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Saudi Arabia detains 298 officials in new corruption cases
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Good morning
Andrew Gillum to enter rehab, withdraw from politics
Monday March 16th, 2020

DorothySebastian(SpiteMarriage)_02withbusterkeaton
US repositioning Iraq forces
Consolidating in larger areas protected by Patriot/C-RAM
ISIS advises terrorists to steer clear of Europe during coronavirus outbreak
They'll have to go chop people's heads off someplace else
Why did Balad change its mind about Benny Gantz?
Who knows? But he's got a real tough act to follow, and people will be watching
Shin Bet says it nabbed Arab Israeli Hamas agent who posed as aid worker
He's probably not the only one in the country
Saudi Arabia detains 298 officials in new corruption cases amid royal power struggle
Saudi's changed so much since MbS showed up that it'll soon be unrecognizable. You know it's crawling with people whose bread's buttered on the other side
Pipeline blast in Nigeria
kills 15, destroys several buildings
Earth-shattering kaboom destroys fifty houses
Donald Trump says he's considering
'full pardon' for Mike Flynn

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 13:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never heard of her... maybe I should investigate.
Buster is one of the greats... saw "The General" recently and was blown away by how clever, ingenious, entertaining it is.
Posted by: Flaising Elmaitch8926 || 03/16/2020 21:28 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ In my queue (has been, but bumped up now). Haven't seen the whole thing since... no, there wasn't a piano player, but nearly that long. Big thumbs up for new-to-me Speedy (Harold Lloyd, 1928). Kind of a Yankee General, not that it's quite in that league. Well, off to Piggly Wiggly to watch the chariot races.
Posted by: Squinty Uneack9858 || 03/16/2020 22:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Will check out Speedy.
Harold L: another great.
Thx!
Don't get run over by the Piggly Ben-Hurs!
Posted by: Lex || 03/16/2020 22:12 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Policeman Shoots and Kills 4 Colleagues in Kandahar
[ToloNews] A policeman shot and killed four of his colleagues in Zheray district in the southern province of Kandahar on Saturday night, Kandahar police officials said.

The incident happened at a checkpoint in Zheray district, the officials said.

The policeman has beat feet from the area of the shooting and "joined the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
" according to officials.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the incident.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  Why "kill them all" is the right answer regardless of being "diplomatically and human rights unacceptable."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/16/2020 12:53 Comments || Top||

#2  A lake of glowing green glass would solve a number of problems.
Posted by: jay-dubya || 03/16/2020 21:18 Comments || Top||


Africa North
LNA Spox Erdogan still continues to send mercenaries & terrorists to libya by the rate of 300 to 400 a week, on the expense of the Libyan central Bank
Entering Haftar’s kill box?
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

LNA Spox : any Turkish solider or Syrian terrorist in #libya is a target and is not covered by any ceasefire
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Soon to be using Lebanon's IMF loan?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/16/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||


LNA Spox: Last night our Airforce conducted multiple air the a large force of #GNA militias that were planing to attack sirte. The strikes were 100% successful.
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6478 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libyan National Army destroyed a number vehicles belonging to the #terrorist militias and mercenaries, and a number of them were killed in Ramla axis
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Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Libyan Army attacks Mitiga airport, Turkish soldiers killed
Again? It’s a wonder the rubble hasn’t just all crumbled to dust and blown away.
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Libyan National Army has hit the Mitiga Airport 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...
, Libya, killing Ottoman Turkish servicemen stationed there, the LNA spokesperson said on Sunday.

According to spokesperson Ahmad al-Mismari, for the past several days, the LNA has struck Ottoman Turkish military targets, including radars and air defences, located at the Mitiga air field. He noted that the LNA had also destroyed everything in the Misrata region that is viewed as having a "Ottoman Turkish presence", including military depots.

Al-Mismari underlined that the LNA is adhering to the truce, and carries out operations only as a response to provocations by the GNA.

He added that the LNA forces had entered several districts of Tripoli but they are not advancing in compliance with the ceasefire.

Last week, the LNA, led by Field Marshal 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. Actually, he is, but slowly...
, hit Ottoman Turkish air defence systems at a military base at the airport, prompting the suspension of all flights and evacuation of passengers and personnel.

The airport has previously come under attack multiple times due to the ongoing fighting between the two rival forces in the country ‐ the Libyan National Army and the UN-backed Government of National Accord.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Perhaps a safe target for active mission planning on a near term primary.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/16/2020 15:35 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi Arabia detains 298 officials in new corruption cases amid royal power struggle
[PRESSTV] 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...
has detained 298 public officials in a new alleged anti-corruption push amid reports that the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
...Crown Prince and modernizer of Saudi Arabia as of 2016. The Turks hate him, so he must be all right, despite the occasional brutal murder of Qatar-owned journalists...
is seeking to get rid of potential rivals to the Saudi throne.

A Saudi anti-corruption body known as Nazaha announced on Sunday that it had arrested 298 government officials for crimes such as bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power involving a total of 379 million riyals ($101 million).

Among the detained officials, eight defense minister officers are suspected of money laundering in relation to government contracts during the years 2005-2015.

Two judges are also amongst the list for allegedly receiving bribes.

Another 29 interior ministry officials in the Eastern Province have also been detained, including three colonels, a major general and a brigadier general.

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6576 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia

#1  "Corrupt" meaning "He didn't stay bought"
Posted by: magpie || 03/16/2020 13:33 Comments || Top||


Ansarallah air defenses scare off Saudi F-15 in northern Yemen. Really
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Iraq
US repositioning Iraq forces
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 03/16/2020 11:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Out. Out. Out.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/16/2020 11:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Easier to evacuate centralized facilities.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/16/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Erbil? That will make some lives more interesting than they were.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2020 15:04 Comments || Top||


Students and citizens still sit in, calling for overthrowing the corrupt government and political parties
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


American drones flying over Jurf al-Sakhar area, north of Babylon
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  Long an ISIL stronghold, Jurf was taken by Iraqi forces in 2014. It is still home to radical Islamists.
Posted by: b || 03/16/2020 7:41 Comments || Top||

#2  Thank you, b.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2020 16:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Added a name search to the article. I’d forgotten that at one point ISIS had a chlorine gas rocket factory there.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2020 16:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Drones over Babylon! Head rest wi' Jah, mon! One Love
Posted by: SteveS || 03/16/2020 22:21 Comments || Top||

#5  We'll share de sheltah
Of mah single bed
Posted by: Lex || 03/16/2020 22:23 Comments || Top||


UN Chief voices serious concern over repeated attack in Iraq
[THEBAGHDADPOST] United Nations
...an organization originally established to war on dictatorships which was promptly infiltrated by dictatorships and is now held in thrall to dictatorships...
Secretary General António Guterres has expressed his "serious" concerns over the recent repeated attacks in Iraq, a spokesperson said.

The statement comes after a series of rocket attacks allegedly by Iran-backed militias on the military facilities of the US-led Coalition on Taji base.

The US, in response, heavily pounded the ammunition caches and other facilities belonging to pro-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 the same idea as Stürmabteilung (or SA). The term Supreme Guide is a the modern version form of either Duce or Führer or maybe both. They hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
Asaib Ahl al-Haq in Babil province, killing and wounding a number of Iraqi troops and Shia militiamen.

"The Secretary-General calls on all sides to take immediate steps towards de-escalating the situation to prevent additional loss of life, injury and destruction," reads a statement attributed to Stephane Dujarric.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  So, we must be doing something right.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/16/2020 11:44 Comments || Top||


US military sends airborne assault forces to Iraq
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6486 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Kata'ib Hezbollah, an Iraqi Shia militia, published a statement claiming none of their fighters were hit by recent American airstrikes
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


‘Usbat Al-Thairen’ or ‘The Revolutionary League,’ a new militia that claims attacks on Iraqi Taji Camp
[TWITTER]
Meh. At some point it will be noticed that they are just the usual suspects wearing a Groucho Marx fake nose and eyeglasses
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Shin Bet says it nabbed Arab Israeli Hamas agent who posed as aid worker
[IsraelTimes] Aya Khatib allegedly diverted hundreds of thousands of shekels in funds earmarked for 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...
needy to terror group to aid in tunnel building.


The Shin Bet security service announced on Saturday that it had arrested an Arab Israeli woman who allegedly used her position as a humanitarian worker on behalf of the needy in Gaza to funnel money, supplies and intelligence to the Hamas, a regional Iranian catspaw, terror group.

Aya Khatib, 31, from the northern town of Ar’ara, was recruited by a pair of fighters from Hamas’s military wing, the agency said in a statement, though it did not specify the date of her recruitment.

Khatib was arrested last month, but her identity and details of her case had been held until Sunday.

As part of her relationship with the two Hamas agents ‐ Muhammad Falafel and Muhammad Khalawa ‐ Khatib transferred hundreds of thousands of shekels to the terror group "while scamming aid organizations and innocent civilians who donated funds with the aim of reaching patients and the needy" in the Gaza Strip, according to the Shin Bet, which said part of the money went directly toward financing terror activity, such as attack tunnel construction.

In addition, Khatib transferred equipment for use by Hamas’s military wing, the Shin Bet said, without providing further detail.

"The investigation findings indicate that Khatib also provided intelligence to Hamas, including details on the movement of [IDF] troops during one of the fighting rounds with the Gaza Strip," the Shin Bet added.

Last week, dozens of Arab Israelis demonstrated outside the Haifa Magistrate’s Court in solidarity with Khatib, Ynet reported.

The protesters waved photos of the defendant with her two children and asserted her innocence. A similar demonstration in support of the woman two weeks earlier was attended by Joint List MK Yusef Jabareen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/16/2020 01:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6504 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  You mean she wasn't recruited as a honey-trap?

איה י'טיב, אזרחית ישראלית שפעלה בשביל חמאס
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/16/2020 3:14 Comments || Top||

#2  "That's a MAN, Baybee!"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/16/2020 3:36 Comments || Top||

#3  At least a two bagger!
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/16/2020 6:42 Comments || Top||

#4  Muhammad Falafel

Really?

And they don't have dogs as pets, so no need for the third bag.
Posted by: gorb || 03/16/2020 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  Muhammad No-Salami Falafel
Posted by: Lex || 03/16/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Turkish occupation forces shell Tawelet al-Wekaa village in Hasaka
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Jihadist rebels refuse to withdraw from M-4 Highway, Idlib offensive looms
[ALMASDARNEWS] As of Sunday, March 15th, the jihadist rebels near the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia Highway) have refused to withdraw from the area, despite an agreement between The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
and Russia last week.

According to a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) source in the Hama Governorate, the jihadist rebels have not left any of their military posts south of the M-4 Highway; thus, leaving it open for the Syrian Armed Forces to resume their offensive in this region.

Per the March 5th Moscow Agreement, all krazed killer groups were supposed to withdraw from the villages and towns south of the M-4 Highway.

However,
some people are alive only because it's illegal to kill them...
despite the agreement, the jihadist rebels have refused to do so, which has resulted in the Russian military putting pressure on their Ottoman Turkish allies to step in.

The chances are now high that the Syrian Armed Forces will resume their Idlib offensive, which is something that the Ottoman Turkish regime has opposed and hoped to avoid.

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra


Large US military convoy enters Syria from neighboring Iraq
[ALMASDARNEWS] A large U.S. military convoy has entered Syria from neighboring Iraq this week, the state-owned Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on Sunday.

Citing local sources, SANA reported that a U.S. military convoy, consisting of 62 trucks loaded with military and logistical supplies and accompanied by 11 military vehicles, entered the al-Hasakah Governorate from the al-Walid crossing.

The U.S. convoy was said to have made its way to a military base in the al-Hasakah Governorate, as they they look to strengthen their presence in Syria.

This move by the U.S. Armed Forces comes just a few days after the so-called 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) carried out several attacks against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in eastern Syria.
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State


Angry jihadist puts bounty on Russian journalists after battlefield woes
[ALMASDARNEWS] A well-known jihadist propagandist posted a bounty on his Telegram channel this past weekend, calling for the killing of two Russian field journalists who have extensively covered the Syrian war from the front-lines.

Tahir al-’Umar of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(HTS) posted on his Telegram channel that he would give any hard boy $25,000 (USD) to kill Russian journalists Evgeny Poddubnyy or Oleg Blokhin.

Al-’Umar offered $50,000 (USD) if either Russian journalist is killed by a sniper and $100,000 if they kidnap the journalists or a Russian soldier.

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under: al-Nusra

#1  Isn't any threat against any journalist the sort of thing that gets the usual suspects wetting their pants? What's different this time?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/16/2020 2:16 Comments || Top||

#2  They're Russian.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/16/2020 11:46 Comments || Top||


Turkish military pelted with stones in Idlib
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Ottoman Turkish military was not safe from the discontent of opposition activists and protesters in the Idlib Governorate on Sunday, as their vehicles and personnel were pelted with stones along the M-4 Highway (Aleppo-Latakia).

In a video that has circulated around social media, Ottoman Turkish military vehicles can be seen traveling down a road in Idlib Governorate when their convoy is pelted with several stones.

The Ottoman Turkish military, which has been assisting opposition factions for most of the Syrian conflict, has attempted to initiate a ceasefire in the Idlib Governorate so that the violence between the warring factions dissipates; however, their agreement with Russia was viewed negatively by jihadist groups like Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
(HTS).

Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Gulenists! Obviously!!
Posted by: magpie || 03/16/2020 13:38 Comments || Top||


Terror Networks
ISIS issues travel warning over coronavirus pandemic
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/16/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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Mon 2020-03-16
  Saudi Arabia detains 298 officials in new corruption cases
Sun 2020-03-15
  Hezbollah commander prosecuted in Austria for terror finance
Sat 2020-03-14
  Violence by Taliban Spikes Despite Peace Efforts
Fri 2020-03-13
  Sudan moves against Bashir loyalists after assassination attempt
Thu 2020-03-12
  4 Iranian proxy forces HQ hit in airstrikes along Iraq-Syria border
Wed 2020-03-11
  Rocket attack in Iraq kills two Americans and a British citizen
Tue 2020-03-10
  US begins military pullout from two Afghan bases
Mon 2020-03-09
  Turks Use Drones in Tear Gas Attacks on Greek Border Guards
Sun 2020-03-08
  Leb defaults
Sat 2020-03-07
  Saudis reportedly detain three royal princes over ‘coup plot’
Fri 2020-03-06
  Tunis: suicide bomber explodes near U.S. embassy
Thu 2020-03-05
  Russia sends reinforcements through the Bosporus
Wed 2020-03-04
  4 L-39's and 18 Su-24's left in Syrian Airforce
Tue 2020-03-03
  Taliban Orders Resumed Attacks on Govt Forces
Mon 2020-03-02
  Turkey shoots down two Syrian fighter jets over Idlib
Sun 2020-03-01
  Iraq's PM-designate Allawi withdraws, prolonging deadlock

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