and 14 others were maimed in the attack.

Last week, a number of IEDs planted by ISIS members went kaboom! on a highway in Deir Ezzor, injuring multiple soldiers. SOHR described the attack as part of ISIS's "continued growing activity" in the area.
An earlier Jerusalem Post article adds:
Explosions were heard in "areas controlled by Iranian militias" near Albukamal in eastern Syria near the Iraq-Syria border on Monday evening, according to local news source Deir Ezzor 24. The explosions were believed to be caused by rockets, although some reports indicated that an airstrike had targeted the area. The strong explosions were heard on the other side of the Euphrates River.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that members of ISIS intensively shelled positions belonging to Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias in the Deir Ezzor area where Albukamal is located on Monday evening. Regime forces responded with heavy artillery and flares. It is unclear if the exchange of fire is connected to the explosions reported by Deir Ezzor 24.

The SOHR reported on Sunday that Iran-backed militias had reportedly evacuated their headquarters in Albukamal and spread throughout orchards on the banks of the Euphrates River.
How very clever of them.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is reportedly seizing civilian houses in the Deir Ezzor area in eastern Syria.

The land crossing between Iraq and Syria at Albukamal that reopened in November was closed again on Monday, according to Deir Ezzor 24.
Syrian regime forces and Iranian militias fired three shells at the Conoco gas field in the Deir Ezzor area of eastern Syria on Sunday night. No casualties were reported in the Conoco attack.

Militias along the Iraq-Syria border have been high alert since the strike on Soleimani. An air strike reportedly struck an Iranian-militia base near the border within Syrian territory on Saturday night, according to Arab media.

Multiple people were injured 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.

Three military vehicles were destroyed in an airstrike on Iranian-backed militias in Deir Ezzor in Syria along the border with Iraq, according to Deir Ezzor 24. The news site earlier reported a possible strike in Albukamal, which is home to a major Iranian base.

Earlier this week, a new Iranian-backed militia called the "al-Sayyida Zeinab Regiment," arrived in Albukamal along the Iraq-Syria border.
Noted. Not that these fake-nose-and-eyeglasses names indicate an actual new group, but it’s good to get it in the record anyway.
Multiple airstrikes have targeted Iranian forces and militias in eastern Syria in the past few months. A strategic border crossing between Iraq and Syria and the Iranian-controlled Imam Ali military base is located in the border town of Al-Bukamal.

Several large explosions in Salhia, just north of Bukamal
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#1  Twenty-one shepherds were killed in a massacre on Sunday

Herb in 5..4..3
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/07/2020 2:15 Comments || Top||

#2  The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is reportedly seizing civilian houses in the Deir Ezzor area in eastern Syria.

Ingratiating themselves to the local population
Posted by: Frank G || 01/07/2020 4:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Might have been lost in a wooly stampede.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/07/2020 7:26 Comments || Top||

#4  The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is reportedly seizing civilian houses in the Deir Ezzor area in eastern Syria.

I think I've seen this somewhere before ....
Posted by: gorb || 01/07/2020 9:58 Comments || Top||


US deploying 6 B-52 strategic bombers to Diego Garcia
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#1  ...Miss Buffy has a remarkable ability to focus one's thoughts.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/07/2020 4:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Buffy the vampire slayer?
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/07/2020 7:04 Comments || Top||

#3  Time to darken the skies above Tehran. I loved how Trump said he had 52 targets representing the 52 hostages. And yesterday in a show of support the Air Force launched 52 f35 aircraft. I guess the AF wants to go play...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/07/2020 15:36 Comments || Top||



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