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Corey Booker Throws In The Towel
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-Short Attention Span Theater-
United Airlines passenger 'tries to storm cockpit and attacks flight attendant as plane is landing at New Jersey Airport before assaulting six cops on the tarmac'
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Matthew Dingley,
    ...a construction foreman in upstate New York with a very odd LinkedIn page...
    28, was arrested January 9 in Newark, New Jersey, police said

  • He was taken into custody after allegedly trying to storm United Airlines cockpit

  • Witnesses said Dingley then brutally attacked a flight attendant who intervened

  • Passengers were forced to stop Dingley from allegedly hurting the attendant
    A pack, not a herd...
  • Those incidents occurred while the pilots were attempting to land in Newark

  • Once on the ground, Dingley allegedly attacked six police officers, including one officer who suffered four broken ribs

  • He faces several charges that include aggravated assault and resisting arrest

  • He was arrested in 2016 after leading police officers on a chase in North Carolina, and found guilty of a DWI in New York in 2017.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under:

#1  With problems like his I hope he is behind bars for at least a decade.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 01/13/2020 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  State and federal charges. Unless the local federal DA wants to litigate in Attu AK, he'd better go for the interference with flight crew for the max.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Airline bottles. Why do they hate some people?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:22 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
3 Police Killed In Helmand
[ToloNews] At least three coppers were killed in an IED blast on Saturday evening In Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province, the governor's media office said Sunday.

In a statement released by the governor's media office, the incident occurred in PD1 of the capital, Lashkargah city.

When coppers returned from a patrol, the IED placed close to the checkpoint went off.

No details were provided regarding maimed soldiers.

No group has yet grabbed credit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under:


Taliban Commander Killed In Airstrike
[ToloNews] Muhibullah, a "Taliban
...Arabic for students...
leader in the northeast," was killed in an Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
in Kunduz province, the Ministry of Defense said Sunday.

According to the MoD statement, Muhibullah was a citizen of Pakistain and was targeted when he was driving in Imam Saib district of Kunduz province.

No more details were given by the ministry.

The Taliban has yet to comment on the airstrike.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Afghan troops recapture most strategic sites in western #Afghanistan
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Winter Furlough? Time to go home because it is too cold outside and boast wildly about the coming Spring Offensive O' Doom™.
Posted by: magpie || 01/13/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Define strategic sites. Nice bit of dirt good for growing opium?
Posted by: jpal || 01/13/2020 16:35 Comments || Top||


Africa North
136th Infantry Division has defected from the #GNA and joined the #LNA
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [231 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  seems like there are fewer than 100 people in a GNA Division

Posted by: lord garth || 01/13/2020 8:06 Comments || Top||

#2  'Defect' is such a harsh word. I mean, it's not like there are actual sides in Calvinball.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 10:09 Comments || Top||

#3  So the other 135 are still ok?
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/13/2020 12:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Which side pays the best? (asking for a friend).
Posted by: jpal || 01/13/2020 12:12 Comments || Top||

#5  Key to getting paid is surviving.

Seems LNA has been womping GNA recently.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||


Fighting has broken out in AinZara, one gov’t fighter toes up
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Ouch. Such sarcasm.

One government fighter was killed by a hostile fire in Ein Zara frontline on Sunday in a fresh breach of the ceasefire by warlord Khalifa Haftar
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Huh.... Libyan rednecks. Who knew?
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||


gunmen loyal to Kaniyat militia, which is fighting alongside Haftar’s armed groups, held a protest in Tarhuna city early on Sunday to show rejection to the ceasefire in #Tripoli
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Turkish drone, which had reportedly been firing missiles despite a truce, has fallen south of Tripoli
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
No more rocket firing for you, bad boy!

Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [111 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Firing missiles during a truce? Must have been an Islamic drone.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 1:36 Comments || Top||


Libya ceasefire call brings lull in heavy fighting, both factions accuse other of breaking hudna
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Both of Libya’s warring factions accuse each other of violating a ceasefire
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Hudnas are made to be broken.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Let me know if they don't break the hudna.
Posted by: gorb || 01/13/2020 3:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Libya ceasefire call brings lulz in heavy fighting
FIFY
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 3:44 Comments || Top||

#3  Thanks Hillary.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 01/13/2020 6:53 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
‘Will be treated as terrorist’: J-K police on cop arrested with Hizbul members
[HindustanTimes] Singh, who was captured with gunnies when he was travelling with them in a car on National Highway in south 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....
, is being jointly interrogated by security agencies, said the police official.


The Jammu-Kashmir police on Sunday confirmed the involvement of one of its senior officers in terrorism and said that he will be dealt with "as a terrorist". Deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Davinder Singh was arrested along with three other persons on Saturday including Hizbul Mujahideen
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Three wanted Hizbul terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter
[HindustanTimes] According to officials, a joint team of police, army and paramilitary troops launched a search operation in Gulshanpora village of Tral following inputs about the presence of Death Eaters in the area.

Three Hizbul Mujahideen
...Party of Holy Warriors, founded by Muhammad Ahsan Dar in September 1989. One of the Pak sock puppets waging jihad in Indian Kashmir. It was originally organized as the armed wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. In 1990, Dar declared Hizbul as the sword arm of Jamaat. Hizbul murdered many of the pro-independence intelligentsia in Kashmir. After the organization was taken over by Syed Salahuddin Dar and several other ex-Hizb leaders were assassinated between 2001 and 2003...
bad boyz were potted in an encounter with security forces in south 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....
’s Pulwama district on Sunday, police said.

According to officials, a joint team of police, army and paramilitary troops launched a search operation in Gulshanpora village of Tral following inputs about the presence of Death Eaters in the area.

Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) Vijay Kumar said the terrorists, who were hiding in a house in the village, opened fire on security forces who were asking them to surrender.

"They opened fire. The forces retaliated, killing two terrorists. The third Death Eater was killed in the crossfire when he tried to flee the scene. We have also seized arms and ammunition, including AK 47 rifles, UGBL launcher, grenade and detonators, from the location," added Vijay Kumar.

Police spokesperson Manoj Kumar identified the Death Eaters as Umer Fayaz Lone, alias Hamad Khan of Seer village, Faizan Hamid of Mandoora village and Adil Bashir Mir, alias Abu Dujana, of Monghama village ‐ all located in Tral block.

"Lone has been involved in many civilian and police killings over the past few years. He also recruited new Death Eaters,"said Kumar.

The spokesperson added that Lone was wanted for complicity in terror crimes since 2016. He was part of groups responsible for carrying out a series of terror attacks and many other civilian atrocities, besides killing of policeman Haleem Kohli of Gutroo Bangdar Tral and killing of civilian Mehraj Din Zarger of Tral, Manoj added.

Similarly, Adil and Faizan were also part of the group involved in the killing of civilian Mehraj Din Zarger of Tral and were responsible for several other terror crimes, he said.

On January 7, a resident of south Kashmir, who was reported missing from his home town Bijbehara on January 2 and allegedly joined militancy, was killed in an encounter in Awantipora.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies


Iraq
Eight rockets hit Iraq's Balad Air Base today, wounding four Iraqi air force officers, Pompeo sez outraged
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Al Ahram adds:
A majority of US airmen stationed at the Al-Balad airbase north of Baghdad had already left, the military sources said, following tensions between the US and Iran over the last two weeks.

Military bases hosting US troops have been subject to volleys of rocket and mortar attacks in recent months that have mostly wounded Iraqi forces, but also killed one American contractor last month.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he was ‘outraged’ by another missile attack on an Iraqi airbase where US forces have been stationed
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Plausible denial to follow.
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [133 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Translation from the Farsi: "Wasn't us. Nope. Uh-uh. *smirk*"
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||

#2  I remember when eight rockets or mortars targeting Balad would have been a slow day.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 8:33 Comments || Top||


Pro-Iran Badr Org. HQ torched in Karbala Iraq
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [124 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Awwww...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Sure, it could have been "Iraqi protesters", but that plausible deniability thing works both ways.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
IDF arrests 3 Gazans after second infiltration attempt in a day
[Jpost] The IDF arrested three suspects after they infiltrated from the northern Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip into Israel on Sunday night, just hours after an additional suspect was arrested attempting to infiltrate into Israel.

The three suspects were carrying a knife, while the suspect arrested earlier was unarmed. All four have been transferred for further questioning.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [66 views] Top|| File under: Hamas


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Israeli intelligence helped US carry out Soleimani's assassination 'by confirming which flight terror chief took to Iraq'
[MAIL] The US reportedly relied on Israeli intelligence in the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, was killed in a US airstrike as he left Baghdad International Airport after flying in from Damascus on January 3rd.

Informants in Damascus tipped the CIA off about which flight Soleimani would be on and Israeli intelligence verified and confirmed that information, NBC News and Reuters reported Sunday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to be the only foreign leader who knew of the planned assassination, having spoken to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo beforehand, according to the New York Times.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 02:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [494 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  I guessed it was Israeli intelligence.
I just did not want to tip anyone off
like the liberals love to out things you know.
We have no better ally than Israel.
Posted by: boomerc || 01/13/2020 3:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Success has many fathers...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 3:25 Comments || Top||

#3  "...but to be orphaned, that's failure"
Posted by: Dan Quayle || 01/13/2020 3:46 Comments || Top||

#4  but to be orphaned, that's failure - Hunter Biden?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 01/13/2020 3:47 Comments || Top||

#5  I figured it was Saudi information.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 01/13/2020 6:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Or Tehran
Posted by: Frank G || 01/13/2020 6:48 Comments || Top||

#7  You think the Orange Man believes what the CIA turns out?

Let's see - one organization has its fingers in an attempted coup in the US.

The other organization has been effectively dealing with a common enemy.

If you were going to execute an audacious act which we just witnessed, whose info would you trust?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:36 Comments || Top||

#8  Following the attack on the USEMBASSY in the Iraqi Green Zone, It is likely all of the intelligence trees were shaken quite vigorously. One of the first 'go to' people I would seek info from would by our Israeli Mossad liaison contacts, next the British, then the French.

Possibly also of interest as mentioned yesterday, there does not appear to be any Iranian government officials, military or otherwise aboard that Ukrainian flight that was shot down. It would be rather naive to assume the Iranians were unaware of that flight, it's destination, or flight manifest.

Just saying.


Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

#9  So anything about who WAS on the flight that would be handy to "go away" permanently?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/13/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#10  So anything about who WAS on the flight that would be handy to "go away" permanently?

NOW you tell me...
Posted by: Jeffrey Epstein || 01/13/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#11  Five Eyes (FVEY) not trustworthy either ? .
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/13/2020 9:42 Comments || Top||

#12  I doubt this article is accurate.
Posted by: Vespasian Ebboting9735 || 01/13/2020 9:46 Comments || Top||

#13  If true, thank you Israel.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#14  In the wilderness of mirrors it’s best to to tell outsiders what they want to hear.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/13/2020 12:00 Comments || Top||

#15  Yes, over at ZH there's a Mossad agent under every other commenters bed....
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 12:17 Comments || Top||

#16  Intel from Israel and/or KS and/or Iran...
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/13/2020 15:30 Comments || Top||

#17  I'm hoping intelligence said that,just to keep the Iranian bloodhounds from interrogating their own (US)moles too much.
Posted by: bbrewer126 || 01/13/2020 20:35 Comments || Top||

#18  Murcek, methinks your ZH is mainly bots and insane asylum residents
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 21:48 Comments || Top||


Video of Iranian gov thugs shooting a crying lady in the street.
[Twitter-War Crimes]
Posted by: 3dc || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [229 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  And the Left wants us to give up our guns.
Posted by: Uleck Spererong9442 || 01/13/2020 6:50 Comments || Top||

#2  You confuse 'wants' with demands.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:32 Comments || Top||

#3  The left wants to be the ones that shoot unarmed people.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/13/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Virginia police training film.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/13/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||


Iranian pro-government militia chant "Death to England" in a protest outside the UK embassy in Tehran
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [150 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  "Death to $YOUR_NAME_HERE" seems to be a perennial feature of Islam. Yeah, it's catchy, but not really much of a basis for anything.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  After the arrest of the ambassador they're escalating exploratory aggression.

Storming the embassy and taking hostages would be the next step unless there's some push back.

Iran has a history of testing adversaries repeatedly.

This is not a foe who is completely irrational.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 01/13/2020 1:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Was Meghan Markle outside with the crowd?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/13/2020 7:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Let's see what BoJo has learned from PDJT.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/13/2020 8:02 Comments || Top||


Iranian protesters rip up pictures of slain commander Qassem #Soleimani in Tabriz
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iran has been a bit turvey for a couple months now. IIUC this Soleimani was fuggin hated - that procession with the pickup, it was explained, had a group of hard corp around the truck to keep people from shredding the truck.

The downing of that plane is a real shit the bed moment.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/13/2020 16:29 Comments || Top||

#2  is a real shit the bed moment.

SS, Mullahs' Edition
Posted by: Lex || 01/13/2020 17:21 Comments || Top||


Iran summons the UK envoy to complain about his attendance at an ‘illegal’ rally in Tehran
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [88 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Iran summons the UK envoy to complain about his attendance at an “illegal” rally

Perhaps a conversation best held over Skype given that the UK envoy was already detained once before. And assuming the Persians have turned their interwebs back on.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/13/2020 1:23 Comments || Top||


Russia and its allies halt airstrikes in Syria’s Idlib region as a ceasefire agreed with Turkey comes into force
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria


Iran Agrees De-escalation ‘Only Solution’ to Solve Crises
[BREITBART] 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...
signalled Sunday it favours "de-escalation" after 10 days of heightened tensions with the United States that saw both sides fire missiles and led Tehran to accidentally shoot down a passenger aircraft.

Security was stepped up in Iran’s capital after a vigil the previous night for those killed in the air disaster turned into an angry protest and police temporarily arrested the British ambassador for being there.

US President Donald Trump
...Oh, noze! Not him!...
meanwhile warned Iran against harming demonstrators and against a repeat of a deadly crackdown against rallies in November sparked by a fuel price hike.

"To the leaders of Iran ‐ DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS," Trump tweeted in his occasional all-capitals style.

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper however said Trump was still willing to "sit down and discuss without precondition a new way forward" with Iran, but Tehran has steadfastly refused to hold talks with Washington unless it lifts sanctions first.

Tehran said it was interested in easing tensions in the region amid a standoff with arch-enemy Washington, which on January 3 killed a revered Iranian general, Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani, in a Baghdad dronezap.

‘A CRITICAL TIME’
In a meeting between Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani
...Iran's moderate president, which he is, relative to his predecessor, which doesn't mean he's anything but a puppet of the nearest holy man...
and the emir of 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...
, both sides agreed de-escalation is the "only solution" to the regional crisis, the emirate’s ruler said afterwards.

Qatar hosts the largest US military base in the region but also enjoys strong ties with Iran, with which it shares the world’s largest gas field.

"This visit comes at a critical time in the region," Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on what was believed to be his first official visit to the Islamic republic.

"We agreed... that the only solution to these crises is de-escalation from everyone and dialogue."

For his part, Rouhani said: "Given the importance of security of the region... we’ve decided to have more consultations and cooperation for the security of the entire region."
Posted by: Fred || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Translation from the Farsi: Please don't hurt me.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/13/2020 8:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Iran playing the long game and hedging bets? "Trust but verify."
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/13/2020 9:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Clouding the daily news with 'happy talk.' No sense letting a civilian airliner shoot down get all the attention.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/13/2020 9:49 Comments || Top||

#4  In many ways this also parallels the Iran Air 655 Incident in that it also led to de-escalation.
Posted by: Penguin_of_the_Desert || 01/13/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Click on this link to FLIGHT TRACKER centered around Teheran. Zoom out 2 or 3 (-) clicks and see what a fookin' jungle of air traffic is around there.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/13/2020 16:21 Comments || Top||

#6  The blue aircraft icons are the ones heading into Imam Khomeini airport. The green ones are those flights that have departed the airport.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 01/13/2020 16:24 Comments || Top||


Another US military column to Syria
[Twitter]

Has it indeed? How very interesting life is getting to be in that part of the world.
Posted by: 3dc || 01/13/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [110 views] Top|| File under:



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A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.

Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.

Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has dominated Mexico for six years.
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Mon 2020-01-13
  Corey Booker Throws In The Towel
Sun 2020-01-12
  Detention of UK's ambassador to Tehran (released an hour later)
Sat 2020-01-11
  Iran fesses up, admits they shot down airliner
Fri 2020-01-10
  Iran invites American investigators to take part in the probe into PS752 plane incident that killed 176 people on board
Thu 2020-01-09
  U.S. Officials Confirm Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner
Wed 2020-01-08
  Iran informs the United Nations and #UNSC that they ''do not seek war and warn of any military adventures"
Tue 2020-01-07
  Iraq Under Missile Attack From Iran
Mon 2020-01-06
  3 Americans Dead, 6 Aircraft Destroyed Or Damaged, Including A Rare Spy Plane, In #Kenya Attack
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.

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