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Iran gas pipeline to Iraq blows up
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Good morning, evening edition
North Korea said on Monday that it had
lost all appetite for dialogue with the United States
Tuesday March 31st, 2020

joan_blodell
ISIS prison break in northeast Syria ends
SDF rounds up escaping bad guys, none too gently
Yemen's Ansarallah forces claim 'sensitive' Saudi sites hit in wide-scale missile attack
Houthis have to claim some accomplishment after launching barrage of missiles toward Riyadh
Saudi-backed troops suffer more setbacks as Ansarallah forces surround Marib
Raggedy-assed Iranian sock puppets thumbing the eye of incompetently led Saudis and their hirelings
Saudi Coalition targets IRGC advisers in Yemen
Actually trying to cut the heads off the Persian hydra
LNA forces destroyed a Turkish BMC Kirpi today in Ain Zara
Along with its crew. Ottoman equipment isn't standing up to the combat test
12 LNA airstrike on GNA militias gathering in Abu Grian inflicting heavy losses
Ottoman-backed "internationally recognized" forces taking it in the shorts
Elizabeth Warren Says: Fund the Terrorists, Trump!

Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 15:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [148 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Joan is one of my Fred Fav's. Always looks like a helluva fun time
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 16:20 Comments || Top||

#2  I was wondering when Joan was going to show up.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/31/2020 18:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Got to agree with you Frank. Joan is a fav of mine too--a party in a pretty package.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 19:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Both look to be quite cuddlesome.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/31/2020 20:34 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Attacks in Takhar, Zabul Kill 19 ANDSF
[ToloNews] Amid increasing violence in recent days across almost half of Afghanistan ‐ 15 provinces--officials and other sources on Monday reported the latest attacks in two provinces, Takhar in the northeast and Zabul in the south, which caused casualties among Afghan forces.

Sources said that at least 13 security force members were killed in a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
attack in Khwaja Ghar district in Takhar on Sunday evening.

The attack was carried out on the residence of acting police chief of Khwaja Ghar district, according to sources, who said the police commander has sustained injuries in the attack.

Local officials have not commented on this incident.

Meanwhile,
...back at the laboratory, Igor and Oleg were discussing what the quickest way might be to deal with the monster...
at least six security soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack in southern Zabul province on Sunday night, the Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

The Taliban attacked security forces in Arghandab district, the statement said, adding that "the Taliban were pushed back by security forces but unfortunately six soldiers" were killed.

But a security source in Zabul said that at least "nine soldiers" were killed in an "insider attack" in Arghandab and the attacker joined the Taliban.

The Taliban have not yet commented on the attack.
Al Ahram adds:
In the latest clashes, insurgents stormed the compound of a top police officer in the northeastern province of Takhar on Sunday, killing 13 policeman and wounding the senior officer, a spokesman for the force said.

In the southern province of Zabul, Taliban forces attacked government security outposts, killing at least 11 soldiers, also on Sunday, police said. The ministry of defence said on Twitter six soldiers were killed in those clashes.

Government security posts were also attacked in the southern province of Helmand and northern province of Baghlan, officials said. Four members of the security forces were killed in both attacks.

Thirteen Taliban fighters were killed in Baghlan, according to police spokesman. The Taliban also suffered casualties in the other three attacks, officials said, but they did not provide details.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [78 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Taliban attack repulsed in Kandahar, 6 militants killed
[KhaamaPress] he Afghan forces repulsed an attack by Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, killing at least six snuffies during the clash.

The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Talibs launched an attack against the security forces in Maruf district of Kandahar on Sunday.

The statement further added that the security forces responded to the attack and killed 6 snuffies during the clash.

The Afghan artillery units also carried out strikes against the enemy positions in the outskirts of Uruzgan city of Uruzgan province and killed 4 krazed killers, teh statement added.

The Special Operations Corps also added that the security forces also destroyed two hideouts and some weapons and munitions of the snuffies during the operation.

The anti-government armed snuffies including Taliban have not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [67 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Truck laden with 4,000 kgs of explosives seized in West of Afghanistan
[KhaamaPress] The Afghan force seized a truck laden with 4,000 kilograms of explosives in western Herat
...a venerable old Persian-speaking city in western Afghanistan, populated mostly by Tadjiks, which is why it's not as blood-soaked as areas controlled by Pashtuns...
province, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.

According to a statement released by interior ministry, the security forces seized the truck in Kang Village of Ghorian district of Herat.

The statement further added that the security forces confiscated 4,000 kilograms of Ammonium Nitrate from the truck.

The interior ministry also added that the terrorist groups, specifically the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
group use the Ammonium Nitrate substance to carry out explosives and manufacture improvised bombs.

The anti-government armed Lions of Islam including Taliban group has not commented in this regard so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A fellow could have a pretty nice Fourth of July with 4 metric tons of explosives.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 19:29 Comments || Top||

#2  The thought did cross my mind, SteveS.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 22:02 Comments || Top||


Africa North
Two flights between Istanbul and the airports of Misrata & Mitiga during last 48 hours despite suspension of flights between Libya and Turkey
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Abdel Karim Hamid, a member of shura council of Mujahiden Benghazi killed in AbuGrian fighting for the GNA
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [67 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


GNA losses today Dead : 16 Injured: 27
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [67 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


12 LNA airstrike on GNA militias gathering in Abu Grian. Heavy losses
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [86 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


LNA forces destroyed a Turkish BMC Kirpi today in Ain Zara
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Syrian mercenaries want to leave Libya, accuse Turkey of breaking promises
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [160 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Imagine My Shock!
Posted by: Sonny Black || 03/31/2020 7:53 Comments || Top||

#2  It's all good fun until...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 17:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Exporting the disease.

"Has anybody sneezed on you in the last 10 days?"
"Get on the plane."
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:18 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Saudi Arabia says it struck Yemen missile sites where Iran's military was present
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Houthis

#1  Well good.
Hope you killed all the bastards.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:12 Comments || Top||


Bombing on the pro-Iranian Houthi terrorist sites in Sanaa
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [87 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Saudi Coalition targets IRGC advisers in Yemen
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [68 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies


Saudi-backed troops suffer more setbacks as Ansarallah forces surround Marib
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [64 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


Yemen's Ansarallah forces claim 'sensitive' Saudi sites hit in wide-scale missile attack
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under: Houthis


The Grand Turk
Turkish Army burns Syrian refugee camps on the Turkish-Greek border to force them to go to Greece
Goodness. That isn’t at all nice.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [130 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte

#1  Goodness. That isn’t at all nice.

Sanitation practices.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:17 Comments || Top||


Iraq
Iran gas pipeline to Iraq blows up
[Twitter]
Posted by: 3dc || 03/31/2020 07:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [379 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A common event: Thursday، 14 March 2019 01:59 PM
At least four people were killed and five others injured on Thursday in a gas pipeline explosion in southwest Iran. "Gas leakage from a pipeline that linked the gas network from Mahshahr city to Ahvaz city, caused the blast," ISNA quoted local official Kiamars Hajizadeh as saying. Poor safety measures and Iran's aging infrastructures blamed by some authorities for blasts in the past.
Posted by: b || 03/31/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#2  *snicker*
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#3  NSA fingerprints all over it.

/snark
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 9:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Seems to be a fair amount of good news on today's WOT page.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/31/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Isn't this the sort of thing the US intelligence community excels in? Didn't they do the same thing to the Soviets during the Cold War?

Of course it could always be inshallah maintenance, but who knows?
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/31/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Once upon a time Herb. Under Clinton it took a very deep nose dive in quality and has yet to get back to cold war level of effectiveness.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 13:45 Comments || Top||

#7  NSA doesn't do direct action. The CIA used to do that effectively, but who knows anymore. Hanlon's Raxor applies. (Do not attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 03/31/2020 15:18 Comments || Top||

#8  Yes we did, through a Canadian company that wrote specialized software for controlling natural gas pipeline pumps and valves. The Russians stole the bogus software, installed it in their pipeline control system. At the appropriate time the altered software made the equipment malfunction and hyper pressurized the pipeline resulting in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions.
Posted by: TZSenator || 03/31/2020 16:57 Comments || Top||


US deploys Patriot air defense system to Iraq
[Rudaw] The United States has deployed Patriot air defense batteries to Iraqi bases to protect American troops recently targeted by Iranian missiles, US and Iraqi military sources told AFP Monday.

Washington and Baghdad had been negotiating the placement of the defense system since January, when Tehran fired ballistic missiles at the western Iraqi base of Ain al-Asad, which hosts American and other foreign troops.

It was not immediately clear whether the US had ultimately received the Iraqi government's approval.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  to protect American troops recently targeted by Iranian missiles

Could take a lesson from IDF by targeting launch sites.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:11 Comments || Top||


League of the Revolutionaries claim that they launched a "major operation" but ultimately called it off in Iraq today
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

#1  From the same source: Purported new Iraqi Shia group claims attacks on Camp Taji
By Caleb Weiss & Joe Truzman | March 15, 2020
A likely Iranian-backed militant group called “League of the Revolutionaries” published a video Sunday claiming responsibility for recent attacks against a base housing American-led coalition troops in Iraq. An Iraqi base which hosts American and coalition troops has come under repeated attack in the last several days... The base known as Camp Taji hosts a coalition of troops from countries who belong to the Combined Joint Task Force. The coalition is tasked under Operation Inherent Resolve to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Posted by: b || 03/31/2020 8:49 Comments || Top||

#2  The League of Mentally Unbalanced Gentlemen...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 9:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Bunch'a inner-genetaliaed
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:14 Comments || Top||


People in Nasiriya ignoring the curfew imposed to limit coronavirus spread
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [99 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq

#1  Good.
Hug and kiss your neighbors and their wives.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:15 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
US renews four nuclear restrictions on Iran for an additional 60 days
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [97 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Me thinks in 60 days it won't matter.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:16 Comments || Top||


ISIS prison break in northeast Syria ends
[ALMASDARNEWS] 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....
(ISIS/ISIS/IS/ISIS) inmates that attempted to escape from the Ghuweiran Prison last night have once again been apprehended by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the al-Hasakah Governorate.

According to reports, the SDF was able to restore order after the Islamic State inmates attempted to break out of the Ghuweiran Prison.

The ISIS inmates that attempted to escape the prison did not make it far in al-Hasakah, as some of the hard boyz were found at the industrial secondary buildings and the former industrial institute, which are not far from the main facility.

A source said some of the ISIS hard boyz managed to get a hold of some light weapons during their prison break, which led to their temporary success.

During the prison break, the U.S. Coalition conducted several low altitude flights over the al-Ghuweiran District of al-Hasakah; this includes breaking the sound barrier over the Ghuweiran Prison.

The Ghuweiran Central Prison houses approximately 5,000 ISIS detainees from 54 countries; it is the largest detention center for the Islamic State terrorist group.

Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [76 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State



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Two weeks of WOT
Tue 2020-03-31
  Iran gas pipeline to Iraq blows up
Mon 2020-03-30
  Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG
in northern Aleppo
Sun 2020-03-29
  Khamenei family fears he might have Coronavirus
Sat 2020-03-28
  LNA scores big advance around Tripoli
Turkish-backed forces suffer tremendous losses
Fri 2020-03-27
  Riots in China
Thu 2020-03-26
  Mohammed Ali Al-Houthi confirms Saudi coalition ceasefire
Wed 2020-03-25
  LNA forces eliminate GNA/al-Qaeda leader Ayoub Bu Ras in Tripoli
Tue 2020-03-24
  Gutierrez calls for an immediate global ceasefire
Mon 2020-03-23
  27 Taliban militants killed, 19 others wounded in Kunduz
Sun 2020-03-22
  Greeks Find Tunnel Full of Weapons Under Athens,
Arrest Turkish Terrorists
Sat 2020-03-21
  TSA halts all NY airport departures do to infected people showing up at each one.
Fri 2020-03-20
  Militant attack kills about 30 Malian soldiers -army
Thu 2020-03-19
  Migrants at Refugee Camp in Germany Riot,
Display ISIS Flags After They’re Put Under Coronavirus Quarantine
Wed 2020-03-18
  Manchester Arena bombing: Hashem Abedi guilty of 22 murders
Tue 2020-03-17
  China expels ALL American reporters!

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