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Hezbollah commander assassinated in southern Lebanon
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Good afternoon
De Blasio: I told the Pentagon "a week ago" to give me "1,000 nurses, 150 doctors, 300 respiratory therapists" and "I'm still waiting"
Sunday April 5th, 2020

dorothea_kent_1501
French Gangs Engage in Machete Street Brawl Despite Lockdown, Berlin Dealers Adapt
Assembled for face-making, mustache cursing, and waving machetes. No casualties except for a few hurt feeling and a coronavirus infection or two
After months of planning Coalition departs Taqaddum (Habbaniyah) air base
... thus presenting a larger target for Iranian proxy groups
Zwarah airbase under bombardment from LNA airstrike.
GNA still controls about two thirds of the population in less than 10 percent of territory
GNA 9 dead and 28 injured as a result of LNA airstrike on AbuGrian
GNA claims 25 LNA dead in their airstrikes. Pick which side you believe, if either
Munther Al-Kibti who pledged allegiance to ISIS in Benghazi no longer requires oxygen
Another one bites the dust
For every libyan militia fighter there is 4 non Libyan mercenaries
GNA keeps losing territory, vestiges of legitimacy

Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 14:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [195 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sultry lass
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2020 15:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Great shoulders.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/05/2020 17:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't know the year for this. She's the one on the right.

Posted by: jpal || 04/05/2020 17:53 Comments || Top||

#4  ^ Is that one o' those carnival mirrors in front of her ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/05/2020 18:27 Comments || Top||

#5  The "mirror" does not appear to be amused.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 04/05/2020 20:07 Comments || Top||


Afghanistan
Pak-backed terror module in Afghanistan that targeted India busted, 37 arrested
[hindustantimes] Afghan security forces have arrested 37 members of the so-called Islamic State Khorasan Province terrorist module that had targeted a Kabul gurdwara last month. The arrests were made in the last 24 hours after Afghan forces caught Aslam Farooqui, the Pakistani national who led the terror group ISKP known to have strong links with Pakistan’s ISI that carries out off-the-shelf jihad at its instance.

Among the 37 who have been arrested are 14 women and children. A majority of them are Pakistani nationals.

Aslam Farooqui and the members of his module are being interrogated in the presence of US security agencies outside Kabul, people familiar with the developments in Delhi and Kabul told Hindustan Times.

Afghanistan vice president Amrullah Saleh cheered the Afghan intelligence agency for the breakthrough.

“I am sure he is already singing & will sing more to the dismay of his patrons in & out. A treasure of intelligence. Make him talk,” tweeted Saleh, who earlier headed the Afghan intel agency National Directorate of Security. The reference to Farooqui’s patrons is seen to be pointing to Pakistan’s intel agency ISI.
Posted by: John Frum || 04/05/2020 13:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [157 views] Top|| File under: Islamic State

#1  "Make him talk"
Posted by: John Frum || 04/05/2020 13:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Suggested interrogation tools pic inserted
Posted by: Frank G || 04/05/2020 14:58 Comments || Top||

#3  Better life through chemistry, Frank.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/05/2020 17:24 Comments || Top||

#4  A combination works best. Injecting a filigrastim based cocktail with a few induced fractures used to be wonderful. These days some use mild doses of phenylquinone mixed in food are popular, since that passes any medical exam ordered by human rights defenders. Denial of basic necessities, repeated loud music and forced contorted postures work too. They don't leave any marks.

Patience and a little studied villainy, all it takes. Being Afghanistan, you'd think they go straight to villainy. But these are all muslims. I wouldn't trust any results they came up with.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/05/2020 17:50 Comments || Top||


Airstrike targets Taliban gathering in Kandahar, killing 6 militants
[KhaamaPress] An Arclight airstrike
...KABOOM!...
targeted a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
gathering in southern Kandahar province killing at least six gunnies who were planning to launch an attack on security posts.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the gunnies had gathered in Shalghami area of Maiwand district and were looking to attack the security posts.

The statement further added that the airstrike killed 6 gunnies of Taliban led by Mullah Haroon.

The airstrike also destroyed six weapons and two night vision goggles, the 205th Atal Corps added in its statement.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the airstrike so far.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [103 views] Top|| File under: Taliban


Africa North
25 of Haftar's militias killed in airstrikes near Sirte
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [101 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


LNA arrest an ISIS commander fighting with GNA militias in Tripoli
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [82 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Syrian mercenary Omar Abdel-Moati Al-Abo, a member of the Al-Hamzat division, was killed while fighting with GNA forces
[TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Disastrous Syrian-led offensive ends in heavy losses around Tripoli
[GEOPOLITICS.NEWS] The Libyan National Army, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Hafter, announce don Friday that it had repulsed an attack by "Syrian mercenaries" in the ’Ain Zara area near the capital city of 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...
A member of the information office, Aqeela al-Saber, stated that the Libyan National Army’s "Ajdabiya Operations Force repulsed an attack by the Syrian mercenaries in Ain Zara."

In his statement, al-Saber said: "The militia supported by The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire...
and the Syrian mercenaries tried this morning to attack our advanced positions in order to recover what was lost in the past two days."

He stressed that "the attacking force today was entirely from the Syrians," noting that the operation ended with their suffering "significant losses in their ranks and control of other new sites that were theirs."

Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [166 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Second Turkish/GNA UAV has been downed over Alwashka
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [96 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


For every libyan militia fighter there is 4 non Libyan mercenaries
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Munther Al-Kibti who pledged allegiance to ISIS in Benghazi no longer requires oxygen
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under:


GNA 9 dead and 28 injured as a result of LNA airstrike on AbuGrian
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [112 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Zwarah airbase under bombardment from LNA airstrike.
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [114 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring


Arabia
Yemeni military convoy comes under mysterious attack in Aden
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [100 views] Top|| File under:


Caribbean-Latin America
At Least 19 Killed in Clashes Between Armed Groups in Mexico
[SPUTNIKNEWS] A joint operation of the Public Security Secretariat and the Mexican army has been launched to find the whereabouts of the gangs involved in the festivities.

At least 19 people have been killed in festivities between gangs in Madera, the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, the state Prosecutor's Office said on Saturday.

"The operation was immediately deployed when a report was received Friday at approximately 6:35 p.m., regarding a possible confrontation between rival groups linked to organised crime, in an area that leads from Las Varas to Largo Maderal", the General State Prosecutor's Office (FGE) of Chihuahua said in a statement.

The police forces who arrived at the scene located the bodies of 18 civilians, 18 long weapons, two vehicles and two grenades that were seized. Two injured men were also found by the police and taken to hospital, but one of them died, bringing the corpse count in the incident to 19. The other man remains in jug.

Raids of this type are not rare in Mexico, where violent gangs are a sad reality.
Update from Deutsche Welle at 4:15 p.ml EDT:
Early reports said that the alleged hitmen of a group that is a part of the Sinaloa Cartel were caught in an ambush by a group that is part of the Juarez Cartel, while driving on a dirt road in the town.

Mexico has seen high levels of gang violence tied to drug trafficking. There were 2,585 homicides in the country in March, despite social distancing efforts in the midst of the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
pandemic.
How shocking that the violently non-law abiding also do not obey rules designed to save the lives of others.
There were more than 35,000 murders in Mexico last year.
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under: Narcos

#1  Think of it as early voting.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/05/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||


Europe
‘Allahu Akbar' Migrant Knifeman Kills Two, Wounds Seven in France
More on this story from yesterday.
[Breitbart] A knife-wielding Sudanese migrant shouting "Allahu Akbar!" has stabbed two people to death and wounded "at least" seven others in France.

The suspected killer, said to be an asylum seeker in his thirties, was initially reported as having struck outside a bakery in Romans-sur-Isère, in the south-east of the country, by outlets including the MailOnline, citing local media.

However, a later BBC report ‐ which did not mention the suspect’s nationality or alleged cry of "Allahu Akbar!" ‐ said he attacked the shopkeeper and customers at a tobacconist before moving on to a nearby butcher’s shop.

Christophe Castaner, France’s interior minister, has offered his condolences to the victims — five of whom remain in critical condition — and confirmed that the suspect is now under arrest and investigators seeking to confirm his motives.

The suspect’s roommate is also said to be under arrest.
The Times of Israel adds:
The assailant, identified only as Abdallah A.-O., a refugee in his 30s from Sudan who lives in the town, was arrested without a fight by police.

“He was found on his knees on the pavement praying in Arabic,” the prosecutor’s office said.

According to witnesses cited by local radio station France Bleu Drome Ardeche, he shouted “Allah Akbar!”(God is Greatest) as he stabbed his victims.

Interior Minister Cristophe Castaner, who visited the scene, said two people were killed and five others injured.

“This morning, a man embarked on a terrorist journey,” he said.

The initial investigation has “brought to light a determined, murderous course likely to seriously disturb public order through intimidation or terror,” according to the national anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office (PNAT).

It said that during a search of the suspect’s home, “handwritten documents with religious connotations were found in which the author complains in particular that he lives in a country of non-believers”.

The suspect, who obtained refugee status in 2017, was not known to police or intelligence services in France or Europe, PNAT said.
Update from Deutsche Welle at 11:30 a.m. EDT:
French police said on Sunday they had arrested another suspect in a terror probe triggered after a man went on a deadly knife rampage on Saturday in the southeastern town of Romans-sur-Isere.
Altogether three Sudanese nationals have now been detained over the incident: the alleged assailant — a refugee in this 30s — an acquaintance of his and a man who was living in the same household, police said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/05/2020 00:55 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [214 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  TW,
I'm not Varmet Splat.
I also stand behind my comments:
1. Frank admitted to deleting comments as accused by Besoker. I expressed my distaste for such censorship.
2. Do you want only commenters who think like grom? Wouldn't that be a bit bland?
3. Your banner is "Well Reasoned Discourse". Not if comments you don't like are deleted by certain mods, (excluding threats or cursing). Perhaps you might consider a change of your banner, Only Discourse We Approve Of. perhaps.
4. Several commenters were gleeful New Yorkers were dying. I still say that their comments were pathetic.
I'm not interested in meeting you in the O Club. I've said my piece. If you don't like my comments then you are free to delete them. I prefer Smokey the Bear over the Trooper.
Are we done?
Posted by: Thimp Clusort2035 || 04/05/2020 22:37 Comments || Top||

#2  before moving on to a nearby butcher’s shop

Gutsy move.

“handwritten documents with religious connotations were found in which the author complains in particular that he lives in a country of non-believers”

???
Posted by: Bubba Slealet4477 || 04/05/2020 22:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Sorry, that was me.
Posted by: gorb || 04/05/2020 22:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Thimp Clusort2035, the banner actually says Civil, Well-Reasoned Discourse. We tired long ago of the long flame wars tolerated in the early days — they add nothing to anyone’s understanding, and just end up hardening positions and driving good people away. Unfortunately, the Sink Trap was lost a number of updates ago, back when we were quietly concerned that Fred might die on us or that those horrid Las Vegas lawyers would succeed in their attempt to begger him. Neither came to pass, thank goodness, and he is fine now, but that was when things changed.

Now we’re doing the best we can. If you think you can do better, you are welcome to talk to Fred about joining the moderator crew. Goodness knows we could use someone picking up the Europe/Britain beat. It’s important, but became too exhausting for me.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2020 23:16 Comments || Top||

#5  MOST DEFINITELY a couple of individuals who when given the ability to delete Rantburg commenters comments that were not in violation of standards those individuals have turned that ability into excessive censorship of opinions they simply disagree with. Everyone knows who the hellthey are.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 04/05/2020 23:46 Comments || Top||


French Gangs Engage in Machete Street Brawl Despite Lockdown, Berlin Dealers Adapt
[Breitbart] Rival gangs in the French city of Montpellier engaged in a street fight armed with machetes, despite the lockdown measures enacted by the government to stop the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
The violence took place in the Gambetta district at around 3:30 pm on Wednesday. Despite the presence of machetes and other weapons, many of which were left at the scene, no injuries were reported.

Police arrested three individuals in connection to the brawl and police say they are hunting for other suspects who fled the area using the city’s public transport system, Midi Libre reports.

Investigators say the violence erupted like lava from a volcano out of a gang rivalry revolving around the local sale of contraband cigarettes and hashish and that fights between members of both groups have occurred during the last three evenings in a row.

La Belle France’s nation-wide lockdown measures, which President Emmanuel Macron announced in mid-March, have greatly hindered the ability for criminal gangs to sell drugs and other items on the street.

According to a report from news agency Rooters, the lockdown has led to a spike in prices for street cannabis across La Belle France.

Yann Bastiere, a senior police union official, said that prices of some drugs have nearly doubled in some areas, saying: "The price of a 100-gram bar of resin went from 280 euros to 500 euros in a week in Marseille."

Thierry Colombie, an expert in organised crime, blamed the increase in prices on the lack of fresh supplies of drugs coming from countries like Morocco due to the Wuhan coronavirus lockdown measures.

The European Union
...the successor to the Holy Roman Empire, only without the Hapsburgs and the nifty uniforms and the dancing...
police agency Europol has warned that some organised criminals may be adapting to the new lockdown measures and shifting focus to other areas such as fraud and selling counterfeit medical items to take advantage of the outbreak.

Berlin’s drug dealers adapt to life under coronavirus lockdown

[FinancialTimes] Vendors face a shifting landscape as supply routes close and users’ habits change.

Around the world, it is not just legal businesses that are being transformed by the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
pandemic. From "corona specials" to personalised delivery services, drug pushers are hustling to keep business flowing, suppliers are scrambling to find new routes as transport closes down and promoters are flouting the ban on groups by holding underground raves.

In Berlin, a city famed for its hedonistic nightlife and techno clubs like Berghain, dealers such as Dave are adapting to serve the large number of clubbers who find themselves stuck at home with little to do but get high. Social distancing and restrictions on movement have also spurred stockpiling, with the price of some drugs rising sharply.

"People are panicking, and not just about toilet paper," said Lucy, who deals cannabis to her private customer base. "Right now I’m selling 500 grammes a day ‐ before I would normally sell about 100 grammes." Like all the dealers quoted in this article, she asked to be identified by her street name.

Dealers see trouble ahead, however. Lucy’s supply chain through Spain, badly hit by the pandemic, has been completely shut down.

Illicit trade experts say it is inevitable that the black market would take a temporary hit. But narcos have an advantage on legitimate businesses: "They are used to seeing distortions in supply chains caused by law enforcement, for example, or perhaps a particular airport detecting goods and cargo, and having to adapt," said Jason Eligh, a senior expert at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.

As restrictions on air travel are tightened, dealers say they are eyeing more routes by land and sea, hiding their product amid legally traded goods. One dealer of Lebanese hashish said he expected his partners would try to smuggle the resin in among medical supplies. "They will find a way ‐ they always do," he said.

In Berlin’s Görlitzer Park, home to a notorious drug market, trade in illegal substances continues despite the lockdown. During a recent visit by the Financial Times, police could be seen searching vans on one side of the park, while at the other end, crowds of dealers ‐ many wearing face masks and gloves ‐ hawked their wares as usual.

While some are neglected, others are going off grid on purpose. For Berliners in the know, an underground scene continues to rage, replete with full bars, lighting and DJ sets. The raves are held in warehouses and remote apartments, dealers say, with the events co-ordinated via secret chat groups that alert people of the time and place the night before. Pre-paid tickets can cost up to €100 each and special lookouts are hired to watch out for police.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [175 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists


The Grand Turk
Airliners departs Istanbul Airport in the direction of Misurata or Mitika, with mercenaries and 7 Turks
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under: Sublime Porte


Iraq
After months of planning Coalition departs Taqaddum (Habbaniyah) air base
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 04/05/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [139 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Hezbollah commander assassinated in southern Lebanon
[Jpost] Hezbollah commander Ali Mohammed Younis was assassinated by unknown individuals in southern Leb
...an Iranian colony situated on the eastern Mediterranean, conveniently adjacent to Israel. Formerly inhabited by hardy Phoenecian traders, its official language is now Arabic, with the usual unpleasant side effects. The Leb civil war, between 1975 and 1990, lasted a little over 145 years and produced 120,000 fatalities. The average length of a ceasefire was measured in seconds. The Lebs maintain a precarious sectarian balance among Shiites, Sunnis, and about a dozeen flavors of Christians. It is the home of Hezbollah, which periodically starts a war with the Zionist Entity, gets Beirut pounded to rubble, and then declares victory and has a parade. The Lebs have the curious habit of periodically murdering their heads of state or prime ministers...
on Saturday, according to Iranian media.

Younis was "responsible for pursuing spies and collaborators," according to unofficial statements, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.
He didn’t pursue them well enough, it seems.
The Fars report included an image of a body lying next to an open vehicle.

Video of a minaret announcing Younis's death in southern Lebanon was shared by the Iranian Tasnim news agency on their Twitter account.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/05/2020 03:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [493 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Well, it wasn't us - we're in respirator business nowadays.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/05/2020 5:07 Comments || Top||

#2  And that's one less respirator you need to make.
Posted by: Matt || 04/05/2020 9:02 Comments || Top||

#3  There was a time when it would be accurate to immediately point at the Mossad, but nowadays I don’t know. As fractured and factioned, it could as likely he was taken out by a rival group with Islam
All of these groups are at each other’s throats fighting for various agendas in Syria
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/05/2020 14:15 Comments || Top||

#4  Fractured and factioned with the help of Mossad?
Posted by: Ebboling Angeretch6205 || 04/05/2020 14:40 Comments || Top||

#5  #4 Like they need help on fracturing?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/05/2020 16:35 Comments || Top||

#6  Four shots and stabbed twice, once in the heart. Someone really hated 'im.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/05/2020 16:46 Comments || Top||

#7  Not clean enough to be a Mossad hit
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 04/05/2020 16:57 Comments || Top||

#8  ^Any (relatively) innocent bystanders hurt?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/05/2020 17:00 Comments || Top||

#9  The car was found on a lonely stretch of road between Qaqiyat al-Jisr and Zutar al-Gharbiya in Nabatiyeh district. There's a pic of a dead guy lying on the road next to a white vehicle, in jeans.

They believe it could be wholly unrelated to Hezbollah work. Of course, that's Lebanese intelligence for you.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/05/2020 17:14 Comments || Top||

#10  Another one's down, and Another one bites the dust.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/05/2020 17:17 Comments || Top||

#11  Not too mention Mossad seems to take the hands off approach. Oh look, his cellphone exploded while he was talking off it. Shouldn't hide his C4 kaboomite in there.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 04/05/2020 18:24 Comments || Top||

#12  Awwww - ain't that just too bad.

My pico-violin must be around here somewhere. :-D
Posted by: Barbara || 04/05/2020 19:50 Comments || Top||


Iran is setting up on the qeshm island of Al-Ahwaz, a system of surface-to-air missiles to aimed at Gulf countries
Posted by: 3dc || 04/05/2020 01:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [293 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  currently there is a submarine base on that island (which is very near the strait of Hormoz)
Posted by: lord garth || 04/05/2020 8:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Sounds like a spot that the Halliburton Deep Drilling Division® or the Schlumberger Squishy Mud Unit© might want to investigate for, you know....scientific purposes.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/05/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#3  Mud pumps, who controls the stockpile ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/05/2020 9:21 Comments || Top||


Bataan ARG enters the Persian Gulf
Posted by: 3dc || 04/05/2020 01:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [201 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), along with guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72) and the dry cargo and ammunition ship USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12), conducted a routine transit through the Strait of Hormuz into the Arabian Gulf April 3, 2020. The Bataan ARG consists of amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) and dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force supported by three major subordinate elements – the Ground Combat Element, Aviation Combat Element and Logistics Combat Element.
Posted by: b || 04/05/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#2  BARG?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/05/2020 17:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Not to be confused with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group Enhanced.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/05/2020 17:51 Comments || Top||


Syrian regime forces fire on Kurdish convoy in Qamishli, killing 1
[Rudaw] Syrian regime forces opened fire on a convoy of Kurdish security officials (Asayesh) in Qamishli on Saturday, killing one and wounding another. It is not yet clear what sparked the incident.

According to Rudaw’s Rangin Sharo at the scene, the incident took place on the Saba Bahrat roundabout in downtown Qamishli.

Tension still hung over the area hours after the shooting, according to Hawar News Agency (ANHA), a media outlet close to the Kurdish authorities in northern Syria.

The Asayesh officer who was killed has been named by security sources as Mohammed Sabi and the maimed official as Wael Jwan Salih.

Russian military police quickly moved into the area to deescalate the situation.

Rudaw footage from the scene shows three Russian military police vehicles and Syrian regime personnel deployed around the road junction.

Few civilians appear to be on the streets since authorities imposed coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
containment measures.

The Kurdish-backed Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), the political wing of the armed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has not yet released a statement on the incident.

Although Syria’s Kurds have maintained an uneasy truce with regime forces throughout the decade-old civil war, the two sides have rarely clashed in Qamishli, where both sides maintain a presence.

Since US forces withdrew and Ottoman Turkish troops attacked the autonomous Kurdish administration last October, the regime and its Russian backers have played a bigger role in the area’s security.

Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir Pencilneck al-Assad
Terror of Aleppo ...
, who has the military backing of Russia and Iran, has vowed to retake every inch of Syrian territory.
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Turkish military strikes Syrian Army troops again in Al-Raqqa
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Syrian Army and jihadist rebels engage in heavy clashes in southern Idlib
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Turkish-backed militants deprive civilians in northeast Syria of electricity after new attack
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