Thanks for featuring the amazing 19th/20th century Fred. "Dancers from Shemakha" which is now Azerbaijan were written about by 19 century explorers. The Shemakhinskaya Bayaderka Festival in Moscow features shows such as this.
[REUTERS] The United States signed a deal with Taliban ...mindless ferocity in a turban... snuffies on Saturday that could pave the way toward a full withdrawal of foreign soldiers from Afghanistan and represent a step toward ending the 18-year-war in the nation.
But while the agreement creates a path for the United States to gradually pull out of its longest war, many expect the talks to come between the Afghan sides may be much more complicated.
The deal was signed in the 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... i capital Doha by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban political chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on hand to witness the ceremony.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called the accord a good step but just the beginning.
Posted by: Fred ||
02/29/2020 12:10 ||
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The deep state will fight this every step of the way. They interpret this as a threat and a betrayal and will react accordingly. I wouldn't be surprised if they did everything in their power, up to and including serious felonies, to sabotage the deal. War profiteering and and keeping troops on Iran's border are just too important.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
02/29/2020 12:38 Comments ||
Trillions wasted, so many lives lost. It boggles my mind that there are Americans that are all-in for going to war with Iran, a MUCH richer, populous and organized country.
Ask them to fight themselves, everyone will be all out of it within a minute.
Wars not worth winning aren't worth fighting. There's nothing for the US in Afghanistan to "win" - the only goal of the war has been to salvage American reputation and leave for the longest time.
This agreement allows the US some face saving and a way to leave, the Afghan government will be sacrificed but they aren't providing us with anything worth the trouble.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
02/29/2020 12:49 Comments ||
So, Herb, what would our defense establishment (if any) look like if you had your way? Would you thwart the ambitions of Islam, China, etc. on the soccer fields of suburbia and project basketball courts? On social media? With debate teams? Voluntary associations of gangstas and demobbed cartel soldiers? Mutant superheros? Neighborhood shooting clubs?
Rights and wrongs aside, what's your sense of the domestic scene, absent masses of combat vets younger than last-just-war plus twenty?
[MilitaryTimes] 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.... ’s Afghanistan branch has lost more than half its fighters due to Afghan and U.S. Arclight airstrike ...KABOOM!... s, and ground operations conducted by Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... fighters, according to a recent inspector general report.
Officials with U.S. Forces Afghanistan said it was hard to estimate the number of remaining ISIS fighters in Afghanistan, but U.S. officials claimed in September the terrorist group was capable of fielding between 2,000 and 5,000 fighters, the IG report detailed.
Afghanistan’s ISIS offshoot lost its home turf in Nangarhar The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country.. Province in November, forcing 300 of the jihadi fighters to surrender to Afghan forces.
But the terrorist group continues to limp on despite intense military pressure against the group over the last five months.
Despite a reduction in violence agreement hashed out between the Taliban and the U.S., American warplanes have continued to conduct offensive operations and strikes against the Islamic hard boy group.
ISIS is not party to the seven day reduction in violence deal between the U.S. and Taliban, which went into effect Feb. 22. The U.S. and the Taliban are expected to sign a long-term peace deal on Feb. 29 that could lead to the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
Col. Sonny Leggett, a front man for U.S. Forces Afghanistan, tweeted early Thursday morning that airstrikes on Wednesday killed three ISIS fighters in Kunar Province ...one of the four N2KL provinces (Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman). N2KL is the designation used by US and Coalition Forces for the rugged and very violent region opposite Pakistain's Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Northwest Frontier Province. Kunar is the center of the N2KL region. Its population is 95% Pashtun. It is adjacent to Bajaur Agency.. and forced 34 ISIS snuffies to surrender to Afghan forces in Tswokey district.
On Tuesday, Leggett announced the U.S. had conducted two airstrikes in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, targeting and killing four ISIS fighters.
"We continue to eliminate ISIS murderous Moslems wherever they hide to protect Afghanistan while honoring US-Afghan-Taliban agreement to reduce the violence," Leggett tweeted Tuesday.
U.S. officials admit ISIS’ collapse in Nangarhar was also a result of sustained ground operations carried out by America’s long-time foe in Afghanistan, the Taliban.
"Following months of sustained pressure from both the United States and the Taliban, ISIS-K snuffies in Nangarhar surrendered en masse," the IG report details.
Posted by: trailing wife ||
02/29/2020 00:00 ||
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Many of McSssssschtain'sh friendsssssch join him in Hell.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/29/2020 3:08 Comments ||
"...due to Afghan and U.S. airstrikes and ground operations conducted by Taliban..."
another reason we shouldn't be there any longer
the natural state of moslems is to kill each other. why should we interfere?
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 ||
02/29/2020 7:51 Comments ||
Afghan has been responsible for 19 years of tremendous profit for our weapons manufacturers. You think they're going to give up on their gravy train just like that?
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
02/29/2020 8:34 Comments ||
Not so much allies I'd say, perhaps more a hammer/anvil deal. At any rate, a sign that the Afghan/Taliban agreement has some traction if both those two sides feel they have troops freed up for an offensive against ISIS.
If there is going to be peace, or at least a truce, then the loose cannon ISIS, who nobody likes, needs to be knocked out.
[ToloNews] At least 21 security force members and nine non-combatants were killed in twelve provinces--and 49 others were maimed--since the start of the reduction in violence plan that began on February 22, according to Afghan government numbers.
According to the Ministry of Interior, on Friday, the seventh and last day of the reduction in violence period, Taliban ...the Pashtun equivalent of men... Death Eaters launched attacks on three Afghan forces checkpoints in Kapisa, Laghman ...Afghan province with a population of about 445,600, which is multi-ethnic and mostly a rural society. During the invasions of Alexander the Great, the area was known as Lampaka, wich is apparently Olde Macedonian for Laghman.The city of Mihtarlam serves as the bucolic capital of the province. The population is half Pashtun, the remainder Tadjik and Pashai. It had a repution for great wealth until it was conquered in the tenth century by Abu Mansur Sabuktigin.
He conquered it and set fire to the places in its vicinity which were inhabited by infidels, and demolishing the idol-temples, he established Islam in them, He marched and captured other cities and killed the polluted wretches, destroying the idolatrous and gratifying the Musulmans. After wounding and killing beyond all measure, his hands and those of his friends became cold in counting the value of the plundered property.
After that it was mostly notable for the production of dirt, rocks, and holy men... and Badakhshan provinces, which resulted in the killing of at least one member of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) and the wounding of three others.
Also, in the northern province of Badakhshan, a local commander of the Afghan Local Police (ALP) was maimed as a result of a roadside mine explosion in Baharak district. But there are no reports about what group planted the bomb.
Saydabad district of Maidan Wardak province, one of the least secure areas, has been peaceful since the reduction in violence plan began. People in the district say that the past week has brought new hopes for them.
According to the residents, except for the center of Saydabad district, the district is controlled by the Taliban.
"People are doing well in terms of business in the past two or three days, there is no problem now between the Taliban and the government forces," said Naqibullah, a resident of Saydabad district.
"We are very happy now-- the telecom services are working, roads are opened--I wish that peace was restored forever," said Sayed Ahmad, a resident of Saydabad.
This comes after Kabul witnessed a couple of security incidents over the past few days.
"We want a peace in which there are no more casualties among our people," said Jawed, a resident in Kabul.
[AlAhram] Somali troops clashed with a regional militia on Friday in one of the most serious outbreaks of fighting yet over political rivalries that Washington says are slowing the war against al Qaeda-linked holy warriors.
Eleven people were killed in the violence, witnesses said.
Tension spilled over on Thursday evening between the Somali National Army and the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama'a (ASWJ) militia,
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[Breitbart] Greece has completely shut down its borders Friday, sending dozens of naval vessels to patrol the Greek islands after The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire... announced it would allow all Syrian migrants colonists to head to Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... A government representative, who wished to remain anonymous, told German media that Greece has closed its entire land and sea border with Turkey and will allow no one to cross the border at all, German tabloid Bild reports. Citing sources, the newspaper claimed 50 naval ships ‐ likely predominantly patrol vessels ‐ of the Hellenic Navy supported by helicopters were being sent to the European Union ...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing... ’s external border.
The newspaper also cited accounts of Greek authorities setting off tear gas at land border crossing points as migrants colonists attempted to move into Europe.
The Ottoman Turkish government has not made an official government announcement that the border is open but a source informed news agency Rooters that all border guards, police and Ottoman Turkish coastguard officers were ordered to stand down.
Ottoman Turkish journalist Ragip Solyu added that the border would be open for all Syrians wanting to head to Europe for the next 72 hours.
Ömer Celik, the front man for the Islamist AKP party, the party of 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... , alluded to the fact that the borders could be opened stating, "Our refugee policy remains the same, but here we have a situation. We can no longer keep the refugees."
Can Dundar, a Ottoman Turkish journalist who fled from the Erdogan regime to Germany, made a post on social media platform Twitter claiming to show a video of released Syrian prisoners heading for the Greek border.
Other news agencies have shown similar videos and photographs and claimed that hundreds of migrants colonists have begun attempting to cross into Greece.
Greek government sources have said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has greatly increased overall security on the border and Lieutenant General Konstantinos Floros, head of the Hellenic Armed Forces also travelled to the region of Evros to prepare for an expected surge in migrants colonists.
The new wave of migrants colonists comes as tensions on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios remain high following riots involving locals who injured dozens of coppers while protesting against the building of new migrant centres.
A total of 52 officers and 10 local residents were maimed during the riots and Greek police have announced they will be launching a probe into the incidents.
[AlAhram] Bulgaria joined Greece on Friday in boosting border controls after The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... said it would no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe ...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum... .
"We sent police forces to our borders (with Turkey) early in the morning. It is worrying that the Ottoman Turkish border guards have withdrawn," Prime Minister Boyko Borisov told journalists.
"There is a real danger at the moment of the events that happen there: people are fleeing bombardments."
A Ottoman Turkishbigwig told AFP on Friday that Turkey -- home to almost four million Syrian refugees -- would no longer close its border gates to those who want to go to Europe.
Greece also said Friday it was tightening the guarding of its borders to "the maximum level possible".
Greece is already struggling to accommodate thousands of asylum-seekers stranded in the country for the past five years.
EU countries fear another influx of refugees from Syria after more than one million made their way there in 2015 before an EU-Turkey accord was reached on controlling the numbers.
A barbed wire fence stretches along most of Bulgaria's 259-kilometre (160-mile) border with Turkey so that migrants colonists and asylum seekers travelling on foot have largely passed around the country on their way north in recent years.
NOthing new: Bulgaria prevents Syrians from entering Published: 4.29.14, Israel News
Human Rights Watch says Bulgaria has been summarily pushing back Syrians, Afghans and others as they cross the border from Turkey. The New York-based group says Tuesday that people have been improperly forced back with no opportunity to lodge asylum claims. (AP)
[NEWS.YAHOO] The corpse count from four days of sectarian violence in India's capital has risen to 38, making it the worst religious rioting Delhi has seen in more than three decades. Over 200 people have been injured, dozens of them shot, as mostly-Hindu supporters of a controversial new citizenship law seen as discriminatory against the country's minority Moslem population clash with opponents.
Despite assurances from government and police officials Wednesday that the situation was under control, new festivities were reported early Thursday morning, and the corpse count continued to rise sharply. Residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods have told CBS News they're afraid to leave their homes.
The violence prompted the U.S. Embassy in India to issue an advisory for American citizens in the capital city, urging them to "exercise caution," "keep a low profile" and "avoid all areas with demonstrations."
In Washington, the U.S. government's Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the "brutal and unchecked violence" in Delhi and urged the Indian government to "take serious efforts to protect Moslems and others targeted by mob violence."
Don't be. We're being routed by punks, because the gummint is wussing out. Can't say much. Just that an equal number of hindus have been brutally slaughtered and the Government ain't doing jack, because the only ones dying are poor and they fail to see the rationale in calling in the army for muzz rioters.
In all this, there have been some silver linings. The recently victorious muslim-leftist State government of New Delhi has been scandalized as a number of their upstanding muzz leaders have been seen throwing bodies in canals ! Hurrah for us you'd say ? Nope. The judiciary is apparently finding a new love for muslims as victims and the police as callous oppressors. The escalation of this corruption of course coincides with George Soros announcing a 'Destroy Nationalism' fund for India. A very bad time for me in fact. My nerves are shot to shit, khaver yakar.
I hope Trump can get down and dirty with your liberals this time, because genuine, unabashed unfairness is what they need. And the announced US pullback should ramp up the military activity in the subcontinent too, forcing Indian politicians to grow a pair.
SAA can now roll up the right side of the Jabal al Wastani mountain range through relatively unprotected Rouj (Ruj) Plain all the way to Killi and al Atarib. That cuts ALL remaining Turkish resupply lines to Idlib City and the surrounding area, creating a giant Idlib cauldron. pic.twitter.com/YOYA0VZP4h
Posted by: Fred ||
02/29/2020 00:00 ||
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The Hama massacre (Arabic: مجزرة حماة) occurred in February 1982, when the Syrian Arab Army and the Defense Companies, under the orders of the country's president Hafez al-Assad, besieged the town of Hama for 27 days in order to quell an uprising by the Muslim Brotherhood against al-Assad's government.[The massacre, carried out by commanding General Rifaat al-Assad, ended the campaign begun in 1976 by Sunni Muslim, including the Muslim Brotherhood, against the government.
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.